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Mr. Spaceman | [Robert Olen Butler]

Mr. Spaceman

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler tells a magical and humorous contemporary fable that captures the state of humanity at the cusp of a new millennium - as seen through the uniquely sensitive perspective of an empathetic extraterrestrial. An audible.com audio exclusive!
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Audible Editor Reviews

Frightening, aggressive, dangerous - everything you thought you knew about visitors from space is wrong. MR. SPACEMAN, by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, will make you wish you could spend more time with his kind. And wait until you meet his lovely wife Edna!

If you're a fan of hard science fiction, this may not be the listen for you. Too irreverent, too giggle-inducing, too, well, fun. But if you enjoy a rich story with plenty of amusing characters and a cynical look at American culture, throw on those headphones and try this one. And speaking of American culture, Arte Johnson, of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, is the narrator here and does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life.

Publisher's Summary

With Mr. Spaceman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler has created a magical and humorous contemporary fable that captures the state of humanity at the cusp of a new millennium - as seen through the uniquely sensitive perspective of an empathetic extraterrestrial. The night before the turn of the millennium, a tour bus bound for a Louisiana casino is suddenly beamed inside a spaceship hovering high above Earth's surface. As its 12 passengers emerge nervously from the vehicle, they come face-to-face with the being who has brought them aboard, a 16-fingered, zoot-suited alien named Desi. Over the course of the next 24 hours, Desi will seek their help as he readies himself for the final phase of the mysterious mission he has traveled across the galaxies to fulfill.

©2000 Robert Olen Butler; (P)2000 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Butler] balances the playfulness of alien lore with the weight of religion, marrying the comic and the tragic with mastery." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim Boise, ID, USA 10-06-05
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    "Mr. Spaceman"

    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.

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    Deborah Plattsburgh, NY, United States 03-19-06
    Deborah Plattsburgh, NY, United States 03-19-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Cute, but..."

    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.

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    Brian Acord Salt Lake City, Utah 01-26-06
    Brian Acord Salt Lake City, Utah 01-26-06 Member Since 2005

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    "A little of this goes a long way"

    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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