The comical ideas often found more in children's story's are used by the author but it is not written for children making it far more comical. Silly sarcastic aliens and humans offer some good laughs.
A funny story about human alien contact. The humour doesn't really get into gear till the talking dog appears.
Narration was good but I couldn't understand Wil Wheaton at x2 playback speed, had to drop it to X1.5.
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.