The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

Posted January 16, 2013 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-TeamThe B-Team by John Scalzi
Narrator: William Dufris
Series: The Human Division #1
Published by Audible Studios on 15 January 2013
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

The B-Team is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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The main reason for me downloading this little ditty was because it was a free download for facebook friends of, and the fact that I have had a lot of fun listening to John Scalzi audiobooks in the past. Even though I have not listened to the Old Man’s War or know anything about the particulars of the universe that Scalzi created, I jumped in head first.

The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team is a very dialog heavy audiobook, I expected this as it seems to be Scalzi’s style, with little scenery, yes I know it takes place in outer-space but I think that there would still be something to describe. Because of this I found myself zoning out a bit, thinking about what life would be like on a spaceship, I came to the conclusion that I would not do well without fresh air and trees. This is a great beginning to a very long short series, I say this because all of the audiobooks look to be 3 hours or less and there are going to be 15 of them, setting up what very well could be an epic storyline of humans and their effect and interaction with alien life forms and alien lands. I will keep an eye out for the future releases and if they fit into my schedule I will definitely give them a listen.

After downloading I decided to read the synopsis and look at who the narrator was, I literally cringed when I saw William Dufris, only because I did not really enjoy his narration of Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel. Gladly my previous experience with Dufris proved to be a fluke as he did a great job with all of the sci-fi jargon and situations. I did find that he narrated The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team a touch on the fast side, my brain could barley keep up, thank goodness I can slow him down via my listening device. Dufris’ reading speed was my only complaint. He went the extra mile to add very different ways of speaking for the main alien race, made me laugh out loud.

About John Scalzi

John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent.

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