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  • The Kaiju Preservation Society

  • De : John Scalzi
  • Lu par : Wil Wheaton
  • Durée : 8 h et 2 min
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The Kaiju Preservation Society

De : John Scalzi
Lu par : Wil Wheaton
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    The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi's first stand-alone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times best-selling Interdependency trilogy.

    When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food-delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization”. Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

    What Tom doesn't tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They're the universe's largest and most dangerous panda, and they're in trouble.

    It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who's found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die. 

    ©2022 John Scalzi (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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    • Jim
    • 20/03/2022

    How does one make Kaiju unappealing?

    Answer: A big old dose of reality and politics.

    I pre-orderd this book the instant I saw it, then I patiently waited for the actual release.

    I love Scalzi's other books. I love giant monsters. I want a good story that let's me escape from the crushing reality that is post 2020 life. This book seemed like the ticket.

    Then I started listening. I got a bunch of talk about covid, identity politics, actual politics, vaccination, masks, judgment about vaccination and masks, elections, economic issues surrounding covid, and more covid. I've been living it. Now I'm paying to read about it happening to fictional characters.

    Then, after doing his best to drain all the fun out of Kaiju by injecting it with miserable current events, the story was just ok. This isn't Red Shirts or Agent to the Stars. After you learn what the Kaiju are and how they operate there isn't much left which is particularly interesting or original. You've probably seen all the rest a thousand times.

    You've lived most of it for two years.

    It's a book about giant monsters, and we spend half of it complaining about pandemics, presidents, and how billionairs are crappy people. Even when I agree with the politics and judgments, it just reminds me of crappy things that I hate. And, most of the rest of the book is a bunch of generic characters bantering about not very much.

    It is occasionally funny. Not funny enough to offset the rest of it, at least not for me.

    Sorry Mr. Scalzi. This might be the last time I pay for one of your books.

    Mr. Wheton does the same job he always does as narrator. If you like him, you'll like him in this.

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    • BowTieIII
    • 19/03/2022

    Far too much politics.

    leave the politics out in the future I want to enjoy a scifi story from one of my favorite authors not listen to repeated political digs. When listening to a story that otherwise should be a fun trip to another world I was jarringly brought back to our own political devides of where the author clearly makes his own opinion clear and quit painfully it ends up feeling like pandering written to stroke one side repeatedly. At the end there is even a not to club you over the head if the besting in the story didnt quite get the point across. I liked to story but was unable to enjoy it from the contant pushing of politics, it was very unfortunate.

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    • Lucy A. Pithecus
    • 15/03/2022

    I'm listening with a permanent smile on my face

    A fast-paced funny story with current reference and wild imagination, classic John.

    Wil also brings his flavor and personality to the story.

    For those who are new to John Scalzi or want to get more of him after the KPS book, here are my personal suggestions:

    - Start with his "The Dispatcher", two free novellas for Audible members. They are science-fiction and detective stories that keep you in suspense, but with chuckles.

    - If you like John's detective stories after the Dispatchers, try out his "Lock-In" Series. These two detective and science-fiction tales are full of surprises and rapport between characters. More thought-provoking but still humous. Also, the main character can be either male or female, depending on which narrator's version you choose (Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson).

    - If you like imaginative stories, check out "Redshirts", his Hugo award-winning work in 2013. The story starts as a star-trek-style space science fiction and takes you through a captivating fun ride with unexpected turns. It's not your regular space adventure legend.

    - If you are intrigued but still hesitant to spend the precious credits, his "The Human Division" book can be bought by chapter ($0.69 per chapter) - a low-cost-and-low-risk way to check his work out further. This book is part of a more extensive series but also a fantastic stand-alone story. I couldn't stop chasing the story about Wilson and Schmidt - just a tech guy and a low-ranked space diplomat trying to dodge what life (or space) throws at them. Their struggles are real and just as genuine as their optimism and ability to laugh at themselves and life's toughest challenges.

    - If you are want to explore more, his "Old Man's War" series is a classic and Hugo nominee. It's a military science fiction series, of which "The Human Division" is right before the final book. Everyone in the series is competent and acts rationally. The rapport among characters and the character development is excellent. The story takes you through a fun and imaginative journey of being a soldier in space during "interesting" times, full of actions and sometimes with ridiculous solutions.

    I hope you find this helpful, and you can find some laughs and ponders from John Scalzi's works.

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    • Moshe F. Saraf
    • 26/03/2022

    Scalzi's Worst Book

    Characters:

    All the characters read like a single character, an edgy, whiny teenager with zero motivation or personality.

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    There is no plot


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    it isn't even a proper propaganda, just random virtue signaling (Trump sons want to hunt a Kaiju, mask mandates are sacred, random pronouns). Politics are part of Scifi, but they have to be part of the story, Scalzi is just checking woke boxes


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    • Ethan Kirkness
    • 18/03/2022

    Great for Fans of Ready Player Two

    I'm a giant Kaiju fan, but it was very difficult for me to finish this one. Between Wheaton's cringey narration and Scalzi's dialogue, I just couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Every character talks like what edgy teenagers wish they were like in their fantasies, and I could barely tell them apart. Scalzi also threw in a lot of heavy handed topical pop culture references, if that's your thing. For a book about giant monsters and transdimensional travel, it was surprisingly boring. I would skip this one.

