I loved the overall story. It was like listening to a tv show and an epic sci fi adventure. It was greatest wing to wil because his narrative abilities are heard throughout the story.
The story takes place in outer space amongst a group of intergalactic travelers. The story centers around the crew of the intrepid and in the world, things are going terribly wrong. No one knows exactly what is going on with the crew or the situations that just come up.
So it becomes the crews objective to solve something they can't grasp until they start tom play along.
Wil Wheaton's performance.
Interesting self aware humor. Was begging to be done.
If it was free.
Okay. look. Wil isn't terrible with his performance, he is just trying too hard. Maybe if I didn't recognize him it would have gone by unnoticed, but the whole time I just heard him hamming it up. It could have been worse, and the story was entertaining enough it's worth the listen.
A hilarious, ingenious, and thought-provoking story, with well paced plot and believable characters. Frankly amazing as an homage to classic scifi and makes fun in all the right places. I listened all the way through on a long bus ride and never got bored--thanks due to the engaging narration of Wheaton.
The basis of the story is doubtless one that many have thought of: what if somewhere all the people in this TV show are real? What if there's an alternate universe where all this is actually happening? Through mindbending logic and the mysterious physics-defying power of "The Narrative" Scalzi answers those questions from the eyes of a small band of extras doomed to what we call the redshirt curse. Don't worry-- the characters are as baffled as you will be.
Scalzi's style of parody is fun, frank, and really, really funny-- and all for the unconditional love of cheesy science fiction.
Like others have said good book but almost terrible to listen to. Too much he said she said, it just doesn't translate well to the audio book format....... And then he said.....
This was laugh out loud funny!
If you have always laughed at the ridiculousness of Star Trek and related shows, this is a story that you can point at and say, "that is exactly why I could never get into watching those shows," as the world these characters are in gets ever more developed, bizarre, but altogether enveloping.
If you have always enjoyed watching Star Trek, then you will love this book even more! You can see facets of many of the crew from the original Enterprise. Every time you compare the story to some half remembered scene from a sci-fi rerun, you will be slapping you knee, stomping your feet, or laughing so hard that your kids will pretend not to know you, and strangers will look worried as the hurry in the opposite direction.
Also, the fact that Will Wheaton narrates this story with his steady, slightly sardonic tone, added a cherry on top for me.
If you don't really care about science fiction one way or another... Well, I pity you. Have an opinion for once and get off the fence.
Love or hate the genre, this book really has something for everyone!
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I'm sure happy I downloaded it! It's great take on the ridiculous nature of sci-fi tv shows with a surprisingly genius plot mixed in that you won't see coming.
READ this book
I enjoy the intrepid's adventures through space and the redshirt's perspective on the travels of the crew.
The first chapter started this book off to a great start!
In a universe where the color of your shirt is a matter of life or death.
Coda 1: Great start to the novel. Chapter 1 was just phenomenal. Wil Wheaton did a great job reading this portion of the book. The only issue I had was the dialogue text that was read through the story. I am sure this book would be much better if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it. If you enjoy scripted "he said, she said" novels, then this is the book for you. Wil, I respect and enjoy everything you do as an artist, performer, producer, etc. The one thing that I had trouble with while listening to the story was the lack of inflection between characters. The scripted dialogue was read as if everyone had the same voice. I loved your work with Ready Player One, however I think some novels need a variety of voices in order to maintain organization and entice the listener to be attentive. This is one of those novels.
Coda 2 and 3: These portions of the book ended up being someone boring. I know they were short and used to sum up the lives of the real world players, however it seemed like a slow ending to a good book.