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Old Man's War

De : John Scalzi
Lu par : William Dufris
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    Description

    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.

    Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

    John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine. And what he will become is far stranger.

    ©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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    "Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." ( The Washington Post)

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    • M. Spencer
    • 21/10/2012

    Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

    Old Man’s War by John Scalzi was the first book that I downloaded with my Audible subscription as I had heard from various sources (including the Sword and Laser podcast) that it was a great read. I have to say that, after reading the novel, I agree wholeheartedly. Old Man’s War was one of the best novels that I’ve read all year. I would even go so far as to say it’s one of my favorite science fiction novels period.

    From the start, I really got a kick out of the conceit of the story. In some future United States, elderly people are recruited to enlist and serve in the intergalactic military. With so many novels following a young protagonist (even many adult novels), I found it to be a very refreshing experience to read a novel where the main character was 75 years old.

    In addition to that, I really enjoyed Scalzi’s writing style. It had just right combination of dry wit and cynicism to really resonate with me. I should also extend that compliment to William Dufris, the narrator of the audio version that I listened to. I thought he did an excellent job. His tone was perfect for the main characters of the novel.

    I don’t want to give anything away in my review so I won’t go into too much detail about the plot, but I really did enjoy the story line a great deal as well. The novel is very much a military story filled with battles and typical military life. In that way, it reminded me of Joe Haldeman’s Forever War, but what I liked about Old Man’s War was a bit lighter and more fun.

    The novel really roped me and I had a lot of fun listening to it. In fact, I tended to listen on my iPod while running, giving me the perfect excuse to exercise regularly.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the novel and I would recommend it to any science fiction reader.

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    • Jim "The Impatient"
    • 22/10/2015

    I DIDN'T MIND GETTING OLD, WHEN I WAS YOUNG EITHER

    This is not good, it is GREAT!!!! It's Science fiction, it's Military Sci-Fi, it's a romance, it's witty, LOL at times, it is character driven, it is everything I ask for in a novel. I think the older you are and the longer you have been happily married the more you will enjoy this. It is so nice to listen to a novel, where elders are respected. The main character was married for around 42 years, if I remember right. They had some ups and downs, but they were in love. As a man who has been married for over 37 years and who is more in love now than when I was as a youth, I feel the pain and longing of the main character.

    The science fiction is cool and this platform gives Scalzi, the ability to show off his imagination. The different aliens he comes up with and how they think different then us, makes for some thought provoking and funny situations. Some other reviewers have compared it to Star Ship Troopers and I see that, but I was thinking more of Forever War by Haldeman. It may have a little of both, but it is all Scalzi.

    Dufris does a great job.

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    • Michael
    • 14/11/2011

    As good as Heinlein

    This book reminds me of Heinlein ??? which is about the greatest compliment I can give a Sci Fi author. This book has multiple levels. It blends humor with social commentary, politics with action. The Sci Fi is merely a framework for the story and characters (which is as it should be). The characters are multifaceted and change substantially as the story evolves. The story has a lot of funny bits, but the story includes nice emotional and intellectual content. This book made me want to read everything by this author.

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    • Reginald Villeponteaux
    • 10/10/2007

    A Keeper

    The first part of this book, reminiscent of Heinlein's "Starship Trooper", is a worthy homage. The second part is also a love story with emotional depth. The technology is part of the plot and not simply window dressing. I will look for other works by this author.

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    • Katherine
    • 28/03/2012

    Excellent

    "In this universe, experience counts."

    "Guns don???t kill people. The aliens behind the triggers do."

    John Perry is 75 years old, his wife is dead, and he has nothing left to live for. It???s a perfect time to join the army, and the Colonial Defense Force is recruiting. They need a lot of loyal human bodies to maintain the universe colonization project, so their preference is to recruit old people, rejuvenate their bodies (nobody on Earth knows exactly how this happens), and train them to fight for the human race. Most of them will be dead within a few years, but that???s all they were expecting on Earth anyway. The Colonial Defense Force gives them something valuable to do for humanity, and a chance for a new life.

    Old Man???s War is one of the most enjoyable novels I???ve read this year. The premise ??? old people being rejuvenated ??? makes for an excellent twist on the usual alien-fighting theme. The elderly, as opposed to the usual young heroes we find in so many speculative fiction novels, have had a lifetime to accumulate knowledge, skills, wisdom, and experience. I found John Perry and his cohort to be mature heroes whom I could admire and enthusiastically cheer for. I cried for them, too, as they lost each other or ruminated on past loves. Perry???s explanation of why he missed being married was moving and reminded me of my graduate school days when I would have felt lonely and unsupported (and maybe quit) if it hadn???t been for my husband???s presence.

    Scalzi???s villains, on the other hand ??? all those alien creatures ??? are absolutely horrifying! The humans usually have no idea what they???ll find on a new planet, which is why their mortality rate is so high. It could be an insectoid creature with razors for hands, or a jumping slime mold, or a virus... The diversity of alien life that Scalzi has created adds suspense and terror to his story.

    Old Man???s War is not a comedy, but it???s often funny ??? very funny. I laughed hard and out loud many times. William Dufris, the narrator of the audiobook version I listened to, contributed to the humor by reading the funny parts in a perfect deadpan voice. Dufris was outstanding and I highly recommend Macmillan Audio???s version.

