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The Human Division Audiobook

The Human Division

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.
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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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    neil FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-06-15
    neil FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent In Parts"

    I think this could have been a pretty good audiobook. Mr. Dufris' narration is fist rate, throughout. Having said that, in my opinion, the author fails on two levels. First, it is too "cutesy". The dialogue used by all the characters smacks of a tv sitcom...maybe even not a bad one, by today's standards. But I can't take it very long. And, it never stops.
    My 2nd dislike...overt and overwhelming "political correctness". One can call me a "male chauvinist pig" or something similar, and I won't argue the point. But, the idea of portraying all female characters acting like tough guys, and espousing violence and, in general, acting just like egotistic, alpha males minus the anatomical trappings doesn't seem to serve either the story line or provide any human insights of worth. It's just a form of social pandering that seems to be in vogue, I guess. So as to sell more books of this kind to women? I don't know. Scalzi has talent. Mostly, here, its wasted.

    2 of 3 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

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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.

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    Audrey 04-02-16
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    "Terrific book. Terrific performance."

    So far, I have NEVER been disappointed by a book from this series. Bravo! I have recommended this to many of my friends. 5 out of 5 Stars. Can't wait to read the next one.

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    Erickson 03-29-16
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    "Episodic format takes a little getting used to."

    The chapters/episodes get better the farther into the book you get. Enjoyable and an interesting look at different characters in this universe. Anxious to move on to book 6.

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    Jeremy Fairbanks 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A different kind of storytelling"

    And that's a good thing! Like many others have said, this is a sci-fi serial in book form. And like a good serial, each episode furthers the main story while also introducing and resolving a sub-story of its own. The narrator does an excellent job, the characters are engaging, and overall the story manages to be both focused and grand in scope. You will enjoy this.

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    Drew 03-21-16
    Drew 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun follow-up to the old man's war saga"

    Enjoyable, but it lacked the charm of old man's war. It didn't grab me like OMW did, but it was still a solid story. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

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    Kristina Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-10-16
    Kristina Yorba Linda, CA, United States 03-10-16
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    "just fun"

    After the scene was set, it was nothing but fun. Loved the normalizing of space travel and the relatable characters.

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    "An unconventional series"

    What I thought was just going to be a set of unrelated short stories set in the already established universe, turned into a great series of puzzle pieces that didn't disappoint in the slightest. tension, hilarious hijinks, and the unexpected twists made this another solid entry in the series!

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    SandStorm 02-17-16
    SandStorm 02-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent!"

    The human devision is an excellent addition to the old mans war series. John Scalzi continues to impress!

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