I loved the twisty plot. I also liked the character development and imaginative view of the future that still has threads of our own culture in it.
I thought he was great at pacing. His voice rises and falls with the story without being disingenuous.
It took me a while to catch on to the flow of the book and the writers style but once I got there this book turned into a fun little romp.
Quite a few reviews have compared it to Hitchhikers and I would agree they are not too far off base there. Some of the premises and side information bits in the book are very much like Hitchhikers but this book has a few more adult themes and action in it so watch that for the younger crowd.
Not really a spoiler since this is near the beginning of the book, but any story that starts with explaining how smell is the primary language of an alien species and then weaves in human farts......I'll stop right there and let you figure out the rest.
I've already recommended this book to many people.
It comes out of the gate swinging... nothing gets my attention like death by flatulence!
Wil's voices aren't all that different from one another, yet he remains one of my favorite readers. Especially in books like this and Ready Player One. He just "Fits"
I laughed quite a bit
It's funny, it's smart, it has heart attack induced by farts... A must listen!
I would probably listen to it again. Very entertaining.
Plenty of humorous moments. Enticing action sequences. Captivating cat and mouse scenarios.
The premise of this and others of John Scalzi's stories (that I have heard) is diplomacy among species in a future universe. He uses this with great creativity; I have never known of a diplomatic emergency being sparked by farting (but I could be wrong). Starting from this hilarious event, the novel moves it way through an action-packed story that alludes to a variety of real and literary figures, and culminates with a rather complex power play that shows Scalzi's amazing talent for story-telling. Wil Wheaton's narration is excellent, creating the right dead-pan delivery of the material.
It took me a little while to get absorbed in this story, probably because I didn't realise it was going to be funny and silly. I ended up really enjoying it. It is very well read by Will Weaton. I reckomend this book, it's a rollicking good listen.
I have listen to evey thing Scalzi has written. I wasn't even a sci-fi reader until I was introduced to his books. This is a awesome book. Very entertaining.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
This is not Agent to The Stars or Fuzzy Nation. It is not terrible, but if you are thinking you are going to get as funny or as good as the above mentioned then, sorry No.
In comparing Scalzi to Scalzi, I was a bit disappointed. At times I forget I was listening to Scalzi and thought I was Listening to Nora Roberts. This really gets bogged down in the details. The plot is fairly complicated and not in a good way. Warning to all, chapter six has a high Ick factor. I am talking sex with animals.
I did like Robin, she was a funny character. I liked the bowling shoes. I also liked the satire about L. Ron Hubbard.
Wil Wheaton was good, although at the beginning of the book he sounded a little tired. He might have been arguing with Sheldon all night. Will WHHHeeedon!
One of my all time favorites in the Sci-fi genre
The way the author managed to give a natural flow and feeling to the multiple races encounter a la Mass Effect.
When The two AIs meet
Yes. Not during the first few chapters, but by the 5th or maybe 6th chapter I couldn't stop listening.
John Scalzi just became one of my top favorite Sci-fi writers.
Enjoyed the story, hated all the "He Saids and She Saids" Ruined the book !!