I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I've been listening to a lot of Scalzi's stuff: Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts, etc... and I was always left feeling that the writing and dialog never quite met the expectation set by the premises of the stories.
With Year Zero, I found the opposite. This book is frequently funny, and John Hodgman is the perfect narrator for the wit and satire. On the other hand, the premise of the book is so lightweight that it doesn't warrant a novel-length exploration.
I'd recommend this book to fans of Scalzi, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for more literature from Rob Reid.
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.
Brilliant and Funny
Just good Book could not put it down. Brilliant and Funny. It reads a bit John Scalzi book but a bit more over the top. I do agree with some that it drags on for a few short chapters towards the back end of the book and those chapters are a bit superfluous. But no book is perfect and this is as close as you can get.
The fact is that Rob Reid turn a fun story in to an Apple commercial. Turning, the last 20 minutes in to an Microsoft bashing that would make any Fanboy drool. Tell the story please, Having to stop the story several times through out the book for commercials is not fun.
John Hodgman did his usual superb performance and the fact that he was PC for the Apple commercials was not lost on the community that reads this book
With massive changes this could work in other media.
Good first try. Topical, fun and Interesting. Very Scalzi like humor and story. Rob next time I paid for the book leave the commercials out.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Delightful tale of copyright gone wrong. Pleasurable story with some real context that should get you to start thinking why we have such ridiculous copyright laws. Also, consider that the vast world of the universe would owe so much, and be willing to function under Earth's messed up intellectual property laws. Truly fiction that we can only hope will be copied in real life!
Ried uses fiction very well to make his points. Hodgman is flawless with his performance of Reid's first work of fiction. Looking forward to more from this pair,
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.
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.
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.