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We Only Need the Heads: The Human Division, Episode 3 | [John Scalzi]

We Only Need the Heads: The Human Division, Episode 3

CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

We Only Need the Heads is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division.

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CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

We Only Need the Heads 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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    Professor United States 02-02-13
    Professor United States 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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    "* said;* said;* said;* said;* said;"

    this damn transcript style makes me furious
    Obumwe said,
    Eagan said,
    Wilson said,
    Rickney said

    PS
    I think I will wait until all of the episodes are available and continue then.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-05-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    Any additional comments?

    I really like John Scalzi and thought these shorts would be fun to spread out. I just could not listen to all the "saids". Wilson said, John said, Wilson said,,,, etc etc. Frustrating and takes away from what would otherwise be a great story.

    1 of 1 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

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    "Nice Installment to the Series"

    Nice episode, with a nice cliffhanger at the end. We're kind of left with an "uh-oh" moment for our human coalition, as things are looking a bit grim for our team. Looking forward to the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norman J Miller philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-13
    Norman J Miller philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2001

    Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)

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    "B-Team Returns"
    What made the experience of listening to We Only Need the Heads the most enjoyable?

    The Continuing thread.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and Schidmt. Harry is just too smooth and laid back he leaves the worrying to Schmidt


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

    He brings emotion to the scene without being cheesy or camp.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 01-31-13
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Liked the title."

    This book is better than the 2nd one for sure.... The plot is showing bit by bit.... but still... there are many episodes to go... lets see what the 4th one will bring

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "More action than ep2. Missing... something."

    (This follows my review from Eps 1 and 2.) The action in this episode picks up again.

    It's refreshing to see that this series ties-in with where Old Man's War left off. BUT, the "episodes" serial format is losing something in the "feel" of the storyline for me. 'Not sure what it is.

    Maybe its character development. Or maybe it's expectations about which characters I should invest myself in since I don't know if they're going to be around from one ep to the next.

    'Not sure....

    What I am sure about is that the ineffable "feel" of why I enjoyed Old Man's War so much seems to be somewhat muted in this "episodes" format.

    The "self-contained" short story format is a fine experiment, but the whole thing just feels like an anthology of short stories... which is exactly what it is, I suppose. So, maybe that's what it is...?

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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-20-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 03-20-13 Member Since 2013

    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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    "Pretty good but ..."

    This is Episode 3 of the Human Division series. Some reviewers say each episode is a short standalone story, others say Scalzi just divided what would have been one book into multiple separate episodes. I'm not sure I agree with either viewpoint after hearing three episodes. They don't really stand alone unless you're a fan of a very short plot with a flimsy leave-you-wondering type of ending. On the other hand, they don't really seem connected enough to all be parts of one bigger book, at least not yet.

    The story is better written than much of Scalzi's work I've heard so far. It lacked the irritating transcript style of "he said," "she said" which has absolutely ruined some of his other work, in my opinion.

    Reader did a good job, even though it was not a difficult narration to perform.

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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA 02-26-13
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "chapter to remind us war is hell"
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Only Need the Heads to be better than the print version?

    Yes. By hearing the words at a slower pace than I read, it increased the suspense for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a frightening chapter; an excellent counterpoint to the more sarcastic and joking tone of the other chapters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to answer this without giving spoilers, but the description of what happened in the fall was terrifying.


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

    The ending. Good people must sometimes make a hard choice where there are no good choices.


    Any additional comments?

    I read reviews where people complained about the short length. Please remember that this is part of a 13 chapter arc. Some stories will be shorter than others but taken in context of the overall story, I believe it works well.

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    ozgribbo Australia 02-26-13
    ozgribbo Australia 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "More of the same ... thankfully!"

    Great stand alone story that continues the themes set in the human division series. Up to the standard of the great scifi shorts of the 50's and 60s.

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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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    "Pretty Damn Good!"

    Pretty good for a very short story. Nice plot and good narration. Seems like John could have put all these short stories as 1 book.

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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.

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