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The Android's Dream

Written by: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (116 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.

©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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neat

really not what i expected at all. but still turned out to be pretty great.

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A Very Good Sci-Fi Weave

A very good and complex story that weaves many related stories and actions together. A very good listen.

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Really good!

My favorite book by John Scalia yet! Well read and an engaging and inventive storyline. No idea how he comes up with his ideas but Keep then coming!!

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Very fun!

Got this as a deal of the day and ended up finishing it by the end of that week.

A lot of fun, definitely taps into it's influences but is a great book on it's own.

Will be looking for more by this author.

Narrator was great as well.

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A dream indeed!

I wasn't sure to buy this book because I didn't know the author, but it was amazing. The story is so entertaining, funny and smart. There were good scenes of action, the plots and subplots keep your attention and everything has a good pace. Loved it!

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Another Scalzi winner

John Scalzi is the Elmore Leonard of sci fi. I’ve read/listened to a number of his titles and have only been dissappointed once (Red Shirts)

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Wheaton for the win

I always enjoy a good book narrated by Wil.

This was my first Scalzi book and I really enjoyed it. Starts with a quirky fart plot and develops into a complex diplomatic mess between Earth and other colonies. There are some very interesting characters and twists along the way.

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Super fun and a good original story line!

Initially I wanted to dislike this just because of all the references to other well known Sci Fi. It was just too good. It has a Douglas Adams sort of feel but with more "normal" sorts of characters. Plot is excellent and holds up all the way through. This was the first John Scalzi I had tried but I am now going hunting for more. Wil Wheaton does a really good job of narrating, it just took me a little while because I knew his voice from TV. In the end I thought the references to other writers and stories worked incredibly well and added to the humour. Overall, excellent!

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Quite entertaining, highly amusing, and very different!

I surprisingly enjoyed this one, it’s very bizarre and unique, and quite comical as well as action packed!

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Not what I expected

There is some great twists and turns in the Android's dream, i felt the book jumped around a little too much so not for me the performance was great tho, if anything buy the book just to lesion to Wil Wheaton, he brings books to life with his words

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  • James
  • 2011-07-26

Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first chapter is hands-down the funniest piece of sci-fi I have ever read. I agree with some critics that claim John Scalzi borrows some of his content from other great writers. Nonetheless, he does give proper homage to history (as in naming the sheep breed Android's Dream). Moreover and more importantly, his writing contains plenty of original thinking.

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  • Kevin
  • 2011-05-20

Great listen

I love this book, it was a great listen. Wil Wheaton did a great job as the narrator. I found myself laughing out load. I haven't enjoyed Sci-Fi like this since Heinlein. I will look for other books by this author.

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  • DAVID
  • 2011-11-12

Covertly flatulent Scifi at it's best!

Fun book, listening was a gas!

A word of warning to those who might be sheepish about genetic engineering; ewe may want to Baaack away from this one.

Narrator did a nice job, not a crusher performance, but very enterprising.

Ok I'm done.

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  • John Norton
  • 2011-03-30

Vonnegut meets Harry Harrison

Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading The Android's Dream - a dark, cynical, absolutely hilarious novel of interstellar politics and AI love on the servers over at the Church of the Evolved Lamb. More like this, please.

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  • Richard
  • 2014-01-02

Absurd and a little juvenile, but an OK story.

What's your opinion on fart jokes? It's going to influence your perception of this book a lot. This book is definitely not for you if you're looking for serious literature, or really anything deeper than a beach read, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's not trying to be deep, it's trying to be fun.

This book is funny in places, crude in places, and generally fast-paced. There's no character development to speak of, the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected, and you have to wade through a lot of "weird for the sake of weird." Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job narrating.

It's kind of the potato chip of books. A little bit is enjoyable, but you wouldn't want to base your entire diet on them.

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  • Katya A
  • 2013-03-17

Very enjoyable

i bought this audiobook because i absolutely enjoyed "Agent to the Stars" by same author and narrator and i did not regret that decision for a moment.

It's like if Vonnegut, Gaiman and Pratchett had a child and dropped him on his head a few times, not forceful enough to cause any major damage, but just enough to make even fart jokes compelling and fitting, and i'm really not a huge fan of lowbrow humor.

The novel is delightfully entertaining, plot is well woven, fast paced and action-packed and full of sharp laugh-out-loud humor.

Just like in "Agent to the Stars", Wil Wheaton does a wonderful job reading "The Android's Dream". He makes the characters come alive as you would expect them to be.

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  • PF
  • 2012-10-06

A Knockout from the duo of Scalzi + Wheaton

Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi were made for each other. No, not that way, you twisted people, but artistically.

I am a fan of Mr. Scalzi's works, with the occasional misgiving over the frequency of profanity; I would not hand a Scalzi work to a child, but a teenager I would have less issues. He has excellent pacing, his stories gleefully dance down a plotline with the sporadic hard twists and turns, and humor abounds even while a serious story is laid down.

I have now heard three of Scalzi's works narrated by Mr. Wheaton, and his voice fits the tone of the books like that oft mentioned glove. So perfect is the match between authorial voice and narrated voice, I find myself hearing Wheaton's delivery even while reading Scalzi's Whatever blog. Scary, eh?

I've listened to this one twice now. I think I'll have a third helping.

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  • JJGlass
  • 2012-01-03

Pure Entertainment

Since listening to Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation I have become addicted to Scalzi's humorous and fast paced style. The scenarios are pretty outlandish but he makes them all work. It is science fiction, in the end, and the there are no rules. Wil Wheaton reader and John Scalzi writer are a perfect duo. The Android's Dream and the others I've listened to are pure entertainment. I fully intend to listen to every book John Scalzi writes.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2013-05-14

Nice is Nice, but being a Bitch gets results

This is not Agent to The Stars or Fuzzy Nation. It is not terrible, but if you are thinking you are going to get as funny or as good as the above mentioned then, sorry No.

In comparing Scalzi to Scalzi, I was a bit disappointed. At times I forget I was listening to Scalzi and thought I was Listening to Nora Roberts. This really gets bogged down in the details. The plot is fairly complicated and not in a good way. Warning to all, chapter six has a high Ick factor. I am talking sex with animals.

I did like Robin, she was a funny character. I liked the bowling shoes. I also liked the satire about L. Ron Hubbard.

Wil Wheaton was good, although at the beginning of the book he sounded a little tired. He might have been arguing with Sheldon all night. Will WHHHeeedon!

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  • colleen
  • 2012-05-27

Origional page turner

I liked it! This is another one I've re-listened to. Very entertaining and worth the time.

25 of 32 people found this review helpful