Scalzi manages to make just about every fun new sci-fi idea from the last ten years fit comfortably into a tired universe of space opera tropes, so that none of it feels like it would be out of place in an episode of Star Trek. About the only thing that Captain Picard would find jarring is the abundance of crudely transplanted Marines-in-space. Listening to this book, I found it difficult to remember what I liked so much about both Heinlein and Charles Stross.
William Dufris' overplayed, cartoonish reading makes things even worse. He consistently misinterprets the tone of the dialogue, rendering curt military coordination as cheerful chit-chat, and wry wit as wistful contemplation.
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