This was an amusing sci-fi romp with a Hollywood twist. Probably the best of the Scalzi works I've listened to and also probably the best narration I have heard from Wheaton. I think Wil Wheaton is a great guy, good actor, super-nerd extraordinaire. In other books his enthusiasm makes up for the lack of character distinction. Here, however, he has found a way to give each character a somewhat unique voice, and that makes all the difference between a "reading" and a "performance". Scalzi's contemporary sci-fi writing style is very loose and, as in other of his books, the dialog can be snappy, yet bland, if that's possible. Scalzi rarely interjects the tone or intensity into his dialog, sometimes leading to long "he said", "she said" passages. With Wheaton taking the reins of the material and parsing some distinctiveness to the characters, it was an enjoyable ride.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Wil Wheaton turns in amazing performance reading this novel.
The story is witty, clever and moves right along. I enjoyed the premise and how it unfolded. If you were the first aliens to visit earth but realised you would be judged extremely disgusting by the people of earth, how would you proceed?
Wil's enthusiasm for the material is evident. His portrayal of the characters often had me smiling.
I hope I find more books read by Wil Wheaton.
Yes. It's a good and unusual story.
Very descriptive. Very humorous at times.
I purchased this book based on the reviews and I'm glad I did. It's a funny, unusual and at times moving story. I really liked it.
Yes, I would never have been able to imagine the different characters with the range that Will Wheaton created.
Maybe a satire like Gulliver's Travels, where in seeming to mock other cultures, we see the foibles of our own.
Just about every scene with Joshua was delightful
They're here .. but what are they?
The book is laugh-out-loud funny and also has an underlying message. Narration is outstanding!
Wil Wheaton is the perfect reader for this book.
Unique and funny
There are lots of great scenes so it is too difficult to pick just one.
It had a relatively slow build up so I would say 2 sittings.
Laughed out loud and since I was listening during my daily commutes there were a couple driveway moments.
I would never have bought this book in print. When it comes to print I like my fantasy dark and bloody and, therefore, would have skipped right over this book. The reader did add a lot to the enjoyment of this book, so audio was a good choice.
I liked most of the characters but not to the point where I picked a favorite.
When someone caught the alien looking like a headless dog.
Not really any moving scenes. This was more comedy than tragedy.
I'm glad I bought this book but also really glad it was on sale when I did.
Great story that entertained. Stumbled across this story by accident am glad I downloaded it. Wil Wheaton does a fantastic job narrating it.
I didn't do a good job of reading the summary and reviews here, so I didn't know (spoiler) this is a science fiction story.
I loved the Hollywood producer, agent back and forth. But boy was I surprised when the alien showed up! And what a wild and crazy guy he (he?) is.
Scalzi reminds me of a 50s wise-guy detective story writer, but one that whacks you on the floor -- laughing. The dialog is quick and snappy and moves the crazy wonderful story forward into the next insane reality busstop.
I can not think of a single way to improve Agent to the Stars. Not even one tiny single way.
Except .... I can.
Hire Wil Wheaton to read it. Actually I cannot imagine just reading the book. Wheaton's characterizations make it twice more better than already 100% perfect.
What a combo.
I listen to books and read TV (subtitles).
Wil Wheaton is fantastic. What a great accent he has also. Underlying story is funny and clever.
I wasn't all that interested in this book, to be honest, but when I saw that it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, I gave the sample a shot and decided to go ahead and get it. I was pleasantly surprised; it was a fun story and Wil Wheaton's narration was even better than I expected. Highly recommended.