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    • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368

    Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

    • By C. White on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,619
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,605

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun! Things you might want to know:

    • By Alexis on 08-29-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Amber Benson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Sequel

    • By Craig on 04-20-18

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Old Man's War

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,643
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,867
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,885

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

    • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Collapsing Empire

    • The Interdependency, Book 1
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,057
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,449
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,418

    Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just feels small - no sense of scale, so why care?

    • By Ron P on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Amber Benson
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,307
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,088
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,110

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Amber's Narration

    • By Anthony on 09-11-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Ghost Brigades

    • Old Man's War, Book 2
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,546

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Starts slow but comes together in the end.

    • By Lore on 02-15-14

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Redshirts

    • A Novel with Three Codas
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14,822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,885
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13,888

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The real Star Trek

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-14-13
    • A Novel with Three Codas
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 06-05-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 14,822 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Dispatcher

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,874
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,483
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,427

    Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Grief This Was Good

    • By Matthew on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Last Colony

    • Old Man's War, Book 3
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,506
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent But Different

    • By Michael on 12-04-12

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Human Division

    • Old Man's War, Book 5
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-16-14

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Zoe's Tale

    • Old Man's War, Book 4
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,989
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,592
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,591

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bait and switch. Skip it unless you're a teenager.

    • By Mike.the.kraken on 03-05-14

    Regular price: $38.60

    • The End of All Things

    • Old Man's War, Book 6
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris, John Scalzi, Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,590
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,587

    Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • why a lower rating on performance?

    • By D. Kassiday on 09-06-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Fuzzy Nation

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,977
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,160

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

    • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Agent to the Stars

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,772
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,865
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,859

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very funny

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-01-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Android's Dream

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,589
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,587

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

    • By James on 07-26-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The B-Team

    • The Human Division, Episode 1
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 913

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Whole Series – Just OK

    • By Michael on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $0.99

    • The Sagan Diary

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 983
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 814
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 819

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's a Poem

    • By wyatt on 03-27-13

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Miniatures

    • The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Peter Ganim, John Scalzi, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

    The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Small doses of "Scalzian" humor

    • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 01-05-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Black Tide Rising

    • By: John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi, and others
    • Narrated by: Tristan Morris, Tanya Eby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 350

    The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?"

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I DON'T LOOK GOOD IN A FEZ

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-13-16

    Regular price: $24.95

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