Yes, I may listen one more time to pick up on some details I may have missed the first time. The book has lots of timely pop culture references so I'm not sure how long it's relevance will last, but it will always be a good snapshot of the time it was written.
The theory that american pop music is the single best thing in the universe, and how that fact shapes the whole story. And realizing later that it's a metaphor for how the RIAA actually feels about american pop music.
Nicks first travel through a wrinkle. The descriptions painted a great picture of something you couldn't otherwise imagine.
It's tie-in to the actual music industry. Calculating the astronomical sums of money owed to the RIAA painted a great picture of how overwhelming the fines can be.
Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...
The great originality in the story, the characters and races of aliens you meet on the journey to the other worlds. The way this story is put together, along with its fantastic easter eggs of treasure (subtle jokes and references to pop-scifi, etc).
The humor and the wonderful characters from around the universe...
Wow, he really brought each character to life in a witty and fun style that left you addicted and wanting more. His comedic timing is perfect.
Moved me? No, but the whole story was just great...
Love this book; not sure why it got so many negatives, but this one of the better books I listened to in a long time. Will definitely listen to this one again... give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
John Hodgman is a great narrator, and really made this book. Without him, it probably wouldn't have been as enjoyable. The premise of the book is just simple fun and a good listen when you need something light. Comparisons to Hitchhikers are a bit overwrought. This isn't the Titanic, it's Gilligan's Island.
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Surprising in it's originality, Year Zero (which I think is a rather boring title) is funny, sleek, modern and fine heir in the lineage of Douglas Adams.
I imagine the author sitting in front of his computer saying, "What's the worst stereotypes in the world and how can I turn them all on their head?" Sleazy lawyers, evil music companies, super b*tchy bosses...it's all there and not at all in the ways you expect.
The universe owes a big debt as humans appear to be the only planet to write noteworthy music. The aliens have come to pay their dues and more to the point, try to find a way out of paying royalties to the record companies. So naturally, they look up an attorney who has an unfortunate name identical to a has-been pop star. Intergalactic law is far more complex than either side bargained for. Where does the Parrot show up? You'll have to listen to find out.
In the Hitchhikers Guide tradition, the aliens are anything but predictable, their actions are well...alien. The humans are flawed and enjoyable. The narrator did wonderful voices and that made it a fun listen.
Yes, there are surprises. The first for me was how one would tackle an expose on the music industry...in fiction. Reid does it and does it well.
I love history.
Brilliant social satire.
Aliens? Or Copyright Laws?
Yes, delightful, I love satires.
As a social satire, this novel is absolutely brilliant, though not much of anything else. Static characters and nonsensical plot serves as a caricature of every western pop cultural, from Reality TV shows, to Warcraft, to Windows Vista, to Copyright laws to be mocked, I love this very lighthearted novel.
The book seemed to go in so many directions but not in a good way. So many holes to the whole idea this book is based on. I seemed to lose interest towards the end. All in all performance was read well but the story did not do it for me.
A pop music fan.
He didn't sell me on the material, but then again maybe nobody could.
I only got one hour into the book, so I can't say.
So boring I drfted off.
Comparisons to other space books are well-deserved. The wit is similar, but extremely current. You don't have to know copyright law to appreciate this book as other reviewers suggest, but unfortunately I DO happen to be a lawyer who studied copyright, so I may not be the best source. This book is about the ridiculousness of our copyright laws, the music industry, our view of our place in the galaxy, and the Windows operating systems, as well as taking pokes at hipster culture, politics, and the Backstreet Boys. Hodgman was absolutely the perfect narrator for this book. 5 stars all the way.
John Hodgman's narration is wonderful. Great voices. Great delivery. However, I would not have enjoyed reading this book myself. There was very little about the characters and plot that I enjoyed. The characters were very archetypal. Although the idea of the main plot is funny and clever, I feel it was not fleshed out very well into a believable, consistent universe. The 'plot twists' were seen coming a mile away.
He just has a very dry, witty nature about his narration, which I enjoy. He does very well with the limited characters and silly plot he is given to work with.
I liked the concept best, the execution least.
The different voices for the characters, although some were a little much.