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Agent to the Stars Audiobook

Agent to the Stars

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Wil Wheaton, a Star Trek: The Next Generation alum, is a canny choice for narrator of this intersection of science fiction and Elmore Leonard-esque Hollywood farce. In addition to being a rather prominent footnote in sci-fi history, Wheaton’s also got a great voice — sonorous, with an inflection similar to a late-night radio DJ who’s bemusedly sharing an anecdote on air between tracks. His voice also carries a hint of that lilt peculiar to many native Angelenos, which comes in handy when he exaggerates it to Valley Girl-proportions to portray starlet Michelle Beck, former cheerleader and current box office draw.

Hollywood agent Tom Stein is the book’s hero, and when the story begins, Michelle is his most important client. That is, until Tom meets Joshua, an extraterrestrial whose alien race hires Tom and his boss, superagent Carl Lupo, to represent them. The Yherajk have decided their best hope for a peaceful first contact between their race and all of humanity is to out themselves via the movies, and they know if they want to make it in Hollywood, they need good representation.

Wheaton’s voicing of Joshua, who has traveled to Earth as the Yherajk’s representative, is another highlight. Joshua, like his kinsmen, looks like a gelatinous blob, gives off a noxious odor, and slithers around amorphously. He’s also incredibly educated when it comes to human pop culture, having logged countless hours watching sitcoms. Wheaton delivers Joshua’s line, “We look like snot. And we smell like dead fish,” in a nasally deadpan that suits a one-liner-delivering alien to a T.

Even when Scalzi veers into semi-philosophical territory — as when he explores why an alien race would choose a Hollywood debut over staging their premiere in Washington — Wheaton keeps the narration moving with his just-right character voices. Look out for the both silly and spot-on sounding Quebecois accent he uses to portray Roland Lanois, an art-house film director with a critical role in the novel, and for his Buddha-like turn as Gwedif, a Yherajk storyteller. —Maggie Frank

Publisher's Summary

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. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

©2005 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Narrator Wil Wheaton animates the slapstick text with a tone that is appropriate for the story of a young Tinsel Town agent whose other clients are either equally deranged or aren't making him much money.” (AudioFile)

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    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 01-05-14
    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever, witty and fun"
    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded the book as a no-brainer and was delighted to find it funny and well written, as well as with a terrific narrator. I will look forward to other books by both of them.

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    disudds SLC, UT 01-05-14
    disudds SLC, UT 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Well, that was different"

    I knew agent to the stars had aliens in it. I knew it had a sci-fi twist. But it turned out to be much more different than I would have expected. Unfortunately, the part of the story I found most interesting was the part that took place solidly on earth without any aliens. I would have enjoyed the book much more without the distraction of Joshua and his space ship. Even so, the book was a fun change of pace and I can't say I'm sorry I took the time to listen. The performance was voice-rich without any truely annoying voices although sometimes I wondered if the reader was trying to channel certain celebrities. Funny.

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    Tadia 01-02-14
    Tadia 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

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    "FUN READ!"
    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Sci-fi smart com


    If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

    This is not a typical Scalzi Sci-Fi fare but it was truly a blast to read. Scalzi's humor most definitely is evident throughout the entire story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Yherajk first meet Carl. Scalzi is an awesome writer (can't believe this was his first novel, written not published).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh. I felt really good throughout the entire story because the characters make you feel good-aliens and surprisingly, humans alike. I loved Wil Wheaton reading this book...absolutely perfect performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

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    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-30-13
    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Comical take on aligns"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as a light hearted read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story ended in a "and the all lived happily ever after" moment. I would like to see how the aliens and humans learned to live together after the aliens came down in mass, not just after the first contact alien came down.


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    Mike Holgate 12-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good Story, but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Agent to the Stars to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version of this book, but I can tell you that I love Wil Wheaton's narration! He keeps the characters vocally diverse, which adds tremendously to the depth of the performance!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character Tom Stein was my favorite. His character was really down to earth (pun intended!), someone who just gets it!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    I loved Wil's portrayal of Joshua, just cracked me up!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have the time and just sit and listen to this all the way through. As it was I think I knocked it out in 3 days!


    Any additional comments?

    Now to my but... I feel the story could have gone into more how the aliens would be integrated into society (2nd book?). The back story and character build up is good which leads to an "...and they lived happily ever after." type ending. Some may appreciate that, I just think it felt rushed.

    Overall this is a very good book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Yorba Linda, CA, United States 12-17-13
    Andrew Yorba Linda, CA, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waste of a free credit -- don't want profanity"
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Wil Wheaton?

    No


    Has Agent to the Stars turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Profanity in less than 15 seconds. Obviously just reading the text the book but if he's willing to do it I don't like it


    What character would you cut from Agent to the Stars?

    Not applicable. Didn't bother to listen to the book due to the profanity which I can't stand.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop with the profanity already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audie Humble, TX, United States 12-17-13
    Audie Humble, TX, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another GREAT Scalzi"
    Would you listen to Agent to the Stars again? Why?

    yes, cause it was entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The alien


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Not at all what I thought. It usually never is when it comes to Scalzi. It was very entertaining and just a over-all great story.

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    L H mt 12-14-13
    L H mt 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, interesting, something new, great read"

    great new way to introduce space people to the world. John Scaizi came up with a different story this time. It was great.

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    Mark D. Campbell US 12-13-13
    Mark D. Campbell US 12-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book, Excellent Reading"
    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Summing up in three words: Sarcastic. Heartfelt. Powerful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conflict between the author's normal sarcastic voice and the unexpected introduction of a deeply heartfelt plot resonated strongly with me.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    What did it I like? There's nothing to dislike; he did an incredible job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction was enjoyment - and maybe a tear or two at the end.


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    Marg Southern California 12-12-13
    Marg Southern California 12-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Puee fun"
    Any additional comments?

    I love writers like Carl Hiasson, Dave Barry and Tom Dorsey. I always hate to compare authors but this book satisfies my need for that genre. Wil Whaton's reading was a pleasant surprise, I bought the book on someone's recommendation thus I pass it on to you,

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