Once you get past the "he said, she said" it's really entertaining, I've never listen to a book narrated by Wil Wheaton before, but I'm going to look for more, great book.
The show is a fun parody of Star Trek from the view of the redshirts, the disposable ensigns who frequently died on away missions. This story tells of how they come to understand what's happening and try to regain control. There are gruesome, fast deaths (by land worms, ice sharks, and flesh melting diseases to name a few methods), bad physics and timely swearing, such as one would when encountering killer robots.
Will Wheaton was the perfect person to narrate this book! It made it more enjoyable knowing he was reading it. He also is extremely good at it. Listen to "What If..." Also narrated by Will Wheaton.
The final 2 hours of the book are a type of epilogue, in case you come to that point and start wondering, like we did, what more is there. There is the telling of how the crew's mission impacted 3 people. The first is as funny as the rest of the book. The second a little more serious with a moral. The third was a little sad but wraps up quite satisfactorily.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
While I wouldn't rank this book as the best I've listened to, it's definitely not the worst. For the most part, it is well written but the constant "(character name) said" after each and every line of dialog tends to get a bit incessant.
The story was original and well read by Wil Wheaton.
Dare to be the Redshirt
Scalzi has a way with words and descriptions that just TICKLE the inner fanboy... That said, as in much of his other work, variety in depicting dialogue is weak. Once the over-use of "he said" fades into the background we're left with a Sci-fi type filled romp through not - quite - star trek. I loved that.
Seriously, my brain would SQUEEE whenever Scalzi would switch things up with the occasional "she asked"
Whil Wheaton does a good job in this one, it's almost as if he's been on a starship before.
Knowing that the Narrator played Wesley Crusher on STTNG, Made this a very special audio book.
I can't think of another book like this one.
Can't pick any single character, he portrayed them all well.
Avoid the Captain at all cost!
This is a really good book, After listening to it I bought the book for my library.
I'd been waiting for a deal on this after listening to a Sample of the first four chapters. Interesting concept that devolves quickly and consistently. And, all the repetitive "he said", "he said"s at times made me want to scream.
My only deduction was for the performance. (If Wil Wheaton actually sees this, I'm so sorry. I don't think this was actually on you.) The author uses "he said" a lot to demonstrate dialogue and especially in the beginning with extremely curt dialogue Wil spends a lot of time affectlessly repeating "he said — he said — he said." The story eventually got me but it almost lost me early on. Basically, I wanted this to be a radio play when it's actually an audiobook. Five stars.
But that is too negative. What I want to say is that this story had me literally crying on the subway. There were parts that were meant to grab you emotionally, sure, and they were alright. What had me surreptitiously wiping tears from under my glasses, however, was that this story addressed fairly and straightforwardly not only the physical and philosophical consequences of the weird sci-fi universe it built, but also the emotional consequences. It's something very few pulpy sci-fi works—maybe a handful of DS9 episodes—have pulled off.
Fabulous writing with perfect narration. Quick plot, and great characters with just enough snark. If you even remotely enjoy Sci Fi you will enjoy this.