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The Android's Dream | [John Scalzi]

The Android's Dream

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 07-26-11
    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"

    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.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 05-20-11
    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 05-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great listen"

    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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    John Norton Southern USA 03-30-11
    John Norton Southern USA 03-30-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm hearing teacher voices

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    "Vonnegut meets Harry Harrison"

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 03-17-13
    Katya A new york 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    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.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 11-12-11
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Covertly flatulent Scifi at it's best!"

    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.

    47 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pendleton, South Carolina, United States 10-06-12
    Amazon Customer Pendleton, South Carolina, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Knockout from the duo of Scalzi + Wheaton"

    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.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Origional page turner"

    I liked it! This is another one I've re-listened to. Very entertaining and worth the time.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11
    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "farts and sheep meet sci-fi"

    In great parts unique, original and funny yet some plot lines were too over-the-top for my taste.
    The biggest "letdown" for me was that the prose doesn't flow as smoothly as in "Agent To The Stars," my favourite from this author. Still, a highly recommendable work for sci-fi fans looking for something entertaining.
    Narration is excellent!

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    Elliot ITHACA, NEW YORK, United States 07-19-12
    Elliot ITHACA, NEW YORK, United States 07-19-12

    Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.

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    "Thrilling, suspenseful, thought provoking, fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. This book hits the full spectrum. If you have even the slightest interest in scifi, religious studies, philosophy, action films, extraterrestrial relations, law, biotechnology, animal science, computer science, politics, or fun you will find something to love in this book.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    I got used to Wheaton's reading style in Agent to the Stars, where I came to appreciate his ability to convey the emotional state and personality of a character, even alien characters, with great precision. The voices he gives to the individual extra terrestrials are absolutely spot on.


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

    The way Scalzi is able to take ostensibly parallel plot lines and weave them into the intricate climaxes (yes, I would say this book has a few) present in this book gave me goosebumps on a few occasions. I would find myself with a huge smile realizing at specific moments, "My, how clever!"


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JJGlass Canyon Lake in the Hill Country near Austin) TX, United States 01-03-12
    JJGlass Canyon Lake in the Hill Country near Austin) TX, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Pure Entertainment"

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Great Performance; mediocre story"
    Would you try another book written by John Scalzi or narrated by Wil Wheaton?

    Yes I would but not because of this book. I did really enjoy reading Red Shirts


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh, I wasn't really invested in the characters.


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

    Lars-win-Getag or generally the Nidu.


    Do you think The Android's Dream needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think I would read it if there was


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Not bad but there's so much better out there"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Stick with Phillip K Dick if you like this style. His stuff is SO much better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    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.


    What aspect of Wil Wheaton’s performance might you have changed?

    Nothing that I can remember.


    Do you think The Android's Dream needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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