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At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future - a chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth. But not everyone wants the human division to be repaired.... And they will go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t....

"Earth Below, Sky Above" 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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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 04-10-13

Thrilling Yet Open-Ended Conclusion

The thrilling conclusion to Scalzi's serial "The Human Division" series nevertheless ends with a wide-open story still to be told. We finally get the biggest space battle yet, along with some harrowing scenes of danger facing our principle characters. If you've followed the series up till now, you will be satisfyingly rewarded, yet salivating for more. Lets hope the sequel, in whatever form it may take, will come out soon!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Whittier, CA
  • 04-11-13

Go Down with the Ship! Season 1 Ends Here!

This one has almost everything you can hope for with regards to a finale. Bar fight! Ambushes! Escapes! Flirtations! Old friends! First Cousins! Unitards! Sacrifices! I enjoyed it, but half way through things get as intense as you could hope for.

Don't be fooled by the Final Episode tags - this is really more like a season finale, and there will be more. That said, I am disappointed with some of the revelations - or more accurately, the lack thereof. There's one Scalzi's been stringing along since the very first episode, and it's a bit frustrating to still know very little about it.

Dufris's narration, as usual, was excellent. He provided levity when necessary, and expertly helped ratchet up the tension.

All-in-all, it was a fun way to spend Tuesdays, so I'm glad the ride doesn't quite end here, and look forward to more adventures with the B-Team.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Its Official, it a great series

Ok then, here you get it all, a lot of the characters during this whole series are either there or talked about, so many dots get connected and so many questions come up, the main question for sure is "WHO THE ^&%# IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS??"

Let me say this book is all about earth and its future, you are going to love this book if you are a fan of this series. Its the best book.

Looking forward to see what will happen in the upcoming series .

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable, Short Sci-Fi

STORY - This is definitely one of the better books in this series of short stories. The main characters from the other books have all joined together in this one, and "The B Team" from Book 1 finally is acknowledged as a topnotch A team. There is some good sci-fi action -- attack upon space stations, humans escaping into shuttles, good stuff. If Scalzi writes other books in this series, I will consider hearing them. I haven't completely enjoyed this series as a whole, as some of the books have been quite boring, but the saga has gained speed and I'm interested in how the human race will survive this division amongst themselves. Scalzi's irritating writing style of identifying the speakers every time they open their mouths is not quite as bothersome in this book, though it used to drive me INSANE!

PERFORMANCE - Okay. Doesn't add or subtract from the story.

OVERALL- Good book. The problem is that it doesn't really stand alone so you kinda need to hear the other 12 short stories that come before this one and -- well, they haven't been as good as this one.

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  • Dave
  • Wylie, TX, United States
  • 04-20-13

What, that's it?

I was surprised that this was the last “episode” of the book because the story just…stopped. I was initially intrigued by the episodic nature of this “book”, but I don’t think I will do this again. Keeping track of the 13 parts on my MP3 player is a pain. I liked the different perspectives portrayed through the episodes, but it seemed like a couple of them were just thrown in to fill out the “book”. William Dufris is a fantastic narrator, and I love the “Old Man’s War” universe, but there is a reason why books with multiple perspectives are 40 hours long. In general, I enjoy Scalzi’s stories, but someone should do a word count to see how many times the word “said” is used in his work. My wife will no longer listen to his books because of the repetition of that word. It seems to show up about every 10 seconds, which makes about 3600 times in a 10 hour book. I’m sure this is an exaggeration… well, maybe not THAT sure. Enough said.

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Scalzi is without equal.

I've read every thing Scalzi has written since I stumbled across "The Little Fuzzy". Bare in mind, I don't typically like Science Fiction, I'm a really old man. Scalzi is the only exception. He writes with consideration for people who are not young techno-wizards who can visualize anything tech and ascribe an actual entity to a verbal description. In other words; I could understand every paragraph. His plots are intriguing; his characterization is complete; and his stories are very interesting and fast paced. Last but truly best is Scalzi's sense of humor. His Characters have great humor; making all of his books fun to read. I would really like to crawl through Scalzi's brain. That would be a very interesting and fun trip. Really, I have loved every book he has written and I'm waiting for the next. Lastly, I watched Will Wheaten grow up on T.V., but didn't expect to ever hear him as a narrator with that whinny voice on STNG. I was so wrong. He is a great narrator with flexibility, humor, expression, and a depth that blows me away.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Read them in order

I enjoyed the series more as I went through each episode. At first I struggled because it seemed like random stories set in this universe. But as it continued and I realized it was interwoven story lines I enjoyed them more. The main characters were enjoyable. It's pretty traditional sci fi fare but still worth the read.

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This story, unfortunately, is totally implausible 😱

5 star great.
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Still worth a listen but for the Colonial Union to have essentially NO security around the Earth Station Space Station while meeting with all the highest statesmen of ALL the nations of earth -- a Station that has apparently NO defenses of its own -- is ludicrous . . . __________________________________
And another plot inconsistency. Robotic skip drones used for long distance communication need a "safe" skip zone -- which the author has a character say is two hours by radio frequency away from the Space Station -- but the enemy ships (which are of the same technology as our ships) (16 of them) skip directly into existence a short distance from the Space Station. _______bad writing consistency and I'm disappointed 😱

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No resolution, felt like filler...

Lots of wise-cracking but not a lot of plot in this segment. I heard this was the last one, but nothing is really resolved. Kind of felt like filler.

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Very Good BUT this CAN'T be the end!

I started to like these very short 13 books. But as the 13 book came to an end, there was ahole lot more to write about, This seems to just be the begining to a very large saga! Mr. Scalzi don't keep your fans waiting!! MORE!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful