The kids (Teenagers) and I had a lot of fun "reading" this book on a long car trip. Wil's reading was perfect and all of us had a good giggle (or 100's) along the way! Highly recommend!
Having Wil Wheaton narrating this audiobook was a brilliant move. He makes the characters come alive as you would expect them to be.
And the writing is top notch I have many many audiobooks and this is now my favorite, you will not be disappointed.
Excellent audiobook in story (absurd, fun, fantastic) and narration (just perfect)! One of the best I've ever listened. Highly recommendable.
My second Scalzi novel, I was looking forward to seeing what he could do with what is a very intriguing idea ... how would an alien race introduce themselves to 21st Century humanity? The logic of Scalzi's approach is sadly unquestionable. It turns this bland and unexciting novel into a worthwhile read. Scalzi navigates the world of Hollywood stars and agents well, implying to some extent first-hand experience with the industry. His choice of alien species is different and certainly eliminates all stereotypical first contact scenarios right off the bat. Make no mistake, this book is not "Rendezvous with Rama." It's not even in the same solar system as that one. This is a fun little novel about the sad world of Hollywood and just how much the mere appearances of the people there impact our daily perceptions of humanity as a whole. The hidden messages regarding the Holocaust are an interesting twist. However, I think if you really want an alien race to understand humanity and why we're even worth making contact with you don't show them humanity at its worst and then expect them to come down as friends, no matter how popular they get. Scalzi's writing remains an abused victim of overusing "he said," "she said," and an unending supply of adverbs, but at least it didn't kill the overall experience. Need a break from typical first contact novels, give this one a go ... just don't go in with too high of expectations.
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Sometimes its entertaining to listen to a fun novel-a story that makes you laugh because the author has written a book with tongue firmly in cheek and the narrator gets this and performs the novel in just the right way.
The John Scalzi/Wil Wheaton duo doesn't seem to be able to go wrong with this. Scalzi's books frequently are LOL funny Science Fiction-a real rarity-and Wil Wheaton seems to be able to translate this attitude so well.
Agent to the Stars has a "First Encounter" plot, but it's sure not one you've ever read before. These aliens know they have a problem with their appearance and hire a famous Hollywood agent to represent them to the world.
The various incarnations that "Joshua", the alien protagonist goes thru are truly funny--I found some similarity with the Iron Druid novels by Kevin Hearne, especially Oberon his talking dog-Joshua the alien absorbs the dying body and personality of a dog.....amongst others.
It's crazy, complicated at times and just plain funny. Not a shoot 'em up Si Fi if thats what you look for in Si Fi you'll be disappointed, and even though it's very humorous, there is a serious plot underlying the whole slapstick comedy.
Have some fun, download this and "Fuzzy Nation" too, another Scalzi/Wheaton co-op effort...both are well worth your time at the beach or by the pool. And allow yourself to laugh out loud.
The idea for this book, the characters, the pacing, the conflicts and the humor is spot on. Of course nice aliens would go through Hollywood to win the hearts and minds of the world. It makes perfect sense. And great listening. Wil Wheaton knocks this one out of the park from a narration standpoint.
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This is very well written, both with regard to story arc and prose, as is usual of John Scalzi novels. This one is also full of clever humor and made me laugh out loud frequently. I also have to say, as someone with family in the Hollywood agent business, that Scalzi totally nails this industry. Finally, Wil Wheaton is the PERFECT narrator for this novel. He has the tone exactly right.
This is my first book by John Scalzi, but definitely not the last. His sharp anad slightly sarcastic humor, effortless wit and narrative flow remind me a lot of "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The characters are interesting, multi-dimensional and over the top, while still believable and very much likable. The way the story weaves through the fantastic elements and the mundane elements is thrilling.
Separate tip of the hat to Wil Wheaton, an excellent narrator. His characters are very distinct, his technique is flawless and Joshua the Alien sounds like a true hipster, which, i guess is expected for a gelatinous life form.
I would recommend this book, you will enjoy it!
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This was my first Scalzi book and I absolutely loved it. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator. Agent to the Stars is funny, sharp, and unexpectedly sweet.
I would recommend this book to anyone, not just science fiction fans!
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This book sold me on Wil Wheaton's abilities as an audiobook actor. I first tried out Fuzzy Nation and was extremely bored and, because I liked the Old Man's War series so much (with William Dufris) I blamed Wheaton for ruining Scalzi's writing. Well, I was shown in this book that I was completely wrong.
Wheaton perfectly portrays the human male and female characters as well as the androgynous alien characters, giving them a wonderful balance of the human qualities they hope to convince us they have and the alien qualities that are inherent to their nature.
The book is surprisingly suspenseful, flawlessly weaving its way through comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy to portray a fairly plausible set of circumstances that had you in the midst of all of the uncertainty. I found myself wanting to try to help the protagonists in their dilemmas, brainstorming ideas as the book went on. I laughed out loud, and constantly wanted to applaud Scalzi on his cleverness.
The extraterrestrials are a very different sort, exceptionally creative and unique in design. I worked my way through this book months ago and still think about the mechanistic details of the aliens and their reproduction. Yes, there is some pretty detailed alien reproduction in this book, but it's... to use a cliche... out of this world.