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Old Man's War Audiobook

Old Man's War: Old Man's War, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

At 75 years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.

©2007 Audio Renaissance (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters." (The Times)
"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master.... This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity." (Publishers Weekly)
"Solid...[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Thought-provoking!" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. It's The Forever War with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true." (Cory Doctorow)

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    Neil Power 06-23-17
    Neil Power 06-23-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Damn it kept me awake!"

    I use audio books to help me sleep by distracting from overthinking. This engrossed me.

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    Ryan 04-08-17
    Ryan 04-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great start to a series"

    If you like The Expanse or Columbus Day series you should like this.

    Starts off a bit slow but towards the end you really buy into the characters and story line. Well worth the investment.

    More comedy than The Expanse and at least has some sex in it which is more than I can say for some books. Excited to read the next one in the series.

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  • Andy
    Nuneaton, England
    10/26/17
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    "Unnexpectedly funny, new take on Sci Fi Cliche"

    At first when the book began I thought the story was going to be a slow, drab affair, but about 10 minutes in my mind was changed. I am currently 6 hours in, and think its worth writing a review already. I was listening to this in my car on a long journey home from Scotland, and at times it had me crying with laughter, particularly the drill sergeant scenes. William Dufris does a fantastic job, a minor quibble may be his grasp of the female voice for those characters, somebody else said he said like a drag queen, that's a spot on description, but it doesn't in any way detract from his excellent narration of the story, clear, concise, with a great ability at bringing home the jokes like they were meant to be read.
    The story itself is a great change from the standard sci fi fayre, its not all about the tech, although it is of course mentioned and in some cases explained, its more about the characters, who are engaging and memorable. This really is worth a listen, can't recommend it enough.

    Top marks. Good fun, certainly made my drive down the motorway fly by!

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  • Árni
    10/14/17
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    "Amagad "

    I faking lived it.. So. Pro
    Space pew pew of the highest quality jizz jizz haha

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  • Esmeralda
    9/14/17
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    "Loved it"

    I loved the book and the narration.

    For me the story was something new and there was enough sci fi and personal touches in it to make it very enjoyable.

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  • Grazzer
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    7/31/17
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    "Excellent read"

    One of the best stories I have listened to. Very entertaining and funny in the first quarter. Maybe as I approach 75 I can relate to the old farts and the problems of an aging body. Then a bit more seriousness enters the mix, not too much, but enough to add variety to the story. A most enjoyable read.

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  • Martin Mears
    7/28/17
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    "Brilliant, performance really kept me tuned in."

    Great story, the concepts were well described and I easily fell into the 'universe of the story' , performance.was cool too. thanks

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  • matt hall
    7/19/17
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    "Good fun"

    Scalzi does a great job of world building with some accessible characters. People compare this to starship troopers and the forever war but for me the closest comparison is bill the galactic hero. As usual with scalzi there's more going on under the surface and I'm looking forward to returning to this world to learn more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn. R. Winters
    Cardiff UK
    6/8/17
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    "Scalzi is consistently good."

    Imagine in the far flung future wars are fought by the elderly, given new bodies and a new lifespan, in a galaxy where a race for expansion and survival is carried out by a multitude of different races of mixed ability and levels of development.

    Scalzi's ready wit, grim as it might be and his fast-paced prose make this eminently listenable. William Dufris's very able narration brings it all to life. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Gavin Jones
    4/16/17
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    "A Top 100 Sci Fi Novel?"

    This book is often compared to Starship Troopers and/or The Forever War. Having just listened to the book I'd say that's like comparing Agadoo to Dancing Queen or Le Freak. The story does have its moments but the whole thing, for me anyway, was destroyed by an almost unbelievable level of unnecessary mawkishness.

    Having said that, I am looking for another series to get into and enjoy so I will be giving the next one a go. Here's hoping.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R
    4/12/17
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    "Ok"

    Not a bad book, not my cup of tea however.

    The book starts off very good with some interesting story lines, the action scenes are superb but it tends to get a little soppy in places which for me just didn't quite gel with the rest of the story line. Overall the narrator is good, but he really needs to work on his female characters as they sound like camp actors from Will & Grace.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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