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.
I drive an average of about 1.5 hours every day. Since 2009 I've been a huge Audible fan thanks to This Week in Tech (TWiT.tv)
I enjoyed this book very much. I love John Scalzi's story telling. I highly recommend other Scalzi works.
Wil Wheaton rocked too, great performance.
Excellent story and fantastic narration. This was my first audio book in a long time that I really felt I could not put down. The performance made me laugh out loud in ways reading the book did not. Like many of John Scalzi books, the plot twists in unexpected ways and you are able to like most of the characters who are revealed to be more than who they first appear to be.
A grey choice for a fun, light listen.
If it hadn't been for the narrator, I don't think I would have been able to make it all the way through this book. The story was dull and very predictable. The premise had such potential. I was definitely disappointed.
The book started out interestingly but turned into a silly, non-science story making fun of people. Its not mean exactly, just absurd, making caricatures of the Hollywood crowd and reducing the arrival of aliens to a public relations problem. Although Scalzi writes clearly and Wheaton narrated nicely the tone of this book is just not my style.
Being an 'agent to the starts' takes on a whole new meaning with aliens, even funny, weird and strange aliens with highly moral codes. And really stinky breaths. Told well with rich characters and a twisty story. I also had the kindle but I think the audio is a much better choice. Highly recommend.