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A Voice in the Wilderness: The Human Division, Episode 4 | [John Scalzi]

A Voice in the Wilderness: The Human Division, Episode 4

Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is? "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.
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Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is?

"A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Nice 'sidebar' story. Continuity flags."

    (This follows my on-going review from Eps 1-3.) Okay. I've griped previously about the muted feel of the storyline in this serial "episodes" format as compared to the novels in the Old Man's War series. So am I feeling any better about it now that I've completed 4 episodes?

    Nope. :-\

    But, I am still a fan of author J. Scalzi and narrator Mr. Dufris. I just wish that we'd go back to the old novel format already.

    The storyline (Dis-)continuity physics here is wreaking havoc with my sense of space-time.

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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 04-03-13
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Rush Limbaughesque character?"
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or William Dufris?

    I love this series. This wasn't my favorite episode though. Felt a bit like a parody of Rush Limbaugh in the future.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought it was clever, but I didn't like the Segway into earth politics.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s performance?

    Very well-done


    Could you see A Voice in the Wilderness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh, Rush Limbaugh.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't my favorite segment. It was still good, but not something I would listen to again.

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    AudioAddict 03-20-13
    AudioAddict 03-20-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Okay, but nothing special"

    This is Episode 4 of the Human Division series. Some reviewers say each episode is a short standalone story, others say Scalzi just divided what would have been one book into multiple separate episodes. I have heard four episodes now, and I am beginning to see that they will likely all combine together into one ending. I would not buy these as standalone books, as they are very short, the plot isn't strong enough and the endings either leave you hanging or, in the case of Episode 4, is just so-so.

    The story is better written than much of Scalzi's work I've heard so far. It lacked the irritating transcript style of "he said," "she said" which has absolutely ruined some of his other stories, in my opinion. Reader did a good job, even though it was not a difficult narration to perform.

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    naughtee 03-06-13
    naughtee 03-06-13
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    "scalzi popcorn"

    if you're a scalzi fan you'll eat these up.

    love the format of drip feeding snippets, i'll happily interrupt the book i'm listening to for a quick giggle and division catchup.

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    Torben 03-04-13
    Torben 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Commentary on media"
    Would you listen to A Voice in the Wilderness again? Why?

    Because its fun, its well written, and it makes fun of the likes of Alex Jones and similar wackos.


    Would you recommend A Voice in the Wilderness to your friends? Why or why not?

    It will entertain. Done.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Strong and fast paced. Good control of the different character voices and good flow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me smile. That takes a lot.


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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 02-25-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "49 min. of me scratching my head!"

    Episode 1-3 was quite good. But this wasn't real bad, but it seemed not to belong to the series in some ways. Mainly about a radio talk show host being used by...I'm not gonna spoil it.

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