Bob Heinlein has written better over his prolific writing history - and this is one of his painfully dated 1950's novels - but the performance was so well done, I just couldn't stop listening. Great characters, albeit lampoonish, sucked me into the story and left me wanting more.
Good suspense, action, humor, throughout, and the ending was just predictable enough to satisfy.
Lots of chuckling and smirking.
Worth every penny to hear this performance.
No. It has a wonderful premise, which borrows from Philip Jose Farmer, and other sic-fi writers, but has an exceptionally idiotic plot and absolutely moronic set of cut-out characters.
The characters were unbelievably insipid caricatures.
Ray Chase was excellent. Too bad he had to narrate such a ridiculous novel.
Avoid any more David Simpson novels.
It's up there.
The narrator is outstanding.
Phil's tone, inflections, pauses, are all perfectly suited to this whimsical crime/spy space comedy.
At the end, I was moved to buy book 2 of the series. Hypnosis, or some kind of mind control is probably imbedded in the audiobook...
This is one of those silly, well narrated, and probably well-written, pulp space romps that are completely meaningless, and utterly entertaining.
Yes. I listened to the first book and now am addicted to this hilariously funny series of CSI-like romps in space -- dang it!
Slippery Jim, of course.
Gigante is a perfect match for narrating these humorous stories. He is amazing. His combination of introspective, whimsical, snide, and nonchalant delivery, with perfect inflections and pauses, really make Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" audiobooks a complete joy.
I was moved to laughter and choking snorts throughout. At the end, despite all attempts to resist, I was moved to buy the next book in the series. What a scam!
Warning: Don't even start to listen to these books, as they are extremely addictive!
Maybe. The charm of this book is in its humorous twists that would not have the same effect a second time around, so once is enough.
Our introduction to the alien as he saunters into the museum and asks to see an expert was absolutely delightful and totally believable. This moment set the tone so that I was laughing and chortling through the whole book.
Ender's Game is a wonderful book, so I guess these prequels were bound to be a disappointment. Card and Johnston improved on their first book in this "bug hunt" series by adding some nicely crafted, even poetic, language in some parts, along with more realistic action and better character development overall. However, this second book in the series still came across a bit sappy and choppy. Unfortunately, the wonderful performance lured me into buying the third book, so I am hooked - darn it!
Evil forces lured me into listening to the first two books in the series (probably psychic powers of the Formix) so I am doomed to buying and listening to the third.
I appreciated the authors making an effort to develop the various businessmen into something more interesting than popular stereotypical jejune cardboard cut-outs of Lex Luthor.
I didn't read the print book, but I can't imagine my "inner voice" could be more appropriately snarky than Will Wheaton's excellent dramatization.
Loved the inventive smell-insults that resulted in the sudden demise of opposing diplomats; the moment raised diplomatic B.S. to new artistic heights!
The purile, smelly, diplomatic negotiation at the beginning, and the avalanche of insanely funny plot twists and absurd leaps of whimsey that tied up the novel at the very end.
"There's more than one way to sheer a sheep"
Those who liked "Agent to the Stars" will enjoy this silly, but fully entertaining, Scalzi romp.
This book on audio was a slow paced, teen melodrama. A bug-hunt set in space with maudlin ethnic characters, heavy-handed political correctness, and poorly-researched science. I laughed a lot at the idiotic characterizations and artificial plot-thickeners --- reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Card is by no means my favorite writer, but I am buying the second book to see just how many hilariously moronic plot twists Card can play.
The performers did the best they could with the poorly-written text, but their reading speed was too slow, so I played them at 2x normal speed.
It was action-packed, albeit with meaningless action, and it developed the adolescent and pre-adolescent characters fairly well -- probably because Card identifies best with that age group. The cartoonishly stereotyped characters who rattled around inside a childishly simplistic plot helped me to fall fast asleep on the train or at bedtime.
I loved the intrigues of Trantor's Imperial court along with Hari Seldon's interplay with the Emperor and his advisor. Best of all was the humanizing of Seldon's character using details about his interaction with his family.
Despite the negative remarks about the narrator, once he warmed up a bit and got into dramatizing the characters a bit more, he was fairly good. He did a great job of portraying Seldon and the Emperor, but also did well with the female characters.
The final revelation of Wanda's role in forming the future of psychohistory, and her devotion to her grandfather.
Salacious, sci-fi, who-done-it
Typical of a good mystery "who-done-it" novel, the surprise ending is not a complete surprise, but is the most memorable, beyond the poignant ending where Eli says goodbye to the robot who will shape the future of humankind.
Dufris brings a masterful rendering of the characters in the novel. Each character is distinct, easy to follow, although not quite what I had envisioned or "voiced" when I read the book in print as a kid. Eli Baley should have been more baritone, as described in the book, but everyone else was portrayed spot-on.
Yes. I did.
This is my favorite of the Robot series.
It might have been better if the author had actually studied basic economics, and put together an outline of cogent thoughts, before writing a book about her feelings.
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