The story isn't bad, it's entertaining, but it's a little transparent, predictable. Wil Wheaton is a fine narrator who matches the book well, but there was nothing particularly outstanidng in his performance. It's not the best example of Scalzi's keen-eyed, sharp-witted modern sci-fi talent, nor of Wil Wheaton's gifts for ascerbic delivery. I found myself being entertained and listening to the end, but never really engaged or rivited or invested in this story or these characters.
Not a bad listen, light and easy, but not exceptional.
I like most of John Scalzi's books, and this was no different. The concept is very funny, and the execution is good. The characters are interesting, but we never completely get a full feel for their qualities. For example, why was Tom's grandmother thrown in there, other than to move the plot forward? We never got a sense that his grandmother was important to him.
Overall, the book is entertaining and typically (for Scalzi) very funny. But, it was a very light read, and not quite as interesting as Red Shirts or Androids Dream.
Wil Wheaton's narration is brilliant as usual - he's rapidly becoming one of my favourite narrators!
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This was my second John Scalzi book and was quite a relief after enduring the annoying character identifiers of ANDROID’S DREAM. Either Scalzi was taken to the woodshed by the audio producers and ordered to eliminate all the “he said,” “she said” repetitions in the dialog scenes; or he was tired of playing practical jokes on his listeners and allowed the characters to be recognized by the context of their words. In any event, the character identifiers in the dialog scenes are completely transparent. Now you can focus on the story.
Here Scalzi writes like a Hollywood insider. He seems to know all the moves that occur behind the scenes. His protagonist is a talent agent thrust into the midst of the historic first contact with an alien species. It is a fun idea and plays like a comedy.
Wil Wheaton is becoming one of my favorite narrators. I will always be amazed that Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher, the most annoying character on Star Trek the Next Generation, could become such an excellent voice actor. Wheaton gets the audiobook medium like few others. He seems to sense the different characters to the degree that even when he doesn’t employ a distinct character voice, he is still able to set off each character apart by distinct pacing and diction. He’s one of the best. Don’t miss him.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
If you are looking for some Sci-fi without all the fighting and bad - ET drama, this book is for you.
In this book, Josh, an ET and all his race are trying to befriend the people on earth, but because of their appearance and smell, which are completely different and even a little repellent (the smell), they have to find someone to mediate this encounter, more precisely, an agent, Tom.
Tom is one of the youngest and most successful agents in LA, and he has to deal with all the pressure of being an agent in Hollywood and having all these famous clients, especially one particular new movie star called Michelle Beck (who is very important to the story), and on top of that, being the agent of an entire race, which can't be easy.
I loved the book. It had very interesting twists. In the beginning you think you can predict where the plot is going, but then you just can't. It is a nice surprise.
Will Wheaton is a great narrator. I loved listening to him and I wish he could narrate more books. KUDOs! 5 stars well earned.
The story was cute, funny and engaging.
I have never had an issue with a narrator before; so much that I had to keep turning it off. I think anyone could have done a better job of creating a true listener experience.
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You need to have a particular sense of humor to enjoy this book - just make sure that's you before you buy this or you will be annoyed.
Top of the list
I loved each character
Wil did an excellent job with the voices and the reading itself. I loved his female voices and the alien voices were wonderful.
A good agent is worth is weight in gold.
I highly recommend this one.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
The story was interesting, but not overly stimulating. I admit I was an instant Scalzi fan fro his first book, but this has been my least favorite so far. Okay, but just okay.
I have to admit that I almost did not buy this book based on the narrator. I did not like Wil Wheaton's reading of Ready Player One and vowed to not listen to him again, but this was Scalzi so I gave him another shot, and was pleasantly surprised. This book is a sophomoric writing by Scalzi, not great but not bad either. The story effect towards the end was a little annoying (no spoiler), but also somewhat novel, so I'd give it a C+ for originality. I wanted to love this book, but it just did not happen.
This is a funny crazy book that allowed me to escape from some of the stresses in life with an ingenious storyline and loveable characters. You have got to read it. As good as Fuzzy Nation
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great! Fun and quirky. Good story, well written. The base concept is fun to investigate.