I loved the story. Reid's imagination is fantastic. I really could not stop chuckling at all the lines.
He did a very good job with the material. He got into the voices and the characters.
Yes and as soon as it was done I wanted to listen to it over again.
You see so many books compared to The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, but this really is the best book since. If you liked Dougles Adams you will love this book.
Year Zero is an amusing and entertaining aside that I haven't been able to put down even on my third listen. Just the right mix of plot and humor keep my interest high through the entire story, and in a few weeks I find myself wanting to come back for more. John Hodgman's selection for narrator of this particular book was a stroke of genius!
It felt like the book tried too much to be the next "HG2G". I bought into the review which mentioned "HG2G" and "the social network"-- not even close. Characters could have been better. It seemed like the author knew at some points he would lose his audience so he threw in some "clever" space technology. Too much and hard to finish....
It started out well: the premise was interesting, and I laughed out loud at the prologue and first chapter. However, after that, it just didn't do anything interesting. I purchased this book because of the comparison to Douglas Adams,. Unfortunately for Rob Reid, that's a heckuva yardstick to have to measure up, and he fails. It was mediocre, at best.
Rob Reid is a PC-hating, Apple-loving fanboy, and his obsession shows throughout the novel. If you too are an Apple fan, then by all means, get on the gravy train. Otherwise, Reid's obsession will rapidly become tiresome.
The epilogue, with the final interview with one of the 7 aliens living on earth. I was so irritated that I almost abandoned the book, but with 12 minutes left to the entire audio program, I figured "what the heck - just finish it". I should have gone with my first impulse.
I enjoyed this book as much as any in years, but was prepared to give it 4 stars on the theory that you had to be a certain kind of reader to fully enjoy it. But then i realized, this is my review, so if you are a tech nerd, understand the music industry problems, a science fiction and Douglas Adams fan, then you are in for a custom made treat. (If you are old enough to remember music from the 70's in its first pass, bonus points.) If not, then read this as 4 stars, and weep for your loss.... Reid's humor is not as joke dense as Adams, but is much more wry and meta, which makes the choice of Hodgman as a narrator perfect. He does things with the reading that no other narrator I have heard could have pulled off. He delivers the many gems in this book so perfectly you would swear he wrote the book.
I will be looking at any book Reid writes, and any book Hodgman reads, but any more that they do together will definitely get my credits.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
John Hodgman was the reason we bought this and he did not disappoint. Perfect show.
The main one, because I kept thinking he was John Hodgman.
This was a very funny story, although I suspect if you are not a New Yorker familiar with corporate/legal workplaces and the absurdity of last year's 'it' bars, it might not be as funny. Hodgman was a great narrator, better than I expected - you forget it's Hodgman, it's just a very solid and funny narration. Great subway listening.
Rob Reid writes a witty and clever novel with Year Zero which is well performed by John Hodgman. This book caused me laugh out loud moments, lots of smiles, and an eagerness to get in my car and make the drive to work. It was also quite insightful, in that, after finishing the book, I'm pretty sure it's a true and accurate factual depiction of at least Microsoft* and lawyers :) If you're looking for something light-hearted and enjoyable that still retains great writing, a plot, characters with some depth (and some shallowness), and a lot of witty banter, take a listen. You won't be disappointed!
*Note: Word crashed on me while I was 5 minutes from project completion the day I finished this book. Listen and you'll understand why this was AMAZING, proves this book to be entirely factual, yet was nonetheless hairpullingly frustrating.
Loved the idea and enjoyed the first chapter but the plot was stale and the language wearisome.
Hodgman did a great job!
Just a bit more realistic not a dumb pun at every turn
too self-congratulatory, became a vehical for dropping rock-star names for effect