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Publisher's Summary

Finalist for Hugo Award for Best Novel 2019

Finalist for Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2019

In space everyone can hear you sing.

A century ago, intelligent space-faring life was nearly destroyed during the Sentience Wars. To bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity and understanding, the Metagalactic Grand Prix was created. Part concert, part contest, all extravaganza, species far and wide gather to compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes or faces.

This year, humankind has discovered that it must fight for its destiny not with diplomacy, gunships and stoic councils - but with glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. 

A washed-up glam-rock trio from London, Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes, has been chosen to represent humanity on the greatest stage in the galaxy. The fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

©2018 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Like hitchhiker's on steroids

It has the same feel to it as hitchhiker's guide to the galaxies British bizarre humour, but the dial has been turned up to eleven. Worth a listen if you want your interdimensional great blue tits tickled

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Too little plot

Too little plot, book seems to be more about witty descriptions than about the story. Feels like 17 examples are given when 3 would suffice. the pace did pick up towards the end, though, so I was not sorry I stuck it out, but not going to listen again.