This is my second John Scalzi /Wil Wheaton audiobook and I am hooked. I'm not normally much of a sci-fi fan, but I really enjoy how he makes wildly improbable scenarios work out. The narrator is a really good fit for Scalzi's style. Also liked how he fit a Golden Retriever into the story. It was very funny, a little sad, and uplifting all at once. Highly recommended listen.
This is a positive upbeat story that combines a keen incite of the true nature of man with how first contact with a wise and benevolent group of aliens might go.
Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice to relate this story. Although I initially had difficulty determining which character was speaking, his understanding and portrayal of the characters really shined through at the end.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
This is like my 3rd Scalzi book with Wil Wheaton as the narrator and it is the can't turn off book of the Summer, or anytime. Wheaton brings a sort of animation to the reading that makes it funny as heck. So funny I brush off anything that would possibly otherwise be offensive. However Wheaton does have some acting limitations as in what accents he does well, and so only 4 stars. As for the story, it's interesting and does make one think a bit, but isn't heavy. It's got Hollywood, office politics, strong female characters (Scalzi is good and develops his women well) and a dog.
I am married ( 26 years and counting!), I have two children a boy 16 and a girl 21. I love reading, gardening, knitting, art! People who say they would be bored when they retire just don't know themselves very well! I, on the other hand can't wait to have the time to do more of the things I truly love! Maybe write a book, a dream I have always had of doing!
This is a fun, fast, quirky read! Wil Wheaton does a great job telling the story!
You might call this a madcap romp read by a narrator who will make you smile from the very first word. It also has some cleverly inserted serious undertones, just enough to give some weight to the story. I agree with everything the Audible reviewer wrote, which is why I won't add a lot to it. My only complaint is that I spent too much time listening to this book when I should have been working--I didn't want to turn off my player.
This book is smart, really funny, with great dialogue and outrageous situations. It was a pure pleasure to listen to, and I didn't want to put it down. Of the hundreds of audible books I have, this is one of my favorites for sheer entertainment value.
Loved every minute of it. The story has comedy, tragedy, suspense... Wheaton's performance is wonderful (and he seems to be one of the rare, male narrators that can voice female characters without making them sound exactly the same).
The Narration is excellent
After enjoying Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, we tried this one ... both books are takes on our culture's acceptance of aliens, but the dialog here is even more humorous and has a depth that is wonderful. I have become an instant fan of the narration skills of Wil Wheaton. He is excellent.
This was funny, enjoyable, and really uplifting by the end. The first half was funny and fluffy, but then you realize that all of the fluff had an underside and the novel really shined.
Wheaton put so much energy into this book that I felt like I was listening to a movie.
totally different and surprisingly good
Funnier than I expected. Never read any thing quite like it.