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.
Will not be my last. What a ride. A plunge into the deep end of metafiction. A fun, intriguing ride throughout.
And Wil Wheaton's narration was spot on. perfect for the story.
This sucked big time. I can't believe all the hype I've heard about this. Worst selection I ever listened to and I have a big library.
This is an interesting story that's also entertaining. However it leaves you unsatisfied with absolutely no explanation of how ( not gonna reveal the story ) and why the strange force that even creates the basis of the story works or how it came to be, nor for any reason why it exists. I guess that's left up to the listener to imagine. Maybe that's the point but still unsatisfying. The "he said" "she said" did become slightly annoying and distracting but I pretty much learned to tune it out. Wil Wheaton was great.
Did not read the print version, but enjoyed this audio version. Made sitting back, relaxing and listening to this good story a lot of fun.
Enjoyable fun read. Loved this book.
The three narratives as codas has brought so much more to this world than the bulk of the book did.
I finished the main story feeling mildly entertained by the fairly predictable, often very humorous ride along side the ill fated crews of the Intrepid. Somewhere between the nostalgia for Star Trek TOS and my curiosity of the increasingly self awared characters, Scalzi got me hooked. And then the nagging realization that TOS was not a very good show (at least to my taste) brought me back out to remember that I've seen/heard/read this type of stories before.
But just as I thought the book was finished, the real writing began. In three short stories, completely utter nonsense gibberish on their own merits, Mr. Scalzi brilliantly fleshed out his envisioned world onto the pages. Beautifully played into the experiences his readers just had with the futuristic naval crew, John Scalzi turned the main story into something more of a background, a setting in which the three narratives of the codas can use to learn from, and grow, in the most humanly way fictional characters can. It is as if he created a perfect Eden, just to show the imperfections of his Adam and Eve.
I've always hated the way writers finish their books. They feel so abrupted; rushed and hurried into the back of the reader's mind. But this, this is about as perfect an ending I could ever ask for. Thank you for the joy you've brought me.
Good story, brilliant concept, not as funny as I thought it would be, gets very soppy towards the end, slightly spoiled by Wil Wheaton being too earnest, terrible over use of the word "said" in dialog.
I'm stealing this title from the user named Elviri. I do this to show that I agree entirely with what they said, and also pay due respect.
Listen. The book seems more than entertaining. A great genre job, even with Star Trek not being
one of my absolute favorites. Wheaton does a good job, although I agree with another review that with this many characters, some sort of character voice differentiation might be helpful.
The main problem is that every line, and I mean (very close to) EVERY line ends with 'he said ' 'she said' 'x said' 'y said'. I can't handle it. The writing is, all in all, very well done, but this translates to audiobooks in an armageddon of painful repetition.
I reiterate that I think Wheaton did a fine job, and I will definitely hunt down the book in text form. But for audiobook, it's mind-numbing.