Managed to get through the story, but would not listen to any of the sequels
I kept waiting for this book to get good, and I finally gave up half way through. The narration did not help matters.
Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.
If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.
If you like Sue Grafton, then you will like this one. Nothing out of the ordinary, but that's what I like about the Grafton books is that you pretty much know you are going to have a decent detective story without wondering if you are going to hear something that you don't want to un-hear.
This is an interesting sci-fi love story set in a time when the worlds aging can choose to enlist in the military with the illusive draw of being young again. There are some strings attached of course, but they make for an interesting story as Scalzi's main character makes a name for himself in his military space retirement adventure.
I recommend this book.
This book made me laugh, it was a pleasure to re-account to my husband at night, though I'm sure my narration style is not as excellent as Luke Daniels. He did an excellent job with this laugh out loud story about a boy who gets in over his head while toying with the ultimate computer program.
I recommend this book if you are looking for a light hearted good time read.
I put off reading this book for a while because of all the reviews that comment on the "he said, she said" quality in the narration. It was annoying, but I got used to it, and the story line was good enough to make up for it. It's really the only reason that I didn't gve it 5 stars.
I would still recommend this book. The main character has the sassy-sarcastic whit that seems common to Scalzi stories, and the events made for a good story.
I really enjoy Wil Wheaton as a narrator as well.
I guess with the volume of books he writes that they can't all be zingers. I thought Doctor Sleep was great, but this one and Joyland have left me wanting for something more.
The bad guy in this book was not as hate-able as some of his other reads. I had to speed the narration up to x1.25, and I still felt like the narrator was on some sort of meds.
I've read some other Scalzi books, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts, Old Mans War, and I enjoyed all of them. They all have the same quality of good old fashioned good humored quixotic boy meets world to them. The stories are slightly predictable, yet still entertaining.
I don't know why it took me so long to get to this one, I got it on the daily deal, and am not sure why I didn't choose it sooner.
Wil Wheaton is also an excellent narrator. I actually started listening to ths Scalzi books after hearing him perform Ready Player One (an excellent audio book) and will probably continue to look for his works.
This book goes way beyond being just another blood and gore zombie book, but a book that tells the same story from each of the characters perspectives in a time of global change/tragedy.
This falls more into a character story, than a post apocalyptic thriller, and will have you emotionally attached to even the worst characters as your felings change throughout the story progression. Some interesting twists, and very well written.
This was my first time with Finty Williams as a narrator, and I think she did an excellent job. Definitely a good casting choice.
If you grew up in the 80's you will laugh your face off at this book. My husband and I have a once a month 16 1/2 hour commute. We go through a lot of audiobooks. My only regret about this book is that there is not another one like it to read. We've recommended it to a lot of our friends, and I would like to recommend it to anyone who wants to walk down memory lane, and be treated to an original interesting story at the same time.
Wil Wheaton really did a great job narrating, I've gone on to listen to Scalzi books because his performance was so good in this one.
I don't know what took me so long to get around to reading it.
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