Really interesting premise, excellent twist. The ending was a little overly-noble perhaps since the reality is that as a society we no longer want to take risks or do anything hard, but luckily science fiction isn't constrained by plodding reality.
I listened to this author on Dan Savage's podcast and was immediately compelled to get the book. It was extremely well-written by a very clever author who is also an excellent narrator. Very interesting, entertaining, and memorable.
It was a horrible decision to have another narrator read in a monotone instead of having Artie read his own book. I find Artie very funny, mostly because of his tone of voice and comic timing. Both these things are rendered irrelevant of course. This sordid story is not entertaining or well-written, and not at all pleasant to listen to. I'm not interested in listening to a "scared straight" episode. His first book was funny. Get "Too Fat to Fish" instead and skip this one.
It starts off with extremely smug and totally out-of-touch narration. Just as I was about to abort after the first couple of chapters it became more interesting with a few fascinating real-life facts. It never becomes all that interesting though.
The ideas in this first contact book are very interesting, and the story is generally good. Unfortunately it verges on the unlistenable sometimes, with constant, tedious, mind-numbing repetition of the dozen-word dialogue that the humans and aliens understand.
Lucky this one was on sale for $2.95, as it's a poorly-written waste of money. The dialogue is incredibly, laughably unrealistic. The author chooses to set this in the modern world, but totally ignores economics by making the only wizard in Chicago struggle to pay rent and only charge $50/hour to find lost keys and other inconsequential things when he's a real wizard with magical powers.
Can't get a more first-hand account than from this author. Fascinating story of necessary measures taken in an extremely time-critical period, and the resulting criticism from the "repent at leisure" crowd many years later.
The first book in this series was very good. It had a fascinating premise and an extremely clever and interesting twist. The series should have ended there. This book is painfully uninteresting. Waste of a credit, but at least I know now to delete the third book from my wishlist.
Having the news read to me every day is fantastic as I'm visually impaired. This narrator is excellent!
This reads like a bunch of newspaper articles by a good journalist. Memorable real stories, not a bunch of opinions.
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