©2000 Robert Olen Butler; (P)2000 Audible Inc.
"[Butler] balances the playfulness of alien lore with the weight of religion, marrying the comic and the tragic with mastery." (Publishers Weekly)
Mr. Spaceman is a wonderful book - one of the best audiobooks thus far. Really unforgettable. Butler's premise for the book is clever and amusing. The narration of by the 12 earthlings gives a range of emotions and experiences. I loved them all.
Not a dropped stitch in this compelling story of one spaceman's struggle to understand humanity by interviewing iconic yet believable abductees. The narrator by voice and especially by pacing immerses us in a world of richly differentiated characters. The author has wisdom to convey and, thankfully, much of it is unexpected from beginning to end. Listen to this one.
I actually liked the premise of this book, and found it to have a sweet quality. However, it's always disturbing to be surprised by crass vocabulary when the rest of the story doesn't contain any. This element was so out of sync with the other parts that it left me with bad taste. It's unfortunate too, because I actually liked the Spaceman character a lot and the ending was predictable but had a twist.
Arte Johnson does a great job reading this book that has some interesting ideas but runs far too long. Descriptions of descriptions do little to add value to what should have been an excellent short story.
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