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Old Man's War Audiobook

Old Man's War: Old Man's War, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

At 75 years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.

©2007 Audio Renaissance (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters." (The Times)
"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master.... This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity." (Publishers Weekly)
"Solid...[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Thought-provoking!" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures. It's The Forever War with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true." (Cory Doctorow)

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    Ben G 27/11/2017
    Ben G 27/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Naration"

    Having read 3 chapters, but struggling to find the time to read the rest, I hesitantly signed up to audible so I could listen to this on my daily commute. All I can say is the story was great as expected, but the narration that I was worried about doesn't disappoint either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Nuneaton, England 26/10/2017
    Andy Nuneaton, England 26/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Unnexpectedly funny, new take on Sci Fi Cliche"

    At first when the book began I thought the story was going to be a slow, drab affair, but about 10 minutes in my mind was changed. I am currently 6 hours in, and think its worth writing a review already. I was listening to this in my car on a long journey home from Scotland, and at times it had me crying with laughter, particularly the drill sergeant scenes. William Dufris does a fantastic job, a minor quibble may be his grasp of the female voice for those characters, somebody else said he said like a drag queen, that's a spot on description, but it doesn't in any way detract from his excellent narration of the story, clear, concise, with a great ability at bringing home the jokes like they were meant to be read.
    The story itself is a great change from the standard sci fi fayre, its not all about the tech, although it is of course mentioned and in some cases explained, its more about the characters, who are engaging and memorable. This really is worth a listen, can't recommend it enough.

    Top marks. Good fun, certainly made my drive down the motorway fly by!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Esmeralda 14/09/2017
    Esmeralda 14/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I loved the book and the narration.

    For me the story was something new and there was enough sci fi and personal touches in it to make it very enjoyable.

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    Grazzer Northampton, United Kingdom 31/07/2017
    Grazzer Northampton, United Kingdom 31/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read"

    One of the best stories I have listened to. Very entertaining and funny in the first quarter. Maybe as I approach 75 I can relate to the old farts and the problems of an aging body. Then a bit more seriousness enters the mix, not too much, but enough to add variety to the story. A most enjoyable read.

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    matt hall 19/07/2017
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    "Good fun"

    Scalzi does a great job of world building with some accessible characters. People compare this to starship troopers and the forever war but for me the closest comparison is bill the galactic hero. As usual with scalzi there's more going on under the surface and I'm looking forward to returning to this world to learn more.

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    Xander Toulson Hampshire 20/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "light sci-fi action--just what I needed"

    A fun solid and sometimes gruesome story, looking forward to listening to the next installment, will be interesting to see if the past lifetimes of the characters play a greater future role.

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    lima 17/01/2018
    lima 17/01/2018 Member Since 2009
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    My second read through...I 've listened to the whole series. You don't have to like sci-fi to like this. It's very funny, tragic and frightening. Just a brilliant work of fiction, I dare you not to get hooked.

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    Nick 13/01/2018
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    "Clichéd story with interesting SF concepts. "

    I was referred this book by one of my favourite podcasts who gushed about the interesting ideas it contained. That much is true and I did enjoy those aspects.

    The actual plot, however, is comprised mainly of tropes. A number of the plot points were flagged in advance and almost always realised the trope in full. No real surprises.

    The performance isn't bad in the audio book and is easy enough to listen to.

    If you want a generic space battle story to listen to while you're at the gym this is fine. If you want something that keeps you hooked and makes you occasionally rewind to not miss any details, this isn't it.

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    ben 29/11/2017
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    "really really Good!"

    I'm not normally one for books read in an American accent but this is really very good. Well worth a listen.

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    Martin Mears 28/07/2017
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    "Brilliant, performance really kept me tuned in."

    Great story, the concepts were well described and I easily fell into the 'universe of the story' , performance.was cool too. thanks

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    "Damn it kept me awake!"

    I use audio books to help me sleep by distracting from overthinking. This engrossed me.

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  • Ryan
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    "Great start to a series"

    If you like The Expanse or Columbus Day series you should like this.

    Starts off a bit slow but towards the end you really buy into the characters and story line. Well worth the investment.

    More comedy than The Expanse and at least has some sex in it which is more than I can say for some books. Excited to read the next one in the series.

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