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.
Sci fi theme: can prophesies come into reality if enough people collectively work to bring it about?
OK story line, but dialogue between main characters suffers from too much tough-guy smart aleck style and is often shallow and vapid. Gets good in the last third where events supersede dialog.
I really enjoyed this story. Very clever idea about the sheep and not really all that crazy of an idea the way genetics and science is going these days(once you listen to the story you'll understand what I mean). Plus I got the joke about the androids dream from the beginning since I had read the Phillip K. Dick novel years ago. My only concern was about Wil Wheaton doing the narration, I had never heard any of his work outside of the obvious TV stuff, but he did a great job making the different voices interesting. The thing I loved the most about the story was the humor. I looked at several reviews on audible and on amazon, and I honestly can't understand why people complained about, I felt it really added to the story. After listening to this book, I look forward to getting more books from John Scalzi. Overall is the book a Hugo award nominee, no, but it's a great listen and IMHO, very funny.
Weird story. Easy listening if you need a story that doesn't demand your attention. I listened to this one while working.