This is my first book by John Scalzi, but definitely not the last. His sharp anad slightly sarcastic humor, effortless wit and narrative flow remind me a lot of "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The characters are interesting, multi-dimensional and over the top, while still believable and very much likable. The way the story weaves through the fantastic elements and the mundane elements is thrilling.
Separate tip of the hat to Wil Wheaton, an excellent narrator. His characters are very distinct, his technique is flawless and Joshua the Alien sounds like a true hipster, which, i guess is expected for a gelatinous life form.
I would recommend this book, you will enjoy it!
I had so much fun listening to this book. The story was great. The narrator was spot on. He was exactly what I'd expect a Hollywood agent to sound like. The wise cracking alien was an additional bright spot.
I've listened to just about every John Scalzi novel available on Audible and I've never been disappointed. While this is billed as science fiction, it had two story lines, one decidedly sci fi and the other modern fiction. Surprisingly, I found both equally intriguing - the tale of a young Hollywood agent and a budding, superstar actress and then there's an alien race looking for representation in how to best introduce itself, politely, to Earth. It just worked!
Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.
This book sold me on Wil Wheaton's abilities as an audiobook actor. I first tried out Fuzzy Nation and was extremely bored and, because I liked the Old Man's War series so much (with William Dufris) I blamed Wheaton for ruining Scalzi's writing. Well, I was shown in this book that I was completely wrong.
Wheaton perfectly portrays the human male and female characters as well as the androgynous alien characters, giving them a wonderful balance of the human qualities they hope to convince us they have and the alien qualities that are inherent to their nature.
The book is surprisingly suspenseful, flawlessly weaving its way through comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy to portray a fairly plausible set of circumstances that had you in the midst of all of the uncertainty. I found myself wanting to try to help the protagonists in their dilemmas, brainstorming ideas as the book went on. I laughed out loud, and constantly wanted to applaud Scalzi on his cleverness.
The extraterrestrials are a very different sort, exceptionally creative and unique in design. I worked my way through this book months ago and still think about the mechanistic details of the aliens and their reproduction. Yes, there is some pretty detailed alien reproduction in this book, but it's... to use a cliche... out of this world.
Having Wil Wheaton narrating this audiobook was a brilliant move. He makes the characters come alive as you would expect them to be.
And the writing is top notch I have many many audiobooks and this is now my favorite, you will not be disappointed.
Having heard every book John Scalzi have released trough Audible, i expected as usual a good experience. What i didn't expect was that it was so much fun, entertaining and absolute ingenious view of how to introduce Friendly aliens to the humans.
Wil Wheatons narration was so good and enjoyable that i will from now on vertainly look for his name in future Audio-book releases.
What a treat!!
Excellent audiobook in story (absurd, fun, fantastic) and narration (just perfect)! One of the best I've ever listened. Highly recommendable.
The kids (Teenagers) and I had a lot of fun "reading" this book on a long car trip. Wil's reading was perfect and all of us had a good giggle (or 100's) along the way! Highly recommend!
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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.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
This was my first Scalzi book and I absolutely loved it. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator. Agent to the Stars is funny, sharp, and unexpectedly sweet.
I would recommend this book to anyone, not just science fiction fans!