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Agent to the Stars Audiobook

Agent to the Stars

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Audible Editor 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.

What the Critics Say

“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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    shauna F 06-17-16
    shauna F 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Wil Wheaton!"

    I got this book because it was cheap. Wil Wheaton reads very well. He's cute too.
    The book was great. I laughed, mostly, but teared up a bit too. I love the theme most of all and especially now with what happened in Orlando. No matter what we look like, what we believe, we are all just the same.
    I highly recommended this story, but not because it's cheap.

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    "Wow... just I mean... wow"

    So many contradictions that work in a wonderful explosion of philosophy, sophistry, humor, and seriousness. To write a book about humans meeting aliens that doesn't include nuclear bombs, riots, or the White House burning in the background takes talent, to do this and make the book so funny you literally laugh out loud while crying behind your tough guy facade and all while thinking of a plot line that takes a left turn at what the heck just happened and a hard right at OMG they didn't just do that. Well buy the book and unless you're brain dead you'll love it!

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    nanchi 06-16-16
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    "light-hearted fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted, fun read. It was a very enjoyable experience from start to finish. This was one of the few books I have listened to that I thought my pre-teen-aged son would actually like too. He would probably especially enjoy the alien language foibles.


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    Robert 06-16-16
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    WOW This is a very good book.

    The narrative is superv.
    The story keeps you wanting more.
    It's funny and entertaining.
    A must have for your collection.

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    LJM VO United States 06-16-16
    LJM VO United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2012

    Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!

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    "Love Believable Science Fiction!"

    Well, maybe not that believable, but hey, I still loved it.

    An interesting premise. What if an alien species wanted to make contact with us, but they were so disgusting that the average human would be repelled? Or, if you prefer, reverse the situation. Suppose we wanted to communicate with an alien species, but we were totally repugnant to them? How would we go about it?

    The Yherajk are the hideous aliens and they are reaching out to Tom Stein, agent to the stars (not the ones in space, the ones in Hollywood).

    This is the tale of what happens next.

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    t carl 06-15-16
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    two great tastes that taste great together. was sorry it was over, because it was just so fun.

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    "Fun"

    I just had a great time listening to this book. Lots of fun! Look forward to seeing what else the writer has to offer in other books.

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    "Different and so much fun!"

    What a great ride... I didn't want it to end. A good look into the world of entertainment from the business side, tongue and cheek, then through in aliens and see what you get. It's a blast. Love the dialogue!!!

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    Marc 06-15-16
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    "A delightful conceit"

    An agent to the stars... Literally. Because how better to become famous than to hire a great agent?

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    jolene 06-15-16
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    The book was awsome!!!! I loved it!!!! Very entertaining. I would recommend it ti anyone looking for a fun and entertaining book.

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