I love Scalzi's stories and writing style. I know this is a redo of someone's work, but like so many other works by Scalzi's, it's entertaining, interesting, and a pleasure from start to finish.
This is an amusing and engaging science-fiction story, well read by Wil Wheaton (although I'm getting a little tired of his voice – – I've been listening to a lot of Scalzi lately). I enjoyed the book, and my 11-year-old son REALLY enjoyed the book. So much so, that we listened to it twice in the space of six months.
great charactor development
Loved the way the author took a badly-dated classic with a great premise and turned it a bit inside-out. Scalzi got rid of a lot of the male-centric details that would discourage female readers, and updated our main human character from a barely-believable saintly Individual to a more believable self centered, dynamic almost anti-hero who does the wrong things for the right reasons. Much more believable and intricate than the original. Both books are studies in ethics and ethnocentrism, but Scalzi lightened and made more believable the Good, the Bad and the Ugly involved, and in the process exposes a whole new readership to some of the good old stuff being neglected by newer readers. The original book by H. Beam Piper was essentially a YA title; this one is more mature and much more believable.
No, this was a first Will Wheaton - narrated book for us
Yes, and we did on a long road trip! I started reading the book aloud while hubs drove, and when we switched, he purchased the Audible version and found where i left off and played it. We agree that Mr. Wheaton is a lively and engaging narrator!
Please have Mr. Wheaton do "The Golden Dream" by Ardath Mayhar, another update spin played on the original series by piper. Wonderful, wonderful book and writer.
When papa spoke for the first time
As usual Wheaton and Scalzi blow this story out of the park. I have read almost everything by Scalzi, and Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators.
I did listen to it in one sitting.
There were a few major plot devices that were laughably predictable, but they were usually resolved quickly without too much meandering. My favorite parts were the repeated and thorough ass kickings halloway dished out.
If this book was much longer than 7 hrs I would say it was far too long, and any shorter and it would be rushed. The story is simple and paced beautifully as it is. I was grinning madly toward the end of the book. It was very satisfying.
PS. Someone mentioned the overuse of "he said" and "she said" speech tags. I agree. You can use fewer of those phrases during dialog, and I noticed the same thing in Redshirts. You can ignore it for the most part, but during some longer dialogs even Will Wheaton can accidentally add the inflections of the sentence into the "he said", "she said", or "so and so said" dialog tags when they occur during every single line.
I have never read Scalzi before but boy am I glad I did! From the very first page, I felt like I could connect with the main character. Funny, flawed, arrogant but charming, and somehow making trouble for himself...I had an emotional connection to the characters without this being an in-depth work of fiction. The reviews are true, you'll laugh! But that is only one small element to the story. He somehow creates a believable story on an alien planet that has recently discovered a new species. It is as much a story about corporate greed as it is about fury creatures.
If you liked Will Wheaton in Ready Player One this is a must read!! Don't over think it. Just use the credit...you won't regret it!
I just purchased Old Mans War as I am now a Scalzi fan!
Powerful and emotive writing and performance. Couldn't put it down. A most enjoyable read, really.
Wil Wheaton really made this enjoyable. John's a great writer but Wil really brought the characters to life. His interpretation of the characters felt spot on.
The dog because it was trained to detonate dynamite. :) Also, the Xenolinguist. I know they are super minor characters, but I loved the Xenoliguist's passion once he finds out there is actually something to do on the planet.
No, but I imagine they are just as good.
Yes! It's very intriguing. Story really builds momentum and you get that, "What's gonna happen next?" feeling after each chapter.
If you are a fan of Law Drama's or court case books, then you'll love this one.
The narrator reminded me a little of George Clooney and would seem a fitting actor for the major character in the story. This was a really nice update of an old book. Enjoyed it!