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
"Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." (The Washington Post)
For those who loved the Forever War, or Starship Troopers, or even Startide Rising, this is a must book. While the space opera setting is standard, almost to the point of distraction, and the military memes have all been seen before, Scalzi's core twist, of old people fighting a war, freshens them up just enough to keep things going, especially when confronted with child warriors. Good science fiction makes you think and relate to current times without rubbing your nose in it. Scalzi makes it fun and a great read.
the books has some entertainment value but is not funny , creative or memorable.
Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)
Yes, Any fan of Starship Troopers will find a new love with this series
While his performance is stellar, parts of the story were bogged down with a lot of he said He and I said's
Turning 75 is only the beginning
I would recommend this to friends that don't get hung up on every little detail. It's science fiction that rightly spends more time dealing with the story than detailing every background process and making that believable. There is a great sense of humor throughout the book that doesn't overpower.
The main characters first "meeting" with an internal piece of equipment. I was on the treadmill and almost giggled myself off it.
The first combat scene was well done.
I didn't plan on wanting to, but after I started this I found myself finding time to listen to more. After I finished this I have went on to other books Scalzi has written in this series and this universe.
I have listened and chortled and smiled through almost all of John Scalzi twisted and wry novels, but this one has out done the others. Not so much funny as touching. Wonderful adventure. EXCELLENT narration. Can not wait to hear the rest of the series. I loved this book so much I probably will by a paper or electronic copy to keep.
I have been an Audible member since 1998 and have listened to over 400 books. This ranks as one of my top 10 favorites.
All the characters.
multiple moments though out the bood.
Just buy it and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
I usually prefer audio for the convenience of multi-tasking. However, with this book I went back and forth thanks to the whispersync. The audio set a tone for me which i found myself replicating in my head when i was on the kindle. I think both editions were equally good.
The main concept of basically living your entire life before joining the army was very interesting to me. I liked exploring the idea of how different the mindset of a person with so much life experience would handle it.
I also quite liked the universe that Scalzi created.
No, but he did a commendable job and I won't hesitate to listen to him again.
I laughed at several parts. This is my 2nd Scalzi book and it had the same witty style as the 1st one I read which was Redshirts.
The first half or so of this book was fantastic. Great premise and great science fiction. It was very unique, quirky and funny.
The narrator is very good throughout.
But I felt the story kind of ran out. I get that this is the first of a series but the last portion of the book felt rushed and the ending was a little disappointing.
Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men
Scalzi just keeps me coming back. My wife an I share his books during road trips and I loved this one. Hearing about John and Kathy was truly rewarding. It's reminders like this, that marriage is a wonderful thing that spans a lifetime, that our society needs. For Scalzi to mix that message into a story about war was amazing. Really enjoyed this, especially the surprises toward the end!
The story is engaging and the narrator brings the book alive.
The narrator gave each character a slightly different pitch, making each unique.
My first John Scalzi book and I loved it! Couldn't stop listening.
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