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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

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2006

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

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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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Amazing!!!!!

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

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A Masterpiece

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes! William Dufris is simply amazing. This is a brilliant piece of sci-fi and action. I mean...if you love sci-fi and especially Heinlein, this is a must read for anyone I know and don't know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Man's War?

I really liked the "boot camp" portion where the new soldiers learn to use their new bodies. Some how it kind of reminds me of my boot camp days back in the Corp...very slightly reminiscent.

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

Amazing. Brilliant. Superb. Fantastic...He is just awesome!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Um...little green men? haha

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Excellent Listen

What did you love best about Old Man's War?

This book surprised me. The description intrigued me just enough to add to my wish list, but sat there for some time. I finally purchased it and gave it a listen. Glad I did. While the science is soft, it is innovative and interesting, and of course tachyons come to the rescue to solve a tough problem like in any good sci fi novel. Scalzi brings up lots of interesting moral issues about end of life, what constitutes being human, human cloning, use of artificial and alien technology/biology to improve the human function, reason/motivation/revulsion for soldiering, and other issues.

What did you like best about this story?

The pace is just fast enough to stay engaged, but slow enough to develop interesting characters.

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Could Have Been 5 *

This was a great story. Lots of action, romance, I really cared about the characters. The plot was fairly unique and we'll written. Narration was great. What brought it down to 4 * was the excessive taking of God's name in vain. It was the go to expletive, needless & highly offensive in what could have been an awesome story. Was it supposed to make the story more realistic? If I was more realistic I'll read nonfiction, not science fiction, which should be somewhat realistic but requires some suspension of disbelief.
Why not take Allah's name in vain? Or Buddha? Gandi or Confucius? Because those communities would be in an uproar. I am a military veteran & did not hear God's name taken in vain as much as in this story.
If you can get past that, or if that doesn't bother you, this is a great story.

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Phenomenal book. Sets a great pace, I recommend.

I've read the entire series at this point. The first book stands on its own, introduces great characters and allows a definitive ending that you can walk away from if you so choose. No spoilers... recommended this book to a couple of friends and sent a digital purchase to a few buddies who were deployed. They also liked it. Basically the earth is overpopulated, 3rd world countries citizens can apply for a migration Visa to be a stead holder on a newly founded colony in a distant world somewhere in the galaxy. First world country citizens can only join up at advanced age (think it's 65), and only for the military arm of the Terran space coalition, which is an entity completely separated from Earth and it's countries. No one on earth knows why you need to be soo old, and once you leave earth no one ever comes back. It's a great action space sci fi Military book.

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My favorite book (and perhaps series)

Old Man's War has everything. Love, War, intrigue, a hilarious training Sergeant, wry but welcome humor, all played out by a cast of mostly ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary adventure that explores the ranges of human emotion in context far beyond what I could expect from any other book. The descriptions of loss and grief are particularly well detailed along with the shimmers of hope renewed faith in humanity and purpose.

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Surprisingly deep

I wasn't expecting much more out of this book than a standard syfi book however it Came around with a surprisingly emotional and strong finish. It's has a wide universe that I'd love to lean more about. The narrator is neither amazing nor bad but acceptable. A well written book for sure

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Good to the end!

I can't convey the struggles of this book to you or any due to not wanting to spoil it for you. just know that I listened to the book off and on for 6 days straight and each time it was a pleasure to imagine myself as one of the characters. This book is very compelling story and has some compelling characters along the way. so why not check it out for yourself.