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    • 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 11,613
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,911
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,872

    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
    • Not the best of Scalzi

    • By Gonzalo on 05-11-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 16,172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,303

    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

    • 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 3,540
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307

    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: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,806
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,072
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,050

    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

    • 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 8,211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,181

    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 16,075
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,060
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15,044

    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
    • Clever, creative, and FUN!

    • By Kent on 04-18-13
    • 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 16,075 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 6,098
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,389

    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 Android's Dream

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,022
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,183

    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

    • 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 10,536
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,580
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,571

    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
    • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

    • By Bryan on 04-22-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 3,920
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599

    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 Middling Position

    • By linda on 05-23-13

    Regular price: $21.95

    • The Dispatcher

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,925
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,866

    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 End of All Things

    • Old Man's War, Book 6
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

    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

    • Zoe's Tale

    • Old Man's War, Book 4
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,920

    "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

    • 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 9,625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,770
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,778

    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

    • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Amber Benson
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,531
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,294
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,313

    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
    • Scalzi Locks In Another Winner

    • By Bruce Derflinger on 09-22-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 1,079
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 987

    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

    • 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 646
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 604
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605

    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

    • We Only Need the Heads

    • The Human Division, Episode 3
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 863
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 778
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 779

    CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

    We Only Need the Heads is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • * said;* said;* said;* said;* said;

    • By Professor on 02-02-13

    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 1,062
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 891
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 897

    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

    • Walk the Plank

    • The Human Division, Episode 2
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 927
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 836
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 839

    Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring Hard-to-Follow Transcript

    • By AudioAddict on 03-17-13

    Regular price: $0.99

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