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Old Man's War Audiobook
Old Man's War
Written by: 
John Scalzi
Narrated by: 
William Dufris
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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    Preston Law 2 04-26-15
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    "Love and an MP 35"

    Awesome stop what you're doing and listen to it now. Someone make a worthy screenplay please

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    "More heart than Starship Troopers"

    In the same vein of Starship Troopers, with soldiers thrust deep amongst the stars. Yet Old Man's War remains a more personal, more intimate story. Written with a true understanding of the age and perspective of the main character, the story is charted in a believable and realistic way. The emotions are truly well communicated through the writing and given great impact through the narration. An excellent combination of skills. Well worth the read/listen if you enjoy this genre.

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    "Great Fun"

    An amazing book with a familiar premise, the twist? We are talking about senior citizens, their take on life, and the prospect of a new one make this adventure really interesting can't wait to follow up with the next book in the series

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    "Scalzi is a modern master."

    Just. Wow.



    (Audible requires 15 words, which is ruining my heartfelt review. Screw you, Audible.)

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    George 04-14-15
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    "good story, nice pace"

    I really came to like the main character and his way of going through life. The combat and such are not of an after thought, you get more into what's going on emotionally, or at least I did.

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    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 04-11-15
    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

    SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b

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    "One of the best adventures, loved it!"

    One of the best adventures, loved it!.

    its one of those books if you are really a SciFi fan like me, your going to like it.

    This is the kinda of adventures I get into.

    The narrator does a very good job.

    And let me tell you, I have purchased Audible books that were just a waste of money. This series is not.

    Today, I decided to actually post some reviews. Maybe if you like my selections that means your into the same books as I am in and I will read your selections if that's possible now.

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    "Great read!"

    A well-written story that, on the surface, makes a good sci-fi read. But like all quality sci-fi, it reflects on deeper concepts, like aging, death, honor and love.

    The reader did a nice job representing the "old man" with humor and personality.

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    "Few books capture my attention from the beginning"

    Few books capture my attention from the beginning but this one and most my John Scalzi seem to do just that. The writing is excellent and he mixes in just the right amount of humor. I highly recommend this and any other John Scalzi books!

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    Incredible achievement for his first book. Can't wait to read the next one. Reminds me of an "old" master.

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    "In The Future, War Gets Better With Age"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Man's War to be better than the print version?

    I really like the audio edition, it's just that the writer's style of "he said, she said" can get a bit redundant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This author knows how to tell a tale. There's plenty of action and comedy with just the right amount of mystery and drama. The main character is a charismatic old man who you just can't help but like. The story begins at the end of his life which I found to be an intriguing way to start a book. The way Scalzi describes the technology and products as if he was a door-to-door salesman from the 1950's is great! He's got a strange "up in space / down to earth" kind of writing style that I really enjoyed. This is a future that I wouldn't mind growing old in.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is one of the better narrators that I've heard. His voice fits this series very well.


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

    This book made me wonder what my grandparents were like when they were young. It brought back some great memories of them as well.


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