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Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2 | [John Scalzi]

Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2

Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.
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Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.

Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.

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

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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-06-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "Bad style - at least for audio version"
    What would have made Walk the Plank better?

    The writing style. The narrator having to say the characters name each and every line of dialog... ouch


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the performance suffered with what he had to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't finish listening to it. I suffered through the first series but I just didn't look forward to listening, so I stopped.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to the preview and ask yourself if you can tolerate that writing style for very long in audio format. The story seemed interesting but the dialog was choppy and the poor narrator had to constantly announce the person talking. Maybe this would be a better read vs. a listen because you could just gloss over the names. Thinking about it more, maybe as just text it would be better because there are those times where you read some dialog assuming it is one character, only to find out it was someone else talking at then end.

    But in audio format like this, it just drove me crazy. Since the narrator does different voices, maybe they should have cut some of the name announcing out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 03-17-13
    AudioAddict 03-17-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Boring Hard-to-Follow Transcript"

    The narrator did a good job, considering what he had to work with. He had to read the name of every speaker!!! The book is 39 minutes of a boring story that sounds like this:

    Brown: Hey, John. How did you like "Walk the Plank"?
    Smith: It was pretty boring. I fell asleep listening to it.
    Jackson: Oh, no. And you bought the whole series, didn't you?
    Smith: Yeah, Steve, I did.
    Andrews: Bummer. You bought it too, didn't you, Mary?
    Perkins: Yep. I'm going crazy listening to the narrator read everybody's name!
    Brown: Man, I bet that really sucks.
    Smith: No kidding. Hope it gets better as the series progresses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 02-02-13
    Professor 02-02-13

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Prologue to the next episode"

    39 minutes ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    If you exclude all names, there will be only 20 minutes left

    this is just a prologue-side story to the next episode,
    so don't waste time and buy episode 2 and 3 at once.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Gurmukh 01-29-13
    Gurmukh 01-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I Was Disappointed"

    When I downloaded the first book, I got the impression that these were self contained episodes. The first one was over 2 hours in length, and the story seemed to stand on its own.

    I foolishly didn't take notice of the length when I downloaded the second. I figured that if these were episodes in the vein of television series' that they would all be of similar length. I was wrong. Not only is this "episode" only 39 minutes long, it doesn't tie in with the first episode in any way at all! There's no context for what's going on here, and it just ends abruptly. It's abundantly clear that this episode DOESN'T stand on its own.

    Now, I'm sure that future "episodes" will tie these two incidents together, but that's not how episodes work! These aren't episodes at all, it's all just one continuous book that has been broken down into sections. It's a cheap trick which I imagine is intended to build anticipation but it ends up just being annoying.

    Sure, other books often require a continuation of the story, but in those cases they tend to end at some properly dramatic point. They don't just end in the middle of some minor challenge.

    There's no way I can give this story high marks - it's incomplete. If I'm a teacher and you hand me an incomplete essay, you'll fail. Same here. The performance was pretty good though, I found no fault with William Dufris.

    This may be a riveting story when it's complete, but right now it's not. Cutting up the story into sections like this really ruins the flow. It's complete nonsense.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bagnall 03-17-13

    intrepid adventurer

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    "Great series, needs label editing"
    Any additional comments?

    The series is nice as a serial release, but , really, couldn't the titles be synced up to download properly on an ipod (I'm sure other devices will choke on chapter titles embedded in the album title) . I had to spend 30min experimenting how to edit titles/albums to get a sequential download (into my device). In a few short weeks, they are all going to be available and MOST people will want all copies, and be able to listen back-to-back.
    My solution, in case others need it:
    1 edit all titles to have episode numeral as 1st character
    2. edit all album titles to "The Human Division"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 02-25-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Short Story but Good Listen"

    A Very short story but this held my attention. This seems like it's gonna be a good saga.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 02-12-13
    ozgribbo Australia 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen in the car"

    Turning into one of my favourite authors, I liked this. Just the right length to listen to on a car or train journey. Really liking this series,

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    Amazon Customer 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.

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    "Short But Interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    Even though it's less than 40 minutes long, it still had enough interest to make me feel invested in the characters and their survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    www.newimperium.org

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    "Short Interim Episode"

    This short, tense installment is written in the form of an audio transcript, and has a bit of a horror theme to it. It works all right, though you could skip it if needed since it doesn't involve the same characters as the first installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B0b United States 01-30-13
    B0b United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2005

    starts w/ 'b' ends w/'b' 0 in the middle

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    "The first episode is notably better."
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or William Dufris?

    yes. Scalzi and Dufris have better stuff published. Dufris isn't the problem here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    Yes, but I'll try to be careful how I pick.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This book although claiming to be part of a series did not have any of the characters from the first episode. It could be from a series, since it doesn't stand on its own like it claims to in the "flyleaf" of the purchase page. Its length is that of a "short-short", but it lacks both an ironic or unexpected twist that a good example of that style / genre should have. "Walk the Plank" lacks the wit and skill that one can see in nearly every short story by Saki, for example. I utterly disappointed in this 40 minutes lost of my life. Audible offered to take it back, but I paid money not a credit, so it's not even worth that effort. I plan to give episode 3 a try: it is projected to be longer so maybe Scalzi can put a story out there that at least shows as much respect for the audience as episode 1.


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting better stuff because the first episode was really better and could have been followed up with something closer good if not actually excellent. The story has no closure. Sure, the audience knows what happened to a number of characters, but none of the questions for the colonists are answered. I am trying to avoid spoilers here, so I cannot be more specific.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Continues to be entertaining"

    Each episode is its own tale. However they are interconnected - even if it does not really seem so at first in some cases. It's one Universe and one big story - and these are lots of little ones within. Personally I've enjoyed the writing and the reading - I'm now on episode 9 and enjoying it as much as the first. If you like sci-fi you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    Newton-le- Willows, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
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    "Even Shorter But Just As Sweet"

    Having listened to "The B Team" By John Scalzi and Narrated by William Dufris i immediately Downloaded/Listened to this episode "Walk The Plank" The second Episode in the Human Division and Written/Narrated by Scalzi/Dufris.



    If you have read my review of the previous episode you will know that i thought the narrator (Dufris) was brilliant which really helped the story along. He narrates very passionately (or so it seems). In this volume he does not disappoint.



    This story is good, but much like the last one the charm is in the narration more then the actual story. having said i'm starting to feel that the "season long" storyline may be starting to show through. which may build upon the charm of the actual story. Don't get me wrong the each episode does have a good plot and they are well worth listening to.



    Much like the title of this review suggest this episode is shorter then the last one but its just as good.



    I don't feel i connected as much to the characters in this weeks episode(2) to that of last weeks (1) i did find myself thinking when will last weeks charters be back i hope Wilson is in the next episode....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Gjertsen
    Northampton, UK
    4/8/13
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    "Great short story"

    This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

    I will look for more title by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Vienna, Austria
    3/15/13
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    "It keeps being interesting..."

    I continue to be sceptical about the story, but the change of story format keeps it interesting. It certainly has something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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