This was almost not what I would call science fiction. Obviously it is because it involves aliens, but it seemed more like a character study. Very witty and some interesting insights into how we view the universe. Wil Wheaton gave a great performance. I really enjoyed it, but don't expect voyages to strange new worlds or flashy laser battles. It was more about people and how we deal with something we have never seen before.
A lover of good music, good stories and intelligent non-fiction.
A witty, heartwarming and intelligent story read by a superb narrator who is in perfect sync with the story and characters.
John Scalzi manages to make scenes funny without straying from reality. He doesn't use annoying style, weird characters or unreal behavior to imbue the story with wit and humor. He manages to make it funny using real people in potentially possible situations. But this isn't just a "funny" novel, there is heart in it, some sadness, drama, suspense and humanity.
Wil Weaton makes the characters and situations come alive. He not only sounds like you'd expect the characters to sound, but his delivery has the right cadence for every part of the story. He is now my favorite narrator.
I don't want to give too much away, but the scene where we discover what really happened to Michelle Beck and why, was very poignant.
There were a lot of great scenes in this book. The scene where Tom Stein first meets Joshua (an alien) was very funny, yet at the same time very real.
I very much liked the "scene" where a year goes by as a series of news headlines and stories. It was very well done. If any of the potential scenes described in the news stories had been added to the novel, they would have felt like filler and would have slowed the pace. Presenting them the way John Scalzi did was a stroke of genius. You were told important things you needed to know in an interesting and sometimes satirical way that flowed perfectly with the story.
The stories of the two Holocaust survivors were moving moments and the moment when I realized the true purpose of the movie about one of the Holocaust survivors was another.
After this book I read several more books by John Scalzi and especially the ones narrated by Wil Weaton. John Scalzi is now one of my favorite writers of all time and Wil Weaton is now one of my favorite narrators of all time.
When you put the two of them together ... what a brilliant combination.
I would, because while not as funny as Redshirts by this author this is pretty funny.
I liked the main character satire about his own species and profession.
Wil Wheaton is good at voicing dry humor.
I did laugh quite a lot.
This story is just plain fun and entertaining. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating it. His timing is very good and so are the voices of the individual characters. I listened to his narration of "Fuzzy Nation" which took a little getting used to. He read it well, but just a little too fast. His narration of "Agent to the Stars" is great, much better timing and variation on the characters' voices.
This story handles the concept of the first encounter with a new twist. It is not reminiscent of previous handling of the idea. In my experience it is a unique approach.
Wil's performance in the Scalzi novels are one of the reasons I have listened to all of them. It seems he brings the right tone to the writing. A consistent part of Scalzi's books is his sense of humor and Wil delivers the wit and the jokes perfectly as well as the more dramatic lines. This book is perhaps his best work with Scalzi so far.
So many, so many.
This is possibly my favorite John Scalzi novel. I loved the idea and the humor had me laughing out loud. The characters were believable and well developed and the pace and resolution of the story were very satisfying. I highly recommend it.
I don't know. I may in a few years, once I've forgotten the details, it was enjoyable, and easy to follow.
Ready Player One, just because both were read by Wil Wheaton.
Yes, it ranks right up there with Ready Player One. I'd definitely recommend listening to something else between, otherwise you may accidentally assign voices to previous characters :)
initially - no, but toward the end, yeah, I couldn't wait to hear what happened.
It was slow to start, but once I got hooked, I was definitely hooked.
An unusual alien, and a strong read by Wil Wheaton.
Ralph the Dog.
Several scenes amused me quite a bit, I even laughed a couple times.
This is a crazy, fun, wonderfully funny book. Totally unexpected.
I loved that Wil Wheaton was reading this book. He is a talented actor and brings so much to the characters. I would not have differented between the voices had I read this on my own.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Yes! I loved the dialogues, I think it is Scalzi's huge talent.
Joshua, by far far far distance from the others!
EVERYTHING, amazing performance, so much acting on his voice!
Not really, it is an easy listening, I was amusingly anxious to keep listening every day.
Another great Scalzi's novel! I am becoming a fan! Loved the dialogues and surprise elements.
I liked the jokes, cynical writing and new ideas on aliens and alien encounters.
I think the narrator can make a better job, there's not enough vocal diversity in between the characters.
Other than that, there are some parts in the book which are a little sluggish.
Nevertheless, I wouldn't give up reading this book, it was quite a memorable reading (/listening) experience.