I hated this book and after the gas scene I had to quit. Too much tech for me also.
Written about something else?
don't know don't care.
narrator did an okay job
The plot is intricate and amusing with some absolutely unpredictable twists.
Humor, wit and certain cynical wisdom
One of the best narrators I ever heard - does not try to make false accents, clear, expressive without being melodramatic and never "too much". Also wonderful "poker voice" - great for telling jokes.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This was my first taste of John Scalzi. I heard that he is one of the most popular Science Fiction writers in the realm of Sci-Fi fandom. A quick search revealed that he is a very popular blogger who made good becoming a successful published writer. Listening to this book it is clear that he understands the SF world inside and out. It is nice to get all the insider jokes and well loved SF tropes. His sense of humor is much appreciated. It is clear that tongue-in-cheek is standard operating procedure for Scalzi. I like that.
That said, there is an element of this book that almost caused me to bail. The numerous reviews mentioning the obnoxious repetition of “he said,” “she said” is truly annoying. The repeated use of these dialog identifiers as first seems to be just a beginner’s mistake. Such markers are easy to ignore visually when reading a book in print, but with a narrator charged with speaking every word on the printed page the listener is forced to endure every “he said” until it becomes a dreaded anticipation, like waiting for that pesky mosquito to lite on your leg again after shooing it away for the umpteenth time.
After listening to this book I decided to try another Scalzi book, AGENT TO THE STARS and am pleased to report that no such overuse of “he said,” “she said” is present in that book. This begs the question: Is Scalzi just playing with his audience? From listening to that second book it is clear that Scalzi knows how to write dialog with a minimum of character identifiers, so why all the “he said,” “she said” repetitions here?
Fortunately the wonderfully sarcastic Wil Wheaton is the narrator. When voicing these “he said,” “she said” sections Wheaton lilts his voice to emphasize each one in just the right way as if to say, “I get it. This is really annoying.” Half way into the book I began to look forward to hearing Wheaton speak my frustration. He makes these awkward dialog scenes into an ongoing joke. If the story had been less interesting I would have abandoned the book long before the end, but I realized that I liked Scalzi’s plot construction, and proliferation of SF ideas. If you are new to Scalzi, I don’t recommend listening to this book first. The dialog will likely put you off, and that would be a shame. Try AGENT TO THE STARS for a better example of what he is capable of. But do return to this one if you can handle brushing away those pesky mosquitoes.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
Ok, I don't give out 5's across the board very easily. I mean, I'm not the most stingy 5-er out there, but it does take a pretty good experience to get straight 5's out of me. This book earned every one of them!
I had no idea what to expect with this book. It was a Daily Deal, and that is the only reason that I bought it. It had a fairly intriguing teaser, and so I though I would take a chance on it. It sat in my library for quite some time, and I finally decided to give it a whirl. I could not be more surprised and pleased.
This book goes to show that, if the writing is good, any good vs. evil story can be a masterpiece... regardless of how silly and outlandish the actual players and setting of the story are! The plot line of this book is ridiculous. It has a bit of sci-fi, and a bit of adventure, but for me it all comes back to simply amazing writing. The characters are so great, and their interaction is so believable and engrossing. I never felt as if the author was pushing too hard, or stretching too far. I really enjoyed this book.
The narrator could not have been better, either. Perfect pacing, perfect intonation, and tempo. All around a fantastic experience!
I would describe this as a sci-fi thriller. Scalzi's plots are wild, smart, but not over-the-top weird. I kept on thinking this story would would make a good "Firefly" episode but some of the science might be hard to translate visually. Good characters, good science, and ingenious plot turns.
The opening chapters where two diplomats accidentally died from farts was kind of hysterical. Set a great tone for the book.
Wheaton has the smart-ass protagonist/narrator performance down to an art.
Moc... because he's the only character I've ever known who ate a friend...
Nothing... which is just fine with me! I don't like obtrusive readers.
No... but that never happens, so...
The title kinda gives it away: This book is not very heavy... It's a good-fun romp, and a fine one!
I no longer just read... I process books!
I would recommend "The Android's Dream" to anyone who is looking for a fun and intriguing mystery set in a world where aliens are abound and, what might have started as a fan of "Dick jokes" (P.K. Dick), expertly crafted with characters that feel real and enjoyable to be around.
The most memorable moment was the visit to the mall. There is a lot of tension, as the characters are going to have a very strange and awkward conversation on a date and the whole night changes when events ensue and nearly level the mall.
The amazing thing about this story is that it is today but it is also tomorrow. I mean India and Pakistan don't like each other, America is still the de facto leader of the world and the middle east is, well, middle east, and yet there are aliens and we are colonizing space while being the underdogs. I also like the way the author geeks out over technology.
I will say this is the most fun I had listening to a book. In my mind it played like a perfect summer blockbuster. I will attribute this to the narrator, who did a masterful job.
I just want to spoil the book for everybody!
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Scalzi is the Christopher Moore of science fiction. He is terribly clever and witty and is sure to make you laugh. Wheaton is a fantastic narrator of this sort of techie fluff--it seems to come so naturally to him. However, I wish he would talk a little more slowly, so I could have time to digest the witticisms before he races on to the next bit.
You will certainly get the sci-fi in a Scalzi book but comedy reigns, really. If you are prepared for that and if you love satire, you should enjoy this book as much as the many reviewers did.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This book is everything I love. Lots of techy stuff, laugh out loud humor, and amazing twists along the way. (Background: my undergrad degree was English Lit. My professors told me after graduation I would return to my love of SciFi but that I'd be over that phase in a couple months. All of these yrs later I love, love, love me some great SciFi. Apologies to my esteemed educators.)
I bow in total admiration to Scalzi's fertile imagination. Wil Wheaton was masterful in keeping a dry tone. I don't know how he read some of the dialog without having to smother guffaws and giggles.
I have filed this book in my "must relisten" file in my iTunes library. Not only will I relisten because it's just that good (and fun) but it is so loaded with whimsy and unexpected stuff I'm certain that I didn't really get it all on the first listen.
This is a joy ride encapsulated in 10 hrs 34 mins. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one.