For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I just think the writing was clumsy. I wanted to like it because I think Wil Wheaton is fabulous but I just couldn't enjoy it.
Wheaton was on top of his game as usual but the writing just didn't make it interesting to listen to.
I couldn't even finish, so no.
I wouldn't waste your time on this one!
This was a great story based on the perspective of the unloved supporting characters of every science fiction book. If you have ever watched a StarTrek episode and felt sorry for the redshirt characters that you KNOW were going to bite the dust, listen to this book! It's laugh out loud funny!
Wil Wheaton's narration is perfect!
I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.
The author took an older concept and made it fresh, original, and very cool. All of the characters have this awesome humor even when they face imminent death, and Wil Wheaton conveys this perfectly.
Star Trek fans will love it. Without giving too much away. The travel to the past was good fun.
Ever wonder what happens (story-wise) off screen of your favorite show? Or of the characters you briefly see? Here you have 'off screen' characters having to deal with the inconsistencies of bad writing, head scratching to figure out how to make things work in a 'real' world. This humorous parody was enjoyable and kept me listening. Wil Wheaton's performance was very good and kept the story flowing. Overall, this was a good listen and I have picked up another Scalzi book to see if I like his work.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
the characters and how he builds them up!
how he plays with what is called "the fourth wall" on theatre
Yes, big fan of Will and how he preforms!
it did make me laugh quite a few times, some dialogues are bizarre!
I would not recommend. It was funny, but I almost turned it off because of the "he said" "she said" "he said". I almost started to wonder if the writing with the "said" stuff was part of the bad story.
It was predictable. By the end you figure out what Hanson is there for before it comes up.
Probably not. The monotone reading of in some of the dialog to the almost screaming in other parts was extremely annoying.
This book totally floored me for all the right reasons. John Scalzi's Redshirts manages to be action-packed, totally hilarious, and incredibly touching all at the same time. The plot is like the best episode of Star Trek ever. Andrew Dahl is on his first assignment in the Universal Union, kind of like the universal army or Starfleet in the Star Trek world, and he begins to realize that every time the crew goes on an away mission, Ensigns or newbies, die, while the upper level crew come away alive, despite sometimes receiving crippling injuries. So Dahl starts to dig and realizes that they may be actually be in a science fiction show...and the worst part is - it might not even be a good show. This is the first Scalzi book I have ever read, and let me tell you, I am ready to read his entire catalog. The man has some serious skills. Surprisingly it replaced Gone Girl as my all-time favorite book of the year. Added bonus: Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook.
I am finding out that Scalzi's books are more than a little bit unorthodox. This book was great fun and the ardent SciFi reader will be laughing like crazy.
But there is an intense complexity that underlies his banal prose. John cares about his characters. All authors do, to some extent, but in this book Scalzi's passion for the personas he creates eventually hits the black and white, and can actually touch the reader.
Wil Wheaton's narration is incredible. He has a wide range of characters and an ability to convey the excitement, the frightening intensity of the moment and still have room to deliver tenderness. Yuck, too sacharine! But you get the idea, he's good.
This book might have been a Five Star, but I was totally confused at some points by the turns and twists. The Codas at the end clarified the story, but I was left baffled by the need for these as separate sections.