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The Human Division Audiobook

The Human Division

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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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    Paul Sylvester 04-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "repeated phrases got over used."

    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. :)

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    Amazon Customer 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "He said, She said, He said, She said"
    What did you like best about The Human Division? What did you like least?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Human Division to and why?

    Similar to other Scalzi books. Fans of his won't be disappointed.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Do you think The Human Division needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one.


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    ketil vestby 03-17-17

    Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)

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    "Refreshing and joyable"

    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!

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    Kindle Customer 03-01-17
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    "Another winner from Scalzi"

    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.

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    Chris 02-13-17
    Chris 02-13-17
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    "amazing"

    I truly hope more books are coming in this series after the end of all things! Only problem with this series is how boring earth is now. Can the conclave or someone get here already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 01-27-17
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 01-27-17 Member Since 2013

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    "I love Scalzi's style"

    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!

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  • Melanie
    10/28/14
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    "A return to the Old Man's War universe"
    Would you listen to The Human Division again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animar
    Barcelona
    9/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn. R. Winters
    Cardiff UK
    6/16/15
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    "A good humoured romp of a novel"
    If you could sum up The Human Division in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, exciting, enjoyable


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing really, it is what it is, a good natured and enjoyable space opera romp


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

    I haven't listened to any of William's other performances, but I will. Definitely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that type of novel.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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