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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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    rmzetak 02-13-13
    rmzetak 02-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "NO HAPPY ENDINGS HERE"
    Where does Walk the Plank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    SHORT - LIKE A LONGER LISTEN


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    YOU REALLY FELT THE PAIN - THE STORY


    Any additional comments?

    LEFT ONE WANTING TO KNOW THE FATE OF THE COLONY - I ASSUME THEY ALL DIED A SLOW DEATH.

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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-03-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-03-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Chilling"

    Some reviewers complained about this short story, but I found it well written and well performed. Yes, it isn't really a stand alone story, unless you like unresolved stories (remember reading The Lottery in high school English class?), but I found myself hoping for a good ending. You find out what happened to this colony in the next installment.

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    John D. Ramey Hawaiian Islands 01-28-13
    John D. Ramey Hawaiian Islands 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Walk the Plank to be better than the print version?

    I believe they are pretty equal, but as a person that does a lot of commuting on the subway I find the audio book to be more convenient. Plus I can listen to it while jogging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Walk the Plank?

    The story itself, it's only 30 minutes long and part of a larger collection of short stories.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    He's a good narrator that gets the story across without seeming to hammy or boring.


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

    Yup, only 30 minutes!


    Any additional comments?

    Scalzi is a pretty good author for fun sci-fi. Nothing extremely academic in his writing, but I love it! Give "Old Man's War" a try and if you like it then pick up all of the human division. Better yet, just buy all of the Human Division, it's only 69 cents (for subscribers) an episode!

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    Geoff Redondo Beach, CA, USA 01-27-13
    Geoff Redondo Beach, CA, USA 01-27-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very different from the first episode"

    The first episode was very much a standard short story, so i was a bit surprised when the second episode turned out to be in the format of a script. This is the first time i've ever listened to an audio transcription of a script, and it's a bit odd. Hearing the name of the person read before each line is a lot weirder than reading it that way, and can get a bit confusing at times. I never really did get used to it. If this turns out to be a regular feature of a lot of the later episodes i may have to consider switching to the ebook versions.

    The story itself was decent. It does concern a completely different set of characters than the first episode, but if it had been published in the form of a novel it wouldn't surprise you at all for chapter one to deal with one set of characters and chapter two to deal with another. In a "normal" story we would expect the two (or more) tales to weave together at some point, but i have no idea if that will occur in this case.

    So aside from the script format weirdness this was a perfectly decent chapter. Though if it turns out there are a lot of 30-40 minute episodes for almost a dollar each i may start getting concerned. I'm wondering if it would have been better if they'd offered the option to get a full or half season for a credit.

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    Chase FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-30-13
    Chase FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-30-13
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    "horrid"

    I dont know why the same narrator would change his style. In ep1 he was alright, in this ep i couldnt even tolerate it. Reading names before each sentence, reading doors opening, horrible. What a shame, I was really looking forward to the hole series after the first episode. Now? skipping all the rest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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