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Old Man's War | [John Scalzi]

Old Man's War

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.
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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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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 02-19-13
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good military tale in classic space opera setting"

    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.

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    Daniel Grifo valrico, FL, USA 02-11-13
    Daniel Grifo valrico, FL, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "fun read for retired military who want to reminise"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the books has some entertainment value but is not funny , creative or memorable.


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    Leesa 02-08-13
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    "One of my favorite books"

    I would sign up with CDF without a second thought, even knowing what I know. I really want a Brain Pal! The whole series is really great.

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    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 02-05-13
    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)

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    "Turning 75 is only the beginning"
    Where does Old Man's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25


    Would you recommend Old Man's War to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, Any fan of Starship Troopers will find a new love with this series


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

    While his performance is stellar, parts of the story were bogged down with a lot of he said He and I said's


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Turning 75 is only the beginning


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    S. M. Rathburn 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start to a universe!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    The main characters first "meeting" with an internal piece of equipment. I was on the treadmill and almost giggled myself off it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first combat scene was well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 01-16-13
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 01-16-13 Member Since 2002
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    "My favorite Scalzi Novel of them all"
    Would you listen to Old Man's War again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    John Perry


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

    multiple moments though out the bood.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.

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    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-07-13
    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sign me up!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Man's War to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No, but he did a commendable job and I won't hesitate to listen to him again.


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

    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.


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    Mark Boulder, CO, United States 12-29-12
    Mark Boulder, CO, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    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.

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    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 12-28-12
    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

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    "Great story...with a surprise"

    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!

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    Hope Austin, TX, United States 12-26-12
    Hope Austin, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Old Man's War again? Why?

    The story is engaging and the narrator brings the book alive.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    The narrator gave each character a slightly different pitch, making each unique.


    Any additional comments?

    My first John Scalzi book and I loved it! Couldn't stop listening.

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