It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.
Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.
The narrator said all of the "he said" and "she said" in a way that became very irritating. Either act the conversations such that these statements are not needed or use other ways to indicate conversation identity.
I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.
Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.
As always, Scalzi is very good at wry, cynical dialogue and his space-battle scenes are both exciting and horrific, but he seems to have concentrated more on the novelty of the episodic format here than on a coherent story. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this book is mostly a transportation step towards an even better story to come.
To my taste, the book has too much politics and conspiracy and too little technobabble. I like my space opera technobabble-heavy.
Still, as usual, a great gallery of well-defined and convincing characters are given extra depth and plausibility by William Dufris great narration.
Worth the listen if you don't expect much from it.
This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series
Good Characterization of the voices
Looking forward to the next book
Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.
I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.
Complacent, unmotivated, telling
I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.
Editing would have really helped. I realize this was a combined serial story, but the writing was so amateur it was laughable. I'm hoping for better luck with Old Man's War.
This book is the usual Scalzi mix of characters, action, and story. The narration was good. The only thing I wish is that the narration would leave out the "he said" "she said" The narration is good enough that I know which character is speaking
First, I admit I did not finish the book. But I just couldn't go on. I did not hate the book, but I did not like it and had to rate it one star. The characters are flat and undeveloped. The dialogue sounds like the conversations you hear walking through a middle school. And the clichés! I think Scalzi needs a better editor, or a good advisor. The plot could have been something, but it wasn't. Looks like I'm hot and cold with Scalzi. I rated Fuzzy Nation really high, and Red Shirts really low. I haven't read Old Man's War yet, so that's next on my list. Hopefully it will be a five star.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Not only this book works as separate chapters but he continues to develop this huge universe and exploring human culture and condition through adversity and exploring new entities. If you loved Ghost Brigades this book won't disappoint you!
This book is really a collection of inter-twined short stories. Scalzi does a great job with his characters and there are some funny moments, and I really like the universe and science that he's created. Something just didn't sit well with me after listening and I was going to give it less than five stars, then I realized the reason was because I was left wanting more.
So I had mixed feelings. I loved the story it was so engaging. I didn't mind the serial format. You just have to keep it in mind when listening to the stories. I felt the pace was great and I really wanted to know what happened next but that was just it. I kept expecting to find out the big answers to all the questions and ... cliff hanger. I felt cheated.
Also the dialogue tags. Could the narrator have just skipped them? Is that allowed?
Average story for this series. Diplomatic drama in a sci-fi series that ultimately doesn't seem relevant to any potential sequels. Skip it unless you're a big fan.