As others have noted, this might be a good read but the narrator makes it tedious to listen to. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and hope the story line makes up for the narrator. My own fault really for not listening to the entire sample.
I'm about 2 hours into it and feel like just tossing it aside. Given how much I loved the first book - Old Man's War - I'll give it more time; but the narrator is making it very hard. He endows nearly all the characters with a condescending lilt that is just plain annoying. The story is slow to unfold and goes into excruciating detail about subjects that were covered by the first book in much subtler fashion. For those who read the first book - which you absolutely SHOULD do - the combination of boring review and horrible narration is enough to set my mind wandering rather than focusing on the listen. I hope it gets better. Soon.
So I almost didn't get this book, based on what I saw the other reviewers said. I decided to anyway, and couldn't stop listening to it: it's a great story, and the narrator does a good job with it.
Add it to your library, you won't be disappointed!
...and Woman to "Switch" bodies, fight random wars around the universe and engage in extremely casual sex with multiple partners. Drawbacks? well only if you call getting a beat down by your dead wife who does not recognize you a drawback.
kept me on my toes and enthralled from beginning to end. This is the kind of book that I wish I could erase from my brain so I could enjoy it for the first time again.
No skips in audio file, no hiss and medium bit rate as normal with Audible. overall very good recording.
Great book, well read. However, the end was so weak that it ruined it. It was built up to an impossible situation for humans, so bad in fact that the author could not think of a good way to get out and so it was a joke (at one point one man fights off a whole planet of aliens!).
The text is great fun and the narrator does a very good job. My one and only complaint is more about the John Scalzi's style of writing. His repetitive use of "he said", "she said" can very be passed while reading, isn't so easy to ignore when read aloud. It was noticeable the whole way through but only near annoying a few instances.
I really tried to give it every chance. I listened to it for 3 ½ hours hoping that may be it was just one of those books that was slow getting started, BUT really now, this story went into far too much detail about every little thing that did not even matter. I will have to rate this one as, “REALLY REALLY SUPPER BORING”.
Sci-fi, space opera, dark apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, historical fiction and the ccasional main-stream thriller
I gave Old Man's War 5 starts all around. I loved the first book, it was one of the best sci-fi's I've read. I was very much looking forward to the next book in anticipation of much of the same. Witty and funny John Perry is gone to be replaced by a Jared Dirac, character so uninteresting it was painful. What a disappointment. Boring, dragged out story with a nearly complete absence of humor and the imagination of the first book. The only reason I might purchase book 3 is because John Perry is back.
As usual, Scalzi provides a narrative with many unexpected but believable twists. His characters are well-developed and fleshed out. I found myself caring about the characters and their fates. The narration by Dufris is remarkable, with emotion and personality that really brings the book to life. I often find myself wincing at the sound of a male narrator trying to voice a female character, but Dufris is able to do this acceptably and the female characters' voices are tolerable.
The reason I rated this 4 stars rather than 5 is that I found the previous book in the series, "Old Man's War," to be more enjoyable. This book at times fell into a droning and somewhat boring series of dull conversations between characters, with little advancing of the storyline. To me it is like Scalzi is trying to pad the narrative in order to meet a publisher's demand for a certain number of pages. There is such a thing as too much information when it is extraneous to the story.
That having been said, overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend this book.
Not as good as the first book in series but quite entertaining still.
Interesting plot. Few really good twists. Well written. Well narrated.
High hopes for the next one in 'OMW' series