The B team takes place in the familiar universe of "Old Man's War" and is a welcome continuation of tales from that universe
A great listen
The Human Division is a departure for John Scalzi. It is a book(ish) in the Old Man's War universe, but published in an episodic nature. I am intrigued because he seems to try out different styles with the episodes, and from different perspectives, but maintains the story line throughout (granted I am only half way through at this point). I love his return to Old Man’s War. He revisits lesser characters from previous books, but from a different aspect. This is reminiscent of George R.R Martin’s change of story perspective throughout the Game of Thrones epic, but without killing of all your favorite characters. I can only hope Scalzi learns a lesson from Anne McCafferty’s Pern novels, that there is infinite story potential once a solid foundation has been laid (feel free to write 30 more books).
WARNING: DON’T BUY THESE WITH CREDITS: Before you buy any episodes with credits, LOOK AT THE PRICE. Audible has priced these episodes at a about a buck a piece, but have done us a disservice buy adding their default “OR 1 CREDIT”. We generally think a credit gives us a full 12 to 40 hour book. If you don’t pay attention, this episodic “book” could cost you 13 credits (virtually $130), or it could be $13 if you bought each episode with actual money. I believe, in the future, Audible will offer “The Human Division” for a single credit, just as was Jim Butcher’s “Side Jobs”, a collection of Dresden short stories. However, that does not help us now.
In summary, good move Scalzi, bad move Audible.
I enjoyed Old Man's War and was glad to see other stories set in that universe. I think the format of linked short stories will be fun. This story sets the stage for some intrigue and mystery well without making it feel like the story was unfinished. I'm looking forward to the next one!
It's the same narrator as Old Man's War that I thought did a wonderful job of portraying the kind of thoughtful and circumspect view of older adults in the story.
I enjoyed the story. I am appreciative John Scalzi's skill to tell a story, screen play, or to help make theater in my mind with written words. I am looking for and reading the stuff he done. I think author is adept writing for television, theater, or movie script story production. Characters are developed but there is a common culture, and era of time of current popular culture. I think tis is something that older readers will discern.
The narration is excellent and performs great. The narration performance is as much the story as the written material. Not everybody gets excellent evaluation from me. However, it does seem so at times. I believe the level of pnarration performance talent out here is high in the common market of narration performers.
I await the science fiction next production from Mr. Scalzi. I will read collections of even shorter stories he has recently appears.
Not a short story.
None I recall..
I am seeking to experience more.
Worth every penny.....all 69 of them. I'm sure if you add up all the books it would cost way more than a credit, at half the listening time.
Short and sweet and funny
Always love Williams performances
I love Scalzi's work he is wicked funny, but most his books just beat me down with all the swearing. It is nice to enjoy his talent without that trash.
The most terrible, cheese, awesome story I have read in a while. It's so so so bad. I loved it!
Having only read the first installment I can't be sure, but I think Scalzi is going for an epic Space Opera. I suspect it will end up more of a Space Matinee.
Scalzi's got great talent for taking the simple and making it complex--weaving various simple story lines together; developing simple situations into intricate plots. Plus, I've always loved this Universe, where humanity uses retirees as new blood for our military (this has great appeal as I live in Florida).
The only problem is Scalzi's script-like use of identifiers, and the producer/narrator's failure to edit them during the read:
"Blah, blah," Rickney said.
"Yeah, blah," Eagan said.
"Blah blah blah," Rickeny said.
"Of course, blah blah blah," Eagan said.
Ad infinitum. Reading something like this, it's easy to tune out. LISTENING to it is a bit tougher.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
Mr Scalzi wrote Fuzzy Nation based on another author's work. It shows. This is very very forgettable. A very ordinary book with an ok reader.