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This is the second audio book/story i have listened too, and i have to say that so far i am rather impressed by audiobooks. I chose this "Book Segment" due to its price more than anything. it was cheap and therefore i could experience another story in this format without it costing a small fortune, less about pointless background and more about "The B Team by John Scalzi Narrated by William Dufris "
Story - In this short story Scalzi provides an interesting (it wasn't hugely original or unpredictable), relatively fast paced, introduction to the "The Human Division" and the "Old Mans War Universe." I felt the story was clever and explained some complicated ideas (How the ships "skip" the idea Scalzi uses instead of warp speed or the jump gates in babylon 5) really well and never dips into complex explanations. Which at least for me, is a real blessing.
my only criticisms really are: 1) i wasn't really surprised by anything and could see how the story was going to pan out. 2) This is probably due to the short story nature i felt that although i got to know Wilson and the other central characters reasonably well (and i hope these characters return through future episodes) i feel the wider universe is still a bit of a mystery to me...
Narration - I agree with some of the other reviewers, William Dufris is a fantastic narrator that captures the mood and feeling of the story and then relays that back, whether it be a conversation or description. i will be looking for other books that he narrates as he is a pleasure to listen too.
I immediately downloaded and listened to the next volume which is even shorter but just as sweet. This series is starting off well i recommend!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
It made me chuckle quite a lot - there's a fair amount of humour in it. This is helped by the narrator who does a good job. As someone else mentioned, the word "said" can become extremely annoying - and it IS unnecessary on quite such a scale. I have (perhaps rashly) bought the rest of the episodes whilst on sale as the length of the stories will be good for a short trip/listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a single review of all 13 episodes. The narration is very good throughout all the episodes.
I really enjoyed Old Man’s War and several other Scalzi novels, but The Human Division stories left me a bit unsatisfied. These were not at all bad stories and included pleasant story elements, humor, and sarcasm but lacked the touching aspects and strong story that made Old Man’s War more fulfilling. The Human Division was 13 short stories weakly bound together, lacking the character development and cohesion of a novel. This felt a little like a bunch of episodes of a TV series with a strong world framework and continuing characters, but lacking a strong continuing story. I was quite annoyed using the iPhone Audible app where titles are shorted excluding the episode number, and the episode details don’t include the episode number, so I had to query the internet to figure out which title to listen to next.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The B-Team to be better than the print version?
Can't say, I haven't read the print version. But, I really enjoyed the audio performance.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The B-Team?
Ambassador Baer's demise.
Which scene was your favorite?
Just liked the whole shebang! Love the snappy banter.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
One of the beauties of a well performed audiobook is that with the different vocal characterizations the listener doesn't have to be told who is saying what. I really enjoy John Scalzi's work, but, can somebody (like his editor, maybe) please tell him to cut out the innumerable "he said" and "she said"'s? It's like almost as annoying as like, you know....like, you know?
16 of 18 people found this review helpful