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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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    Besendorfer Books LLC 05-30-16 Member Since 2010

    I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.

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    This is not one of my favorite books by this author. It is more like a fictional memoir. It could have used more humor. I won't be listening to the other books in this series. But try some of this authors stand alone books. They are often funny and have engaging plots.

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    M. Neil Philadelphia, PA 05-18-16
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    Innovative story. Kept my attention and Dufris again demonstrates he's an amazing performer. Had me in tears at one point.

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

    It started slow but then let me tell you it changed as I couldn't stop listening and great ending to a great story


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

    You did not see anything coming which was great


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    Rick Thompson Elgin, SC USA 05-11-16
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    I've read this book at least five times, and just finished my third or fourth listen to the audio book.
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    If you like starship troopers, armor, or the forever war you will enjoy this. 15th word.

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    R. A. Grosse Cincinnati, OH 04-30-16 Member Since 2016

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    It's not everyday you get the chance to listen to a good book, but this is one og them. Enjoy.

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    "Modern Classic of Military Space Opera"

    Along with many other 75-year-olds, John Perry joins the Colonial Defense Forces with the primary goal of becoming young again. The CDF works as a military unit that protects human colonist on numerous worlds, using Earth as a recruiting grounds for colonists (from third world countries) and soldiers (from first world countries).

    Scalzi has crafted a great series opener for a Military Space Opera delving into bio-engineering, cyber-additions, and questioning the meaning of humanity amidst a backdrop of high action. Scalzi manages to be thought provoking while developing interesting characters and sustaining an intensity through military operations.

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    Robert K. 04-18-16
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    loved this and it's reading. only criticism I have is the singular voice actor. I prefer group reads.

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    Very good story I loved every minute of the story. Going to get the second book now.

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    Loved it. Loved the various forms of alien life, customs and adventures. Loved the idea of a new available to us at a time when we can clearly see the end of this life. Loved the idea of new and augmented bodies. Feared and questioned the idea of such a governmental body as the CDF without obvious oversight.

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