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.
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
This book explored a topic that was just screaming to be sent up. What a ride. I loved every minute of the book. John Hodgman's narrating was outstanding and I was picturing him in my head a Nick constantly. What a great first novel. Great job. I hope there might be more adventures for Nick. This is a must read....
The way you kept me reading (listening) and wanting to keep going until I finished the whole book.
Nick, closely follow by Frampton. Oh and the plaaa.
When Meowhouse was holding down Pauly in the Metallicam force field. I laughed hard.
Please write some more adventures for Nick. Maybe Nick Carter- Lawyer to the Stars.....
Where Nick help all sorts of Aliens with their legal problems.
Pure fluff. Pure diversion. Pure entertainment.
The mix of aliens and cut-throat lawyering makes this the best Sci-Fi I've read in a long time.
Think all the fun of Douglas Adams's Hitchiker's Guide
A really fun book. I was a little worried that it would be a bit dry because the story is about copyright infringement, but fear not, that is just a vehicle to move the story forward. Nor is this a sci-fi book. It's just a very witty and intelligently written story was really fun to read. Hodgeman was AWESOME! Highly recommend this book
Yes I would. It certainly was a different experience compared to the other alien encounter books I have read. Humorous and a great story line
A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.
Hodgeman does a great job narrating and the writing is humorous, it reminds me of Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. I just don't know what to say that wouldn't be a spoiler to the story other than if you have a sense of humor, like tech, like music and have a love hate relationship with the copyright laws you'll love this book.