I absolutely loved this book! It's what would happen if Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, and Philip k Dick were combined and allowed to write one book.
the narration was awesome as well
Weaton's performance in this book made it very hard to get into. There was not enough inflection and there was hardly any difference between his character voices. They all sounded the same. I almost gave up on the book. But it finished strong. I enjoyed it.
Yes - the story can be a little disjointed to follow when first starting out because of the perspective shifts (admittedly probably easier to follow when reading since it would be visually obvious) but the plot is great, the alien races and cultures have some depth to them, there's intrigue and action... it's a good story, just don't expect your characters to change much at all
One of the characters spends pretty much the entire book on the run being protected and narrowly avoiding danger but doesn't learn to defend itself or do anything meaningful to control its fate, it merely exists as a plot device. This character as plot device is true for nearly all of the characters except one alien, other than that they don't really develop much at all.
Very enthusiastic reading with good delivery of the comic relief points, did a great job with differentiating character voices as well. As noted, the perspective shifts often and can be confusing but once it's happened a couple times you'll recognize where you are based on the character voices being used by Wil
Shoutouts to the Wil for doing this & book's titular reference, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I haven't had this many laughs since Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
The plot moved along nicely. And the ending was worth the wait
This is certainly the best "sci-fi-political-intrigue-comedy" novel I've read. The fact that it may also be the ONLY novel I know of in that category does not detract at all from the entertainment value. I'm new to John Scalzi, but if this is any indication, I'll definitely be reading more of him. He writes the way I would if I had any talent for plotting and characterization. It's my second audiobook read by Will Wheaton, and he once again totally nails the sarcasm and dry wit that runs throughout the story. If I write a novel, I should probably get him to read it. His fine work in audio will probably earn him full forgiveness for the old shame of playing Wesley on Star Trek.
I'd have tossed it long before that point if I didn't need to pull over to change audio books. My phone fell between the car seat while on a long drive. After chapter 5 it actually became interesting and I started wanting to finish it.
Former Executive Producer for Adventures in Scifi Publishing.
I came into Android's Dream hoping to find a strong read and I was impressed beyond my expectations. Wil Wheaton adds his touch to smart scifi that has quite a few laugh out loud moments. The plot takes turns and weaves political intrigue with funny and empathetic characters who must outsmart enemies who've been planning this for so long even their people have forgotten the original masterminds. With two or so hours left I thought, okay, I know what's going to happen, how is he going to keep things interesting? Then he threw in a curve ball that set up a great conclusion to wrap it all up and keep me laughing and mostly excited to see what would happen next. If there's a downgrade in this, it was that while the plot was smart, the turns were unpredictable, and the funny moments consistent enough, there was a sense that I didn't care as much about the events as I'd like to. The book is still very good, and it has a similar quality to Ready Player One in the fun, funny geeky tone, but it didn't quite hit the level of classic, have to tell your friends about that top two or three book you read this year. It is still very entertaining and I'm glad I discovered it.
A review copy was provided by Audible Studios for an honest review.
I generally like Scalzi but this one is a dud. As much as he tried, it's just not clever and funny. I think Scalzi was trying to make something along the lines of Douglas Adam's The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. Hardly.
Besides the deliberately overly weird alien names, every sentence seemed to end with "she said" or "he said". It doesn't really translate well to audiobooks.
I purchased this audiobook on an Audible sale and, if I could, would totally return it.
However, the narrator was good: expressive, and made each gender sound real. All credit to Wheaton for helping me make it to the end.