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 thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first chapter is hands-down the funniest piece of sci-fi I have ever read. I agree with some critics that claim John Scalzi borrows some of his content from other great writers. Nonetheless, he does give proper homage to history (as in naming the sheep breed Android's Dream). Moreover and more importantly, his writing contains plenty of original thinking.
What's your opinion on fart jokes? It's going to influence your perception of this book a lot. This book is definitely not for you if you're looking for serious literature, or really anything deeper than a beach read, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's not trying to be deep, it's trying to be fun.
This book is funny in places, crude in places, and generally fast-paced. There's no character development to speak of, the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected, and you have to wade through a lot of "weird for the sake of weird." Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job narrating.
It's kind of the potato chip of books. A little bit is enjoyable, but you wouldn't want to base your entire diet on them.
I love this book, it was a great listen. Wil Wheaton did a great job as the narrator. I found myself laughing out load. I haven't enjoyed Sci-Fi like this since Heinlein. I will look for other books by this author.
Fun book, listening was a gas!
A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.
Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.
Ok I'm done.
I'm hearing teacher voices
Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading The Android's Dream - a dark, cynical, absolutely hilarious novel of interstellar politics and AI love on the servers over at the Church of the Evolved Lamb. More like this, please.
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This is not Agent to The Stars or Fuzzy Nation. It is not terrible, but if you are thinking you are going to get as funny or as good as the above mentioned then, sorry No.
In comparing Scalzi to Scalzi, I was a bit disappointed. At times I forget I was listening to Scalzi and thought I was Listening to Nora Roberts. This really gets bogged down in the details. The plot is fairly complicated and not in a good way. Warning to all, chapter six has a high Ick factor. I am talking sex with animals.
I did like Robin, she was a funny character. I liked the bowling shoes. I also liked the satire about L. Ron Hubbard.
Wil Wheaton was good, although at the beginning of the book he sounded a little tired. He might have been arguing with Sheldon all night. Will WHHHeeedon!
Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi were made for each other. No, not that way, you twisted people, but artistically.
I am a fan of Mr. Scalzi's works, with the occasional misgiving over the frequency of profanity; I would not hand a Scalzi work to a child, but a teenager I would have less issues. He has excellent pacing, his stories gleefully dance down a plotline with the sporadic hard twists and turns, and humor abounds even while a serious story is laid down.
I have now heard three of Scalzi's works narrated by Mr. Wheaton, and his voice fits the tone of the books like that oft mentioned glove. So perfect is the match between authorial voice and narrated voice, I find myself hearing Wheaton's delivery even while reading Scalzi's Whatever blog. Scary, eh?
I've listened to this one twice now. I think I'll have a third helping.
i bought this audiobook because i absolutely enjoyed "Agent to the Stars" by same author and narrator and i did not regret that decision for a moment.
It's like if Vonnegut, Gaiman and Pratchett had a child and dropped him on his head a few times, not forceful enough to cause any major damage, but just enough to make even fart jokes compelling and fitting, and i'm really not a huge fan of lowbrow humor.
The novel is delightfully entertaining, plot is well woven, fast paced and action-packed and full of sharp laugh-out-loud humor.
Just like in "Agent to the Stars", Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading "The Android's Dream". He makes the characters come alive as you would expect them to be.
Since listening to Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation I have become addicted to Scalzi's humorous and fast paced style. The scenarios are pretty outlandish but he makes them all work. It is science fiction, in the end, and the there are no rules. Wil Wheaton reader and John Scalzi writer are a perfect duo. The Android's Dream and the others I've listened to are pure entertainment. I fully intend to listen to every book John Scalzi writes.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
Ok, I don't give out 5's across the board very easily. I mean, I'm not the most stingy 5-er out there, but it does take a pretty good experience to get straight 5's out of me. This book earned every one of them!
I had no idea what to expect with this book. It was a Daily Deal, and that is the only reason that I bought it. It had a fairly intriguing teaser, and so I though I would take a chance on it. It sat in my library for quite some time, and I finally decided to give it a whirl. I could not be more surprised and pleased.
This book goes to show that, if the writing is good, any good vs. evil story can be a masterpiece... regardless of how silly and outlandish the actual players and setting of the story are! The plot line of this book is ridiculous. It has a bit of sci-fi, and a bit of adventure, but for me it all comes back to simply amazing writing. The characters are so great, and their interaction is so believable and engrossing. I never felt as if the author was pushing too hard, or stretching too far. I really enjoyed this book.
The narrator could not have been better, either. Perfect pacing, perfect intonation, and tempo. All around a fantastic experience!
"The west wing meets babalon 5"
An odd combination but works, there are some really great laugh out loud moments. Will Wheaton does a great job as narrator.
The is a lot of "said <name, said <name>" but its not enough to distract from the plot.
"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.
it was enjoyable but something about it felt off whilst listening.... I would recommend it though
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