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The Android's Dream

Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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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.

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Critic Reviews

"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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Death by flatulence, aliens, gunpoint diplomacy

This was my first John Scalzi book and I nearly crashed the car laughing in places. A very funny fast paced science fiction book. There are sheep, aliens, really weird ways to kill people and a satisfying ending.

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  • kev
  • 14-10-2019

Brilliant

I love this book and Will Weaton does it proud! Great story, great performance. You’ll really enjoy this book

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Unique, creative combination of sci-fi and humour

Somehow John pulls off serious and humourous at the same time with a unique and creative story that will keep you listening. If you’re after sci-fi with a light twist, this books for you. Wil Wheaton is fantastic as always, though the speech speed is a little fast. I tried slowing it in app and that was too slow. Either slightly slower pace or more ability to finely tune speed in app would be the icing on the top of this audiobook. Have listened twice already and will definitely see more playtime

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Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi - comedic gold

Being new to Scalzi, there was a level of trepidation, but thanks once again to the excellence of Wil Wheaton, Scalzi has a new fan. Bring on more Harry Creek!

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Worth your time

The story isn't great in my opinion but it is made up for by the writing style.

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only half listened, then stopped halfway :(

Unlike other John Scalzi/Wil Wheaton audio books (which I have loved - locked in, agent to the stars, redshirts) I found I tuned in and out of this one.

As usual I founded Wil Wheaton's narrative soothing. However I found from the start that I couldn't keep track of the characters (or the alien races).

*Spoiler alert ahead*
When about halfway through I tuned in and heard a dog was killed, then it's head shot to shock the owner, I too was shocked.

Violence to animals in fiction is a deal breaker for me, so I couldn't continue.

Having enjoyed Scalzi's other novels I would still seek out further titles to listen to.

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Another fun, well thought out story

Enjoyed this one, probably due to Wil Wheaton just as much as the story. It's all a bit tongue-in-cheek but kept me entertained. The only down side was that the recording jumped around a bit a few times, which was distracting. Didn't love it, but would certainly listen again.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-09-2015

No sleeping time allowed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone with a good sense of humour who enjoys lighthearted, silly stories with lots of dialogue

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

When Archie was eaten by his new found friend

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wil Wheaton is superb. He seems to read so effortlessly, taking the story forward at a fast pace perfectly timed for the story. Without inflicting a mocking tone, he is able to capture the full craziness of what he is reading. I enjoy John Scalzi on the written page but when he is read allowed by Mr.Wheaton, the full hilarity can bubble out - and I get to listen as I do my chores

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

Lots of smiles along the way.

Any additional comments?

A fun book I would certainly recommend but not my first choice in the listings of this writer.

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 31-07-2015

Hilarious

Scalzi is a master of the comedic sci-fi novel. He's right up there with Terry Pratchett. I can highly recommend this book as a great entry to his work. You'll love it.

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  • jonathan healy
  • 30-01-2017

Great

fantastic book to listen to with great characters and some really good twists . really enjoyed it the protagonist was a character that was very likable, was sad to get to the end of it.

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  • Alice
  • 18-07-2014

Great Performance; mediocre story

Would you try another book written by John Scalzi or narrated by Wil Wheaton?

Yes I would but not because of this book. I did really enjoy reading Red Shirts

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh, I wasn't really invested in the characters.

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favourite?

Lars-win-Getag or generally the Nidu.

Do you think The Android's Dream needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I don't think I would read it if there was

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to Wil Wheaton's perfomance but I didn't really care for the story too much. There were funny parts but not to the level of Douglas Adams.

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  • Robert
  • 23-04-2014

Not bad but there's so much better out there

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Stick with Phillip K Dick if you like this style. His stuff is SO much better.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

Possibly. He was funny at times, the character interactions were ok (better than some of the trash I've been listening to) and his story had potential. It was just a little over the top.

What aspect of Wil Wheaton’s performance might you have changed?

Nothing that I can remember.

Do you think The Android's Dream needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yeah. It left things open for future developments. There definitely could be a follow, telling of the aftermath of what happens next and earth relation with the other planets.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • James
  • 22-04-2018

An adventure through space, religion & bureaucracy

if you enjoyed the Old Man's War series, you'll probably enjoy this. if you go to sleep at the mention of laws and regulations, you might not enjoy this.

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  • David T-Rex
  • 03-08-2016

The west wing meets babalon 5

An odd combination but works, there are some really great laugh out loud moments. Will Wheaton does a great job as narrator.
The is a lot of "said <name, said <name>" but its not enough to distract from the plot.

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  • kingsys
  • 18-02-2016

good

it was enjoyable but something about it felt off whilst listening.... I would recommend it though

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  • Martin Steele
  • 26-10-2020

A good introduction to John Scalzi for me

I enjoyed the story for the most part. Some parts dragged and the ending wasn't what I was expecting but there were parts that kept me gripped and excited to hear what happens. Wil Wheaton is a good narrator (see The Martian too) and puts in an excellent performance. As the title says this is my first Scalzi book and I definitely be seeking more although the story wasn't special enough to make me want to devour his whole back catalog. The ideas within here and the world he builds are really interesting and I could see an entire series written within the Common Confederation.

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  • Mara
  • 22-09-2020

Good

It wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The book is not "laughing out loud" funny in any way. But it is written in not really a serious way either. Like a parody. But not really - the plot is quite adequate and good for that. I don't even know how to describe it. But - what matters here - I liked it, it was interesting and entertaining, easy going, with some smiles in the middle.