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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My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
(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?
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.
I love this series. This wasn't my favorite episode though. Felt a bit like a parody of Rush Limbaugh in the future.
I thought it was clever, but I didn't like the Segway into earth politics.
Uh, Rush Limbaugh.
This wasn't my favorite segment. It was still good, but not something I would listen to again.
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!
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.
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.
Because its fun, its well written, and it makes fun of the likes of Alex Jones and similar wackos.
It will entertain. Done.
Strong and fast paced. Good control of the different character voices and good flow.
Made me smile. That takes a lot.
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.
"He said, she said."
Really enjoying the plot and the universe of this series so far, my one big reservation, as a listener, is the authors writing style.
His insistence upon continually using the phrase "he/she said" in close proximity is extremely annoying. There are literally hundreds of other words that could replace the word "said" in a sentence, there are also hundreds of phrases that could replace "he/she said" many of which could denote feeling, tone and intent, to rely upon this one phrase is both lazy and incredibly, annoyingly, repetitive.
"Great short story"
This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.
I will look for more title by this author.
"Short, but good!"
The story keeps getting better and I really like how the author keeps changing the way the story is told in each chapter.
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