Scalzi is a great writer and Wheaton gives an excellent performance.
There are no points where the story begins to drag. It is humorous but not fluffy. The story is good science fiction which entertains while getting you to think.
This was by far the best J.S. book ever! I couldn't stop it. I admit I had reservations about it but within the first 5 minutes they had evaporated. I am not one to give in depth details of the book, so you'll have to read other reviews if you're looking for that info.
It has a Douglas Adams tone to it - absurdist fun and plenty of sly asides about the human race.
Joshua, hands down. My only gripe is that Wheaton's Tom sounded almost identical to his Carl. I wish he had made a bigger effort to differentiate them, as everyone else was great.
Sometimes you just need entertainment with enough sarcasm thrown in to let you respect yourself when you're done. Not one of Scalzi's most meaningful works, but a great deal of fun. This is a first contact SF book meets Hollywood satire with a healthy dollop of Douglas Adams' absurdist humor. A really smelly alien race has come to earth and, having observed pretty much all the transmissions Earth has to offer (from Brady Bunch reruns to C.H.I.P.S. to the nightly news), they have decided that what they really need before their big reveal is an agent. A Hollywood agent, to be exact - to pave the way and script it and make sure humans are ready to meet friendly, but non-humanoid aliens. There are plenty of jokes and one-liners, a little bit of romance, lots of gentle (and not so gentle) poking of fun at Hollywood and its foibles, and a sort of sweet and feel good ending to tie it all in a bow. Also, a talking dog. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.
If this book was a movie it would probably be rated R for language. The F* word was used many times throughout the book. If the use of that word bothers you then maybe you should not listen to it.
That said, I really, really enjoyed the story and Wil Wheaton added to the enjoyment of the story. In my opinion Wil's read made the book come alive.
I would like to recommend this book to all my friends but because of the language I don't feel comfortable doing so. I wish the author would publish a PG version of the book.
5 starts for performance
4 stars for story
3 stars overall (because of language)
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. it was funny, entertaining, and light hearted. In my humble opinion, Wil Wheaton, the narrator made the book.
I found this delightful. I rarely knew where the story would go. It made me smile over and over. Yes, there were some heavy things. A positive book overall. The author kept me entertained though the whole book.
I read that the author started this as a "practice" book, just to see if he could write one. Let me say, he can! He somehow combined a lighthearted romp through Hollywood with aliens and spaceships to create a completely different take on the typical first encounter story. It came down to earth, as it were, when the two races (human and alien) had to resolve some serious cultural differences for the plot to reach its conclusion, and the author showed a great ability to explore ethical issues without getting bogged down.
I have to say the smart-alecky wise-cracking alien named Joshua. He kept things light. The book never took itself too seriously. The narration by Will Wheaton was spot-on throughout.
The entire sequence where he walked us through the actual first encounter was really great writing, There were several unexpected and absolutely atypical turns of events.
First, I would cast Will Wheaton as the protagonist, Tom Stine. Mr. Wheaton was great as the narrator for this book. As for the tag line, "First Contact, Hollywood Style".
This is one of the reasons I keep my subscription to Audible. I had never heard of this book, then one day it popped up on sale. I was between books so I snagged it, and what a delight it was. I will be looking into the author's other books soon.
Agent to the Stars moves quickly and enjoyably. Humorous and at times even a little thought-provoking , this is a great story to pass the time. I will definitely watch for more of this author's work.