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.
I bought the book because it is narrated by Wil Wheaton and I thought the synopsis was ... interesting. I was delighted with the book. It wasn't anything I expected. Wheaton's reading was delightful and fun. I laughed aloud many times. Thanks!
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This had been my first John Scalzi listen and wasn't my last. I just re-listened to this one and it is still funny and entertaining. The narration by Wil Wheaton was very good. He represents and brings out the attitude of the authors characters quite well.
Hollywood collides head on with smelly aliens in an entertainingly humorous adventure.
I didn't know what to think of this book by reading the reviews. It sounded a little corny and it was. Then I saw that Wil Wheaton was the narrator and I wasn't overly excited.Shows how wrong you can be. The story was entertaining, and witty and Wheaton did an excellent job voice acting. I say voice acting because it was more than just reading. The characters came to life with his acting.
I thought the story was well thought out and has lots of little funny moments. It was a little predictable but still very enjoyable.
Joshua/Ralph coming home to the first time being greeted by Tom.
It wasn't moving, just funny and well done.
This is the first book I have read/listened to by John Scalzi. It will not be the last. I am always looking for a good writer and I think Scalzi fits that bill.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I enjoyed this. After listening to other John Scalzi books, the first being Fuzzy Nation (which I loved!) and then others which I thought were either dreadful or merely forgettable, I was reluctant to waste my money on this. I am glad I bothered. I enjoyed the book however, when a character says that the greatest export America ever made to the world was democracy, I nearly choked! A pity Mr. Scalzi has never heard of the Greeks or the Westminster system. That aside, this book does not seem to suffer from the usually annoying use of "he said", "she said" proliferation that tends to make other Scalzi books jarring, and the story has an interesting premise that I had not heard before. Overall I enjoyed the book, it is not great literature but, it had it’s charming moments.
I have listened to hundreds of audio books and very few have been able to tell a story in a humorous manner. Some authors have a number of funny bits but it is the rare author that can tell a story that is funny all the way through. Christopher Moore and Jim Butcher can do it and that's about it. I have only read two Scalzi books and they were both very funny, I really look forward to exploring more of Scalzi works because "Agent to the Stars" was one of the best books I have listened to this year.
As far as the reading, I was a tad reluctant about listening to Wil Wheaton. Yeah he was great in "Star Trek" and in "Eureka" and I'm even getting a video game he is involved with via Kickstarter. But I still had my reservations. Within the first 3 minutes I completely forgot that Wheaton was the reader until I came back here to Audible to get some more Scalzi. Will did a spectacular job.
I look forward to more works of Scalzi and Wheaton.
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This book became even more enjoyable for me once I began to realize that I was more or less "in the biz" myself! :Not exactly a family-friendly book, and I had to downgrade one star for the profanity, but otherwise the themes and performance were 100% excellent!
I'm not exactly sure, as this is my first review in some time.
Pacing was simply perfect!
Yes, yes, yes!
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Nothing deep or thought provoking here. It was a fun fantasy. I enjoyed it as a light listen, it moved along and was a great break between more serious novels. I would recommend this for fun.
Very creative story. Extremely well narrated. Author and narrator make a very good team. Thoroughly enjoyable story.