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!
No additional comments at this time, except to say that I recently found Audible support staff to be just as helpful and courteous at 4:00 AM as at any other time...you guys ROCK! :-)
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.
This is a great book and I would rate it in my top 25 and it would be higher except there are other great stories out there.
It was fun fun fun. Did I say fun.
The performance was good and he was well matched for the story.
Don't miss this book if you want a few laughs. Rooof, roooots.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
Don't expect anything serious - if you read the plot bits and the reviews you'll know what your in for - just delightful!!!! And if you liked Fuzzy Nation, this follows wonderfully. Oh, and if you read this and like it (I think you will) do read Fuzzy Nation.
I love to read sci-fi, fantasy, and an occasional murder mystery. If one day I can be a successful author I will consider myself one of the few and fortunate.
I loved the humor! From beginning to end, the main character's easy-going attitude and funny outlook on problems made me enjoy his perspective throughout the book. That being said, the main alien, Joshua, is hilarious! I love his Sarcasm.
I don't know that I have read any other book that compares in all or most of the characteristics of this book (alien life forms, comical (at times), lighthearted, celebrities, etc) but there is another book that I read just before this one called "The Martian" which is a little more serious but still filled with tons of the lighthearted humor I enjoyed so much in this book. "The Martian" is also a great read if you enjoyed this book.
Wil Wheaton, it seems, is perfect for this type of novel! Just listen to the preview for this book, he does a fantastic job! He changes his voice just enough to distinguish between the different characters which makes listening easier and more enjoyable. If he continues to work on this as he grows as a narrator he may be one of the best some day. I could listen to him narrate for hours (already did).
The only extreme reaction I had in this book was the literal "laugh out loud" moments in the book. I think there were a total of four for me. I hope you enjoy the main alien Joshua as much as me.
There are occasional cuss words in the book, presumably to make it more believable. If you are okay with this then get this book! Journeying through the book with the main character (the celebrity agent) is fun, funny, and quite interesting. Once you meet Joshua you will understand very quickly why I like him. If you need something a little less serious but really well written, get Agent to the Stars.
It was funny. It's absurd situation but also very plausible at the same time.
Wil Wheaton was the reason I pick up the book in the first place. I love the way he tells story, from what I have listen to before D&D Podcasts and from the narrative games on his show Tabletop. He really made the story and characters come alive.
there were a few, but I won't mentions them here since they would be spoilers.
It is a quick funny listen and Will makes it a great experience.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
This is only my second Scalzi novel and although not as good as "Redshirts"-in my own opinion-its still pretty awesome and is making Scalzi rise pretty fast in my list of favorite author.
The Yherajk are...put simply, ugly and smell like burnt garbage juice and human feet. They are huge clear "jello-like" blobs that need a way to get humans to like them. Enter Tom Stein, the Hollywood agent and eventual heroic-medium through which the Yherajk plan to use to gain the humans favor. Through scent-conversations and opaque space travelling cubes the plan comes into formation and a "Special" Yherajk is born. An amazing story that definitely makes you laugh, and Wil Wheaton just brings it home...Literally.
Fun, silly, smart
No, This book kept me entertained for the whole time. I enjoyed all of it but I don't think I would spread the word on this book.
The story follows a Hollywood agent that is chosen by an alien race that wants to make contact with earth. The race of aliens are small blobs that have the power to heal and read peoples minds. The book was like ET but still unique. If you need a book to read and you aren't sure what to get, this one should do the trick.