I liked the concept best, the execution least.
The different voices for the characters, although some were a little much.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
The characters were "universal"
It was about copyright lawyers trying to get as much money as they can from infringers. My favorite line was when one lawyer was talking about people who steal intellectual property and the author said, he said this with the disdain ussually used for audible listeners. I don't know what that means but funny.
His characterizations were funny. They reminded me of Woody Allen characters. If Woody Allen and George Lucas corraborated
There was all kinds of twists and turns and coincidents it was fun to find out what will happen next. Plus you never knew who was the good guys or bad guys ar who was even who they said they were. It was part comedy of errors, part universal tragedy. and i mean universal literally.
This reminded me of John Scalzi Agent to the Stars which I liked a little better. The premise was the same being introduced to life on other planets through lawyers but the stories were vastly different. This was a lot of fun and well worth the price of commision. So if you liked this I would suggest that. If you like that or Redshirts I would suggest this.
I have no idea
Something with more depth to it. real characters not cardboard cutouts
Performance was average
This is the first time I skipped to the end to see how it was resolved and felt more let down than if I had simply dropped the book in the middle.
I'll admit it - I'm a John Hodgman fan - his brand of humor is what initially made me buy this book. I was pleasantly surprised by a story that is not only zany, but, in its own way, entirely possible. This book is more about us than aliens, but uses aliens to comment on ourselves. Its funny - its a bit wacky - but it works.
A failed attempt at Scott Adams whimsy that reads like the author was making it up as he went along. The humor was utterly hackneyed--I'm talking Bill Gates jokes here. In the few spots where the book was clever enough to make me chuckle, the author felt the need to explain the joke, just in case we didn't get it. The plot starts off interesting, then meanders, so that while the book is under 10 hours, I felt like it was dragging on after 6. The commentary about copyright law was interesting, but presented in such an obvious way that I felt like I was being "edu-tained." Reid really underestimates his readers' intelligence; which is odd, considering that his target audience consists of computer/science fiction geeks.
I don't normally write bad reviews, but I'm honestly surprised that this book got published at all.
On the bright side, Hodgman's narration was great.
A shorter chapter about the stupid vacuum cleaner robot, and less perfunctory romantic navel gazing.
John brings his classic voice to an otherwise irredeemable book.
The vacuum robot
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.
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.