Little Green Men

A Novel
Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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In 1994, Christopher Buckley published one of the most acclaimed and successful comic novels of the decade, Thank You for Smoking. Now, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington, DC, in Little Green Men, a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they have in common.

The reluctant hero of this hilarious novel is John Oliver Banion, a stuffy Washington talk-show host, whose privileged life is thrown into upheaval when aliens abduct him from his exclusive country-club golf course.

But were his gray-skinned captors aliens...or something far more sinister? After Banion is abducted again - this time in Palm Springs - he believes he has been chosen by the extraterrestrials to champion the most important cause of the millennium, and he embarks on a crusade, appearing before a convention of UFO believers and demanding that Congress and the White House seriously investigate UFOs. His friends and family suspect that Banion is having some kind of manic-depressive midlife crisis and urge him to seek therapy before his credibility as a pillar of the punditocracy is ruined.

So, John Oliver Banion must choose: keep his establishment status or become the leader of millions of impassioned and somewhat scruffy new friends who want to expose the government's secret alien agenda.

Little Green Men proves once and for all that the truth is out there. Way out there. And it reaffirms Christopher Buckley's status as the funniest humanoid writer in the universe.

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©1999 Christopher Buckley (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Banta Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Little Green Men is a delicious, ingenious treat. Christopher Buckley is an author of many talents, with a range of abilities that includes a penetrating comic intelligence and a deft flair for storytelling that makes this novel a truly joyous page-turner." (Joseph Heller)

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Laughing Gas

In Buckley's Little Green Men government "baggers" go around snatching overweight women and thereby ensuring continuing funding for space and defense research. Then in a moment of drunken inspiration, they kidnap John O. Banion, and things get interesting. If you've read Thank You For Smoking or No Way To Treat A First Lady, you already know that Buckley can make you laugh. What you may not know is that no matter what the subject matter, Buckley has a way with words and an insider's view of Washington that will make you snicker at first, and later roll with laughter. Instead of wincing at the "conspiracy theory" adopted in the book, you'll find yourself nodding along, captivated with the world Buckley creates. This one is a five star triumph!

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Intellectually hilarious!

I have listened to this book over and over and over again after first renting a cassette copy of it at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I bought the cassette version until the cassette broke, then I found it on audible and had to buy it again. Christopher Buckley has a way with weaving high brow words with slap stick comedy. Mark Lin Baker reads the story and brings all of the characters to life. This is an incredible "theater of the mind" comedy that will have you laughing so hard at the wild analogies and references that are made. I always think of this story as a "What if Rush Limbaugh were abducted by aliens and how would he handle it". With his credibility on the line and the search for the truth. Obviously it's not Rush, but Oliver Banyon, a pompous political interviewer on television rather than radio.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to laugh themselves silly on a long drive or just to escape. I have listened to many audio books, but this is by far the best in entertainment. Great job Mark Lin Baker!

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    4 out of 5 stars

What an audio book should be!

This is my first Buckley book and what a treat. I was hooked early and stayed all the way. And you can't help but wonder "could this really be the way and reason abductions might be happening...?!?" Most of all though, the narration is an absolute joy. This is the way an audio book should be read - it brought all the characters alive for me and made it very tough to put my iPod away when I got back from my lunch hours.

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    5 out of 5 stars

What a riot!!!! Stuffy politicians watch out.

This book does for politicians what "Thank You for Smoking" did for the tobacco industry. Buckley keeps you chuckling through the entire book.Great entertainment.Wish Buckley had more of these!!!

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Good fun...

and more of the same. This book is in many ways similar to Buckley's Thank You For Smoking. Except instead of big tobacco it takes on politicians, the talking heads on tv, and the Washington political establishment as a whole.
Unfortunately, it's not nearly as clever as "Thank You..." and many of the jokes, instead of being witty, appeal to the lowest common denominator. Still, a good listen overall.

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Unexpected excellence!

I selected this book on a whim to listen to during a car ride - boy am I glad I did. This wonderful book is hilarious, satirical and suprisingly incisive. While it's by no means Tolstoy, 'Little Green Men' is a perfectly entertaining listen that acerbically sends up American media culture and mass-pop-hysteria.

Plus, the narrator (yale-educated thespian Mark Linn-Baker, who you may remember as "Cousin Larry" on 'Perfect Strangers') is brilliant, providing the necessary energy to fuel a plethora of campy voices.

Pick this one up immediately!

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Imagine Walter Cronkite Probed by an Alien

This novel is a hoot! I was half way through before I looked it up and found it was political satire from 20 + years ago. As a stand alone novel it shines!

Synopsis: The main character is like Walter Cronkite the old new anchor a very VERY serious high in demand and the toast of Washington DC society guy. Then he gets kidnapped and well.... probed (snicker!!!). Now think what would Walter do? Ignore it? Chalk it up to too much sun? Sometimes it takes getting probed 2 times before people start to take the alien invasion seriously (!)

This is a funny novel that follows the lives of 2 very different people. There's the rich powerful abductee, and the poor government black ops guy that gets drunk one night and orders an abduction on THE WRONG person. In capital letters! When they explained how and why the US government gets into the abduction business I howled with laughter.

The characters in the novel have such funny names that are about as subtle as Pilgrims Progress names (which are as subtle as an anvil dropping on the coyote's head). The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars for overall is that it seemed like it should be punched up just a little bit. I wish they had included more from the view point of the "probers" . I bet this would make a great move or Netflix novella. 5 Stars for the performance.

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The Truth really isn’t Out There

Christopher Buckley has a well earned reputation as one of the best political satirists around, so I was extremely curious when I heard he wrote a Sci-fi novel. I don’t know that this story strictly fits into that genera, but it sure was funny. Remember the weird public fascination with “true” alien abduction stories back in the 90s? This novel answers the question, “What if the U. S. government decided to take those investigations way more seriously?”

WARNING: There are some rape jokes in here, so I can’t recommend this book for everyone. Also, the audio quality is less than ideal. Still, if those problems don’t totally turn you off, check this out. This is the first of his novel I’ve ever read, but it certainly won’t be my last.

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Funny for political junkies

If you could sum up Little Green Men in three words, what would they be?

The McLaughlin Group and meets aliens! It is one of C. Buckley's funniest ventures! Even more entertaining if you appreciate the McLaughlin Group, but not necessary.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! It was a fun "page turner"

Any additional comments?

Political junkies will love it. Those who like good satire will appreciate it. A fun ride.

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Too bad that it's abridged!

Please write more books, Christopher Buckley! My face is in pain from all the hours of smiling.