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    • Roswatheist
    • 15/03/2022

    Fun, Hardcore Geekery

    Disclaimer: I am incredibly biased and am sure that bias will be heavily reflected here.

    Scalzi and Wheaton are always a pleasure for me, but this was the story I needed most in this horrendous time. Without spoiling anything, my imagination frequently heard a rusty, grumbly gate opening in the background of my mind while listening. The Kaiju Preservation Society is so much fun that anyone who grew up between the 70s and 90s can enjoy. Good-naturedly poking gentle fun at Millennials added some pleasant seasoning to the story; stir in a dash of telling a genuinely inconsiderate billionaire to his face exactly what he could do with himself and his money was like molten chocolate cake warming my gooey bits.

    To paraphrase the author, this is the right novel for a really awful time. Please do yourself a favor and read/listen to it.

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    • Just an anonymous listener
    • 20/03/2022

    Depending on your perspective, you may not like it

    Typically, the combination of John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton has been a surefire success for me. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with this book, so much so that I returned it.

    To be clear, Wheaton was not the issue for me on this book. His narration continues to remain solid, and his delivery did a good job of matching the story's narrative and dialog. While he doesn't deliver unique voices like many narrators (e.g., R.C. Bray or Ray Porter), Wheaton's narration is not monotone by any stretch, and it still keeps things lively and the reader engaged.

    And, Scalzi's story was briskly paced, with an interesting take on Kaiju. The dialog was often witty, too. So, why couldn't I finish the book?

    My primary issue was the regular presentation of characters, issues, and story beats from a decided "politically correct" vantage point. It was almost as if the story was written to be some sort of textbook example of how to include as many modern political and cultural issues as possible, but only from one perspective. Certainly, it's Scalzi's story, and he can include any or all of these things as he sees fit. However, I prefer a book that focuses on telling an engaging story having a true diversity of opinion woven into it, with characters with all kinds of viewpoints, flaws, motivations, and growth. Better yet, I prefer stories that don't at all need to be so pervasive with the "correct" political and cultural issues to prove some kind of point.

    I'm sure this book will be well-received by many readers; however, if any of the above raises concerns for you, or you're tired of thinly-veiled political jabs, you may want to skip this book.

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    • Tom D
    • 18/03/2022

    Not his best work

    Maybe it was his need to show all the other important people how Liberal he is but it didn’t work for me .. not horrible but definitely not great

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    • Grace M-T
    • 15/03/2022

    So so

    If you really really really REALLY —and I do mean really—like Scalzi, then enjoy. But for me, either the charm has worn off or…

    Returning for credit

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    • Julie
    • 19/03/2022

    Indulgent, overdramatized, too much language

    I love Scalzi, but this was annoying to listen to given the amount of language, the over the top performance by Wheaton and the feeling that this was written as a self-indulgence. I wish I hadn’t spent money on it.

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    • Kalle Glauch
    • 02/06/2022

    somewhat entertaining

    Story: ok

    Style: Every single line contains some kind of lame reference to old sci-fi and/or is trying to be super witty. There is not a single normal conversation in which the characters just talk normally. The more dangerous the situation, the more idiotic they become.

    Narrator: Wil Wheaton should take a chill-pill. Why is he constantly screaming? Even if nothing is happening at all and the most banal (but supposedly witty) statements are made, Wil Wheaton is randomly starting to scream the characters lines. Often, this is so incongruous that its just terrible to listen to.

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    • Polotzki
    • 30/05/2022

    Wonderful trip into the World of Monsters

    I have never listened or read anything from this Author. However, seing the word "Kaiju" instantly made me curious, since I am huge fan of Godzilla, Mothra and co. I was not disappointed: a great story, well-paced, fun main character, some great action, a surprising amount of science and a few surprises along the way. There is some great geek humor in here as well, some of it actually made me laugh out loud. The voice acting is also top notch. My only minor criticism it that many of the side characters have exotic-soung names and not all that much personality, so I had a hard time telling them apart. No big deal. BTW there is a small story in the end, where Mr. Scalzi tells the tale of how this book came into being. Definatey worth listening too.

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    • Konstantin
    • 24/09/2022

    Just relaxing…

    Love John Scalzis work Overall and did enjoy to this one. It’s light and just entertaining and it’s read very well. A pleasure to listen to. So yeah, I do recommend it.

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    • Marga
    • 26/03/2022

    Loved every minute of it

    This was exactly the book I didn't know I was needing, to bring some light into all this darkness.

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    • JW
    • 25/03/2022

    A light-hearted Scalzi at his best.

    Scalzi is an incredible and nuanced science fiction author who has always had the ability to combine the light-hearted with the serious. This short novel of his is decidedly on the light-hearted side, if for some serious reasons which shine through every now and A short and sweet story to Kaiju full of nerdy references, clever ideas and fun details.

    Wil Wheaton's absolutely excellent narration completes the picture.