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Scott

Story City, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3430)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2966)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Agent to the Stars is a fun and fantastic read."
    Overall

    John, Wil - Congratulations to both of you. The audiobook version of Agent to the Stars is one of the best audiobooks I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, out of several hundred, including the Hunger Games & the Harry Potter series. Agent is a fun, breezy tale that's entirely plausible in its non-threatening first contact, and Wil nails the protagonist and other voices in the book.

    -Scott Saunders
    Somewhere in Iowa.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1080)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "In serious need of an editor"
    Overall

    It's not that the book itself is overly wordy, but that the story has too many "chance" occurrences that it destroys the suspension of disbelief. The individual vignettes range from good to excellent, but the insertion of the narrator into the compilation is ham-handed and distracting. This may be intentional - first-time or amateur historians ofter make this mistake, but an editor would have hopefully hammered this narrative into something recognizable without being distracting. There are going to be inevitable comparisons to World War Z because of the similar narrative structure, and how well Z did it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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