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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,479 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rob Reid Narrator: John Hodgma Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.
Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.
The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.
Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.
Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/7/2014

    " An entertaining and ridiculous novel about music-obsessed aliens and a music copyright lawyer trying to save Earth. Funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Will Federman | 2/1/2014

    " Fairly disappointing. Some elements are fantastic - more often than not, these end up being truly creative segments where you can trace the author's thought pattern to how he assigns logic to his Douglas Adams-y universe. Other elements come off as substandard Douglas Adams fare. It's light and fluffy, but a lot of the tension evaporates too quickly and characters' motivations are often flimsy at best. Wait until the price drops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vineel Shah | 1/28/2014

    " This was a fun romp through aliens and music copyright law. It reads a lot like a one of John Scalzi's less serious efforts (so much so that I originally suspected it was a pen name.) Anyway, the author also wrote the non-fiction "Architects of the Web" and founded Listen.com aka Rhapsody, so he knows what he's talking about. (Re: music, probably not re: aliens.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 1/15/2014

    " This was a fun read and it does a fine job a taking the copyright system to task. I don't think it's a re-reader even though it is frequently compared to Douglas Adams work. I actually think that comparison is a bit unfair, as it seems anything funny that has to do with space gets that comparison tacked on it. Overall this is a well written romp that actually made me laugh out loud more than once. It's definitely worth the time to read. "

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