This is a great story, well told and acted. There aren't any real surprises, but the story unfolds in a very satisfying way. If you like a good galaxy spanning wartime story with a nice narrative twist, this is a great entry.
I would descibe the story as a polar complement to Ender's Game. Whereas that story was told from the perspective of a young child controlling the large scale actions of troops, Old Man's War looks at a similar situation from the perspective of an old man on the front lines.
William Dufris did an excellent job of conveying the characters' ages and emotional state throughout the story. Subtle variations in the timbre and pitch of his voice really effected how I pictured the characters in my mind.
This IS your grandpa's war.
Scalzi's book takes many of the well worn ideas of sci-fi and gives them a new spin. The elderly of Earth are recruited into the Colonial Defense Force with the promise that the few who survive will get a chance at a new life.
Perry, our narrator, is a well written and sympathetic character as are the rest of the "Old Farts Club". Things like faster than light travel and contact with aliens are done in a smart and interesting way. It isn't literary fiction, more like a really well put together blockbuster. The book is by turns sad, exciting, thoughtful, romantic, and hilarious. Its such a cliche but it can make you laugh and make you cry.
I would have rejected the book.
This book makes little sense. People sign up for a stint in an intergalatic military and know nothing of its mission? The mind transfer is right out of a bad 1930s sci-fi film. And the characters seem mostly unaffected by the carnage happening all around them.
This book reminded me of an snide comment that was around during the Vietnam War. Join the army, travel to exotic place, meet interesting people and kill them. It is a weak vision of our future.
Never read the print version
When John sees Jane (Cathy)
The consu questions/fights/interaction
No, but that's because I'm emotionally unavailable
I loved how diverse the narrator made the characters. The way he manipulated his voice to build character personalities all their own was absolutely fantastic. I could actually recognize which character was speaking without him quoting "John said" or "Jane said" etc. just by the voice/personality he created for that character. Excellent.
Fun, Interesting, Original
When I first started this, I thought I may have made a mistake. It seemed like it was going to be an odd book about an old man and his life. After the first quarter of the book though it really took off. The interesting technology and cool twists were pretty fun. In the end I couldn't help but hear the rest of the series.
The drill sergeant was a great moment in this book. Funny stuff!!
One of the best books on Audible. If you like science fiction you cant go wrong. You will enjoy it.
The story is compelling and exciting. Some good laugh out loud moments, and sometimes even lump-in-throat inducing emotion. I thought the narration was very well done. William Dufris' ability to differentiate the characters played well in my mind theater.
John Scalzi's universe is expansive and believable. He incorporates solid (highly theoretical) science in his tech methodologies. I found myself wanting more!
A true classic. Scalzi's delightful wit comes through - and Dufris provides an outstanding voice to the compelling narrative. I couldn't stop listening!
Audiobook Addict... owner of 200+ and counting.
I saw Old Man's War on a list of the top 100 sci-fi books. I had listened to John Scalzi's Red Shirts which I only had lukewarm feelings about. However, I decided to give John Scalzi a second chance, especially with William Dufris reading.
Old Man's War is surprisingly funny, a bit nihilistic, and clever. Scalzi dances the fine line between being serious and silly, creating a universe that's every bit as hostile as bizarre. Highly recommended.
This is an inspiring book for an old man to read! John Scalzi's light handed and humorous handling of some popular scifi concepts combined with his original and well-thought-through ideas make this well written book an easy joy to listen to.
John Perry, the protagonist. He is a perfect accidental hero with qualities that create a bond of human experience between him and the reader.
His voice interpretations of the characters were spot-on. His voices are their voices to me now. Great inflection; it is easy to hear the punctuation in his reading.
It is laugh out loud funny in places.
Fun stuff. Good writer and clean editing.