Liked the narrator and how he pulled the characters to life. The story line is good, nice to see the humans as the underdog. I'll read a few more in the series before final vote is cast.
This was a fun - pulpy - story with good narration and enjoyable characters. I am very Glad that I had just listened to Tor.com since the back story buried in that book made this one that much more fun. I will definitely be listening to the whole series but I'm going to try to pace myself to get the full "Serial Novel" effect.
John Scalzi does it again with the Humane Division putting us back into the universe of The Old Man's War with a cast of characters that we can emphasize with and root for. Total Sci fi bliss.
Fun, engrossing Scalzi book!
I love the humor combined with technical aspects... and, in this one, the individual dealing with politics of chain of command.
Loved the usual Scalzi humour of this story set in the same universe as the Old Man's War series, perfectly read, as usual, by Dufris.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Since this is just Episode 1, I'll have to reserve my full judgment until after I get a few more ep's into this series. But, for now, I can say I'm not a fan of the episodic format.
I'm tuning in because author John Scalzi AND narrator William Dufris have "cred" with me from the first 3 books of the Old Man's War series. Those are the ONLY reasons I'm tolerating this episodic / serial type format thingy. Also, I recognize that creative types have to try new things to keep their creative juices flowing. So, I support Mr. Scalizi's experimentation here as far as that goes.
That's it for now! Tune in next time, for Mel's Review of... THE HUMANNNN... DIVISION. (Cue music... Fade to black.) :-\
This could be a really great audio book if the author could just write his dialog descriptive a bit better. It's really the only thing holding this book and this series back. After listening to all the installments in this serial I really wanted to choke him too. He said. She said. He said. She said. He said. She said. All the stories have great flair but he can't take the time to give us more description of how the characters talk instead of just stating, he said - she said? Come on, can't his imagination stretch to cover that? Why aren't they groaning morosely or stammering anxiously or laughing maniacally? Perhaps it's something one glosses over when you're reading the written word in a book but when you hear it incessantly in the audio version you eventually want to scream and claw someone's eyes out. At least I did anyway. The narrator did a good job considering what he had to overcome. Still overall, the stories themselves are good. They are witty and funny and entertaining. I think the Dog King is my favorite in the serial.
That would depend on how good of a friend they are. If they are a good friend I would recommend they buy this book to evaluate this author before spending more money on his other books. If they are a not so good friend I would recommend they buy one of this authors other more expensive books. If they are a really good friend I would tell them not to wast their time and money but if they insisted I would let them listen to my download of this audio book so they could evaluate it before spending any money on it or any of this authors other books.
I thought the Narrator did ok considering what he had to work with.
“Look, Jane, look! I have a manuscript for a new book,” Dick said. “Oh, I like new books,” Jane said. “It is for a science fiction book written by John Scalzi,” Dick said. ”Oh, I like his books,” Jane said. “Me too,” Dick said. “Let’s publish it right away,” Jane said. “That is what I said when Sally said that Jack said that John said that he hoped we would publish his book,” Dick said. “John said that?” Jane said. “That is what Sally said Jack said John said,” Dick said. “I am glad you said what you said when Sally said Jack said John said that,” Jane said. “You said it!” Dick said. “Ruff! Ruff!” Spot said.