Listened to this one mainly because it was on sale from Audible. It was an enjoyable listen. It has the trademark Scalzi style, a mix of adventure, political and action sci-fi with a big dose of comedy strewn within. It seems to be set in its own universe, although it could blend into any number of other similar "Federation" style storylines. This book has more humor than most, some of it crude, and quite a bit of language. Scalzi fans should really enjoy it, although I don't think this is his best work.
Audio book was easy to listen to and easy to get wrapped up in the story. The alien races were quirky but interesting. This book no doubt is Scalziesque. Does John Scalzi dream of electric sheep? I think perhaps.
I got this audio book not knowing anything about it, except that the author came highly recommended by a trusted friend. It is hilarious, engaging, surprising, original, smart, and overall a great story. Wil Wheaton does a great job with it, and I really enjoyed him as a narrator.
I did not enjoy this book as much as others I have read by John Scalzi, the story line was a little too out there in my opinion, but it was entertaining. My biggest issue was the amount of swearing and mentions of sexual scenes that were really not necessary to use at all. I'm sure this will motivate some to buy the book. Sadly.
Cannot listen to this book at all around anyone younger than 18, or maybe seniors as well. I had to keep headphones on while listening to this.
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
What a fun story! This feels like a cold-war spy thriller set in interstellar arena. Our hero is a genius programmer and super-spy, super-soldier, and diplomat, and why not? I loved his cyber side kick and plucky damsel. Wil Wheaton reads well. I was fully engaged throughout.
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