The story was slow moving.
the Narration was average but clearly the best part of the experience
If you like sarcastic sci-fi and social commentary, you'l love this book. The book surpassed all of my expectations. It's just the right mix of sci-fi, humor, social commentary, suspense,plot twists, and technology. I cannot imagine anyone other than John Hodgman narrating. He's perfect.
If you enjoyed other upbeat sci-fi books like Fuzzy Nation, Ready Player One, Agent to the Stars, and Redshirts, you'll love this book!
This is a good book with a sold performance, but the constant comparison to Hitchhiker's Guide sets an unrealistic expectation. This is not as funny and doesn't try to be. It has moments and scenarios that are HGesque, but all in all it is a somewhat absurdist telling of a hard scifi story, not an absurd story that happens to be in a scifi setting.
Hodgman's narration has its ups and downs. The novelty and humor he brings to the beginning are great, but the story drags in the middle and so does his deadpan delivery. As the excitement picks up so does his performance and it ends very well.
Worth a listen, but not something that you're going to insist that your friends get. I look forward to Reid's next novel as he shows real promise.
Year Zero was a fun read. It might appeal to fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide series, though I don't think you would have to love science fiction to enjoy it.
Funny. Relevant. Enticing.
Anything by Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett.
Hodgman's tone is perfect and his annunciation kept me in the story. He gave the characters life that was worthy of the text - something the voice in my head couldn't do when trying to read a hard copy.
It's so funny!
Finding out the truth about the Townsend Line.
When Nick sings.
How "Welcome Back Kotter" changed the universe.
Refreshingly funny, captivating
They were all good but Frampton was spot on for a teenager who is more interested in the right now than the fact that earth and all mankind may be destroyed at any moment and probably because of him and his sister.
No, but he did a fantastic job.
It made me laugh quite often and look at space opera's and sci fic books in a whole new way.
I wish there were a series of these books to keep the story going!
Very entertaining. Makes you think about how much influence greedy lawyers and their quest to screw anyone who is not their client at the moment have over the world I mean the universe. Even though it is fiction is also is a good study on how a ruling by the legal system can affect other things that were not even considered when the initial case was being heard.
I hadn't expected to ever laugh out loud while listening to a book, but certainly this book's humor and the narrator's impeccable timing and delivery made a hysterical book into an even better experience. I had to pause at many parts because my laughing was keeping me from hearing the next barrage of funny societal references. Anyone who has ever used a computer or listened to music will love "Year Zero"!
I would compare this ot the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy simply because it's a must-have comedic piece of art. Still, the modern references in Year Zero has it elevated in my mind to surpass the humor of the Hitchhiker's Guide, which is saying a lot since I still listed to it when I need a laugh.
I haven't, but I'm looking forward to it. At least in this case his timing and inflection were perfect.
Absolutely... but anticipating the next chance to listen to more was a great feeling too. Still I was late to more than one appointment sitting in my car in the parking lot listening to just a few more minutes....
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.