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Old Man's War Audiobook

Old Man's War

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Publisher's Summary

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine. And what he will become is far stranger.

©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2006

"Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." (The Washington Post)

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    Michael KINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA, US 02-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "old man's war would be a good movie."

    old man's war is an excellent sci-fi story. could easily be made into a movie with the new cgi technology. could go head to head with avatar!

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    "A refreshing book with a different point of view"

    The title was not glittery enough to catch my eye., being younger. Then, happenstance I read a 2nd positive reference of "0ld Man's War".

    Seeing a complete twist of the value and knowledge mature humans could bring to this sci-fi world was remarkable. My first given 5 star rating.

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    Michael 02-17-17
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    "scalzis writing is amazing"

    I am fast becoming a fanboy of John scalzi. he writes the way I think, which while not ideal for the majority of people: suits me just fine. the character arcs in old man's war are well defined, and even when you are led to believe you know a character, they still surprise you. looking forward to book 2.

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    "I said it's OK"

    It's OK to enjoy a Sci-Fi pulp fiction which maybe doesn't have the depth as a classic but good enough to listen thanks to the great narration.

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    "It will get you hooked!"

    set some time aside to listen to all 7 of these books, cause when you start you will not stop

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    "Incredible story!"

    One of my favorites. Scalzi is a master! I look forward to continuing with the series.

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    Mark Dunbarton, NH, United States 01-30-17
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    "Another great story by John Scalzi"

    I have been reading science fiction all my life, cutting my teeth on Asimov, Pournelle and Heinlein. This book reminds me of those great sci-fi writers. All of his books are entertaining, have great characters and have plots that are surprising.

    Loved seeing the "Old Darts" find their way in the CDF in their new circumstances.

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    Robert 01-27-17
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    "fantastic read"

    read it twice, back to back! (was waiting on next credit to get the second book, but was just as good second time through. )

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    "great book. great performance"

    that story bringing me to tears every time. I read it for the 6th time now and it just magical and bringing depth to life most valuable and interesting questions. a must-read

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    CGS3 01-19-17
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    "Amazing!!!!!"

    Listened to this book in two days, and I work a full time job! Enough said!

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