Since listening to Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation I have become addicted to Scalzi's humorous and fast paced style. The scenarios are pretty outlandish but he makes them all work. It is science fiction, in the end, and the there are no rules. Wil Wheaton reader and John Scalzi writer are a perfect duo. The Android's Dream and the others I've listened to are pure entertainment. I fully intend to listen to every book John Scalzi writes.
I haven't read the print edition but I can't imagine that it could be better than the audible version. My life doesn't allow me much time to read, so audible has been an amazing way to enjoy many great books that I never could have experienced.
Of course, the technical aspects made me think of Michael Crichton's books. The quantum physics and historical action in Timeline made it one of favorites and while not really comparable might be one that Wake listeners might also enjoy.
The readers did a perfect job of conveying the emotions of all the characters. There were times when I had tears in my eyes from the joy and wonder of Caitlin's first experiences with vision after a lifetime of darkness. I find Marc Vietor's voice mesmerizing and a great choice for Web Mind. I first heard him in !Q84.
The Digital Evolution of Mankind
I did get quite bogged down in the technical descriptions of how the internet works. That there are people that do comprehend this, is just amazing to me.
I went into this thinking it would be a silly but entertaining story. Silly it was (sometimes) and definitely entertaining but it turned out to be more than just those things. While I did burst out with laughter a few times, I swear there was at least one time when tears appeared in my eyes. There are moments of sadness and joy among the many humorous situations. All in all I totally enjoyed listening to this book. The reader did a great job. I will now search out more books by John Scalzi.
The late Frank Muller is my absolute favorite reader but even he couldn't help make this story interesting. It was very slow and boring.
I find the making of perfume a very interesting topic but I never realized how complicated the creation, packaging, distrubution and maketing was until I listened to this book. It was 99% entertaining and informative with the one drawback of the reading of a few lists of compounds in a specific perfume. Had I been reading the print version I would have quickly scanned the list but having them read to me was more I needed to know. The sections dealing with the creation of the Hermes perfume "Gardens of the Nile" and the Sarah Jessica Parker celebrity scent "Lovely" were especially entertaining and enlightening.
This was a well researched book but I found many sections were hard to understand and my mind often wandered during some parts of the presentation. I enjoyed the Bill Bryson Book " A Short History of Nearly Everything" much much more. It covered many of the same topics in a much more entertaining style.
I was led to this book because of my love of Frank Muller's readings. It's interesting that this is a Laurie King book and I discovered Frank through Stephen King's books. In any case I enjoyed the concept of this story and the opportunities for suspense and healing that it provided. It was a very entertaining listen and has led me to other books by this author which I also have enjoyed, but this is my favorite so far and it could be because of Frank Muller's reading. It was a sad day when we lost him.
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