I loved Lock In and Fuzzy Nation, if you've not listened to (or read) them, they're worth every moment and Wil Wheaton does an outstanding job.
Redshirts was quite enjoyable too, though I thought the writing lacked some of the depth that the other two had. For me at least. The story was almost a bit too kitsch.
Still going to listen to others by Scalzi though, I think he's terrific.
I really enjoyed this book. While I agree, there were an awful lot of "said"s in the beginning, they evened out as the book went along. It was only a little annoying because it is an audiobook, otherwise you'd never have really noticed it. All in all, it was a great story, interesting premise, with well done characters and dry humor.
Wil did a great job narrating the book, and it just added a little extra to the story that it was someone from Star Trek reading it. I am actually hopeful that someone makes this into a movie with Wil in the starring role - that would be awesome.
Fantastic book. Gets surprisingly meta at times. Really makes you think. Startlingly long epilogue, too. The dialogue takes some getting used to, though. There's a whole lot of "X said, Y said, X said" over and over. Still great, though!
Most of the negative replies to this audio book are based on the he said she said redundancy. Please know, hopefully without spoilers, that this is a part of the narrative, and instead of detracting from the book it adds to the narrative. There is a reason for it. And if you do not pick that up then you are not listening or did not listen to the book to its completion. Wil Wheaton does an excellent job and tugs at the heartstrings at times. If you look e star trek and want to break down the expected walls of narration this is for you.
Scalzi has demonstrated his broad range of talent for entertaining the reader with the wit and satire of an enlisted sailor on a 18 month cruise, the pulling the reader in with the emotional compulsion of mother or father having witnessed suffering of their only child.
I had listened to this (Redshirts) with the hope of escaping the daily commute via a satirically adult version of Galaxy Quest... I was not disappointed... But to my surprise, the story was remarkably rewarding in its range. It twisted and turned down paths both emotionally and spiritually thoughtful, the method of punctuating the transitions between these styles (I don't know the proper term, sorry) was interesting and well done... And the way he brings it to a close did a great job of tying all those styles/methods and themes together.
I did not intend to write a long winded review (or any review, for that matter), but afterward, it just seemed a shame not to.
For those who have read or listened to the first few chapters and closed the book... I highly recommend you pop it back into your chosen listening device and let it take shape a bit more, you will not be disappointed. :-)
At first I was engaged by the total scifi story. When it got weird I questioned whether to continue and luckily I did. The payoff was heartwarming and totally imaginative.
Great story, fresh and imaginative. Narration was good too, but I missed a little gender differentiation in the tone of voice.
seriously good. I really liked the Old Man's War but this is something different completely. It takes alot of unexpected turns but still another John Scalzi great.