Funny, thought provoking, and sad... all at the same time. I loved the ending, for each story. This is a nice one off that doesn't leave you wanting for more, but in a good way. It wraps everything up neatly at the end and leaves you satisfied.
Will does a fantastic job as the reader.
Great story-enough so, you wish the story wasnt so short or that there was a sequel.
Only reason O didnt give a perfect was because the author used "he said/she said" way too often. Either leave out the obvious statement that that person was talking, or use a more creative line.
Other than that small point, great listen.
Take Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and the movie Galaxy Quest. throw in references from Star Wars, Dune and The Six Million Dollar Man, and you've got Redshirts a pretty funny, and touching story.
I like Scalzi and Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this book, but the story crafting was a complete failure. The book gets lost in meta-tangents. The funny, realistic dialogue is great in the first two thirds of this book and then completely jumps the shark, leaves the main characters behind and gets very self indulgent to writers and their craft. The only redeeming quality is Wil Wheaton's performance. I wish it had ended after about five hours, but I never would have bought it if it was that short. For me, it wasn't worth the credit.
Star Trek Riff
'The Andriod's Dream' was flawless, and this could have been the same except for the codas at the end that just messed up both the flow and feel of the book. If they'd been redacted and say, more meat added to the middle of the story, I would've loved this book.
Seriously. Those codas at the end suck.
I loved this book. It was funny yet also made you think, both about fate vs free will and what you're doing with your life. The ending was perfect. I would have been pretty irritated had it ended any other way. The narration, of course, was fantastic as well.
I couldn't finish the audiobook but I did read the book - really fun book! Wil Wheaton, who I like in other areas, is just terrible as a book reader. He doesn't use character voices at all which makes it really hard to figure out who is speaking and for a completely dialogue-driven book it's virtually impossible to keep track the story if you're doing something else while listening (such as driving).
Definitely read the book, but skip this performance.
I'd probably read it. Wil Wheaton rocked, but the Author brought a High School level "he said", "they said", "I said", and then "replied". It was kind of exhausting with all the 'they saids', and in the future I hope the Author gets a little more creative with dialog.
I think I already said ;)
I enjoyed all of them. Wil brought them to life, and I am going to write this really long looking intellectual sentence in an effort to hide the fact I can't remember (sorry).
Yeah, totally. I even listened to it while I was in the tub, and I had a blast kicking back to it.
I'm new to sci-fi, in fact it's something I've never read before as far as books go. I'm a 30 y.o. female who grew up watching Star Trek:The Next Generation so I'm not opposed to it and I was familiar with Will Wheaton, so I was amused and interested to see that he was the narrator.
Other reviewers have pointed out that he doesn't change his voice for each character - this is true. However, this doesn't bother me. I've listened to audiobooks where the narrator's character voices were obnoxious and took me out of the story, so for me it's not about the voice so much as the inflection. I thought Wheaton's inflection was perfect. I especially enjoyed a scene where he was voicing a drunken Lieutenant Kerensky; that one had me in stitches on my drive home from work. And I really didn't have a problem throughout the book differentiating between each character, even during a conversation. I pretty much knew who was saying what based on the situation.
Speaking of which I think it's funny that other people mentioned in their review the use of the word "said", which I have to agree WAS overrused (Ex: "blah blah" she said; "blah blah BLAH" he said; "blah blah," she said) In the first chapter it's used so much at first that I thought man, this is going to drive me crazy! Is this going to be a problem for me? BUT, after that I really didn't notice it anymore. John Scalzi is obviously a good writer so I was surprised that he didn't change up the verbs, but I got over it.
I know after reading this book that it's not really in-depth sci-fi; meaning it was easy for me to listen to it and not wonder what the hell was going on. It was a nice, playful introduction to the genre. I did see another review that compared it to Galaxy Quest, and I'd have to say that nailed it. It was just a lot of fun to listen to. I liked the opening scene-it had me laughing out loud within the first five minutes. The humor kept up throughout the book; although there were some more serious parts, I enjoyed the characters' dry humor and the way the novel made fun of itself throughout. And the 10 second last chapter ended it perfectly.
As for the codas, it was kind of "eh". The first one was lengthier than it needed to be but I wanted to hear the whole thing. That one wasn't as interesting as the book itself, which I knew had already ended so I just sort of pushed myself to get through that one. The second and third codas were much shorter and easier to listen to, and had one or two moments where I went "ahh, I see" or "that's who that is!"
The book itself is one of the funniest that I've listened to, which definitely makes it a favorite. Just the prologue had me laughing as I put it on sleep mode and went to bed, and I knew I was in for a fun ride. I would recommend it for sure, even if you really wouldn't normally ever look this way in a book store. It's not what you think, and you won't regret taking a chance on it.
As for me I'm on my next John Scalzi/Will Wheaton collaboration, "Agent to the Stars", and I can definitely recognize Scalzi's literary voice on this one. I'm definitely a fan of his and glad to have stumbled onto someone new (to me) and different.