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CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

We Only Need the Heads 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.

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

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  • Professor
  • 02-02-2013

* said;* said;* said;* said;* said;

this damn transcript style makes me furious
Obumwe said,
Eagan said,
Wilson said,
Rickney said

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I think I will wait until all of the episodes are available and continue then.

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  • Sassy1980
  • 03-02-2013

Uh-oh! Talk your way out of this one

Yes, it's getting better, and the plot lines are starting to come out. It can't be easy writing an entire book that is made up of short stories that are interrelated, but so far, Scalzi is managing it. I do wish he would find words other than 'said' for his dialogue. Gets irritating! He does this in all his books, so I guess it won't change anytime soon. If these stories are your first introduction to Scalzi, try some of his other books to get a better idea of his writing style. I especially recommend Fuzzy Nation or Agent to the Stars.

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  • Susan
  • 05-04-2013

Wanted to listen.....

Any additional comments?

I really like John Scalzi and thought these shorts would be fun to spread out. I just could not listen to all the "saids". Wilson said, John said, Wilson said,,,, etc etc. Frustrating and takes away from what would otherwise be a great story.

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  • Vern
  • 06-02-2013

Too Short

The first two "Episodes" (released together) were interesting and built a good foundation for the characters and their roles. This episode was only slightly over one hr. in length and was more of a very short story with the same characters. I was disappointed in the brevity of the story and how it ended. I'm reminded of the old hamburger chain commercial "where's the beef". This just was not on par with the authors previous work.

If future "episodes" are this short and weak in story line development then I will probably discontinue purchasing them.

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 28-06-2021

The Diplomats Are Back!

Diplomacy returns to the forefront of John Scalzi’s Human Division series as negotiations proceed with an alien race even as the existence of a wildcat colony threatens the proceedings. This story was reminiscent of the original book in the series, The B-Team, and I enjoyed it more than the second story. Things are looking bleaker for humanity as the Colonial Union’s “disagreement” with earth continues, leaving it short of military personnel. Will they be able to stop this wild cat colony from breaking the peace?

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  • M. Lambert
  • 05-07-2020

Colonial SNFU

Well done. Continues the saga of the Colonial Union. Moves between the diplomatic and defense efforts and how they affect each other. Ambassador Obumwey and Wilson characters are as compelling as ever. I like the complexity of the storyline. Not the usual jingoistic blather so much scifi engages in. The narration is excellent. Worth a listen.

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  • Grant P.
  • 24-12-2019

See Review for "The B-Team"

See Review for "The B-Team" this is Episode 3 (minimum 15 words in a Review)

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 20-12-2019

Good but not his best

The Human Division is another chapter in the saga of Old Man's War, which is a hit and miss series. This one is somewhere in the middle. Good humor, middling characters, overall engaging writing, and convoluted plot.

I'm giving it a rock-bottom overall score due to the fact that this is not the version you should get. Pick up the final full book, not these expensive piece meal episodes.

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  • Tim
  • 20-07-2019

Nothing new here.

Just a teaser of the book, no new info. A quick chapter and well worth the $0.69 I paid.

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  • mDye
  • 14-04-2019

still too short

at least this story wasn't as short as the last story. that one was just a prologue. this was a chapter.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-06-2015

Getting ahead

The third in this series of standalone, although interconnected short stories - and it just keeps getting better. This story continues with characters who appeared in episode 1, The B Team, and, yes, also returns to the frequently used "said" mentioned in other reviews and which did not occur in episode 2. But don't let this put you off. The story is full of intrigue, strongly and humourously drawn personalities who are further given life by the excellent dialogue renderings of William Dufris..
Imaginative, dark but often funny and only 79p per episode, ignore the overuse of the word said - or treat it as i do as an extra element in the comic rendition - and go treat yourself: buy it now and enjoy.

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  • Karl Gjertsen
  • 08-04-2013

Great short story

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.

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