• War Dogs

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An epic interstellar tale of war from master of science fiction.

One more tour on the red.Maybe my last.

They made their presence on Earth known 13 years ago.

Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus.

It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back.

It was a very big shoe, completely slathered in crap.

They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin - and they needed our help.

And so our first bill came due. Skyrines like me were volunteered to pay the price. As always.

These enemies were already inside our solar system and were moving to establish a beachhead, but not on Earth.

On Mars.

©2014 Greg Bear (P)2014 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"Not for those who prefer their space opera simple-minded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder." ( Publisher's Weekly on Hull Zero Three)
" Hull Zero Three is a grand adventure of scientific discovery in the tradition of Orphans of the Sky and Rendezvous with Rama - by turns chilling and touching, it poses challenging questions about what it means to be human." (Charles Stross)
"Packed with adventure and incident...and conveyed with gritty realism." ( Kirkus on War Dogs)

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intro to a new universe and not much else

Unsatisfying. Story raises many questions and resolves precious few of them. Character development minimal. New science fiction concepts minimal. Seems like a military sci-fi, but military action minimal. Appears to be solely an introduction to a new universe. My time would have been much better spent revisiting Starship Troopers.

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  • 11-07-14

Yes! It well catch you.

Would you listen to War Dogs again? Why?

Yes! Little things missed. Underpinning psychology is great, and provides thought provoking ideas.

What did you like best about this story?

Some sense of truth.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

Didn't overdue the female parts.

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

Sure, but had to break it up.

Any additional comments?

Make this a series, please!

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Interesting Intro to a Series

Would you consider the audio edition of War Dogs to be better than the print version?

No, nothing beats a book in your hands, but I did enjoy the story and the performance via audio.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the story line. It kept me interested and wanting more.

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoyed the narrator. He did a good job with the story and the characters. So far, he is my favorite narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

I understand other reviewers frustration with the lack of sci fi or military sci fi. The story does not contain much pure sci fi. It also is clearly leading the reader to expect more details and story to come. I found the military parts of the story a bit much at times, but that is just personal preference. It's not that it was poorly written. Those points aside, I did enjoy the story and found myself eager to hear more. It contained interesting concepts and characters were beginning to be developed more fully. I plan to continue to the next book in the series.

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Great listen but only half story told

Loved what was there. Don't know if Greg Bear just ran out of energy, gave up and gave a great story an unsatisfying ending or he is planning a sequel. I hope it is the latter. This is the second book by a famous author I've read lately that reached the number of words required by the publisher and just ended.

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Terrific Read

Thanks for good science along with an exciting read. I hope there will be more.

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Barely listenable. Pass this up.

The novel has almost no story line.
There is an almost complete lack of character development. With some writers the characters are so engaging that you can wait to follow them in their next exploits ie, Lee Child, BV Larson, Nelson Demille. Not so this book.
I struggled even to finish listening to the end.
Greg Bear has such a strong left wing ideological bent that permeates this book that everything becomes nonsensical.
The author seems to lack even a rudimentary understanding of human nature, economics, history, economic history, geo politics, or American politics or political history.
It has been more than 15 years since I read my last Greg Bear book. But this was on sale for only $3 so I thought, "why not?" It was a waste of $3 and my time to listen to it.
And, like every other Greg Bear book, this book focused on 'Magical Mars'.
In conclusion, this was a flat out awful book.

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Pidgin English from Martians a major distraction

good book but the "Martians" dialogue is difficult to follow requiring several rewinds for me to stay with the story. I don't think the print version would be as problematic.

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Weak. Derivative. Boring.

Turns out clever jargon for alien overlords, suspended animation, combat equipment and weapons isn't sufficient for a Mil-Spec SF book. Couldn't hold my interest. Also: pet peeve here. Directors, producers and narrators are responsible for the correct pronunciation of terminology. Especially, scientific and technical terms. This one failed early on.

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When did it become vogue to not end a novel?

Where does War Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like Greg Bear. I like Greg Bear's writing. Why then, after about a dozen hours of listening to a captivating tale, does this author just leave the story without an ending. Did Greg get bored and decide it was time to end the book? Did he decide the word count was getting too great? Did he suddenly drop dead and leave the unfinished work for his agent to finish?Sheesh! Why do some author's feel that not having an ending is an ending?In case Greg (or any other author out there) reads this: I DON'T CARE HOW NEAT YOUR IDEA IS OR HOW GREAT YOUR WRITING IS, JUST STOPPING A NOVEL IS NOT THE SAME AS ENDING ONE!Please, people, don't let this kind of idiocy propagate through English literature. Tell the authors that you expect them to finish what they start!Great performance by the reader, well written story, just about 50k words short of a novel.

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Mmmppphhh

Nothing against the author. Just didn’t really care for the story. Didn’t really strike a chord with me. Not to mean that may not be a good story. Just didn’t care for the way it was written.