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The Android's Dream Audiobook

The Android's Dream

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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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    Chris H 09-10-13
    Chris H 09-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever and funny, sort of Pratchett meets Banks."

    This is an immediately engaging story and it gets more interesting as it goes along. Some of the tech is already dated, but that almost seems to have been a choice instead of an accident and it did not reduce my pleasure in the story. He avoids the major mistake of attempting to explain technologies, which is very easy for SF authors to fall in to. The characters are engaging and distinct, as usual. There's a lot of imagination shown in various aspects of the story. I don't want to spoil it so I will leave it at that.

    My other half and her friends are writers, we listened to this as we drove around Scotland together. If there had been significant mistakes it would have been torn to pieces, but the writers kept quiet and enjoyed the story.

    In some ways the story line is a common one, but this is a good example of the type.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elliot Tampa, Florida, United States 07-19-12
    Elliot Tampa, Florida, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2015
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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!"


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 02-28-11
    Daniel United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun as HE double hockey sticks."

    Well, this might not be considered a ground breaking work of literature, but it was a heck of a lot of fun to listen to.
    Wil Wheaton did a surprisingly good job in narrating this book and I found myself laughing out loud at several places, which was awkward being that I was in a public place listening on my mp3 player with earbuds. I can understand why people would look at me as if I was ready for a padded room, when a healthy dose of latte foam erupted from my nose in the middle of starbucks for no apparent reason. Damn you, John and Wil!!!!

    19 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 2017
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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.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Cork, Ireland 05-05-14
    Martin Cork, Ireland 05-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sheepish"

    I was lured into spending a credit on this book by the short snippet of a preview for it. The interaction reminded me a bit of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's ship computer Eddie. Unfortunately, the book never really lived up to that level. On the positive side, there are lots of clever ideas in the plot and a wry sense of humour. So much science fiction and fantasy has been written over the last 50 years that it is an achievement to come up with anything original. It is narrated well by Wil Wheaton, who always seems to do a good job. It just never really sparkled for me - I was happy to listen to it but it didn't completely grab me. One of those books to while away a long journey.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-29-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story telling"
    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't exactly up my alley, I'll admit. A crazy beginning with farting to communicate - come on now! Needing a certain kind of sheep for a ceremony?? A lot of it was a bit over the top, but I guess that's what a lot of people liked about it too. Once I willed myself to just go-with-it, it did keep my interest and was well told. Although to be 100% honest, I thought it was going to be about androids, given the name and the android on the cover. It is not - silly me!

    Sometimes the author would mention something about a character (and then take 5 - 10 minutes filling in a silly back story that wasn't always necessary - imho.) To me that was just a bunch of unnecessary detail.

    But overall, wow, it ended up being an elaborate and clever story as long as you aren't looking for realistic. The ending is mind blowing (in all the detailed events that fall into place) and Kudos to Scalzi for keeping it all straight. While it wasn't exactly "up my alley" I have to admit it was some good story telling and thus give it 4 stars.

    Will Wheaten did a great job narrating - 5 stars!!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An interesting reference to Philip K Dick's novel"

    I loved Blade Runner, and Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep, so I was pretty excited to hear this novel, and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't my favorite Scalzi, but it was pretty original. The story starts out vulgar, and I was regretting my purchase with all the flatulence, arterial congestion, and bursting things. Frankly, it may turn you green, until the meat of the story really starts.

    Although I could see where certain parts of the story would go, the girl was a creative and viable surprise. Not his strongest story, he uses a few deus ex machinas, but Scalzi is a master of science fiction, and I haven't been disappointed with his work yet. His characters are fun and adaptable. The story keeps a good pace. The alien incarnation representing all of our negative characteristics from the obvious to the subtle, was well thought out. The aliens remain dynamic, yet have built their society around all of our major failings. The Nidu are like a crystal ball showing us what would happen if we let Wal-Mart fashion legal doctrine for the entire world.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11
    Andrea Linz, Austria 03-16-11 Member Since 2009
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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!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 10-29-16
    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 10-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best, but pretty entertaining."

    This book was a light read and very humorous. Really nice change of pace if you are reading a bunch of very serious books. Not saying this book is not serious at all, but it is a fun read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-04-14
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Freaky Fun in Outerspace"

    Wil Wheaton is fantastic as a narrator - his performance alone brings the overall score of this book up to 4 stars. He is the perfect match to John Scalzi's cleverly written comedic action-adventure. This is the kind of book that plays in your brain like a movie - I could easily see this being turned into a script and put on the big screen. The story moves fast and the characters are easy to like - snarky, intelligent, and just plain fun. I really like this lighter version of sci-fi that doesn't require one to have a degree from MIT to follow - I'm sure it breaks a million scientific laws but to me it sounds all perfectly plausible and gets me excited for a future where I could have a monster sidekick to pal around with and to eat annoying people for me. This one is Spaceballs on crack - enjoy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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