The Dog King

The Human Division, Episode 7
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: The Human Division, Book 7
Length: 58 mins
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CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.

"The Dog King" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.
©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Best Episode Yet!!!!

I really liked this episode.
A bit different than the rest, there are several funny points here, Wilson is a good character....

And c'mon, a title that says "the dog king" is interesting in a space theme book. What is really good in this series is how everyone keeps on pointing the blame and faluts toward Wilson.

Cheers

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Delightful Short Story

In my opinion, this book is the only standalone story in this series since The B-Team (first episode). It is clever and humorous, yet within the realm of The Human Division sci-fi background. I would definitely recommend this for a light 58-minute listen!

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Wondering if This Series is For You?

If you've been keeping an eye on this series, but haven't been sure whether to give it a shot or not, this is the episode for you. It's under an hour long, filled with fun SF stuff, humor, dog-eating alien plants (relax, it's totally fine), and completely self-contained, and as entertaining as you'd expect from Scalzi.

I personally found it to be the right balance of ridiculous SF fun at the ideal length. For less than a dollar, it's hard to beat.

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Good but not his best

The Human Division is another chapter in the saga of Old Man's War, which is a hit and miss series. This one is somewhere in the middle. Good humor, middling characters, overall engaging writing, and convoluted plot.

I'm giving it a rock-bottom overall score due to the fact that this is not the version you should get. Pick up the final full book, not these expensive piece meal episodes.

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Typical "off the wall" Scalzi

Cute short story in the typical humor of Scalzi. I found it an enjoyable hour. Maybe not his best work but certainly worth the few cents it cost.

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Enjoyed this one the most

I enjoyed the series more as I went through each episode. At first I struggled because it seemed like random stories set in this universe. But as it continued and I realized it was interwoven story lines I enjoyed them more. The main characters were enjoyable. It's pretty traditional sci fi fare but still worth the read.

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Unexpectedly Hilarious

Creative story line, lotsa heart, my favorite episode so far.
The overall story continues straight through this lighthearted fun sideline.

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Like detective stories but not Sci Fi?

Reminds me of the short stories/novellas written in the mystery/whodunnit/Ellery Queen magazines. You don't need a sci fi background to enjoy this "who dunnit" (sort of). This series is going from strength to strength in a gentle. no challenging way. Well written

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Top Notch!

This is a very good but short story. Great narration. Kept me smiling the hole listen.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-02-15

Definitely no dog this

O.K. its a lightweight story but such fun. The versatile and inventive Wilson is thrust into one of his most difficult positions yet - walking the ambassadors dog. Great sardonic dialogue which is brilliantly interpreted by William Dufris and worth every penny of the 79p price. Go buy and enjoy.

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  • Karl Gjertsen
  • 04-08-13

Great short story

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.