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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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    Nathaniel Stockham 08-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    very well paced and great story line. wants me to read much more.

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    D. Lipps Cascade Locks, Oregon 08-12-15
    D. Lipps Cascade Locks, Oregon 08-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    I loved this book and can't wait to listen to the rest of what I hope is a wonderful series.

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    David 08-09-15
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    "Great story from a new view!!"

    Loved the story!
    Great book for long sessions of listening.
    Can hardly put it down.
    A lot of rough "military" language not for the youngest readers.
    Overall a fun book.

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    Dredge 08-06-15
    Dredge 08-06-15
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    "Very entertaining."

    Interesting premise that has a fresh perspective. The story was good, not great, characters were a little predictable, and the plot twists weren't terribly surprising, but overall a good listen. I will be seeing what else this author has to offer.

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    "Very good series"

    I've read the entire series and really enjoyed it. The author built each character bit by bit. I really enjoyed the Old Farts.
    Thanks for the read or listen.

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    Steelgator 07-23-15
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    loved it very good story and characters. like the narrator alot. Can't wait to download the next.

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    Amy Beaudoin 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great storytelling and sci-fi imagination"

    I love this book and immediately purchased the next in the series. I came to Scalzi through the audiobook Redshirts, which was hilarious and thoughtful, and then went to Lock-In, which was genius, but set on earth. I wondered if this book would be too space-opera for me, but I loved the military aspect and the love story-- on top of the intriguing sci-fi concept. The narrator does a great job separating voices without being too flaky. I enjoyed this listen!

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    K. Krieger 07-15-15
    K. Krieger 07-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read!"
    What did you love best about Old Man's War?

    First and foremost: It's different. It's funny. It's intriguing.
    Very interesting concept, excellent narration.
    I don't usually give 5 stars, but this was a perfect book and well deserves them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perry of course. Witty and clever.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    I think he liked the book as much as I did. Excellent performance. He even managed to soften the blows of the constant "he said" "she said" (the only weakness of the book)


    Any additional comments?

    I bought all the other books of the series as well and am waiting for book 7 now. The other books in the series are solid 4 star books and although they don't quite come up to the Old Man's War standard, they are great entertainment. Dufris' narration is great throughout.

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    Kindle Customer Los Angeles, CA 07-03-15
    Kindle Customer Los Angeles, CA 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story. Time and place."

    This read like another incarnation of Heinlein. More modern, interesting take on tech, but none of it as important as the people and their lives, thoughts and outlook on the world.

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    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 07-01-15
    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Great characters and well written"

    This is simply a well written book with great likable characters and a great plot with solid science fiction. It is really multiple parts, when he enlists, when he goes to war, and when he deals with the Ghost Brigades.

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