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Old Man's War Audiobook

Old Man's War

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Publisher's Summary

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine. And what he will become is far stranger.

©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2006

"Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." (The Washington Post)

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    Amazon Customer 11-09-15

    Rich & Ericka

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    "Good, but not Great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Man's War to be better than the print version?

    No


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

    Interesting premise, but it never really transcends being a gimmick.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to a Dufris reading before- It takes a little getting used to, but his character voices do add to the story once you get into the flow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    As big of a deal as Scalzi is, I expected a little more than Starship Troopers warmed over, and although it was a fun listen, ultimately this is pretty formula stuff. Good for what it is, though.

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    Mr. Helpful 11-03-15
    Mr. Helpful 11-03-15
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    "Worth the $ or Credit"

    Reminds me of Starship Troopers, in a way. Narrator really carried the piece, I feel a lesser performance may have reduced the overall to three stars.

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    Dan 10-30-15
    Dan 10-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, great narration"

    I thought this was a most intriguing and enjoyable story that had all the elements needed to make you feel for the main character. The narrator was absolutely amazing.

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    Linda Helm 10-28-15
    Linda Helm 10-28-15
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    "Phenomenal"

    I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, I don't think I can do this work justice. You will laugh, cry and sigh with relief, in no particular order. Scalzi is an old favorite of mine, little fuzzy was my first encounter, and continues to amaze me with each additional book or read through. I can safely say that this book is meant for anyone who enjoys a good character driven story. Dufris does such an outstanding job with his narration and character "voices" that you can easily lose track of time and listen to half the book in one sitting without realizing it. I can't wait to get the next in the series.

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    RedMozi WY 10-27-15
    RedMozi WY 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    I'm in the process of giving several different Science Fiction stories a try. So far this is #1 on the list. There are very few books I would read/listen to more than once. This is one I could listen to over and over. If you're into books with a great plot and where the author doesn't go off on 100 plus page long tangents describing how a character picks their boogers, this story is for you. A perfect blend of plot, character story, and action :)

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    Dustin Davis 10-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well-written, funny, military SF"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, despite being SF, I think this is a book that anyone could enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Man's War?

    The book was great from start to finish, it never let up.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to a book by William Dufris. His narration was excellent. I would definitely listen to books by him again.


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    Ronald McKeehan Jr. California 10-19-15
    Ronald McKeehan Jr. California 10-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent listen"

    Totally gripping story, fantastic narrator, and overall great book. I usually switch genres after I listen to a book, instead I'm looking for the sequel now!

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    Kathi 10-18-15
    Kathi 10-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny and serious"
    Where does Old Man's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the upper 1/2 of books I've listened too. It didn't stretch my mind like "Calculating God". It is an easy read that has some real humor in it, but not too much just some accents.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The drill Sargent, he was classic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the drill Sargent thanks John Perry and then tells him what he is going to do to make his live miserable.


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    Kathryn 10-12-15
    Kathryn 10-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Liked this more than I expected - it was funny!"

    This was the first hard core military sci fi book I had read of Scalzi's. I liked his other books, which were sci fi, but not military in nature. It was far more fun than I expected - the narrator is great and the main character is extremely likable. I have gone on to read three other books in the series after this fine start.

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    Andrew 10-12-15
    Andrew 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Sci-fi"

    The story was great, the voice acting was great. I don't know what else to say without spoiling it

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