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The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1 | [John Scalzi]

The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.
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Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last-minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

The B-Team is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Todd Purgason 02-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Finally John Scalzi Clean Enough To Listen to"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Short and sweet and funny


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Always love Williams performances


    Any additional comments?

    I love Scalzi's work he is wicked funny, but most his books just beat me down with all the swearing. It is nice to enjoy his talent without that trash.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 02-06-13
    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "So bad it's good!"

    The most terrible, cheese, awesome story I have read in a while. It's so so so bad. I loved it!

    Having only read the first installment I can't be sure, but I think Scalzi is going for an epic Space Opera. I suspect it will end up more of a Space Matinee.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 01-19-13
    Joseph 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Scalzi gem."

    Solid story with rich characters. Looking forward to weekly episodes and what happens next.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas UMATILLA, FL, United States 04-07-13
    Nicholas UMATILLA, FL, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Universe. Heavy on the identifiers."
    What made the experience of listening to The B-Team the most enjoyable?

    Scalzi's got great talent for taking the simple and making it complex--weaving various simple story lines together; developing simple situations into intricate plots. Plus, I've always loved this Universe, where humanity uses retirees as new blood for our military (this has great appeal as I live in Florida).


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem is Scalzi's script-like use of identifiers, and the producer/narrator's failure to edit them during the read:

    "Blah, blah," Rickney said.
    "Yeah, blah," Eagan said.
    "Blah blah blah," Rickeny said.
    "Of course, blah blah blah," Eagan said.

    Ad infinitum. Reading something like this, it's easy to tune out. LISTENING to it is a bit tougher.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 04-01-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 04-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "After Fuzzy Nation this is just a huge let-down"

    Mr Scalzi wrote Fuzzy Nation based on another author's work. It shows. This is very very forgettable. A very ordinary book with an ok reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-31-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "I like this series already"
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    I loved Fuzzy nation and the way John Scalzi writes. This is a great way to set up and, start off a series. I like the fact that I can get a short in, in between the longer novels.

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    K 03-26-13
    K 03-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Scratchy Recording but Great Story"

    The B-team is the first in a series of short stories by John Scalzi. This is the first I have looked at any of his work and from a Science Fiction perspective, he has married a great storyline into a descriptive futuristic environment. The story is great an leaves much room for future stories in the series to branch out into many new plot lines.

    The only negative is the audio recording. William Dufris puts in a good effort in the narration but I believe the poor recording quality doesn't allow him to present his true skills.

    In short I'm looking forward to the next story in the series.

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    rmzetak BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-13-13
    rmzetak BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-13-13
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    "ILIKE THE STORY LINE BUT"
    What made the experience of listening to The B-Team the most enjoyable?

    THE CHARACTERS AND THE READER


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The B-Team?

    BEARS DEATH


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

    SEND IN THE SECONDS


    Any additional comments?

    I LIKE THE STORY AND WILL BUY ALL THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS BUT I WOULD RATHER HAVE IT ALL IN ONE BITE - WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MARCH TO FINISH IT!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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