Not only is this book satirical, smart, and funny, but the narration is wonderfully done. This book has so much wonderful absurdity that is a wonder that Sheckley is able to keep up such good pacing and never allowing it to feel too ridiculous for the listener to not become disconnected. There is the shape shifting prize that picks and chooses when it will be helpful and it is not really sure why this prize would be given away in the sweep stakes. We meet the engineer who created the earth for God and that it wasn't his best work. For anyone who is a fan of Adams or Vonnegut or really great books this one is a must.
An overall really enjoyable listen that should appeal to fans of Douglas Adams. The book raced by, but suddenly and unexpectedly slammed on the brakes near the end with a rather tedious segment. Sadly never recovered, and ended more with a whimper than I would have liked and expected.
As a Douglas Addams fan and sci-fi enthusiasts, I loved this old book. It's quite forward thinking even if it was written in the 60s!
If you like the quick banter of West Wing and the Logic talk of Mall Rats you will love this book! It is Syfy in the fact it takes place in different dimensions, but it is more intellectual than science fiction. It is funny, creative, and makes you think, but not so much that your head hurts. Enjoy!
This accidental world traveler story was a delight, all the more so considering it was published back in 1968. The satire is sometimes off but more times than not, it is grinningly humorous.
This book is a classic. If you love SciFi in the likes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you'll love this. The great John Hodgman also narrates much better than you would expect for a living PC, his panoply of voices giving each character a distinct personality, also read at a pleasing cadence. 5/5 stars in my book!
Galactic fun from an American writer who is the parallel of Douglas Adams!
Just as smart, philosophical and amusing as the Hitchhiker's Guide books.
Not enough time for listening: tiny commute, little travel, and less leisure. And the dog must be walked. Wah!
I was not familiar with this story or with Robert Sheckley, and I am SO glad I snagged this story. Fantastic reader matched to a great story.