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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.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 02-25-13
    Nicholas PORT ORCHARD, WA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Three in and still going strong."
    What made the experience of listening to We Only Need the Heads the most enjoyable?

    Dufris continues to perform outstandingly, and Scalzi continues to deliver great stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Only Need the Heads?

    Swearing at the main character when she did something particularly, spoiler-relatedly stupid.


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

    I don't recall what the Bula Ambassador's name is, but the voice was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rmzetak BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-13-13
    rmzetak BAYTOWN, TX, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "ODD FEELING"
    Any additional comments?

    MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW A GROUP LOOKS AT ACTION - WHEN THE HUMANS DID THE THING IT WAS OKAY - BUT WHEN THE ALIENS DID IT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vernon ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-06-13
    Vernon ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Short"

    The first two "Episodes" (released together) were interesting and built a good foundation for the characters and their roles. This episode was only slightly over one hr. in length and was more of a very short story with the same characters. I was disappointed in the brevity of the story and how it ended. I'm reminded of the old hamburger chain commercial "where's the beef". This just was not on par with the authors previous work.

    If future "episodes" are this short and weak in story line development then I will probably discontinue purchasing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-03-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-03-13 Member Since 2010

    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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    "Uh-oh! Talk your way out of this one"

    Yes, it's getting better, and the plot lines are starting to come out. It can't be easy writing an entire book that is made up of short stories that are interrelated, but so far, Scalzi is managing it. I do wish he would find words other than 'said' for his dialogue. Gets irritating! He does this in all his books, so I guess it won't change anytime soon. If these stories are your first introduction to Scalzi, try some of his other books to get a better idea of his writing style. I especially recommend Fuzzy Nation or Agent to the Stars.

    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

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to We Only Need the Heads the most enjoyable?

    I like this serialized format. It's like watching a TV show in book format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Wilson


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

    The same. It's great!


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 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 4 people found this review helpful
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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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