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)
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.
SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b
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.
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.
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!
I really like the audio edition, it's just that the writer's style of "he said, she said" can get a bit redundant.
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.
This is one of the better narrators that I've heard. His voice fits this series very well.
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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I consider Scalzi to be a great story teller. His books are always innovative & interesting. As a craftsman, I'm not a great fan. There are very few instances at which I find myself saying, "wow,that's just a beautiful sentence" I listen to Scalzi for the stories, not for the language. For example, there's Scalzi's annoying habit over over-using "he said, she said, John said, Mary said, etc., ad nauseum. In all fairness there's relatively little of that in this particular book. In "Redshirts", it drove me stark, raving mad. In "Agent to the Stars" it was merely annoying. In "Old Man's War" it was barely noticeable. Don't get me wrong, I loved this book & just downloaded the next 2 volumes in the series. It's not a classic military sci fi but it's damned good and I'm getting to be more & more of Scalzi fan with every book to which I listen. As for the narration, it was quite competent. The few mispronunciations I thought I heard were, in fact, not mispronunciations and I apologize to William Dufris for certain slanderous subvocalizations that I might have made during my listening to this book! He is, in fact, a very fine narrator.
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