What a great story line: extra-terrestrials become addicted to Earth rock and roll. However, it should have been a short story. The story line becomes a one trick pony and becomes very boring half way through. The author stretches for more and more far fetched subplots to keep it going but he lost me. Couldn't finish the book. Maybe some day when I have nothing else to listen to.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Okay, comparing anyone to Scott Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide is just unfair because that was classic. Rob Reid does come close though. The idea of America's ridiculous copyright law reaching into and affecting the highly refined beings of the cosmos is very funny. You won't laugh on the first page as I did with Hitchhiker, but by the 3rd or 4th I was consistently grinning at pokes at popular culture including social media (including "Flutter" - you have to hear it, I won't ruin the joke and Klippy the annoying mascot for Microsoft Word). Like Hitchiker's Guide there is an important "love interest" that helps keep the story interesting. The narration is an excellent performance of dozens of weird characters with great voices.
Final confession of the trespassing alien at the end of book.
Ought to be required reading for 1st year law students. Should dispell any notions of the law being a pursuit of truth and justice.
Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.
Absolutely, if not for Hodgman's performance alone. As others have said, those who are a huge fan of music from the 70s and 80s will REALLY appreciate a lot of the subtle and not-so-subtle references made to the era. I am NOT a big fan of said music, but I still found the story quite entertaining and thought provoking.
The book also gives a pretty good, although cynical, overview of copyright laws, but does so in a way that is informative, relevant to the story, and interesting all at the same time.This book will also be enjoyed by anyone who has even the slightest interest in human-extraterrestrial relations. It holds its own as a humorous science fiction adventure. Fans of Douglas Adams will feel nostalgic for the Hitch Hikers series due to the pacing and style of this book, but I feel the story was lacking some of the mojo found throughout the HHGTTG series.
John Hodgman does an incredible job in this audiobook. I had absolutely no problem picturing Hodgman himself as the main protagonist (which actually made the story a bit more entertaining in my eyes). I was surprised at how much diversity Hodgman was able to bring to the voices of the other characters and felt that his delivery for each character was appropriate and life-giving. I really hope we get to see Hodgman doing many more audiobooks in the future.
There is a bit of Mac vs PC war going on in the book, but it ties somewhat humorously into the plot. This was a little bit annoying and almost unnecessary, but the comedic aspect ALMOST completely makes up for it.
If you aim for Douglas Adams, you are going to miss, but not necessarily land in a bad place. In this case Rob Reid landed in John Scalzi's backyard, the obscure genre of "science fiction legal comedy". For the most part it all kinda works. There are quite a few loose threads and dead ends which don't fold back into the narrative as they might in more practiced hands, but as a first science fiction effort it is quite clever and enjoyable. The only glaring miss-step was the epilogue section's lengthy interview with one of the nine undocumented aliens hiding on earth. This equestrian necro-fu is so tone-deaf that it taints the otherwise good energy and good will of the actual conclusion.
This is a fun, cheeky listen for people with a sense of humor and maybe who are a little on the geeky side. The main character is very much like Arthur Dent in the beginning - lost and totally clueless to what is happening - but then accepts it and even embraces what it happening. The supporting characters are colorful and references to pop culture and gaming are fun to read.
Top 10, great performance and great writing
Not sure they're all pretty great character's but not so much great 'people"
yes and he always kills it
I am a big fan of sci-fi, and of Douglas Adams, but I will readily admit that I would never have bought this book on it's summary description alone. A lawyer for the music industry represents aliens hooked on pop music? For some reason, any book involving a lawyer sounds boring to me.
It took a friend's exuberant recommendation to get me to take the risk and spend a credit on this audiobook. I was glad I did! This book is far from boring. And not only that, once you get into it, the premise actually makes sense! The book is surprisingly grounded in believable scientific concepts, and the premise, which sounds ludicrous in the summary blurb, actually becomes believable when you read it in context.
This book is hilarious, entertaining, bizarrely scientifically grounded, and ends with a fourish that actually had me laughing out loud! This is not the first book I've read that was heralded as "the next Hitchhiker's Guide", but it's the first that truly deserves that comparison.
A reader who ran out of time to physically read the book. I'm into sci-fi, self-help and biography books
John Hodgeman's performance is flawless.
Any book from John Hodgeman because if you're a fan, you'd want more John Hodgeman.
The dry wit and nerdy delivery.
We are ALL rich and here's why...
The clever story depicts the ridiculousness of copyright law.
yes, so much fun, and so creative
probably the old music references,
so into it, like he was writing it on the spot.
Perfect name already