A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!
The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front - and trying to double-cross them both - may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists - while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.
©2014 Robert Kroese (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Words. Words. Words.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Most of my friends enjoy comedy and sci fi and this book is a great combination of the two. There are many subtle word play jokes that are hidden pop culture references. ("I sense a disturbance in the floors.") If you are a fan of Christopher Moore Novels or Mel Brooks films this is a book for you!
I really enjoyed the nihilistic attitude of the two main characters Rex & Sasha. Sasha has more of a conscious than most but still has no qualms about vaporizing a guy if it helps out their interests. Rex on the other hand takes down right glee in exploiting others and feeds off of absolute chaos.
Kate Rudd delivers a good performance and delivers Sasha's lines in great dead pan fashion and does a good job at making her voice robotic but not too much that it is boring with no inflection so she found a good middle ground.
I wouldn't say moved per se... but it had me legitimately belly laughing quite a few times.
I gave this book 5 stars for the many times that this book made me laugh. I really hope that there are more of this series to hit audible.
Rex Nihilo is like an alterverse version of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama but more violent and slightly smarter. If you enjoy a good funny man/ straight man act then this book is for you.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This story is a what if. What if there was a law against AI computers? What if there was a weird way for starships to travel faster then light? What if those door to door religious folk can travel in space? What if these religious folk can knock on the door of your space ship? What if there is a scam artist who lives only for the next deal? What if this same scam artist can somehow convince logical people into illogical ideas and behaviors? Well add all this up and you have this book. The story is told from the view point of Sasha, a robot with a female personality. Not the sexy, know it all type of robot. A robot who starts to tell the tale with a discussion on why robots are not allowed to be smarter then humans. Robots are not allowed to have independent thought. If any occurs the robot has a built in reboot. The story is predictable. The question is not what is going to happen. The question is how it is going to happen. That is what makes this tale so entertaining. I enjoyed this tale a lot. I especially liked the Sp'ossels. Space apostles whose religion centers on outer space. This is an enjoyable listen with a different type of ending.
The voices she used were spot on for each character.
A little shorter. Some of the scenes after the silly or the action part kinda dragged on.
Star Wars meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
If you want to read/listen to a cross between Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Spaceballs this is the book for you.
Kroese answers the the delicious question of " What if ... Douglas Adams had rewritten Asimov's Foundation, after binge watching the original Star Wars trilogy"?
No Memory Repression required after reading, and it most certainly won't hurt.
This is one of those audiobooks where everything comes together to make a HUGELY enjoyable book.
First is the story itself. It's a very original, hugely hilarious, and overall entirely entertaining bunch of fiction. Interspersed into the original story are a bunch of references to Star Wars and Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy that, from time to time, had me laughing out loud. And not all of the references are easily seen, making discovery a lot of fun.
Pretty much everything in the story is strangely twisted, from the oddly acting characters, to the incredibly witty dialogue, to the space missionaries.
Then there's the performance of Kate Rudd. She's perfect for the story! Her attitude is perfect as the narrating robot, Sasha. And her representation of all of the characters just adds more to the fun.
Overall, this audiobook is a blast in every way.
I bought this book as a buffer book. Sort of a palate cleanser to help bridge genres. This book floored me with how much I enjoyed it. looks like I found a new author to add to my favorites list.
I look forward to the further adventures of Rex and Sasha. Develop the Pepper relationship a a well. The narration was good but a little work on the male voices would not hurt - overall well done.
The author has borrowed from the "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy", "Star wars" with a touch of "The stainless steel rat" in an attempt to be witty. Unfortunately he didn't succeed. One or two lighter moments didn't lift this from the mediocre. If you want humour (and humorous Sci Fi is notoriously difficult to write) I suggest you go back to HHGTTG, Harry Harrison or Eric Frank Russell. Also look at the "Red Dwarf" series or some of John Scalzi's work. I very nearly asked for a refund on this, but I went through to the end. The narrator does a good job with some poor material.
starts off a little shaky, in regards to both story line and voice actors performance, but both warm up as it goes, and by the end I'm interested enough to check out the sequel
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