Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid

I bought this audiobook from Audible and used the Audible app on an iPhone to listen to it.

What a great surprise. This book was recommended to me by Audible a couple of times before I finally took the bait. I think that it is narrated by John Hodgman was part of the draw for me. I don’t really like John Hodgman’s sense of humor, I have listened to excerpts from his book "The Areas of My Expertise", and didn’t find it funny, but as an actor I think he is great. And he does a fantastic job narrating this story.

I am very tempted to rant about how much I despise the RIAA and the way they treat the people, or the ridiculous laws that have been passed in the last dozen years or so regarding music. But I am not going to do that, lets just say that I feel like this book expresses most of my feelings pretty clearly.

This story is great fun, I recommend you read it as soon as you get the chance.

From the publisher:

An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.

Worse, they were lawyering up….

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 48 hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

©2012 Robert Reid (P)2012 Random House Audio

I rate this book a 10 out of 10 for lovers of humorous science fiction and think the RIAA are a bunch of crooks.

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