When I purchased then began to listen to this novel the last thing I had expected was introspection.
This was my first John Scalzi novel. I had expected a fun sci-fi jaunt through the galaxy. While there was some of that, the hint at answers to deep questions we all ask ourselves was unexpected and refreshing.
The first 2/3 is a fun trip though the galaxy. The last 1/3 will have you pondering the question.... what if? Well I did anyhow.
I Just added 3 more Scalzi novels to my wish list and will start one as soon as I finish this review.
Will Wheaton was perfect! I would listen to him read the phone book he was that good.
I thouroughly enjoy the fact that Wil reads the book with no attempt at fake voices. imagination fills these in much better than some narrators who are terrible. Wil uses the correct tonal changes and enough emotion comes through to make it extremely enjoyable.
Sacrifice the new guy,.
Could not stop listening! Enjoyed everything about the book! It makes on do some thinking on realities and possibilities.
Possibly the narrator. I love Wheaton, but he misfires on this one by not differentiating the characters' voices.
The codas. The books itself was short and the resolution was abrupt. The 'codas' felt like fillers and writing exercises in narrative. The mechanism is a bit derived, and it seems the author deflects potential criticism by calling himself out.
No. I couldn't suffer through the last coda as it was.
Just felt lazy. I don't know that we'd still be calling them 'phones' four centuries from now. Why make up something like 'Gawker', but still mention Facebook? And apparently in the future, everyone shares the same sarcastic sense of humor. The characters' motivations weren't always believable - no one needed much 'convincing'. Finally, the dialog delivery styles were SO repetitive. I liked that there was lots of dialog and not much description, but it needed variety.
At times the story confused me and I had to listen to the last chapters a second time, before I got it. This is a bit of parody, a touching and heartfelt story, kind of a Trekkie's fun read with big twists and a lot of turns. Scalzi comes up with the most imaginative and crazy plots. The only downside was the repetition of the word "said" throughout the book. Overall, this is still worth a listen and I do enjoy Will Wheaton's narration very much.
The characters are just as dull as their scifi counterparts with a storyline that's equally uninspired. There's an attempt to be "meta" but it all comes across as uninteresting. There are many characters, none of whom you care much for. So when they do die it's no great loss.
Professor of History, specializing in African History, Chicano History, Research Methods and the study of African languages.
yes, Wheaton's voice adds a level of humor that you can't get in the print edition.
The finding of Jenkins is the real beginning of the rollercoaster that left me laughing out loud
The end of Finn is momentous.
For all my fellow Talk Like Kirk friends, you need this audible
It's funny enough to warrant a second listen...
Not so much a book but it's a bit like Last Action Hero...
For one his name... I wouldn't of picked this book had it not been for him narrating it. He has a energy about him and is able to bring characters to life...
A bit to long for just one sitting... I listed as I commute to work... generally 60-90 minutes at a time...
Definitely not, especially the audiobook. The writing betrayed the author's experience and the performance lacked range.
If the author pays attention to the feedback and edits out the dialogue narratives (he said, she said, Dahl said), and the performance includes better distinction between characters, then maybe. I couldn't make it through the codas, so I have no idea if there is even an opening for a sequel, but would actually like to see this book better edited and cast differently.
This is exactly the kind of trippy mind-bending story that I love so much about the sci-fi genre. The dialogue was sharp and humorous and having it read by Wil Wheaton added that extra layer of "meta".
The "universe created by our stories" theme is similar to Heinlein's Number of the Beast, one of my all time favorite books. I will be recommending this book to all of my sci-fi friends and adding more of John Scalzi's work to my library.
The plot is very enjoyable and Will Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators. That said, the author should have availed himself of a thesaurus. By the end of the first few chapters, I was thoroughly sick of the word "said". There are many words that could have be substituted to make long conversations between the characters less annoying. The story itself is wonderful. I listened to Fuzzy Nation prior to this and loved it. Will Wheaton and John Scalzi together deliver a very entertaining story. I just feel that maybe in the future Scalzi should keep that thesaurus nearby when writing conversations. All of those saids just irritate and take me right out of the story. If it wasn't for that one complaint, I found the story and the delivery wonderfully clever.