Not yet, but definitely will again.
He is the perfect foil to convey the borderline hysteria that fuels the Hollywood machine. Apparently Wil has narrated other Scalzi books and I would recommend this combination.
John Scalzi's debut was also his first foray into novel writing, originally posted free on his website as an e-book. With this conservative approach he has proven to be that rare combination of being a master at his craft, without the hubris that invariably accompanies it. His ability to write across genres, from sci-fi to personal finance to astronomy, while keeping the tone at once humorous, perceptive and scathing (in the nicest way), made Agent to the Stars an extremely enjoyable light read. It is not literature - it's too silly for that - but then it's not trying to be.
Science fiction rarely features in my catholic reading choices, but glowing reviews motivated me to try it out. If you are like-minded, I encourage you to sample this gem, which entertained me on a long flight. This is sci-fi lite, focusing more on the entertainment industry.There are enough other commentaries outlining plot and personalities. I echo their opinions of John Scalzi's breezy, effortless style. He doesn't preach - his injection of social commentary and opinion is decidedly palatable. The super-intelligent Yherajk, stuck in their time warp mannerisms, acquired via old sit-coms, epitomize the cheesy 50s and 60s first contact movies. Malodorous they may be, but refreshing nonetheless.
There are only two areas of criticism that I would level, if I am to be picky. The first is that everyone, including the aliens, has a similar turn of phrase and wry humor, despite a generation dividing their vernacular. The characters are rendered monochromatic and superficial.
The other is the unnecessarily repetitive "he said/she said" appended at the end of almost every sentence. With a competent narrator (such as Wil), one has the advantage of different accents or cadence to identify the characters. However, regardless of the format, if one is even halfway paying attention to the thread of dialog, it is easy to work out who is having a conversation. Trimming the excessively irritating "he said/she said" and creating discrete personalities would have elevated this to a 5* review.
Maybe. I don't plan to.
I was fond of several but Joshua as a dog was adorable.
He was terrific.Perfect.
The speech given to the aliens regarding Michelle.
I hate sci-fi but I loved this funny sweet book.
While beginning a little slow for me I really learnt to love this book as it progressed.
The plot is simple and while being a little too far fetched I really liked the idea of tackling the first encounter in a humoristic way.
The story is short and to the point. The ending is a little long but still loved it.
Sorry I was not able to listen to the whole book ... just a bit much cursing which seemed to me excessive to say the least. Maybe the author is used to this, I am not.
Haven't listen to him before, but I wonder how he was able to read through this cursing latent book.
No comment, see above.
The book was a fascinating glimpse into Hollywood and a unique perspective on first contact. The writing and acting were top notch. I really felt like Tom was a real person. The nearly unflappable and reasonable manner that Tom Stein, the protagonist, presented to situations that would send many catatonic felt real. I've rarely felt so close to characters in a book - they felt and sounded like real people.
Normally after I listen to an audiobook, I consider it done. that is, it will languish in electronic purgatory forever.
I can truly see myself enjoying this story again.
This is a straight shot funny story that is enjoyable even for a tekhead like me.
I downloaded the book as a no-brainer and was delighted to find it funny and well written, as well as with a terrific narrator. I will look forward to other books by both of them.
I knew agent to the stars had aliens in it. I knew it had a sci-fi twist. But it turned out to be much more different than I would have expected. Unfortunately, the part of the story I found most interesting was the part that took place solidly on earth without any aliens. I would have enjoyed the book much more without the distraction of Joshua and his space ship. Even so, the book was a fun change of pace and I can't say I'm sorry I took the time to listen. The performance was voice-rich without any truely annoying voices although sometimes I wondered if the reader was trying to channel certain celebrities. Funny.
Sci-fi smart com
This is not a typical Scalzi Sci-Fi fare but it was truly a blast to read. Scalzi's humor most definitely is evident throughout the entire story.
When the Yherajk first meet Carl. Scalzi is an awesome writer (can't believe this was his first novel, written not published).
This book made me laugh. I felt really good throughout the entire story because the characters make you feel good-aliens and surprisingly, humans alike. I loved Wil Wheaton reading this book...absolutely perfect performance.
Fun! Fun! Fun!
Yes, as a light hearted read.
The story ended in a "and the all lived happily ever after" moment. I would like to see how the aliens and humans learned to live together after the aliens came down in mass, not just after the first contact alien came down.