I normally like Martinez a lot. I just was really underwhelmed with this book. The characters where contrived, Mollusk was way overdone, and just... The story never grabbed me. I really tried. Not good and a disappointing listen.
This book was so much fun to listen to. The narration is top-notch and really brings the story to life. One of A. Lee Martinez's best so far, second only to Divine Misfortune. I highly recommend, absolutely worth the credit.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
As far as comedy/ adventure books it is a great listen.The narrator puts on a good performance. The characters put me in the mind of bumbling cartoon evil geniuses like Wile E Coyote and Pinky and the Brain.
I just got done listening to Dimensions of Miracles which has been compared to HItchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Also reminded me of Voltaire's Candide. Stories about going all over the universe finding where you fit in. The Emperor Mollusk was on the same quest.
My favorite scene was when he came to a planet and announced that he had taken it over. The inhabitants of the planet said they would fight for it. And the Emperor was like "No need I have already taken over past tense." It showed a pattern with the Emperor Mollusk, because although his job was world conqueror he really did not like confrontation. LOL
Although not particularly moved, I may have been inspired. Because I too am not cut out for my job and I am sure nobody else feels that way. Basically, I was moved to tears from laughing nonstop.
When listening to the book I imagined that the mollusk was actually conquering worlds that were contained in a giant Aquarium. Something so small to us was like a universe to the mollusk.Or maybe in small part of a vast ocean. The point being is obstacles that seem small to us could be world changing to others. Also I imagined it like a Saturday morning cartoon
Snarky super-intelligent cephalopod overlord (retired) goes on a campy classic sci-fi inspired adventure. It takes you back to all the cheezy space adventure books you enjoyed as a kid...only it's exceptionally well written. And the narrator couldn't be any more perfect--he delighfully embodies each character and makes you chuckle throughout.
The only thing that breaks my heart is that this book isn't part of a series. There is no sequel! Oh what will I do??? Listen again? Listen to one of Martinez's other fantastic books? Maybe both.
This author has toyed with all the tropes of SciFi and come up with something somewhere between 1950's alien conquest literature and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It makes for a fun romp that all can enjoy.
Amusing light story. Mollusk reminds me of a Neptunian Sheldon Cooper. Fabulous narration and satisfying conclusion. I'm off to find more of both the author and narrator.
Hilarious, entertaining, and imagination stimulating.
Why, emperor Molusk of course. He has an utmost rational approach to everything, yet he is also arrogant and polite at the same time. It's a fabulously complex character.
Brilliant. The british accent makes it even better.
Made me laugh so many times! I re-listened to it with my son and by myself. So funny and creative!
This one makes it into my top ten.
I enjoyed the fact that Mollusk gradually changed his attitudes toward other less intelligent beings. It HAD to be humans, after all, that he liked best. Otherwise, the audience wouldn't understand why anyone could possibly put up with us.
Haven't tried them, but I will now.
My real life is poignant enough at this point with kids moving out and parents getting ill and dying. What I need is creative, humorous entertainment with a small helping of complexity. This delivers.
I'd like to meet Emperor Mollusk, but my teensy brain would probably explode.
Yes definitely. For anyone who likes fun, pulpy science fiction Martinez's story is breezy, comic and most important enjoyable read. It takes the reader on quite a fun adventure ride.
Madame Curie. Shambala and all the other wonderfully inventive people and places this story let me encounter.
I loved Aiello's emperor Mollusk, but the nefarious Brain was probably my favorite character. I kept thinking of the overly smart Sicilian kidnapper from The Prince's Bride whenever I hear him voice that character in the book. I just kept waiting for him to say 'That's Inconceivable!'
It made me laugh while reading it and while remembering parts of it writing this review. It ranks as one the best audible productions I've listened to.
As much as I loved this book, I can only hope that it is never a movie. It could never live up to the wonderful mind-film that Martinez's words and Aiello's fantastic narration build.