This was an interesting little short story, a surprising ending to an old mans life, written beautifully, and narrated well.
I loved this book, laughed out loud until my face hurt. Intelligent, witty, and very well narrated. I was not in the mood to laugh when I started this book, but decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised, and my mood was instantly altered. Highly recommend
The narrators voice was a little too subdued and mono-toned, but maybe that was the desired effect to compliment this dark story.
I kept wondering how so much suspense could be packed into a mere 38 hours, but Stephenson managed to com up with new creative ways to keep you interested. I really liked this story, and the characters. The narrator also did a great job with the character voices.
The story line was original, but the execution was not as great as some of Scalzis other works. I enjoyed it, but the plot sort of dragged on, and there was a strange compilation of news style clips just tacked on to the end of the book that really didn't do much to enhance the story.
John Scalzi seems to crank out two types of books, those in the serial style of Asimov, and those with a sense of humor that is uniquely his own. This one is the latter.
The story line follows an alien that finds the way to integrate into human acceptance is not through politics, or systematic desensitization, but with the help of a great publicist.
The humor in this book is what endears me to Scalzis other books of this type and I would recommend all of them.
Wil Wheatons performance is great as usual.
The story was sort of vanilla as far as the genre goes, even trending a little towards young adult. The usual good guy gone bad for all the right reasons, and a love interest thrown into the mix.
The narrator did a good job with the characters and made it worth listening to.
A lot of reviews voice frustration with the philosophical discussion in this book, but I thought it was well ordered, and the theme surrounding the progression of emotion, and change of ideals when faced with mortality was well thought out.
The only reason I did not give it five stars is that the narration was a little mono-toned, and could lull you into sleep
I laughed out loud at this sequel to Off to be the Wizard. The perfect follow up to nerd boy finds out about medieval magic, nerd man finds love in Atlantis.
Can't wait for the next one and hope that Luke Daniels stays on as narrator.
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.
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