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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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.
I already have done, three times. The story bears repeated telling, since it's part of a greater story being told in multiple chapters, and the nuances show with each replay.
The denouement when the conspiracy is revealed to the main character.
He has a soothing voice and produces recognisable character voices without apparent effort.
I'm enjoying all these chapter releases by John Scalzi and William DuFris
The book is good and interesting. However I'll never buy a multi episode downloadable book again. I'm now reading part 5 after waiting for enough parts to start reading without forgetting the last episode. Rather pay for all up front and be done with it. Wonder how the bank likes all those 69 cent pmts.
One or two hours free, should be enough to make up your mind and then buy or drop it.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
I know Scalzi can bring the funny, but wasn't really expecting it in an Old Man's War book. He certainly delivered it with this episode of the Human Division, though, and William Dufris channeled it perfectly. It was nice to see Dufris get to read something darkly comical this time out. I was cracking up on my commute, and it was a very nice way to start my day.
Not sure it's my favorite of the Human Division episodes thus far (that might be We Only Need the Heads), but it was a great performance, and a refreshing change of pace for this very good series.
NOT REALLY IT WAS VERY PREDICTABLE. MAN WANTS SUCCESS AND WILL DO ANYTHING FOR IT AND THEN IT GETS HIM
SOMETIMES THE USER BECOMES THE USED AND GETS A JUST END
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
So when this series started, i have assumed its going to talk mainly about the first characters in the first book..... but now you can see thats it is a bit deep , and that a bigger thing going to come..... I'm just looking forward to see what will result from this episode in the futre episodes...
Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)
A Voice In The Wilderness. This a Tale of a man's Reach exceeding his grasp. In this tale a Journalist whose fame is fading jumps at a chance to regain his glory, only for him to get exactly what he wanted.
Episode 4 of The Human Division was not the direct sequel to Episode 3 that I had expected. Instead, this was a short, mostly humorous segment focusing on a broadcaster on Earth and the growing division between Earth and the Colonial Union. It was an interesting side story but did have too much harsh language for my tastes.
Tell us about yourself!
Typical media personalities causing trouble for ratings or a buck. This time it is for ratings and do they ever go up! Decent story with a little twist at the end. Have to wait another week for it all to continue but, oh well, whatcha gonna do? Time to pre order episode 5.
I liked that the chapter introduces a new character. I'm disappointed that overall the cost of following the series is not worth it depending on how many chapters are involved.
I liked "Red Shirts" by John Scalzi. I may buy another book by him, but I won't be buying more chapters of this book unless I can use a credit to buy all the chapters at once.
I like the voices he uses especially for aliens speaking as described by the author.
Can't tell yet beause this is just a single chapter.
Refund my money and allow me to pre-purchase all chapters using a single credit.
"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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