Born a "Boomer". Joined the "Now" generation. Recently realized Now has become Then.
Another delightful alternate, although very parallel universe, with the usual, expected Scalzi detail and casual humor.
I finished the book, but only because I was curious to see what the end game was. Much of the 'meat' of the book wasn't good. There were many logic and factual errors; the whole scene in the mall w/ the fire alarms, sprinklers and doors shutting is NOT how things happen in reality. Even though things seemed bad in the story, there was always something that would just conveniently happen in the favor of the main characters.
Not really an enjoyable listen.
I enjoy the general layout of Scalzi books: characters trying to outmaneuver each other in complex political puzzles. This story is no exception. However, listening to this story (as opposed to reading a text format) really highlighted the weak spot in the narration: the dialogues are dominated by "John said," Bob said," John said"... I began to cringe each time when the storytelling shifted to dialogue and a herd of "said"s loomed on the horizon.
While I have a good impression of Wil Wheaton the person, I'm not fond of his readings. I appreciate that he seems to enjoy the story and convey a sense of fun, but I find that I sometimes would have chosen different line readings, and I found the mispronunciation of several words--"admiralty" and "chitinous" are the two that I can remember offhand--to be frustrating.
I was mildly shocked that only two of the characters in the book were women. Sure, a wife was mentioned and had a line, and a communications officer was a woman and had a line, but other than the two prominent women, all of the politicians, hackers, criminals etc. whom we were expected to remember and follow were men. Given that some of the other Scalzi books I have read featured men and women in equal measure, this was kind of a surprise, and a little depressing.
This is my second audio book with this author/narrator combination. I did not care for the first one, but found this one very funny and well executed. I will be open to trying others.
I am rapidly becoming a John Scalzi fan. his dialogue reminds me of Robert B Parker whom I enjoy very much. I also enjoy the elements of a legal thriller overlayed atop of a science fiction story. the characters are likeable and draw you in. the narration adds to the story and does not distract from it.
Wil Wheaton once again delivers a masterful performance. I've listened to one other Scalzi book, Lock In, and it is a far superior read.
This book suffers from tedious attention to detail that really kills the auditory method of taking in it's rather interesting story.
At first I thought it was going to be dumb. I could imagine myself turning it off and returning it. It didn't take long for it to turn into a nice story. It would be the kind of plot line that would make a good "Men in Black" kind of movie. A good mix of humor and shoot 'em up humor.