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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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    Gotta say not what I expected. But the story and narration were excellent. Definitely worth the listen.

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    nina førde, Norway 06-14-16
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    I read a lot of books, and this is sometimes a curse. They often blend together until I don't remember what they were all about, unless they really manage to surprise me or stir up emotions. This one did it. It was funny, interesting and even has a message. Even if I felt this was a book you could escape in and make you appreciate art, I also loved the end. We need to realize that no matter how different humans seem, we have so much in common. Using 'aliens' to underline this point, was a brilliant move by the author.

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    "Works even if you don't really like alien books"

    This was so different. For a while now I've been able to predict the books I read, yet here I was surprised! The book may not be one of my favorite books, yet the performance was great, the story was never boring and all in all it was a pleasure reading it!

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    "Never thought I'd like science fiction"

    What an amazing and pleasant surprise this book was. I'm not a fan particularly of sci-fi -- haven't seen ET and watched only a couple episodes of Harry Potter -- BUT this book was captivating. With writing that seemed to me the quality of Carl Hiaasen, coupled with an amazing performance by narrator Wil Wheaton, makes me want to look for another book by John Scatzi.

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    KIM B. 06-13-16 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

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    "Fun, cute, slightly sexist"

    Loved it, really funny with a bit of serious thrown in to catch you. He's a fun writer (I also enjoyed Redshirts). I do notice that, in the manner of many fantasy/sci fi authors, he's kind of sexist, though not enough to make me stop reading his stuff, just pretty sure he wouldn't pass the Bechdel test.

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    Where does Agent to the Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a great comedy story well written and the performance from the narrator was top notch. In the comedy category, I would say it was in the top part of my list. I laughed out loud more than one time while listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was light-hearted yet also had some aspects that took an emotional turn, it was a roller coaster which often was as fun as the steep drop.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Top notch delivery from Wil Wheaton. I will look for other material from him even if it is outside my normal reading subjects. Keep up the great work!


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

    It made me do both. I think it was able to move me in both directions from open laughter to sorrow during specific sections. A fun ride made all the better by great story telling.


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    "great narrator, fun and surprising story line"

    This story kept me listening, I loved the character development and path story flowed upon. I literally laughed out loud at some parts. ...Genius in a low key sort of way.

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    "Lots of fun and a great performance!"
    What did you love best about Agent to the Stars?

    I loved the twisted premise and the way it was executed. When you think about it, it actually makes sense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent to the Stars?

    Joshua's relationship with Ralph


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His delivery of the story was hilarious. Serious when it needed to be yet he had me laughing out loud. Very well done!


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

    Yes. I ended up listening to it over two and a half days grabbing even a few minutes when I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually listen to / read comedy stories and while it had its serious moments Agent to the Stars was a LOT of fun. Very well written and very well performed. Thanks!

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    "Wil Wheaton never disappoints!"

    The story is actually a new twist on an alien saga. Wil's witty portrayal of the characters makes this book worth the listen. I have yet to be disappointed by John Scalzi. His writing is as entertaining as Wil's performance. Worth the time.

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    Sandra HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-13-16
    Sandra HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow!"

    First time ever reading this genre. I'm glad I started here, this is intelligent, funny writing and great narrating. So glad I found you!

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