The voice acting on this one really stands out, elevating a good unique story to near great. I loved the first half of this book, A+. The second half is more like a B+, as the story down shift, slowing down to wrap everything up in a neat package. Worth your time for the performance alone, overall four stars.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
About midway. It was amusing and entertaining, but rushed, cold, and predictable in the brief closing chapter.
It was easy to follow and it was had some twists and turns I didn't see coming.
Yes, he did a fine job.
Just like my morning coffee, it gets ice cold before I've finished it
The closing of the story was a mess; it was hurried and thoughtless. The author turned and went all "and they lived happily ever after" to close and I was sorely disappointed.
family of readers
The story is amazing and inspiring, and really just plain funny. I bought the book but couldn't get through it. no problem with the audio book.
Wil reads a little too fast sometimes in this one. usually I speed up playback but not for this book. He was much better in Ready Player One. also Joshua's voice was annoying, but the other aliens were quite interesting to listen to.
Not much of a story that slowly, slowly, slowly comes to an end without coming to a conclusion. There was potential for this to be a really good story but it never happened.
read excellently, the story attributes a lot of power to hollywood and is more about that little world inside the world then extraterrestrials. Scalzi does what he blames humanity in his story to be doing: He makes the aliens very human.
I've been trying to read/listen to more science fiction. I stopped for a while because it seemed like story after story was trope after trope, and the obvious shoved down the proverbial throat. So, im in the hunt for different stories, or
If there are tropes, at least with a twist or an olive.
Here is a story I've never heard, so therefore it has everything going for it. Aliens yes, but not like you've read before. Hollywood yes, but with more comic relief and no vapid rambling.
Also, narration was excellent. Cheers.
It's one I will listen to again for sure. And one of my favorite in the "lighthearted" fun category. Be SURE to wait until you get at least as far as Chapter 5 should you feel like stopping. It gets better and better and well worth what I felt was a slow start.
The main dude as he's in some pretty deep alien doo so he's fun and most entertaining. I also enjoyed his reluctant "girl" friend.
He did a great job with different voices. It's not his best feature, but he really did well in this one. In general Wil does great with tone, pitch, and making you feel the emotions of the moment.
This one always gets me. I did like that the dog was spared and without giving away the good stuff, there were some really nice moments.
If you're looking for light-hearted fun, nothing too brainiac... then here's my favorites. Off the Be The Wizard (all 3 in this series), Ready Player One, Project Rosie. I personally have no so far enjoyed Androids Dream. However, I did enjoy Redshirts and I'm hoping to get a good listen from Locked In.
The book starts with a really interesting premise, but dawdles to pay off on it, and finishes its last third with a lot of hand-wringing philosophy. I would have liked to see more of the protagonist actually trying and failing to develop a first-contact strategy instead of traipsing through sitcom-esque misunderstandings before the "solution" conveniently fell into his lap. Great premise: mediocre execution. Wil Wheaton, as always, remains a delight to the ears.