Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Reposting this 2012 review because the audiobook is Audible’s Deal of the day today and on sale for $2.95.

Agent to the StarsSummary: Comedy about an alien race that contacts a Hollywood agent about introducing them to the planet earth.

This was a book I picked up on a whim. I was a bit burned out on my non-fiction books. And I needed to buy four audiobooks at once to get a $10 coupon from Audible. So Agent to the Stars ended up as one of the picks.

Reading the description (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) reminded me of a Christopher Buckley novel. I love Christopher Buckley’s novels. They are funny, sharply political (against all sides) and almost always pull me out of reading funks. So I picked this up.

John Scalzi is just as funny as Buckley, but instead of the political subtext, this books uses a science fiction/entertainment subtext. You do not need to love science fiction to love this book, but it might help.

Will Wheaton (Wesley Crusher of Star Trek fame and recently regular cameo on Big Bang Theory), does an excellent job narrating. After listening to Wheaton narrate Ready Player One, he is becoming one of my favorite audiobook narrators.

I hate giving away too much of the plot on fiction books. But if you like humorous books, a little bit of (pretty clean) romance, a new take on the old stories (alien invasion) you will like this.

Purchase Links: Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audiobook

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