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)
YES. TOO BEAUTIFUL. The book content is beautiful. The narrator voice/impression of the book is excellent. I cant even do that better in my head.
I really loved this audio book. This was my fourth Scalzi audiobook, and by far his best.
What set's Old Man's War apart from most science fiction is the way in which Scalzi creates a complete universe of characters and consequences, so well integrated that you do not find yourself even wondering if you are suspending your disbelief. You are simply fully drawn into the story.
If I were to point a listener to one audiobook by John Scalzi this would be it.
William Dufris's narration is absolutely pitch perfect and seamless, which only adds to the enjoyment of listening to this audiobook.
Well worth your time and credit!
I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.
I must say this book reminded me of "Forever War" in many ways. Great job of building characters, story flows nicely. Very much worth the time and money.
This is an interesting sci-fi love story set in a time when the worlds aging can choose to enlist in the military with the illusive draw of being young again. There are some strings attached of course, but they make for an interesting story as Scalzi's main character makes a name for himself in his military space retirement adventure.
I recommend this book.
The narration was Incredible! The inflection and emotion as well as the different voices really drew me into the story
I loved how much he loved his wife and how deeply he cared for his friends. The sci-fi was also cool and something I wished existed in real life
When the girl who looked like his wife confronted him about not being like her and the other special forces
For me, the best stories are the one where I want to trade places with the main character. This is one of those stories. It's in my top 3
It was OK time spent, but I got really sick of the voice. The new take on "Starship Troopers" was a good idea, but there was nothing really new that caught me. After "The Andrioid's Dream" & after enjoying the Swedish geriatric novel "The 100 Year Old Man Who Crawled Out the Window..." I really thought I was going to enjoy this, but I think that the voice turned me off. I wish I would have read the print version instead.
I LOVED "The Android's Dream" and the narration!
I don't know. Wilford Brimley?
Starship Troopers may have tainted me, so likely no. It would be really hard to have the elderly & young, as the same actors.
I enjoyed parts, very much and there were some good emotional moments. I know that this is the first in a series, but it's likely my last.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
The first chapter was extremely powerful. After I had to pause and could only think wow. Both the first and last chapter were touching.
Easily one of my new top favorites. Great listen and Mr. Dufris is also now on my top list, too.
It starts out with a very interesting concept and the characters are kind of good. However it never seems to go anywhere. The characters are not that well developed and the action becomes repetitive. Just battle after battle of splattering alien gore. Maybe it picked up at the end, I tried several times but couldn't listen to it all.
I don't typically think of Scalzi as a great world builder. He is often more like John Grisham with lasers. The conflicts usually have some daring-do but are ultimately resolved by argument, loopholes and legal maneuvering. Old Man' War is great sci-fi. He explores the opportunities and ramifications to specific technological advancements, and inject humor and personality into a well thought out, complex universe. John Perry's journey is a very human tale with insight into aging, mortality and consciousness.
Scalzi hits a home run with Old Man's War. What always makes sci-fi good is the human element and here he addresses all of the basic wishes humanity has ever desired; eternal youth, strength, heroism, overcoming death and love. These age old desires are engrossed in a fascinating universe filled with action, intriguing characters and enough nerdy technology to keep everyone's attention. Great read, looking forward to the rest of the series.
The performance is not bad, it's actually really good. It's just that I listened to two of Scalzi's other books before this (Agent To The Stars, Fuzzy Nation) and they were both narrated by the great Will Wheaton. Kind of hard to top him and he has sort of become Scalzi's voice in my head.
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