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The Sagan Diary Audiobook

The Sagan Diary

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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.

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    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 08-19-09
    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2009

    A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.

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    "Incredible"

    This short story is amazing. The words flow with poetic grace and touch the heart and mind.
    I think Scalzi is ever bit as good as Robert Heinlen at his best!
    I can't wait to listen to the Ghost Brigades.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-24-11
    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm really not sure what I think of this."

    As the title says, I'm really not sure what I think of this. On an intellectual level, I thought it was a mostly well written piece. However, I didn't really enjoy it very much. I won't give any spoilers, but there was an event towards the end of the second book that Sagan went into more detail about in this book. That was the only part of the book I really enjoyed.

    There is also a chapter in the book completely about sex. In the first two books I thought that the way sex was handled was mostly well done and pretty tastefully done. Tastefully done in the context of the characters anyway. In this book I could say the same thing if the chapter had been about half as long as it was. I found myself rolling my eyes after a while and just wishing it would hurry up already.

    This is also a personal preference, but I've never particularly enjoyed women narrators. It's rare that I think one ever does a great job. Something about a female voice tends to let my mind wander more than usual. That problem is especially bad in such a short book, but as I said, this is just a personal preference. Stephanie Wolfe wasn't particularly bad, but she wasn't very engaging either.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Alldredge Seattle 04-09-17
    John Alldredge Seattle 04-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Very Good: Cerebral and emotional"
    Any additional comments?

    This isn't really a 'story', in the usual sense: nothing actually happens, although events in earlier books are alluded to. This is more of a reflective meditation on Jane Saga's life as she prepares to change it utterly. It made me think about my own life and identity in new ways, which I value. For all the depth of emotion and thought, it is often also surprisingly funny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Cullen 02-08-17
    L. Cullen 02-08-17

    Mom looking for good family fare

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    "Wonderful"

    This isn't so much a story as it is poetry. It's beautifully evocative, thoughtful and graceful.

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    amanda ducharme 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Please, no."

    Ok. I usually enjoy Scalzi. And I know he's trying out something different here. But can he please never ever write as a woman in love again. Please?

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    David D. Schneider 10-24-16 Member Since 2017

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Worst Scalzi book I've ever read! ____________ 😱"

    5 stars is great.
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    1 star is awful.
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    To be honest this doesn't even sound like Scalzi's writing. It's awful and filled with cliches that are just miserably done. Vomit here "_____" 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

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    Scott Johnson 06-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "an interesting perspective from Jane Sagan"

    this is one of those character development books that makes me hope that she is in future books as I work through the series. a worthy read for this who are already hooked on the story line

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    dave fay 05-27-16
    dave fay 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "just a really long poem"

    if you like poetry, this is probably good.
    I don't.
    a a a a a

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    Quin 02-27-16
    Quin 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dale johnson 01-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

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