Highly entertaining, with lots of satirical digs at the Hollywood industry and just a little pathos to give it some depth. The breezy writing style suited the character and the scenario, and the expertly delivered narration made it easy to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the experience.
I found this book to be highly creative. Not only is its basic premise really awesome, but the author really put some spice inside the details of the story. His description of the alien race who visits Earth was strong and consistent without being preachy or dwelling for entire chapters into obscure specifics. This is definitely not the hardest of sci-fi, but the book seems almost keen aware of this fact and thus enjoys itself rather than trying to impress.
The only minor issue I had with the book was Wil Wheaton's narration. His voice is okay and his interpretation of some of the characters is amazing (especially for the voices of the aliens). However, I could almost sense while hearing him that this was either his first, or one of his first, books narrating. There were some recurrent annoyances from his technique and his representation of female voices was a little too blurry. In dialogues with two females characters it turned a bit difficult to distinguish between them solely from Wheaton's voice.
Nonetheless, such problems are small and mostly noticeable after you finish. Overall, this was a great audiobook experience. I do recommend it.
A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.
Best- concept of alien species trying to understand humans.
Least- wandering storyline that seemingly goes nowhere ( at least till 60% of the book, which is when I lost interest and gave up)
Don't really have a favorite.
Not based on what I listened to. Too much conversation, too little action, doesn't seem to be a point to the evolving "plot". This book didn't engage me or motivate me to keep reading to see what happens.
Great narrator, just wish the book had been better written. I would probably not try another by this author,
Once again John Scalzi almost completely satisfies and yet once agian he disappoints.
The reason I keep trying is because I loved the first few books in his "Old Man Wars" series... but after being utterly bored by the ending of "Red Shirts" and now somewhat let down by "Agent To The Stars" I may have to give up beliving that Scalzi can maintain my interest.
Like "Red Shirts", this book have a very interesting premise and an interesting beginning but then just trails off. UNLIKE "Red Shirts", the ending doesn't drag out for a third of the book. But when listening, unlike reading, one often wishies you can skip or skim faster.
As usual Will Wheaton is wonderful. He really has that sort of snarky, frat boy, devil-may-care but "i'm really a good guy" persona down pat. However, i must say, after you are about half way through you really get tired of the one-upmanship, who-can-be-the-most sarcastic dialog Scalzi seems to thrive on.
Though it doesn't sound like it, overall I did enjoy this book. Most of the characters are interesting and engaging, the overall story is compelling. I just get frustrated when i see a fabulous idea get over shadowed by other negative issues.
YES! It was so fun and a lovely way to look at tolerance. I listened for pure fun and joy the first time, I think I'd listen more closely the second time. Plus, Wil Wheaton as the narrator was spot on - the sarcasm and wit was perfectly matched with the writer's words. I don't know if I would have been able to read it that way without Wil. It was a treat and a pleasure. I don't normally want to keep listening when I have to stop, but this one, I made reasons to keep listening.
The sarcasm and wit of the main character AND of Joshua. I loved Miranda and each that character had a purpose; even Ralph. There was no waste in any of the words written. I loved the suspense of who would do what on which moral grounds. It was a story about ethical and moral decisions displayed in an age old problem of tolerance and judgement of others. I loved it.
The scene where the journalist is relaying Michele's last thoughts and the Yherajk's disappointment yet willingness to accept Joshua's account of Michele's last thoughts as incorrect. That whole CHAPTER about how the morality unfolds was well done.
Clearly, you can't judge a book by it's cover. . . or it's smell
I just loved it.
Probably about the same. Certainly no complaints, but I never actually read the print version.
The way the story wraps up and ties everything together. It was just great.
Favorite scene was when Carl is telling Tom about Josh's 'birth'.
What if the first alien contact consisted of gelatinous smelly blobs who had watched The Blob? What if their knowledge of Earth was based on TV sitcoms and movies? What if they came quoting Yoda ("away put your weapons ...")?
This is my favorite John Scalzi story to date - so funny that I had to be careful where and when I listened so I wouldn't startle other people with unexpected bursts of laughter. There is also pathos and much food for thought. Scalzi packs a lot into the story - clueless actors demanding starring roles, the ecosystem that preys on them (agents, press, public), director/producers desperately scheming to fund a worthy project, Holocaust survivors, euthanasia, and how to introduce an alien race to the world without causing global panic.
The narrator Wil Wheaton does a superb job - the characters each have individual voices and temperaments. I first heard him narrate Ready Player One, and he was wonderful on that one too.
All in all, highly recommended.
Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story went places I did not expect and the narration was excellent. Woof!
Though some of the moral debate gets a little lengthy, and the dialogue a little flippant, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's a fun listen, and more thoughtful than I expected. It's worth a revisit for sure.
I haven't. He is a surprisingly good narrator; I look forward to hearing more recordings by Mr. Wheaton.