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.
This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series
Good Characterization of the voices
Looking forward to the next book
The stories and characters in this book are good and enjoyable, but since it is part of a bigger universe, there is the perennial problem that it must, of course, set up for the next book in the series, and this particular book leaves too many unresolved endings to be really satisfying.
Also, the author (John Scalzi) has got to learn to stop using the word "said". He does it in all of his books, but it is particularly bad in this case when it was written for audiobook. His editors should also wean him of this habit.
Say something about yourself!
The Human Division is organized as a set of Episodes, each of them involving the B-team, a group of low level diplomats with their side-kick and Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) technical expert Harry Wilson, well known to readers of Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series. The B-team is really an A-team that has been recruited to solve unsolvable problems, but they do not know how well they are regarded by the powers that be. This makes for some fun moments and interesting twists as our diplomatic heroes attempt to keep the Colonial Union out of fights it can't possibly win against a conclave of hundreds of other races determined to keep humanity from spreading through the galaxy as quickly as it would like.
You don't have to have read the previous Harry Wilson books to enjoy this one because the episodes are very self-contained and self-explanatory. Indeed, the one flaw in this collection is the redundancy that comes from assembling stories each of which was written so that it could stand alone. That means that the same background material often gets repeated. You will, however, want to read whatever Scalzi writes next in this universe because the episodes end just as new threats and mysteries are revealed. I can't wait to find out where he takes us.
Reader William Dufris interprets Scalzi's sarcastic and amusing characters exactly as I would have imagined them, so kudos on the performance as well.
Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.
I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.
Complacent, unmotivated, telling
I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.
Editing would have really helped. I realize this was a combined serial story, but the writing was so amateur it was laughable. I'm hoping for better luck with Old Man's War.
The plot and story was great the only problem I had was the constant use of "he said" / "She said" / "such and such said". It was as if the author wanted us to be like a spectator instead of being one main character. It however got annoying at the end. I would say keep in mind that it can be an eye opener about what is to come. :) I am hoping the next book is not like this one. :)
The story itself is great. Some of the writing, and consequently, the performance, is really aggravating. At times, Scalzi falls into dialogue, even between just two characters, where after every spoken line, it says "[character] said." When this is translated into an audiobook, especially one where the narrator is doing a good job using different voices for the characters, having the narrator repeat "[character] said" after each line totally destroys the flow of the conversation. Once you notice it, it's hard to focus on the conversation, because the "[character] said" part is all you can hear. It should have been edited or abridged to remove those unnecessary lines to benefit the book and the performance.
Similar to other Scalzi books. Fans of his won't be disappointed.
If there was anything he could have done to make the "[character] said" lines less pronounced, it would have helped a lot. Even if he just skipped over them quicker. Instead, he says each line in perfect, measured speech. It just gets tedious.
It has one.
Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)
This audiobook is just great - the author ties it together greatly, and the narrator sounds as he's playing with the book - bringing depth and color to it. it's one of the best I've ever listened to!
This was another great book by John Scalzi. Sometimes it s harder to follow due to it being made up of a series of independent short stories, but overall it worked just fine.
first book I ever listened to by Scalzi was Fuzzy Nation, been hooked ever since. I really like his writing style. When this series jumped away from the original main character John Perry I was skeptical but he has a way of just keeping me entertained. also check out LOCK IN a fabulous book!
"A return to the Old Man's War universe"
I'd probably not re-listen to it, there are some things about the writing in the book becomes a little annoying. I imagine that on the page the snappy 'He said' 'she said' 'he said' isn't so bad, but the repetition really started to bug me.
I'd recommend it to people who were already fans of the Old Man's War universe, whilst it has new characters, it is not a standalone set of stories.
This is really a collection of inter-linked short stories, if you go in expecting this rather than a complete novel then you will enjoy it more.
"Survives with the relation between lead characters"
A light story with some engaging character relationships. It feels like the author is attempting to convey flat irony too often and the constant repetition of ...said ...said ...said is, well, repetitive. Please be a bit more creative.
"A good humoured romp of a novel"
Fun, exciting, enjoyable
Nothing really, it is what it is, a good natured and enjoyable space opera romp
I haven't listened to any of William's other performances, but I will. Definitely.
It's not that type of novel.
If you want great literature, you won't find it here. On the other hand, if a good yarn, with lots of exciting moments and several compartmentalised stories appeals, then have a listen. William Dufris's performance was excellent. He exudes charm and character, and made the novel come alive.
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