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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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    sixtiesdad 10-09-15
    sixtiesdad 10-09-15

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    "Good storyline with GREAT narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my first experience with this author, and I'm not an experienced SF reader. Would I recommend? Very much, but with one caveat: One negative for me is the language. I'm not a prude, but I do think that the F word degrades us all, and I react every time I hear it. Fortunately, it's limited here to certain characters and certain kinds of scenes. Otherwise I probably wouldn't even be writing this review. The story moves at a perfect pace, and the mix of technology, governments, military strategies, relationship dynamics, etc. holds my attention like no other book in recent memory. If the rest of the series is anything like this, I'll be there for all of them. The -- I suppose necessary battle scenes are another exception for me. Yes I want them to be real, but thankfully they're a small percentage of the total experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The drill sargeant.


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

    The drill sargeant, hands down. Almost the best part of this book for me is the quality of the narration. Here's the acid test for me: Hearing the phrase "he said" thirteen times in rapid succession and not being annoyed by it. He drops his voice so that it sounds like "grayed out text" each time. Very cool! Plus, this guy's portfolio of voices for different characters is the best I've heard.


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    John 10-09-15
    John 10-09-15
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    "Best SciFi since Avatar"

    I was skeptical at first just from title. But once this book got going I did not want it to end. Never but never judge a book by its cover. This will be the first of every John Scalzi books that I had and will read. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!

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    L. Cullen 10-01-15
    L. Cullen 10-01-15

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    "Absolute must listen."

    Military fiction isn't my normal thing, but this is different. The human story around the life of the soldiers is compelling, funny and bittersweet. First rate story, first rate narration. Swear warning. But really, really great.

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    Brenda 09-28-15
    Brenda 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My kind of Sci-Fi."

    Narrator was top notch. Life, death, rebirth. All so appealing. Very happy with this book.

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    Jay Ammons 09-23-15
    Jay Ammons 09-23-15 Member Since 2012

    I love science, technology, and the imaginative use of fiction to glimpse the future.

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    "Great Science Fiction"

    Emotionally engaging, and gets war correctly. I would recommend this performance to show how good an audiobook can be.

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    Adam Davis 09-21-15
    Adam Davis 09-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "caricatures"

    Each character was a caricature, no one was three dimensional. But the ideas in the story were fun to think about. Good if you want an action tale that will present to you futuristic concepts. Bad if you want to connect to the characters in a meaningful way.

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    Jesse 09-18-15
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    "It's ok for a mindless listen."

    Not a big fan of the narration, and the story is a bit predictable most of the time. it's 60% love story and 40% war story.

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    jeramiah 09-13-15
    jeramiah 09-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "First Audio Book to Get me Sentimental"

    I laughed. I cried. I am prior military. I love John Scalzi's "Old Man's War."

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    "Super solid space drama."

    This isn't super heady but there's enough science to keep it interesting for the nerds. Plenty of action, and well fleshed out characters. I saw some comparisons to Heinlein in the comments section. I caught some reasons for the comparison and unfortunately this includes a large dose of (in my opinion) clunky romantic/sexual encounters. I don't want to harp on that, because all around, this is a fantastic book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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    Brandon 08-31-15
    Brandon 08-31-15 Member Since 2010
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    "exceptional!!"

    loved every minute of it! Great story with great characters can't wait to hear the next book.

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