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Editorial Reviews

Wil Wheaton, a Star Trek: The Next Generation alum, is a canny choice for narrator of this intersection of science fiction and Elmore Leonard-esque Hollywood farce. In addition to being a rather prominent footnote in sci-fi history, Wheaton’s also got a great voice — sonorous, with an inflection similar to a late-night radio DJ who’s bemusedly sharing an anecdote on air between tracks. His voice also carries a hint of that lilt peculiar to many native Angelenos, which comes in handy when he exaggerates it to Valley Girl-proportions to portray starlet Michelle Beck, former cheerleader and current box office draw.

Hollywood agent Tom Stein is the book’s hero, and when the story begins, Michelle is his most important client. That is, until Tom meets Joshua, an extraterrestrial whose alien race hires Tom and his boss, superagent Carl Lupo, to represent them. The Yherajk have decided their best hope for a peaceful first contact between their race and all of humanity is to out themselves via the movies, and they know if they want to make it in Hollywood, they need good representation.

Wheaton’s voicing of Joshua, who has traveled to Earth as the Yherajk’s representative, is another highlight. Joshua, like his kinsmen, looks like a gelatinous blob, gives off a noxious odor, and slithers around amorphously. He’s also incredibly educated when it comes to human pop culture, having logged countless hours watching sitcoms. Wheaton delivers Joshua’s line, “We look like snot. And we smell like dead fish,” in a nasally deadpan that suits a one-liner-delivering alien to a T.

Even when Scalzi veers into semi-philosophical territory — as when he explores why an alien race would choose a Hollywood debut over staging their premiere in Washington — Wheaton keeps the narration moving with his just-right character voices. Look out for the both silly and spot-on sounding Quebecois accent he uses to portray Roland Lanois, an art-house film director with a critical role in the novel, and for his Buddha-like turn as Gwedif, a Yherajk storyteller. —Maggie Frank

Publisher's Summary

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

©2005 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Narrator Wil Wheaton animates the slapstick text with a tone that is appropriate for the story of a young Tinsel Town agent whose other clients are either equally deranged or aren't making him much money.” (AudioFile)

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  • Ryan
  • CA, United States
  • 10-01-12

Another great jaunt by John Scalzi!

I've listened to just about every John Scalzi novel available on Audible and I've never been disappointed. While this is billed as science fiction, it had two story lines, one decidedly sci fi and the other modern fiction. Surprisingly, I found both equally intriguing - the tale of a young Hollywood agent and a budding, superstar actress and then there's an alien race looking for representation in how to best introduce itself, politely, to Earth. It just worked!

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Grate Fun

If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

i love John Scalzi's books but in this one he out did himself, smart funny.
Wil Wheaton is by far on of the best narrators, he did a superb job with this book.

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

yes it was

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  • JJGlass
  • Canyon Lake in the Hill Country near Austin) TX, United States
  • 10-22-11

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I went into this thinking it would be a silly but entertaining story. Silly it was (sometimes) and definitely entertaining but it turned out to be more than just those things. While I did burst out with laughter a few times, I swear there was at least one time when tears appeared in my eyes. There are moments of sadness and joy among the many humorous situations. All in all I totally enjoyed listening to this book. The reader did a great job. I will now search out more books by John Scalzi.

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Love Hollywood? You'll Love This Story!

Way more fun than expected. WW is the perfect story teller. The "agenting" sections are hilarious, especially if you think you know anything about Hollywood and how it works. Have been making people crazy talking about this book. Oh yeah, I liked it.

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  • steve
  • brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 10-14-11

one of the best performances from a reader...

I usually don't write reviews, but WIl Wheaton's performance really brought this book to life. I kept getting looks from other people in the subway when i would start laughing between stops on the L train.

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Do aliens really have a sense of humor?

What did you like best about this story?

Original take on the first contact with aliens. Joshua can reallly let loose with the one liners.

Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent performance. Nails each character perfectly.

Any additional comments?

At first I thought this was going to be a little too off beat for me but as I got into it the story really does move in the right direction. I like the harsh realities of being a Hollywood agent and the whole Hollywood culture as it impacts the whole world.

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  • Alexis
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 09-27-11

Great Audiobook!

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Will Wheaton does an outstanding job narrating this audiobook, so much so I hope he does more. The book is well written and funny. You won't be disappointed by this one!

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Good Story

Funny with a strange twist at the end. The story was to short but will read again.

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Enjoyable Fluff

I've enjoyed everything Scalzi has written and was happy to see this one available on Audible. Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator and has done a fine job on other Scalzi books (Little Fuzzy comes to mind). The story is light-hearted and not particularly complex but is a fun listen, especialy on a long drive.

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Amazing and fun!!

Having heard every book John Scalzi have released trough Audible, i expected as usual a good experience. What i didn't expect was that it was so much fun, entertaining and absolute ingenious view of how to introduce Friendly aliens to the humans.
Wil Wheatons narration was so good and enjoyable that i will from now on vertainly look for his name in future Audio-book releases.
What a treat!!

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