A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.
To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science-fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.
To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity.
©2006 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm not sure. Scalzi's other books are okay, but not stunning literature. This book doesn't have much going for it, imho.
It was not humorous or interesting.
Good reading, but couldn't raise the quality of the story.
I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.
Just OK. The author creates a very rich, in depth world, described in full detailed. It was a bit too complicated and rich for me. Possibly too many characters to keep track of and a lot of dialog with “this guy said” and “that guy said”, which I don’t usually notice as much in other books. The story really is pretty deep and played out well. If you want to invest yourself in a deep story and an imaginative world, then you’ll probably like this. Narrator was easy to understand but didn’t differentiate voices. If he had, that might have made the story a little easier to follow. I listened at 1.25x speed as I normally do. I liked Agent to the Stars more. Other than that one, I haven’t tried other Scalzi books and right now I’m not yet sold on this author. I own Fuzzy Nation and will read it eventually, but this one didn’t make me eager to crack the seal on it yet.
I don't like this game Audible.
Solid story, damn entertaining, and laugh out loud funny (at points). Any complains I have are level at Double W, the narrator. He's good at keeping the pacing and emotion strong, but I would've liked wider array of voices. I found myself wondering who was talking from time to time.
I'll read anything, fiction, nonfiction, sci fi, mystery, young adult, even a romance if it is well written.
lots of cute stuff, a touch of Douglas Adams, Beginning and end strong, middle drags a bit.
I love John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton together. Wil wheaton gives the characters personalities, and he becomes the voice of the maincharacter. The characters are always a bit sassy, which makes the listen so much more enjoyable. Overall it was a really good book, which I really enjoyed, but I am glad I did not have to read the book myself or I would have skipped a few pages. One of John Scalzis characteristics is that he always unfolds a very detailed background story for all the episodes in the present of the book. Which gives the book many detours. Those detours can be a hard to keep track of, especially when you are eager to know what is next, but it also makes the story so much more thought through. So, I enjoyed the book, I am just glad I did not have to read it myself.
The story itself was great and it took many unexpected turns.
The way the author was able to combine humor, sarcasm, just a bit of geekiness, and develop a story that was both complex and yet not terribly difficult to follow. It was a great audio book, fun to listen to while driving. The author manages to carefully skewer politics, diplomacy, religion, the law, and professional sports in ways that are zany, thoughtful and entertaining.
Never listened to the narrator before. He was great.
No. But it was the first audio book I ever listened to that I wanted to hear again immediately after it was finished. It was that good!
The only negative was the discussion of how flatulence caused a major interplanetary diplomatic disaster at the beginning of the story. Yeah, it's funny for the first 5 minutes or so but after a while it gets kind of stale and it almost made me want to open the windows in the car which would have been uncomfortable since it was in the winter. Fortunately the flatulence discussion eventually dissipated and what was left was a terrific story with memorable characters. If you can make it through the first 30 minutes it will be well worth it!
Book has potentially good story but John tried to tell it in very Douglas Adams way and failed. If it was told in a different style it could be really good one.
Write it in his own style.
Wil Wheaton is great, perhaps the best thing about this book if I may dare to say. He is consistently good and pleasant to listen to, good work Wil.
This book is strikingly similar to Douglas Adams style of writing so to anyone who has ever read anything from Douglas Adams I suggest to steer clear from this book as it will be constant reminder that it's not quite there. And as for anyone who haven't read Douglas Adams you could potentially enjoy this book but after this one really go right away and take Douglas Adams as next and you will never look back to this one so in a way you can jump right over this one and go straight to Adams.
This being said, I've listened to most of John's Old Man's series and they are much better than The Android's Dream and really worth the listen I just think this style does not suit him so don't give up on him based on this book.
This book often made me late for work as I sat in my car listening just a little bit more. Mr. Wheaton is a great narrator. I'm happy to see that he has narrated quite a few other books.
The book itself, is fantastic! It's so entertaining, that I've made it my mission to recommend it to anyone who will listen.
"No sleeping time allowed"
I would recommend this to anyone with a good sense of humour who enjoys lighthearted, silly stories with lots of dialogue
When Archie was eaten by his new found friend
Wil Wheaton is superb. He seems to read so effortlessly, taking the story forward at a fast pace perfectly timed for the story. Without inflicting a mocking tone, he is able to capture the full craziness of what he is reading. I enjoy John Scalzi on the written page but when he is read allowed by Mr.Wheaton, the full hilarity can bubble out - and I get to listen as I do my chores
Lots of smiles along the way.
A fun book I would certainly recommend but not my first choice in the listings of this writer.
Scalzi is a master of the comedic sci-fi novel. He's right up there with Terry Pratchett. I can highly recommend this book as a great entry to his work. You'll love it.
"Great Performance; mediocre story"
Yes I would but not because of this book. I did really enjoy reading Red Shirts
Meh, I wasn't really invested in the characters.
Lars-win-Getag or generally the Nidu.
No, I don't think I would read it if there was
I really enjoyed listening to Wil Wheaton's perfomance but I didn't really care for the story too much. There were funny parts but not to the level of Douglas Adams.
"Not bad but there's so much better out there"
No. Stick with Phillip K Dick if you like this style. His stuff is SO much better.
Possibly. He was funny at times, the character interactions were ok (better than some of the trash I've been listening to) and his story had potential. It was just a little over the top.
Nothing that I can remember.
Yeah. It left things open for future developments. There definitely could be a follow, telling of the aftermath of what happens next and earth relation with the other planets.
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