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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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    "entertaining multi layered story!"

    The free audible novella was my first introduction to this writer. His story telling style of slowly revealing the story on multiple layers. He made me care about the characters viewpoints. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Great story; however, a lot like Starship Troopers, Enders Game and a few others. Would suggest for all those who believe in the life after.

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    "The best kind of military Sci-Fi"

    Exploratory, gritty, real... and hilarious. If you love the genre and introspective thinking and geriatric reflection, this is perfection.

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    Jon S. 09-23-16
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    "Great book, decent reading"

    Loved listening to the book, but the narrator didn't do a great job when it came to character voices. Pretty much everyone had a back-off-throat, Clint Eastwood old-timey western drawl. Not super immersive. I get that he was doing that to represent the older characters, but when it shifts to younger characters the drawl remains.

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    "Didn't disapoint"
    What made the experience of listening to Old Man's War the most enjoyable?

    The story was really well paced and interesting throughout. The plot was well thought out and the main character had depth.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was very professional.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good quality sci fi with a feeling of adventure and interesting aliens. Not hard to get through at all.

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    "Good book, but Dufris is awful"
    If you could sum up Old Man's War in three words, what would they be?

    God Awful Narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is interesting, light sci-fi. I feel that if I read it on print, it'd be decent. As it is, though, I can't stand it. Dufris narrates every character with chummy good cheer. Every sentence, no matter how serious, seems to end in a punchline. The only way you can tell characters apart is by his voice acting, as he turns all their words into wry jokes. It's awful.

    It is unfortunate for me that I am a fan of many of the books he narrates.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    I am going to avoid him like my ex mother in law.


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

    Maybe read in one sitting. But listen? No. I'm no masochist.


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    Marie 09-01-16
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    "Old mans war review"

    One of the BEST books I have ever read. It reaches out and touches your soul. It brings out the best and worst of our species with thought provoking reality!

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    Chris Morgan North Richland Hills, TX United States 08-30-16
    Chris Morgan North Richland Hills, TX United States 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book. decent narration"

    I've really enjoyed the book and the narration was good except one thing. the incredibly cliche voice of Allen, a character who is gay. In the book, Allen being gay comes as a surprise to the other characters and is a completely inconsequential detail. However, for the audio version he's essentially voiced to sound like Tim Gunn and it's about as cliche a voice for a homosexual character as possible. that he was gay was apparent to me well before the other characters in the book and it was distracting throughout the remainder.

    Otherwise no real complaints.

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    boxcarbilly 08-26-16
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    Started a little preachy, moved forward at a fast pace and subtle humor. Thumbs up!

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    Mike Sewell 08-24-16
    Mike Sewell 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "old view of current tech. very good!"

    looking forward to the next few books in this series. great looking forward from the past.



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