Extremely fun story with quirky bureaucrats, reluctant heroes and a chase across Earth and space. Scalzi is a master at writing this type of humorous sci-fi thriller, creating endearing characters even when they are despicable villains. And Wil Wheaton is the BEST narrator for this type of story. The Scalzi-Wheaton partnership just hits a home run every time.
I love pretty much everything that John Scalzi has written. Unfortunately, I despise Will Wheaton as a narrator. He always seems to be in a hurry, like he really needs to go to the bathroom. That is why I put off listening to this book for so long. But, I discovered that Will Wheaton's style actually makes this book more enjoyable. The basic premise of the book sounds silly, but the plot and the characters all work together so well that it quickly becomes a roller-coaster ride filled with laughter and smiles. The bottom line is that I expected a stinker and I found a jewel.
It's pretty much the Scalzi-est book to ever Scalzi.
If you know his style and his humour...it's still probably going to worth taking a moment to prepare. This is a weird book. With a weird premise. No. Really. It's weird.
...to wonder why, after all the effort is taken to describe the blue of the sheep, some cover artist decided to use a blue background, and white sheep for the cover.
I...still have trouble describing the plot of this book to people without sounding like I've had a fever dream whilst watching Adventure Time.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Strange, I would never call Scalzi a good writer and yet I generally like his novels. His work is filled with clichés and stereotypes, but he throws lots of ideas and humor in a story and knows how to keep the plot moving. I was never bored with The Android's Dream and looked forward to what was coming next. There were a few plot twists that kept me guessing. Recommended for sci fi readers looking for something entertaining and not too deep.
Narration: I generally like Wil Wheaton because of the energy he brings to Scalzi's novels, but I wasn't impressed with this reading. He just doesn't have the ability some other narrators have to change his voice for different characters which would have been helpful for all of the characters in this novel.
I have now listened to two John Scalzi books. Agent To The Stars and Androids Dream. I have to ask - Do all of Scalzi's books feature aliens that communicate by smell? Or did I just happen to choose the two books out of his voluminous repertoire that featured smelly aliens?
I've read several Scalzi books (Red Shirts, Fuzzy Nation, Agent to the Stars) and enjoyed them all immensely except for Scalzi's annoying habit over-using the phrase, "he/she said." It drove me to distraction in his earlier books. But in "Android's Dream" he waited until the very last section to start that annoying habit & when it did occur it wasn't nearly as bad as in his previous books. Having gotten that out of the way, this book has Scalzi's typically inventiveness with a great story line, likeable good guys, villains at whom to hiss & boo and an all around fun read. Wil Wheaton's narration is, as usual, merely competent.
The combination of sci fi, comedy, great plot and Will Wheatons reading.
When the bad guys are put up against a wall.
Great nuances in the characters, not so much as to get annoying. Great volume control too!
Sci.fi for the clever.
Gonna go find me another one by the same author, if available.
Yes....It has all I could want in a comedy....Swearing, hacking, violence, beastiality, aliens, diplomats, farts, over the top ideas that drive over critical people crazy and (essentially) Lrrr from Omicron Persei 8. Only thing missing was David Wong's soy sauce. Want to be amused? spend the credit....
If you enjoy, foar out concepts and sci-fi you will enjoy the book. It is so funny. Chapter one had me laughing out loud in the car on my way to work. Death by flatulence, yes juvenile, but once you understand the story and why it took place you will love it.
Chapter one, great. but the entire book was a fun ride
All are good.
Fun, light and entertaining. If you just need something to lighten the load, kick your feed up, grab a glass of wine and listen. You will enjoy.