Yeah, the stories and the anecdotes would all have something to do with the message of the book.
I liked hearing about how his relationship with Megan Mullally took shape, but I really didn't care a whole lot about the rest of the stories he had to tell. They seemed kind of random. He jumped around a lot and there just wasn't a great cohesive flow to the events he relates and most of them don't really lend themselves to the stated message of the book; hard work and loving relationships are the things that bring us happiness. I guess I was also kind of disappointed that he isn't more like Ron Swanson in real life.
Great actor, fantastic performance. It's like he had always planned for this to be an audiobook when he wrote it. Very well done in terms of performance.
I'd probably wait for home release.
I got this book on a recommendation and was really excited about it. It's enjoyable and can be interesting at times. I just had a really hard time staying focused while listening to it. The story as a whole is interesting, but I found myself having to re-listen to entire chapters. The author's style of writing just didn't really keep my attention during a lot of scenes. I really am interested in how the rest of the series goes though, so I might give this one another listen through and then move on to book 2.
Scalzi hits a home run with Old Man's War. What always makes sci-fi good is the human element and here he addresses all of the basic wishes humanity has ever desired; eternal youth, strength, heroism, overcoming death and love. These age old desires are engrossed in a fascinating universe filled with action, intriguing characters and enough nerdy technology to keep everyone's attention. Great read, looking forward to the rest of the series.
The performance is not bad, it's actually really good. It's just that I listened to two of Scalzi's other books before this (Agent To The Stars, Fuzzy Nation) and they were both narrated by the great Will Wheaton. Kind of hard to top him and he has sort of become Scalzi's voice in my head.
Because it's so awesome. Start to finish, filled with awesomeness.If you saw the movie and were not impressed, that's because the movie was garbage. Just really not done well and certainly doesn't do the book justice. I was very disappointed in the movie.
Fascinating to watch Ender grow up at battle school. So interesting to read these stories about all these genius kids essentially left to fend for themselves and to see the sociological and psychological implications of it.
Stefan Rudnicki was great, 5 star performance from him. Harlan Ellison was terrible. Her voice is just annoying and robotic. She read Valentine's parts with about as much emotion as an Autistic Vulcan.
Yeah, fantastic ending. Ender is full of love.
I've read this in print probably 5 times over the last 20 years since I was 10. It was a big part of my childhood. Picked up the audiobook because it had been a few years since I'd read this and loved it just as much as I always did.
The premise of this book is that government spending on an astronomical scale is the only thing that'll be able to repair our economy and that national foreign debt doesn't matter as long as we inflate our currency at a higher rate than the interest on the debt. Seems destructive and shortsighted to me.
That said, the book is well written, I just happen to disagree with it. His commentary on the Euro was actually pretty interesting, but ultimately I don't agree with his hypothesis.
Probably about the same. Certainly no complaints, but I never actually read the print version.
The way the story wraps up and ties everything together. It was just great.
Favorite scene was when Carl is telling Tom about Josh's 'birth'.
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