This was a fun book. If you enjoy Jon Stewart, the radio show called On the Media or any books by Lawrence Lessig then you will find this a great read. It's a silly, light read like Ready Player One, but with more laugh-out-loud bits of pointed sarcasm that take pot-shots at the state of our intellectual property laws.
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.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
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.
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.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
This book is interesting. Not great. Not even good. And certainly not like Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy. It was unique with an original storyline but it didn't pass muster to rank above 3 stars.
I try to occasionally force "literature" on myself to counteract the effects of super-natural and occult-based YA and pop novels.
This contained way more about copyright law than I ever wanted to, or thought I would ever, be reading in my life. I wanted to love this book, and had such high hopes. It was just ok. It was amusing at times, and I LOLed in my car once or twice, but any comparisons between this book and Douglas Adams is pretty much blasphemy.
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.
This was a fun story made better by the narrator.
Carly, the narrator made her sound somewhat like Stewie from Family Guy and that made all her lines hysterical.
All had their moments, any with Carly and Frampton.
Judy, the go getter lawyer with no conscious or scruples. She tells it like it is
Don't take this too seriously and you will have a good time.
People who like to see a good idea die a slow and painful death.
If my options where limited to reading/listening to any of this man's work or torture, I would seriously consider the torture.
I'm rarely brutal on a review of anything. It is incredibly easy to tear something down, building something takes time and effort. However, the premise of this book sounded like a total home run the execution (ha! Because it sucked! Double meaning!) was bland, and tedious.
Old timer IT guy, researcher.
Excellent snarky science fiction with a good hard dig at corporate greed. To be honest, the story tailed off a little, however Hodgman's performance is masterly making this a must-listen audiobook, particularly for people paying attention to the legal wrangling of the music industry over the last decade or two.