Regular price: $9.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer.

In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her: silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view - her own. As she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world, Sagan reflects on her life, in her own words - recalling friends, battles, and experiences; illustrating all the violence and wonder of her times; trying to fit "an entire life into this compressed space".

For fans of Scalzi's works, it's an intimate and surprising glimpse into one of his most popular characters. As read by Stephanie Wolfe, it's unlike any other science-fiction story you'll hear this year.

©2006 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    289
  • 4 Stars
    240
  • 3 Stars
    215
  • 2 Stars
    112
  • 1 Stars
    60

Performance

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    341
  • 4 Stars
    224
  • 3 Stars
    130
  • 2 Stars
    36
  • 1 Stars
    20

Story

  • 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    255
  • 4 Stars
    175
  • 3 Stars
    187
  • 2 Stars
    76
  • 1 Stars
    63
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Like Old Man's War series? You will hate this.

Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Stephanie Wolfe and John Scalzi ?

Not any time soon. It is like eating a really bad meal in a local, comfortable beanery. It makes you think you should check out what they have in other places. You know you might come back at some point, but only long long after the memory of the bad meal fades.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything else will be better. I like science fiction and believable aliens. Scalzi does a pretty good job of providing believable aliens. This story does not have them.

Did Stephanie Wolfe and John Scalzi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The entire POS is Jane Sagan talking to herself. Stephanie does well enough reading Scalzi's drivel. Don't blame the messenger on this one!

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

Anger - I feel ripped off with this title. First it isn't long, and even if it was great, the cost is higher than any other audio book you will listen to.<br/>Sadly, it isn't a good use of your time. Scalzi appears to be proud / self-congratulatory of this truly bad story. Seriously, it isn't even close to so-bad-it-is-good. It is just disappointing and does not add to the story-line of the Old Man's War books.<br/>I feel like this story is as close as Scalzi can come to expressing his contempt for women. He said in the forward that this was his first attempt to write a story from the point of view of a woman, and although he beats rippling alliteration to death, he somehow thinks that is all there is in how a woman might think.

Any additional comments?

Avoid this like the pox ridden plague carrier it is. Scalzi has written plenty of acceptable pleasant time wasters. This isn't one of them.<br/>Have you ever looked at something labelled art and said "I can do better than that" and came to the conclusion that it really wasn't art, after all? That is my reaction to this.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

fantastic

one of the best short stories I have read in a long time. I loved it totally. I am sure John's macho readers will disagree but they are wrong. I wept.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Gerald
  • PORTOLA VALLEY, US, Canada
  • 10-05-15

Boring book - didn't get through it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you like "Dear Diary" romance, this is the book for you. Otherwise, skip it.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

Absolutely. I've loved everything else I've listened to by him.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Problem is the story - nothing would help.

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

The whole premise. Don't think editing would have helped.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not Scalzi's best

To tell the truth, I couldn't finish it. It was putting me to sleep in the road. In fairness to Mr. Scalzi, It takes a lot to keep my attention. So it may play better with others.

In the opening Mr. Scalzi said he was trying something new. It may be the style rather than the content that failed with me.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Boring poem read by a robot

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you're into poetic existential angst, this has you written all over it.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

This is a companion story to the Old Man's War series, but it's been a while since I read it, and the speaker doesn't give context for her stream-of-consciousness ramblings, so it all comes off as the whiny, existential angst of a teenager.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Wolfe and John Scalzi ?

John doesn't actually narrate at all -- he included a forward which is not part of the story itself. Stephanie read with almost no emotion at all. It was very similar to what I imagine it would be like to hear Siri read me this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I suppose if you'd JUST read the series, or had a much better memory than mine, it might be more meaningful.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Shows a different side

A quick read which helps give depth to the Character of Jane Sagan. As the author admits in his preface it’s a bit of a departure from the other books in the series which have a lot of action this takes place in Jane’s head and gives a new look at the life of a CDF special forces soldier. It’s some excellent writing and gives the reader a new appreciation for the side of characters that we don’t necessarily see on the pages.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • AmyJ
  • Baden, PA, United States
  • 04-30-15

Truly lovely short story

A beautifully crafted companion piece to Old Man's War. Must read the series though to follow this narrative. Highly recommend to Scalzi readers.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Kyle
  • Annapolis, Maryland, United States
  • 04-29-15

More cerebral than the rest of the series.

It's a fine work, but is more focused on Jane's internal reflections on her life and relationship. There is no action to speak of.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Just okay

It gives a bit more insight into the mind of Jane, but feels like it's trying too hard to be poetic.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A nice add to the Old Man's War books

Although far from essential... It adds a nice voice and a few great points on first love. It fills in nicely the love between John and Jayne that seems to be missing in the Last Colony.