    I will definitely be reading John Scalzi???s other books in this series. Old Man???s War was excellent.

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    • Mod
    • 17/04/2012

    A welcome listening challenge

    Audible’s editors thought it would be fun for each of us try a genre we haven’t listened to before, and for me it was sci-fi. Our resident expert on the topic, Steve, recommended John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War as a place to start—and what a start it was! Filled with space battle, technology of the future (including new and improved bodies), characters you’ll care about, and even a heart-tugging love story, this book was a great way to ease into the category. One of the things I loved most was Scalzi’s insights into what makes us human. Or as he says, “Part of what makes us human is what we mean to other humans and what they miss about us.”

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    • john s larigan
    • 21/11/2008

    Science Fiction is Not Dead

    I grew up in the 1950's in the hey day of Heinlein, Asimov, Norton, Dickson and other great hard Science Fiction writers. To a great extent the genre in trying to reinvent itself turned its back on the traditional Science Fiction Fan. John Scalzi's novels, like the juveniles of Charles Sheffield, have reinvigorated the old hard science fiction style. However, John Scalzi has gone Sheffield one better. Old Man's War, Ghost Brigade, etc have not only brought Heinleinian style Science Fiction back to life, but he has successfully put a modern spin on the style which gives a fresh perspective. Old Man's War is an amazing effort and like any good book it stands up to being read and re-read. The audio interpretation is very well done and the reader gets a 5 star rating to complement the story itself.

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    • 18/08/2008

    good find

    I really liked "Old man's War". This book has everything I wanted. Sci-fi, aliens, fighting, humor. I enjoy the type of book where you have a person who starts a new situation, learns about the univers and becomes a hero. Ussually it is from the perspective of a young person coming of age, going through bootcamp or some like training. The unique thing about this, is that it is from an old man's perspective.
    The writing is well done, the book goes quick. The alien races are an interesting mix. Good book.

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    • CrysAnne
    • 18/07/2018

    He said, She said

    The incessant "He/She/I said" after nearly every bit of dialog was maddening once I noticed it.

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    • David
    • 14/08/2008

    Best book in a while

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't want to take the time, so I just post my rating (diligently) and move on to the next book.
    However, I felt compelled to write to say this is the best book I have come across in some time. It made me laugh out loud in sections, while still maintaining that sense of what's next. Very much worth the time, and the money.

    Cheers.

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    • Kerstin
    • 15/02/2010

    What a fantastic book

    This book has immediately gripped me, it is a fabulos listen. As a big fan of RA Heinlein it is a little like coming home, a great writer, a gripping story that will make you want to buy all the other books as well.
    The narrator is very good too, all in all, a tremendously enjoyable experience, buy this, you will not regret i.

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    • Axel
    • 05/12/2018

    a little too simplistic, but easy listening

    I found the characters a little shallow and onedimensional, the alien races to be simplistic and cartoonish. The Boot Camp and training section of the book seemed kind of simple too – patterned after the boot camp scene in every war movie I have ever seen. There were aspects to the scientific / technical / military / weaponry descriptions that just didn’t make sense to me as well as the set up in a lot of scenes.
    However, if you are into military science fiction, it may be good easy listening for you. I might even buy the next sequel.

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    • Fjodor Schelichow
    • 31/05/2021

    Reads kind of like "Starship Troopers"

    Might be more enjoyable if you liked "Starship Troopers", as for me I was kind of disgusted.

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    • Philipp S
    • 31/08/2016

    Großartiges Science Fiction Kino

    Der Sprecher ist top, die Action super. Ein absoluter Science Fiction Knaller. Ein muss für Fans!

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    • Alter_Bootsmann
    • 04/08/2016

    Starship Troopers meets Avatar

    Great world build-up with a very likeable main character that made me excited for the rest of the series. It reminded me mainly of Starship Troopers with a flavor of James Cameron's Avatar. The narrator makes a good job and has a fitting voice even for the female characters.

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    • J. Reichinger
    • 05/07/2016

    Volle Empfehlung

    Die Vertonung war anfangs etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Ich kann nicht sagen wieso aber sie klang irgendwie "billig". Der Eindruck verschwand jedoch nach ein paar Minuten hören und das restliche Buch habe ich absolut genossen.

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    • Petra
    • 06/08/2015

    Fantastic

    Imagine to be reborn - after having lived a full life... Come into a new world of stars, and wars
    I enjoyed every second of this fantastic audio book

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    • Polotzki
    • 02/08/2022

    Fun Space Adventure

    Some fo the most fun Sci-Fi i´ve listened to in years; the main character is sympathetic, the action well-paced, the ideas interestig and thought-provoking. Some of the stuff kind of strains believability but never harms the story. There is also both humor and drama.

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    • R. Goebel
    • 29/07/2022

    too many ...

    very gripping and interesting story with a kick but sadly far too many she said, he said, I said and whoever said. apart from that listening to is worth the time definitely.

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 14/12/2021

    Emotional and action packed second-chance-tale

    Despite a very naive depiction of what interstellar war would look like, it had wonderful action and tears-causing emotional aspects, that tickle you in your desires for immortality and second chances at love and life.