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The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads: The Human Division, Episode 12 | [John Scalzi]

The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads: The Human Division, Episode 12

United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act that had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery - or it could threaten her own life. "The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads" 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.
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United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act that had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery - or it could threaten her own life.

"The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads" 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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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 06-04-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 06-04-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "A 38-minute murder mystery"

    STORY - This is one of my favorite episodes in this series. Scalzi managed to cram a pretty good plot with a twisted ending into 38 minutes, which should be some sort of record. This story takes place on earth (contrary to many of the others) and is about trying to solve the mystery of a murder that took place on a vessel in outer space. As far as I can tell, the story stands alone, but I suppose Scalzi might somehow tie all these short stories together in the final episode.

    NARRATOR - Good job but not particularly impressive.

    OVERALL - Definitely worth 69 cents and 38 minutes of your time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 04-02-13
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Whats Next???"

    This book is a sequel to "The Observers: Episode 9".. Its an investigation regarding the murderer and how did such a thing happen.
    Let me just say that the events in this episode were mind blowing and how such a murder got planned in the first place.

    You get to know more about this mysterious party and how intelligent they are.

    Whats going to happen next?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 04-02-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Nearing the Conclusion..."

    A good solid episode, but short. With only one story left though, I wonder what the last episode is going to be, and how Scalzi is going to tie everything up in two hours. Maybe it's just a big lead-up to a full novel. Still, if you've listened this long, you will enjoy this episode.

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 04-02-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 04-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but very short"

    This is a pretty good story but WHY are these books so damn SHORT? This book is about 38 minutes long or should I say 38 minutes short.

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    "Hope it's going somewhere"

    I am a big fan of Scalzi, have read most of his books in hardcover and enjoyed everyone. His narrative style, whether in first or third person, is one that I very much like; it is 'easy listening' and always entertaining.

    Having said that, I'm not sure if I should applaud his new endeavour in the 'Human Division' story arc or be irritated by it. I do feel that I'm getting my £0.79 worth each time I listen, but at over 10 quid and counting, I'm beginning to wonder if the stories are going anywhere meaningful soon. There is only so long you can string someone along on a 'phantom menace' premise.

    Nevertheless, I look forward each week to the next installment of the Human Division soap/space opera--which is a tribute to Scalzi's storytelling, if nothing else.

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  • Richard
    Vienna, Austria
    4/7/13
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    "Getting better and better!"

    I was sceptical when I started reading (hearing...) this story. Nowadays I'm eagerly waiting for the next chapter! Paying by the chapter has cost me allready more then what I'm normally willing to pay for an audiobook, but in this case the story and the way it is building up just gets better every chapter!

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