Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (audiobook narrated by Wil Wheaton) - Paul's Review

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Title: Agent to the Stars
Author: John Scalzi
Year Published: 2005

Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Audiobook Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Synopsis: 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. 


Review: I really enjoy the Scalzi/Wheaton combo in audiobooks. Wil Wheaton's voice plus the quirky comedy and interesting science fiction of Scalzi make sure these audiobooks do NOT put you to sleep. This book is another fun and easy listen. 

This book takes place in a very Hollywood world. The bearocracy of everything is always a joke that takes center stage. The aliens are ridiculous, but realistic enough. Scalzi really has a thing for aliens and scents and smells. 

Although, this book is funnier than other Scalzi books I have read, it still has a sci-fi core. Everything is in the details. I enjoyed how much the notion of acceptance was at the core of this novel. I give this book a 4/5 and highly recommend it. 


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