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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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    kevin HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 05-27-13
    kevin HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "New Series"
    What did you love best about The Human Division?

    This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Characterization of the voices


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 04-01-14
    Paul 04-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, but leaves too many loose ends"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 01-31-14
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not quite a novel, more than a set of stories"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis United States 06-03-13
    Phyllis United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not up to par"
    What would have made The Human Division better?

    Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s voice?

    Complacent, unmotivated, telling


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matt C. 01-12-17
    Matt C. 01-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "left wanting more."

    OK but a little rambling. no cohesive resolution. first in the series I found disappointing.

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    T 12-25-16
    T 12-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "As always Dufris makes the story"

    The story was ok.... but I sure liked the other stories in the series more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DavidsReviews 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nothing like the first book"

    BORING. No action. No real development of the plot. I could fall asleep to this one.

    For the series to start off so good... this was the worst book. I feel like the author said "I wonder if my readers will notice that I phone this one in".

    I hope the next one is better. There was no climax to this book. No real action. No real adventure. Just random stuff happening.

    overall... not impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Portland, OR 12-01-16
    Amazon Customer Portland, OR 12-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fun book, but lacking some excitement"

    I thought OMW was fun, adventurous, and exciting, but the books after less so. this book was cool, and harry wilson is my hero (almost as much as michael talbot). but scalzi has some explaining to do ...

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fine book in a really impressive series."

    The decentralized narrative structure (no main characters, ensemble cast, no plot focus, interesting stuff that happens after zoe's tale) lends some really cool moments to Human Division. More often though I felt Scalzi's great strength, weaving profound emotional connection to his characters, is totally wasted in this book where even Divisions stars feel like (and are expressed to be) side plots.

    That said, I enjoyed it and would read it again, I just had to restart a few of the longer middle chapters more than once because I'd find myself halfway through with no real idea of who the section was even about or why I was supposed to care.

    A fine book in a really impressive series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy G. 11-09-16
    Amy G. 11-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The story of Harry Wilson"

    This is the story of Harry Wilson (the original friend of John Perry) and his time in the diplomatic corps. It's different from the other books in the Old Man's War series since it deals more with diplomacy than war but it's still a great story in its own right. Great evolution of characters and the same great narration as through the rest of the series. Definitely didn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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