Fun, engaging, and even thought provoking. Scalzi writes as a combination of scientist and existentialist philosopher. He writes strong characters with interesting personalities, and makes the story engaging through character development, even more so than event development.
Some people have complained about Scalzi's use of "he/she said." in basic dialogue construction. I have had this complaint in other books, particularly the later books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I have no such complaint about this book. The performance was very good, so good that I did not once notice a "he/she said" standing out.
Simply a fun and interesting read. I've never come out of a fiction book wanting to be a vegan before. Read and find out what I mean.
fun, exciting, interesting
Jared Dirac was my favorite, but mostly because he was the main character. Everyone in Scalzi's books is expendable, so you can't get too attached to the characters. Instead, you get awed by the action, the technology, the fresh concepts...
it's right in line with the excellent job he did on Old Man's War. His voice is well suited for this type of book.
the ending was great.
After reading the reviews, I decided to give this one a try, I was rather disappointed overall with the writer and the book. I did not care for the writer's style, and the storyline seemed disjointed, didn't flow well in my opinion. I don't think I'll try any of his other books.
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”.