I'll happily listen to any Scalzi book that Wil Wheaton narrates but I'm glad I listened to others first. Scalzi has done better writing and better satire. This one reads as if the screenwriter in the coda wrote it in a couple of his six-hour stints--dash it off and send it out full of conscious cleverness. Since this is a more recent book, I hope it's not a sign of things to come.
I love the concept of the removed world Star Trek parallelism. It's catchy and fun. I wish they would have stayed a little more in the missions and not delved into real world drama.
The problem is the novelty wears off after a few hours and the idea of the alternate and real world actors meeting is not so fun. It becomes a little too real for something that was supposed to have levity.
I love Wil Wheaton, first off. STNG, The Guild, Big Bang Theory, all favorites of mine. His reading style though, combined with Scalzi's overuse of "he said, she said, he said" after every dialogue sentence grated on me though. A bit much.
Give it a try as a Star Trek fan. If not, I would probably move on.
Purchased the book based on Scalzi's Old Man's War. This book is a ridiculous parody of a ridiculous movie which is even mentioned in the book as a rational (ridiculous) for the plot. If you liked Old Man's War, I do not think you will like RedShirts.
It has made me cautious about Scalzi's other books and series. I won't purchase them without a close look.
Just about everything. Yelling and raised voice does not necessary communicate a dramatic moment. Monotony of ready is appalling. Wouldn't buy his narration again.
The last 1/2 of the book. Another plot could have been devised to explain the happenings on Intrepid.
Can I get my money back?
It's towards the top of my list
Andy Dahl was great as the redshirt that finally sees a pattern emerging...
I've not listened to any of Wil Wheaton's narrations before and to be honest, I only realized he narrated this book when I started to listen. It was a pleasant surprise and seeing Wil's name next to an audio book will increase the likelihood I'd buy it.
I listen to audio books exclusively at work but this could've easily been a weekend listen. It's not overly long and it maintains a good pace throughout.
Wil's narration was great, the idea behind the book was original and a great nod to the sci-fi lovers and the lore of the Redshirt. I particularly enjoyed the opening to the book and I've read some criticism of the end but I enjoyed the codas.
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.