If it hadn't been for the narrator, I don't think I would have been able to make it all the way through this book. The story was dull and very predictable. The premise had such potential. I was definitely disappointed.
The book started out interestingly but turned into a silly, non-science story making fun of people. Its not mean exactly, just absurd, making caricatures of the Hollywood crowd and reducing the arrival of aliens to a public relations problem. Although Scalzi writes clearly and Wheaton narrated nicely the tone of this book is just not my style.
Being an 'agent to the starts' takes on a whole new meaning with aliens, even funny, weird and strange aliens with highly moral codes. And really stinky breaths. Told well with rich characters and a twisty story. I also had the kindle but I think the audio is a much better choice. Highly recommend.
Awesome first contact. Year Zero was more hilarious tho and only wish I would have listened to this first before venturing on to this more main line classic.
This book is just so much awesome fun! Humorous sci-fi! Aliens, Hollywood and a golden retriever. You'll love it. If you don't then you don't know how to enjoy anything:)
Project Manager; Gamer; Team Leader; avid Science Fiction & Urban Fantasy reader.
Loved it. John Scalzi Lay's out a well crafted plot, driven by tight dialogue, that's enjoyably read by Will Wheaton.
There is always some absurdity in Scalzi's narratives this time the aliens communicate by smells. Now that I think about it, ants do the same. May not be by smell but by pheromones. The ending was brilliant! Maybe that's how they will do it if they come by. What better way to introduce yourself.
Brilliant plot excellent narration as always Scalzi and Wheaton.