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Download Old Man's War Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Scalzi Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Hutkins | 2/16/2014

    " Ender's Game + Starship Troopers, but for senior citizens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Brann | 2/10/2014

    " The POV character was mildly annoying at times, but it's an excellent story that ended sooner than I wanted it to. Moving on to the rest of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 12/31/2013

    " Though I expected this to be plotted more along the lines of The Forever War, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit more. Old Man's War has a lot of fun fictional universe discovery that reminded me much more of Ender's Game. The way the book goes about presenting the question "Why are 75-year-olds being recruited to be space marines?" and the slowly answering it is richly satisfying. The characters aren't particularly deep or memorable (with the exception of Master Sergeant Ruiz); it's the universe that Scalzi creates and the way he unveils it that makes the book so entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/5/2013

    " I heard about this book via the Sword and Laser video podcast on Geek and Sundry. I hadn't read anything by John Scalzi previously, but I really enjoyed this. It was an enjoyable, light sci-fi read and I will continue on reading the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebelson | 11/25/2013

    " A thoroughly enjoyable novel. Very early on, I noticed the similarity to Robert Heinlein. Then I noticed the testimonial excerpt on the cover which said the same. There are more in the series too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanuatu | 9/11/2013

    " A bit long winded and way to much grousing about being old. Suggests a future were war effectively solves most problems. The upshot of the books seems at times just: KIll KIll KIll and love your wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Franklin | 9/7/2013

    " Excellent book based on a fascinating premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wanderpolo | 8/13/2013

    " This is a well executed story about space colonization in the future. The interesting twist I that it also explores, in a creative way, the age old desire for a fountain of youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 8/10/2013

    " Enjoyable -- not the best dialogue or character development, but still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Cederquist | 7/5/2013

    " Fantastic! Original and well told story I just couldn't put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Johnson | 12/6/2012

    " If Heinlein had written Ender's Game. Fun read while touching on a few philosophical points without being too heavy handed. Enjoyable quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Turnbull | 11/30/2012

    " I thought it was just going to be some silly sci-fi action book, and there definitely is a lot of that to keep it entertaining, but I found myself caring about the characters a lot more than I expected. I won't jump straight into the sequel, but I'm sure I'll continue the series at some point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muyiwa | 11/26/2012

    " nice scifi book. quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calvin | 10/17/2012

    " enjoyed this book, but i felt that it borrowed a little too much from starship troopers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacob | 7/16/2012

    " Good enough for me to want to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 7/2/2012

    " Reread this since I got it with the Humble Bundle. Now the used copy I bought a while back so I could reread it is giving me dirty looks from the bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bozhidar | 6/6/2012

    " One of the best books I've read in a long while. A sci-fi classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alastair McDermott | 2/8/2012

    " Loved it, highly recommended. Shades of Heinlein (Starship Troopers), Hamilton (Fallen Dragon etc), Piers Anthony (Bio series) and a bunch of others referenced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Atkins | 1/28/2012

    " A great sci-fi novel. Filled with fantastic concepts, high-stakes action and incredibly human characters. I can't wait to continue on with Scalzi's universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa Grimes | 6/8/2011

    " I am really glad this book was suggested to me by some random guy in a bookstore, I loved every minute of it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/19/2011

    " Better than most of Heinlein... A truly wonderful SF war story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 5/18/2011

    " Intriguing plot dragged down by sex scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 5/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed (as in, slurped up, wolfed down, inhaled) this book. It's like Battlestar Galactica + Hunger Games + Grumpy Old Men, with a little Ender's Game thrown in for good measure. Apparently he borrows from Heinlen, but I didn't make the connection while reading it. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 5/14/2011

    " This rises above the run-of-the-mill sf by virtue of the writing. Plotline is essentially a warrior thrust into a series of dangerous circumstances, but Scalzi makes you care. The descriptions of age in the early part of the book are about the finest I've ever encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avani | 5/11/2011

    " Lot of fun and a fast, easy read with a realistic protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 5/5/2011

    " Just started reading this and like it so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moses | 4/25/2011

    " Fun, fast, movie-script-like, but not especially interesting or compelling. This is the kind of book I read on a summer afternoon when I don't want to do any housework--it won't hold me long and I don't particularly care that it won't. "

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About the Author
Author John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a popular and acclaimed science-fiction author whose debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, and Redshirts, which also won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes nonfiction on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film. He served as the creative consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.