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The Human Division Audiobook

The Human Division

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Publisher's Summary

Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant "B Team", centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.

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

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    mike 05-18-13
    mike 05-18-13
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    "Dissapointing"
    If you could sum up The Human Division in three words, what would they be?

    A TV show.


    Would you recommend The Human Division to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. See below for why.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Dufris is a competent and consistent narrator. He does a good job with Human Division.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Scalzi's Old Man's War and the next two books in the series. I laughed at Agent to the Stars. I'm having a hard time finishing this story. I've met the primary character before. He's the same sarcastic, wise cracking guy we saw in Agent to the Stars, Red Shirts and Fuzzy Nation. The name has been changed, but not the voice. I want new characters in a new book.

    A small but irritating point is that Scalzi almost never omits the "he said - she said" after dialog. This intrudes into the narration. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. That works fine for written work, but with more and more books getting made into audiobooks there should be a class for writers that brings home the point that not every utterance needs a he said after it to keep the conversation clear.

    Another minor point is that this, strictly speaking, isn't a novel. It reads like a series of TV shows that loosely revolves around a theme and cast. Honestly, it isn't working to hold my interest, and I've read or listened to every novel that Scalzi has had published.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-09-15
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Continuing the excellence!"

    A great continuation of Scalzi's series. I highly recommend this title and series to all scifi fans everywhere. The action continues with more diplomatic intrigue between the three major factions.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Kids 12-30-14
    Happy Kids 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, I want more!"

    This book was a great addition to the series. I enjoyed it very much. I am left hoping I will see more books in this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William 12-14-14
    William 12-14-14
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    "when is an alien not an alien"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting and the twists in it entertaining. The narrator was very good as well. A relaxing listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-11-14
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-11-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Usual good book from Scalzi."

    This book is the usual Scalzi mix of characters, action, and story. The narration was good. The only thing I wish is that the narration would leave out the "he said" "she said" The narration is good enough that I know which character is speaking

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 05-17-14
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "Scalzi continues to amaze me!"

    Not only this book works as separate chapters but he continues to develop this huge universe and exploring human culture and condition through adversity and exploring new entities. If you loved Ghost Brigades this book won't disappoint you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Des Moines, IA 04-18-14
    Jason Des Moines, IA 04-18-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Decided on five stars"

    This book is really a collection of inter-twined short stories. Scalzi does a great job with his characters and there are some funny moments, and I really like the universe and science that he's created. Something just didn't sit well with me after listening and I was going to give it less than five stars, then I realized the reason was because I was left wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AJ 11-29-13
    AJ 11-29-13
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    "Disappointing finish"

    Each of the books in this series captured my attention with complex story lines and characters, great narration and unexpected twists. This book never brought it together.
    The quality of the narration is still there but the story never makes sense and leaves the reader up in the air. If there is to be another book in the series to wrap this all up, I can honestly say I've lost interest and won't bother with any more

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 10-31-13
    Douglas MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a Novel"
    What would have made The Human Division better?

    It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator said all of the "he said" and "she said" in a way that became very irritating. Either act the conversations such that these statements are not needed or use other ways to indicate conversation identity.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Division?

    I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 10-12-13
    Katya A new york 10-12-13
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    "Not as good as the original OMW series"

    As always, Scalzi is very good at wry, cynical dialogue and his space-battle scenes are both exciting and horrific, but he seems to have concentrated more on the novelty of the episodic format here than on a coherent story. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this book is mostly a transportation step towards an even better story to come.

    To my taste, the book has too much politics and conspiracy and too little technobabble. I like my space opera technobabble-heavy.
    Still, as usual, a great gallery of well-defined and convincing characters are given extra depth and plausibility by William Dufris great narration.

    Worth the listen if you don't expect much from it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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