The Lives of Tao (Tao #1) – Wesley Chu

The Lives of Tao (Tao, #1)Oh how I loved this book!  Let me count the ways… okay, but seriously, it’s a new favorite. I just finished it and I can not wait for the next book. I am so glad this is a series. The book is fun. You have a protagonist that you can not help love because he is overweight, unhappy at his job, fruitlessly going to clubs to try to meet someone… and absolutely endearing. It is good enough I am listening to it a second time currently. I listened to Mikael Naramore’s narration on Audible.
The story is about an alien that inhabits the human body of our protagonist. He wasn’t exactly our aliens first choice but beggars can not be choosers. You follow the transition of our protagonist learning of his alien inhabitant, figuring out he is not crazy, and developing a positive relationship. Roan gets involved in a war between two different factions of aliens who have been influencing human evolution for years. Our host has been Genghis Khan, Lafayette, and several other notables.

Wesley Chu is extremely funny and utilizes multiple pop culture and historical references. This is a book you will enjoy and feel good after reading. Sci fi lovers, spy novel lovers, and anyone who ever wanted an escape from a boring job to become a secret agent will enjoy it. Even better we get the complaining of not getting to eat pizza and being forced to run until you fall down from complete exhaustion. There is no magical transition to secret agent – Roan gets all the bumps and bruises along the way.  We get to laugh at it.  . Mikael Naramore does a great job. His interpretation of Roan and Tao are perfect. He has some difficulties with some accents and interpretation of women but it is not enough to rate him low for the narration. I found his narration enjoyable.

Read this or listen to it. Don’t argue, just do it.

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As C. S. Lewis said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I am an indiscriminate reader. I can find a way to enjoy almost all books. I find they are like people – you can find something endearing in almost every one of them. I love to write reviews. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful. View all posts by Steph

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