I am not a usual listener (or reader) of science fiction like this but I must admit this was a very enjoyable book. There is plenty of military-style action and aliens getting blown away but there is also a surprisingly interesting human story interwoven throughout (not to mention an interesting political subplot as well.)
Scalzi has created a compelling universe full of characters that are worth caring about. This is a great read for fans of the genre, if they haven't discovered it already, but also for those looking for a break from their current reading list.
A bit Starship Troopers, a bit Forever War and a big chunk of originality. Scalzi doesn't bury you with the science(not that I personally have a problem with that), he just writes a good book.
No spoilers in this review. I was a little apprehensive about this book, but I took the plunge anyway. All in all it's not too bad.
Here's a fair description of it: take one part Starship Troopers and mix with one part Tekeshi Kovacs (by Richard K Morgan). Shake well, making sure that the Kovacs isn't as grim and and bitter as the original.
It's not overly original, but certainly not overly derivative. This book relies on a few standard scifi conventions (quantum physics...mumblemumble...behold! Warp Drive!) that are standby devices, but the characters are well developed, the story entertaining enough and the produciton value high enough that it all works. It's exactly what it looks like: light, entertaining space battle fiction.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to get the sequel as well.
This book impressed me. I thought the plot was very original, the characters well drawn and interesting and the reading nicely done. There are a lot of he said's as is usual with a new writer but you quickly get used to them. Overall the book was very enjoyable. The sequel is is the bookracks now, can't wait for Audible to get it.
Let's go meet the new stellar neighbors, and kill them!
Was well worth my time, good listen. Has a bit of a slow start, but the journey is fun and funny. If you are looking for some:
human vs alien - its got it
humor - its got it
sex - its got it
interstellar warfare - its got it
romance - it got a bit too, but not enough to screw up the story
other stuff worth checking out - yep its even got that to
only thing that bugged me was the 'he said' and 'she said' the narrator does a good enough job of changing up his voice that you don't need it most of the time, but that not a big deal.
During the parts where you’re discovering the rest of the team and the training montage you’re pretty captivated. But once the team has gone through the montage the eventual outcome is inevitable. That's how this book was for me....Great until they were done training...then.....i don't remember what happens anymore....
Great story - great narration!!! I ended up driving around the block a few extra times (or just sitting in my car) to hear more of this story! What a great way to minimize the frustrations of a long commute!
Don't spend your time worrying about our country's multi-trillion dollar deficits, an Iranian nuclear weapon, or global whining. Instead, listen to this very well written, clever, entertaining, somewhat thoughtful, and even romantic novel. The narration by William Dufris is excellent. His characterization of the drill sergeant in Part 1 is a treat.
Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.
This book reminded me of the most interesting parts of Heinlein's star ship troopers with alot less political rambling and alot more excitement. The characters are very easy to like and you feel for their struggles. I wouldn't say that this is great literature but I really enjoyed the story. Its an exciting listen and the author created a very interesting universe.
Check it out if your interested in a sci-fi adventure that is easy to follow and enjoy. The narrator William Dufris has always impressed me too. You'll probably want to download the sequel as well, it's just as good if not better.
The Dialoge in this book would be a delight even if the plot was awful. The plot is also fun. While reminicent of Starship Troopers it is still new and fresh. The characters are likeable. Excellent Military Sci-Fi.