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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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    DB 02-11-16
    DB 02-11-16

    just good books

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    "Author’s personal views stain a good story"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first John Scalzi book so I had no preconceived notion of him or his writings. The story starts out with a very interesting premise, that being trading in your 75 year old body for a 25 year old body that is designed to fight aliens for good of the universe. The first 3-4 hours was very good. Once the transformation occurred, we’re treated to things that, as a Christian man, bothered me so much I had to stop. All of Scalzi’s characters revert to a free love philosophy be it Christian or non-Christian. We’re then pounded with numerous F bombs, blasphemies, and the author goes out of his way to condone same sex relationships. I could no longer in good conscience keep listening.

    As far as narration goes, I was initially put off by William Dufris reading style. However, after an hour or so, I got used to it and was impressed with the number of voice characterizations he provided. He's very good.

    This will be my last John Scalzi book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Renton, WA, USA 02-10-16
    David Renton, WA, USA 02-10-16 Member Since 2001
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    "This is the best story I've ever heard. "

    The Old Man's War Series is some the best story telling ever written. This isn't just my opinion. This was chosen as "Book of the Decade"
    Scalzi builds a future that is plausible and maybe even possible.
    And he gives us characters that are fun to hear about.
    John Scalzi will leave you wanting more and he delivers with several more that don't disappoint.
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles F. Pezanko III Thompson, CT USA 02-06-16
    Charles F. Pezanko III Thompson, CT USA 02-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Surprised Me"

    Old Man's War has a really interesting premise that is expanded upon greatly. While some of the plot is predictable, I never felt cheated. Instead it felt like the natural reaction to the main characters situation based on his personality.
    Very immersive with an excellent atmosphere.

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    Lloyd Jen Washington DC 02-05-16
    Lloyd Jen Washington DC 02-05-16

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    "Great book"

    It was really a surprise and not what I expected. This is a great read.

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    Christine S.-H. 01-31-16
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    "Fine"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Wil Wheaton


    Any additional comments?

    The story and narration were fine; I was disappointed because I have become used to Wil Wheaton's AMAZING John Scalzi narrations. This narrator was fine; just not Wil Wheaton.

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    Hiro Animation 01-22-16
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    "Amazing"

    This book was great all the way from the start. Also if your a transhumanist there are some interesting topics in this story that you will enjoy.

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    Cathy Pierce Las Vegas, NV 01-22-16
    Cathy Pierce Las Vegas, NV 01-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is very bad"
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    The narrator is aloof and reads with irony. It ruins it for me, I had to stop five minutes in. I'll be reading this one in paperback

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    Mikhail Strebkov Sunnyvale, CA 01-09-16
    Mikhail Strebkov Sunnyvale, CA 01-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun and easy science fiction"

    It was my best purchase on Audible so far. Exactly what I was looking for - interesting setting, interesting story but not too complicated and not too hard on feelings. It's a great book to read after a long and busy day. There is this "he said she said", as others mentioned, but the narrator handled it very well. I hope other Scalzi books are similar, looking forward to listening to them!

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    Night Hawk 01-06-16
    Night Hawk 01-06-16
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    "Why is it not a movie?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was well paced and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jerry. His vernacular.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    The way he says "Hey asshole" was quite pleasing.


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

    Yes but I need more than a couple hours of sleep so that didn't happen. It occurred in two though.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as getting it is concerned. Listen to darth sidious and "Do it".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. A Dunn The beautiful South 12-27-15
    E. A Dunn The beautiful South 12-27-15 Member Since 2016

    laineyd

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    "Great idea and great story"

    Set a few hundred years in the future, this novel sets up a fascinating premise and delivers solid science fiction with a realistic military feel. The typical high points of a "future soldier" scenario are all delivered well (reasons for joining, training, why is humanity in this conflict, and a few good action set pieces). Importantly, the author also delivers on a great protagonist and an excellent supporting cast, performing believably in the scenarios detailed. This book is fun, interesting, and well written; able scratch the sci-fi and military fiction itches without requiring you to read the whole series (although there is one).

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