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What else can I add to the conversation? What a thoroughly enjoyable romp through space aliens and Hollywood. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator--and no, you won't be haunted by Wesley Crusher.
Scalzi's Old Man's War series is superb, but it's pretty grim stuff. Agent to the Stars is just as good, but has a lighter tone and often (though not always) goes for the funny. Wil Wheaton's voice and voice acting matches the material perfectly. Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation is also narrated by Wil Wheaton; I'm planning to buy that too.
I picked this up for some light reading between big novels (plus it was on sale at Audible). I was very impressed with the quality of the writing. Scalzi could have just written a simple comedy but instead he really developed the characters and worked hard to keep the plot moving forward.
I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.
this story is so many things. wonderful, warming, inspiring, omg why did you make me cry, and witty, funny, clever.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
My first John Scalzi book, but it won't be my last. An alien race wants to meet us, but they know we won't find them pleasant, so they hire an agent from Hollywood. Thomas Stein the agent is extremely funny and the interactions between the aliens and humans are roll on the ground funny. The first 2/3 of the book is a five star novel. When JS gets down to actually solving his main problem of making these gelatinous and stinky aliens lovable to humans then the book gets less funny. The solution is very disappointing.
Will Wheaton gives a great performance, better then a lot of the more established readers. I had a couple of times when for an instance I was confused on which character was speaking. Some of the minor characters have the same voice as the main character. The voice for the alien is excellent. I believe WW's reading made the book a better experience then reading it in print.
I loved this one. I really loved. It was funny, clever, witty. The people were oddly believable even in a story that was totally wacky. It stands out as one of the best science fictions books of my last decade and one of my favorite ever sci fi audiobooks. One of the mast interesting things about Scalzi is his ability to write well in a wide variety of styles. He can be serious, funny, a mix of both. He can be wild and crazy and highly technical ... and he makes it work. No one in the genre today works harder or produces more. This was the first of his books I ever read, but it hooked me like a fish on a line. Read it. If you like sci fi or just appreciate well-written and witty stories, this one will not disappoint you.
I first started to listen to this book about a year ago. It seemed dumb to me! An Alien that stinks, staying in a fish tank wants to go live in the agents house. I ended the book! About a year later I seen the book again at Audible and it had 4 to 5 stars. I went back to my collection and gave it another try. I'm Glad I did. It was kind of cool in many ways. It hads it's funny moments. It was Very Well Narrated that helped alot. Try it you'll like it.
The characters were not caricatures, if that makes sense. The aliens were sympathetic without being "ET" and the humans were wry without being uber-sophisticated.
Choosing not to give too much away, I will simply say Oscar.
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This was quite funny, campy, and very tongue in cheek. For listening with pre-teens trapped in a car this could be great fun, but for me, the dedication to humor overwhelmed the characters and story. I generally like Scalzi, particularly the Old Man’s War series. I also liked Red Shirts, which had a lot of humor, but also included twists on Star Trek themes and interesting story elements that made Red Shirts a much more satisfying book overall. This is not at all a bad book, just a bit one dimensional for my tastes. Maybe if I had spent more time with Hollywood agents I would appreciate the humor more.
I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis
Seeing that this is one of our more popular books, written by one of our more popular authors, narrated by a customer favorite, you could say I had pretty high expectations for Agent to the Stars, and I was not disappointed. It’s a classic human-meets-alien tale, framed in a bit of backstage Hollywood intrigue. If you were a repulsive (yet incredibly intelligent, friendly, and peaceful) alien race, how would you go about introducing yourself to Earth? That’s up to our hero Tom, a movie agent whose confidence and general everyman-ness makes him very easily relateable. Narrator Wil Wheaton does an excellent job and adds both sci-fi and Hollywood credibility in his delivery. There is a heavier undercurrent that runs throughout the book, which gave it a bit more weight than I was expecting, but it pays off in the end and totally works in the grand scheme of things. This book makes me want to listen to more of what Scalzi has to offer.