Summing up in three words: Sarcastic. Heartfelt. Powerful.
The conflict between the author's normal sarcastic voice and the unexpected introduction of a deeply heartfelt plot resonated strongly with me.
What did it I like? There's nothing to dislike; he did an incredible job.
My extreme reaction was enjoyment - and maybe a tear or two at the end.
I love writers like Carl Hiasson, Dave Barry and Tom Dorsey. I always hate to compare authors but this book satisfies my need for that genre. Wil Whaton's reading was a pleasant surprise, I bought the book on someone's recommendation thus I pass it on to you,
Thank you again John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton for great fun. Wonderful writing and great narration make it to short a listen. I find that once I start listening I can't stop and the book goes by too fast. Wil is spot on with the way he reads and it engages me into the story. Loved it just as much as Redshirts.
Unusual plot, well presented.
Well worth the money and time. Wish this author and reader had more lie this one. I loved the realness of the plot with just a bit of alien added!
Sharp wit in this story's dialogue combines with thoughtful science fiction supported by just enough "science" to deliver a very entertaining 8 hours.
Wil's Hollywood accent and quick cadence made this more of a performance than a narration. I felt like this was a great audio production instead of a book on tape.
Funny, fast paced, and smart. I couldn't stop listening. Wil Wheaton does a really great job narrating. I was surprised, impressed, and entertained from beginning to end. Truly an amazing book!
I’ve been a member of audible for 4.5 years and this is only the second review I’ve written. Surprise and delight compelled me to do so.
How can anyone possibly make interaction with a gooey, stinky, blob of an extraterrestrial funny and engaging? Really? How is that possible? Scalzi did it! This was not only engaging, but laugh out loud funny and at great performance by the narrator. Truly a fun, surprising, feel-good story that is worth a lot more than the $4.95 I paid for it. Enjoy!
The best 4.95 I've spent in awhile! Sometimes I question whether I want to spend a credit on something less than 10 hours but this book is worth it. Even though I bought this book on sale, I would have spent the credit. The story is light, funny and it moves along with enough odd ball twists to keep you listening straight through. Wil Wheaton's skill as a narrator is well matched with this book. Read it if you like uncomplicated entertainment
A while back, I tried to read this book for myself, but after the first couple of chapters I just wasn't getting into it, and so I gave up on it.
But then the audiobook showed up here on sale, I listened to the sample, and on the strength of Wil Wheaton's performance, I bought, listened to, and loved the audiobook.
The book is told from the first-person point of view of a Hollywood agent, not the kind of person I would have expected to be able to relate to, but Wheaton makes this character (and others) likable, sympathetic, and relatable. And he brings out the humor in the book, which wasn't really working for me in the print version. This is a funny book, but it's not played just for laughs: there's a serious alien-first-contact story here, with characters you can care about.
It was,mostly, up until the anticlimactic ending.
The first half.
Wil Wheaton is a great voice actor. I would definitely recommend the other Scalzi books he has narrated, as well as some others. He did an amazing job narrating Ready Player One.