I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure. Audible has become my escape from the daily grind and I look forward to turning on my latest adventure every day!!
Wil Wheaton does a phenomenal job narrating - his tone and delivery are one of a kind and ideally matched for John Scalzi's story.
A one of a kind - light hearted - but truly entertaining story. The unwinding of the plot was a little hard to swallow at first, but was well worth the read. The characters are believable - and handle a science fiction plot with aplomb and dignity!
This is a mishmash of a book that doesn't know what it wants to be. It starts by suggesting that it's going to be science fiction, but then caroms into satire, social commentary, ethics, and morality, with the Holocaust thrown in just to muddy the waters further. I found that the book could never decide what it was going to be and as a result none of the forays was particularly satisfying.
Let me be clear. It isn't science fiction, at least in the good old sense of treating issues about humanity and science that are hard to deal with in more traditional fiction. It also doesn't convey much of a sense of what the aliens are about or about alien culture.
And just when you think the book is going to be about public relations and selling the concept of the aliens to humanity it veers off in another direction. Throw in one-dimensional characters and you have a book that I found to be unsatisfying.
That said, the author can write. He knows how to move a plot along and uses humor well. However, just when you think it's going to be a comedy (unsuccessfully in my view) it moves into drama (or maybe even melodrama). If the characters were more than one-dimensional you might care more, but they aren't.
The performance was good and Wheaton kept the characters separate using his voice well, except for one character whose accent can most charitably be described as unfortunate.
Ultimately the book is a time-waster, but there are better books to waste my time with.
I listen to books on my long commute.
Fun, light story with good characters. Wil Wheaton as the narrator really adds life to the characters. The plot moves along quickly and doesn't really bog down until just before the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
It was a fun romp in the first contact genre. Slightly predictable, always enjoyable, with a twist at the end talking about the humanity of all intelligent life.
Wil Wheaton has his own style and does a good job narrating the book. However, he is not accomplished enough of a voice actor to strongly differentiate his characters. But for such a light read he's a great choice.
I love the mixture of Scifi and humor
John Scalzi does it again, funny and well written with characters you really come to care about
I don't like to compare Sci Fi writers of different eras, but this is worthy of Pohl and Harrison at their best. Sci with humour is rare, and well written sci fi humour is rarer still. Wil Wheaton does a better job of this than some of his earlier efforts at performing audio.
If "Hollywood vs aliens" with a different slant appeals, then I highly recommend this offering
Really...I laughed out loud. Which can be embarassing when one is listening through the earbuds of an iPod while standing in line at Safeway. But, I digress. John Scalzi is rapidly becoming one of my favorite sci-fi authors and I have always liked Wil Wheaton. The Scalzi-Wheaton team have presented us with an [actually] plausible "1st contact" scenerio. I refuse to give away any plot parts. Suffice to say that "Agent to the Stars" is one that you should have in your library! Very funny, intelligent and well acted.
I have recommended this book to several friends already! I like John Scalzi's unique tone, which is humorous but with a deeper underlying message to keep the book from being just superficial fluff.
Wil Wheaton reads Scalzi's books with the perfect voice! He can be serious, sarcastic, funny, and tender, as the book requires. I choose to listen to Scalzi's books rather than read them because of Wheaton's narration. I wish there were more Scalzi books narrated by Wheaton.
This was a great listen. John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton do it again. The dynamic duo pull off yet another favorite for me. A keeper.
This book fun and imaginative, Thomas Stein the books main character is a Hollywood junior agent who's world in turned inside out and upside down. He's tasked with taking on the biggest client he'll ever have.
The story is well written, I just wish that it wasn't so short, I dreaded the end after listening to the first few chapters. I was enjoying myself as the story moved along and hating that it was going to be over in 10 hrs.
If you have enjoyed Scalzi/Wheaton as a team, then you'll love this.
This book was pretty good. Reasonably entertaining with an interesting premise and likable/believable characters. My only problem was that the swift pace that was set in the beginning isn't maintained throughout. The crisis gets seriously bogged down in long monologues and philosophical argument and the final payoff was sped through in a way that left me wanting more. Ultimately the book was fine and entertaining if you're into light contemporary sci fi but it's not the next Neil Gaiman.
Wil Wheaton did a great job reading. Not distracting, but very entertaining.