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.
I thought the story concept was spot on for the genre. Laughed out loud based on years of watching classic Trek.
With Ensign Crusher as narrator, it added even more to the context.
Worth it if you're a fan!
ever heard of a multiverse theory where every fictional thing ever written is a factual description of an alternate universe?
this is that and it's a great listen
Absolutely. There is a goofy charm coupled with real pathos that will endear this book to a science fiction lover's soul,
Jenkins. He could have been lost in grief, but instead he is redeemed by it.
Everything. He is one of my favorite narrators ever. He is one of the few male narrators that can do a natural sounding female voice. In addition, he is able to voice multiple characters distinctively without sounding cartoonish.
Not at all. I wanted to make it last.
I loved the ending. I actually cried. They were happy tears. I didn't expect that.
What happens when the Redshirts figure out their going to die?
It's hilarious, I kept laughing all the way through.
Ensign Andrew Dahl
The Redshirts figured out the plot, and now they want to stop it.
Over all a really funny book.
I absolutely loved this story and the narration. The problem for me was the vulgarity. It was like sharp bits of bone and gristle it the meat of the best "Double Double" from In and Out. It wasn't as if the author gratuitously used vulgarity throughout. It was used at the proper times and in the proper way for each character. It's just that it felt like bits of offal in the pot roast, for me.
No offense to Will Wheaton but it didn't help that I was picturing Wesley Crusher saying those words. It's not as bad as seeing Hannah Montana mostly naked on a wreaking ball, mind you, but somewhat.
I know my teenage children would love the book but I can't recommend it to them.
Those that are desensitized to vulgarity, or even enjoy it will love this book, if they are fans of the Star Trek universe.