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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
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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
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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • R
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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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