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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.

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"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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  • 22.03.2014

Brilliant – but still I recommend print

This is my favourite book by John Scalzi so far and I have read it in print several times. So maybe my expectations were too high when I got this audio version of it. The story is typically crazy and fantastic, funny and just a brilliant satire on politics, organised religion, aliens and diplomacy …

But: its style does not lend itself to an audiobook. It consists not just of narrative but very long parts of dialogue. Now Wil Wheaton does a superb performance: the voice, the emotions, the various parts – all flawless. However after extended “he said”, “He answered”, “she said” one gets a bit … well, impatient.

All of this is no matter in print, but when faithfully read word for word …Maybe for the audio version a tiny bit of editing would have been better. So my opinion: with this book I like print better.

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Lots of fun!

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie The Android's Dream treffend charakterisieren?

Fun, Clever, Action-packed

Welcher Moment von The Android's Dream ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

The end of the story is perfectly logical - and a total surprise!

Gab es im Hörbuch einen Moment, der Sie ganz besonders berührt hat?

I laughed a lot, though the humor is always clever, never silly.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

It's a good, solid, science fiction story with no moral baggage, just a fun ride.