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Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant "B Team", centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Decent In Parts

I think this could have been a pretty good audiobook. Mr. Dufris' narration is fist rate, throughout. Having said that, in my opinion, the author fails on two levels. First, it is too "cutesy". The dialogue used by all the characters smacks of a tv sitcom...maybe even not a bad one, by today's standards. But I can't take it very long. And, it never stops.
My 2nd dislike...overt and overwhelming "political correctness". One can call me a "male chauvinist pig" or something similar, and I won't argue the point. But, the idea of portraying all female characters acting like tough guys, and espousing violence and, in general, acting just like egotistic, alpha males minus the anatomical trappings doesn't seem to serve either the story line or provide any human insights of worth. It's just a form of social pandering that seems to be in vogue, I guess. So as to sell more books of this kind to women? I don't know. Scalzi has talent. Mostly, here, its wasted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Continuing the excellence!

A great continuation of Scalzi's series. I highly recommend this title and series to all scifi fans everywhere. The action continues with more diplomatic intrigue between the three major factions.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book, I want more!

This book was a great addition to the series. I enjoyed it very much. I am left hoping I will see more books in this series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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when is an alien not an alien

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The story was interesting and the twists in it entertaining. The narrator was very good as well. A relaxing listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Usual good book from Scalzi.

This book is the usual Scalzi mix of characters, action, and story. The narration was good. The only thing I wish is that the narration would leave out the "he said" "she said" The narration is good enough that I know which character is speaking

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Scalzi continues to amaze me!

Not only this book works as separate chapters but he continues to develop this huge universe and exploring human culture and condition through adversity and exploring new entities. If you loved Ghost Brigades this book won't disappoint you!

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  • Jason
  • Des Moines, IA
  • 04-18-14

Decided on five stars

This book is really a collection of inter-twined short stories. Scalzi does a great job with his characters and there are some funny moments, and I really like the universe and science that he's created. Something just didn't sit well with me after listening and I was going to give it less than five stars, then I realized the reason was because I was left wanting more.

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  • AJ
  • 11-29-13

Disappointing finish

Each of the books in this series captured my attention with complex story lines and characters, great narration and unexpected twists. This book never brought it together.
The quality of the narration is still there but the story never makes sense and leaves the reader up in the air. If there is to be another book in the series to wrap this all up, I can honestly say I've lost interest and won't bother with any more

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not a Novel

What would have made The Human Division better?

It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator said all of the "he said" and "she said" in a way that became very irritating. Either act the conversations such that these statements are not needed or use other ways to indicate conversation identity.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Division?

I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.

Any additional comments?

Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the original OMW series

As always, Scalzi is very good at wry, cynical dialogue and his space-battle scenes are both exciting and horrific, but he seems to have concentrated more on the novelty of the episodic format here than on a coherent story. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this book is mostly a transportation step towards an even better story to come.

To my taste, the book has too much politics and conspiracy and too little technobabble. I like my space opera technobabble-heavy.
Still, as usual, a great gallery of well-defined and convincing characters are given extra depth and plausibility by William Dufris great narration.

Worth the listen if you don't expect much from it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful