Not a piece of great literature but a great "bubble gum for the mind" listen. Will Wheaton does a marvelous job of narration. Interesting plot and I was drawn in wondering where it was going next - this is good. Enjoyed the experience.
Scazi's gift for effective and entertaining characters really shines in this one. Agent to the Stars could easily be the basis for a TV sitcom or film comedy. And for all his funny moments, he also succeeds in reaching the soul with just the right amount of poignancy to sell the message without bringing you down from the comedy.
Fun and unexpectedly heartwarming.
I enjoyed this so much! The story is silly, funny and heartwarming. I hope that if aliens ever do make contact it will be like this! I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as much if I had read it instead of listening to it, actually. I was a bit unsure of what to expect from Will Wheaton going into this. I mostly know of him through TableTop, but I knew he is friends with Scalzi and thought maybe this was a favor for friends kind of thing. Whatever the reason, I don't care, Will Wheaton was great! I'm going to go check out if he's narrated anything else now... Bye!
I'll try anything once.
This book is much deeper than a story of an agent representing extraterrestrials. Scalzi writes a story about the Holocaust without ever having to dig terribly deep into the gruesome details. My only complaint is that the last half an hour or so is difficult to get through. This is not due to the subject matter but the fact that it is mostly composed entirely of news blurbs and clips. It does pick up again for the last ten minutes or so. In my opinion, it is a good and worthwhile read.
I remember reading a Kurt Vonnegut novel (Breakfast of Champions) and feeling like I had read something really special.
I didn't read this book (obviously) - but while listening to it I had that same kind of feeling. The story, the philosophy and, Oh the voice & range of the narrator caused that same kind of reaction.
I don't know if the print medium would have caused this feeling and have no plans to find out. (Sometimes I like the story, but not the narrator & return it so I can get the print version just to see.)