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.
I would have the author and editor go back through the book and look for every single line of monologue, dialogue, or general conversation and change "he said/she said" because those phrases were heavily overused throughout the book. There were times during conversations between characters that I felt like I was being inundated with "said". I was so overwhelmed by the volume of "he said/she said" that I would be genuinely relieved and elated when I would hear "he asked/she quipped". This is where the writing really lacked polish; with so much content being spoken between characters, the author really needed to find and utilize other phrases to keep the narrative flowing. I almost turned the book off in the second or third chapter because the "he said/she said" had become so grating to me, it was spoiling my enjoyment of the book. This is just a personal issue, it may not bother anyone else nearly as much as it did me.
Yes, the book as a whole was an entertaining examination of the Red Shirt trope. I was intrigued to find out how everything was going to be explained in the end; ultimately I was not disappointed.
Wil Wheaton did a very good job bringing the characters to life and conveying their emotions at times of high stress and mortal danger. He also did well in modulating his voice throughout the narrative to denote sarcasm and incredulousness at situations and events that would be difficult for rationale individuals to place themselves in.
I think this would be an entertaining short film or small web series. I'm not sure if the examination and treatment of the Red Shirt trope here is enough to flush out a really good film.
Ignoring the "he said/she said" repetitiveness, I found this book to be fairly entertaining. Worth the read if you're not as sensitive to little nit picky things as I am.
Redshirts is a gripping story with a very interesting plot that gets you hooked from the start if you're able to ignore Will Wheaton's narration.
He does an ok job with one voice only and relies on; he said she said. This gets annoying whenever there is a dialogue of short sentences between characters and especially in the beginning.
But if you persevere you'll learn to ignore it and consider it a minor nuance.
This was very entertaining. Funny and clever. Anyone who knows Star Trek will enjoy this book. The story develops and takes several twists and turns. Will Weaton does a great job voicing the characters. I'd listen to it again and probably will.