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Agent to the Stars Audiobook

Agent to the Stars

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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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    Ivan C. San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 06-05-15
    Ivan C. San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good reading. hated most of the characters though."

    easy and fun, great narration by ww. but, i thought the characters were all unlikable and the plot seemed too contrived at points. not as good as ready player 1.

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    dirk 05-25-15
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    "Not your ordinary alien invasion!"

    I love John Scalzi's writing style and sense of humor He can wite the most comedic and at the same time, touching stories. In Agent to the Stars you will laugh and laugh, and then find yourself crying, in joy at the end.

    Also, I have to say that Will Wheaton has an excellent voice for doing narration. I've listened to dozens of audio books and I can say without a doubt the Wheaton is defiantly top tier in his presentation.

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    Glenn Anchorage, AK, United States 05-16-15
    Glenn Anchorage, AK, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I just finished my fourth time through this book."

    I love the subtle humour throughout the book. This is one of those timeless books to make one think about accepting the difference in the people around you.

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    david 05-10-15
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    "Quirky and silly"

    Fun little story of an unlikely alien encounter. Totally unrealistic but the narrator delivers an enjoyable experience as long as you don't take him to seriously.

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    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 05-07-15
    carlo Union City, NJ, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton double threat"

    Whenever I see this combination, I know it's going to be an amazing story, super entertaining and even funny. Something about these two, makes Wil perfect to narrate John's books. I'm eager for more. Give it a try.

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    "another great scalzi"

    if you enjoyed the the androids dream, this is a must listen. You'll wish it kept going, I certainly did.

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    AzDayton 05-02-15
    AzDayton 05-02-15 Member Since 2002

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    "Fun book, very well read"

    Enjoyed the story, the writing, and the narration. Is there ANYTHING Will Wheaton doesn't do well?

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    L. Sayger 04-24-15
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    What made the experience of listening to Agent to the Stars the most enjoyable?

    It's very funny. The wordplay is great. The situations are handled well. The allusions were appropriate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the reporter outsmarted everyone, including himself, and bit off more than he could chew by sneaking in where he didn't belong. I have to be vague here to avoid spoiling the scene.


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

    There were several times when I was driving down the road grinning like an idiot because of the humor in this book. It made driving go by pleasantly fast.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that would keep me from recommending this book to everyone I know is the foul language. There's a lot of it.

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    dug 04-21-15
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    "Scalzi and Wheaton do it again"

    Love Wheaton as a reader! Scalzi is always great, but the two of them together do great things.

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    Joe Houston, TX, United States 04-15-15
    Joe Houston, TX, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas

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    "Hugely entertaining!!!"

    Really creative and entertaining story with a fun plot and likeable characters. Even my author daughter gave this one five stars. Don't hesitate, go for it - I think you'll be very happy with this one.

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