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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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  • kevin
  • HAVERTOWN, PA, United States
  • 05-27-13

New Series

What did you love best about The Human Division?

This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series<br/>

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

Good Characterization of the voices

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next book

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Interesting story, but leaves too many loose ends

The stories and characters in this book are good and enjoyable, but since it is part of a bigger universe, there is the perennial problem that it must, of course, set up for the next book in the series, and this particular book leaves too many unresolved endings to be really satisfying.
Also, the author (John Scalzi) has got to learn to stop using the word "said". He does it in all of his books, but it is particularly bad in this case when it was written for audiobook. His editors should also wean him of this habit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not quite a novel, more than a set of stories

The Human Division is organized as a set of Episodes, each of them involving the B-team, a group of low level diplomats with their side-kick and Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) technical expert Harry Wilson, well known to readers of Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series. The B-team is really an A-team that has been recruited to solve unsolvable problems, but they do not know how well they are regarded by the powers that be. This makes for some fun moments and interesting twists as our diplomatic heroes attempt to keep the Colonial Union out of fights it can't possibly win against a conclave of hundreds of other races determined to keep humanity from spreading through the galaxy as quickly as it would like.

You don't have to have read the previous Harry Wilson books to enjoy this one because the episodes are very self-contained and self-explanatory. Indeed, the one flaw in this collection is the redundancy that comes from assembling stories each of which was written so that it could stand alone. That means that the same background material often gets repeated. You will, however, want to read whatever Scalzi writes next in this universe because the episodes end just as new threats and mysteries are revealed. I can't wait to find out where he takes us.

Reader William Dufris interprets Scalzi's sarcastic and amusing characters exactly as I would have imagined them, so kudos on the performance as well.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not up to par

What would have made The Human Division better?

Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.

What three words best describe William Dufris’s voice?

Complacent, unmotivated, telling

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.

Any additional comments?

Editing would have really helped. I realize this was a combined serial story, but the writing was so amateur it was laughable. I'm hoping for better luck with Old Man's War.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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thoroughly enjoyable.

light-hearted, and with enjoyable, relatable characters. sometimes the sharp quips get a bit over the top, and the occasional rash of "X said, y said, X said, y said" is a bit tedious, but overall it's a great tale.

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Turned it off after 4 hours

I loved the first 3 Old Man's War books, but I couldn't get into this one. The writing is not really suited for Audiobooks - way too much dialog where each person just says a single, short sentence which really makes it obvious how often the narrator had to say &quot;said so-and-so&quot;. Regardless, the stories just aren't interesting. With the previous books, Scalzi mixed humor, sci-fi and interesting plots. This has none of those things.

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I was dissapointed

Bring back Perry!! Unlike the first books in the series this one is very hard to follow. Scalzi endears us to characters then poof their gone except for a few quick references. I'm debating on whether to continue with the series or not.

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Political Correctness run amok

Unless you are a social justice warrior you probably won't like this book. If I want to get political correctness shoved down my throat I'll tune in CNN. I prefer to keep recreational fiction separate from politics.
Frankly, aside from the nauseating virtue signaling the story was pretty lame too. Heavy on boring dialogue that lacked any skill or interest, and not very much action. Not exactly what I look for in military sci-fi.

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The Best "Old Man's War" Audio book yet!!!

The Human Division covers a lot of space and offers a great deal of entertainment, providing many characters, both old (prior) and new, several plots and sub-plots move us along in the human and non-human universes. I can truthfully say that, thus far, this book is the best book yet in this series of the Old Man's War. However, this may change, as I'm just about to start the next book in the series! I can truthfully say that John Scalzi's writing has improved, in many ways, with each book that he writes. The narrator, William Dufris, sounds like an old friend by now, as he has narrated most of this series of books, and he is good, using his talents to easily bring life and understanding in a very natural way to the characters of these books. I can truthfully say that these audio books would not be as enjoyable were it not for his talented portrayals of so many of the different characters in these books!

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Where is Wil Wheaton?

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Scalzi wrote another wonderful, funny story, an excellent installment of the Old Man's War. But I have become spoiled, expecting to hear Wil Wheaton reading Scalzi to me. This narrator has a lovely voice, but is just not my cup of tea. He makes most of the characters sound like MUCH bigger jerks than I think Scalzi intended. And he just sounds terribly bored with the whole thing. I am hoping that the final book in the series is read by Wil Wheaton. Fingers crossed.