A good laugh.
Showing just how ridiculous Star Trek would be in any universe.
The main character
A trek in the stars.
Let the Wookiee win.
Funny, Meta, Trek
As I've mentioned in other reviews, I LOVE Wil Wheatons narration and will buy books simply because he is reading them.
Towards the end of the book when our heroes come up with a plan so everyone can live happily ever after.
I can't say that this ranks right up there at the top but somewhere in the middle. But its a good listen. A fast moving story with so many of my own thoughts expressed in word form. Especially in context of bending physics to your will when you're a Sci-Fi writer.
Believe it or not I liked Kerensky the best. The guy that is always getting beat up but never getting dead.
Let's just say that I wouldn't pick a book because he narrated it. I think he could use more inflection when speaking a female role. It was not as dynamic as I would have liked.
The book itself was a lot of first person communication with tons of "he said" and "she said". That gets old really fast.
No. The voice acting on this book was non-existent. I like Wil Wheaton but he doesn't use any voices. Compounding this problem is that whoever wrote Wil's script kept in all of the "he said", "she said", "they said" after every line of dialog which gets to be as distracting as someone who has a vocal tic.
I would compare this story to something like the movies "Galaxy Quest" and "Stranger Than Fiction".
I found that the book had some interesting metaphysical questions that were addressed in writing a sci-fi series or story. However, I found the reading of the book annoyed me.
I think that the book is a good idea but it would have been performed better.
Scalzi frustrates me. His stories are fun and enjoyable. Wil Wheaton is always great. BUT I fear he is beginning to either a) believe his own publicity or b) is suffering from a near-fatal case of hubris.
Redshirts rolls along quite nicely and then along come the 3 codas. They are absolute nonsense and an example of Scalzi wasting a good story by trying too hard to be clever. You're becoming smug John. Please stop.
P.S. the constant criticism of "he said" ... "he said" ... "he said" is fair. It is lame writing and I feel sorry for Wil having to read it.
Better characters. Better plot.
It wasn't his fault, the characters all had the same voice.
Narration was so bad for this book that I stopped reading after about an hour. Too bad, had high hopes for it. Narrator kept saying "he said" "she said" over and over and over and over and.... Well you get the picture.
“The Truman Show” meets “Star Trek”. The most ridiculous, stupid, book... Who paid who to get it published?
The Narrator was a minus 1. No change in voice between characters, let alone men and woman.
The only reason I might gave the story two stars is because my other half laughed BUT we BOTH thought it was STUPID!!!!!!!!!! I changed my mind. Even Forest Gump would have given it a MINUS ONE STAR.
I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
This book makes some hilarious observations and interpretations of the original Star Trek show. At first I thought the story was a parody of all the little idiosyncrasies of the original Start Trek show from the view point of the little people. Not so, the book quickly deteriorated into the weird by having the story try to include parallel universes and time jumping into the current. The worst however was saved for last when the story, why I will never know, ends but then launches into over an hour of just plain garbage. I am being somewhat cryptic as to not ruin it for anyone who still decides to waste their credits on this book. This is the first audiobook in over 120 purchases that I truly regret buying.
For such a bad story, Wil Wheaton was about the only positive in the audiobook. He successfully breathed life into a story which was pretty much already dead about half way through.
I had high hopes for this book - being a lifelong fan of Star Trek and a long-time fan of Mr. Wheaton (both in Star Trek: TNG and his frequent media appearances in many formats).
However, this book lost me in the first five minutes. This is in no way a criticism of Mr. Wheaton's reading as much as it is the publisher of this novel. In this day and age, any editor and publisher that allows a book to go out where the author ends EVERY sentence of dialog with "he said" should not be in business. This might be tolerable in written form - your brain can kind of gloss over the 100 repetitions of the phrase per chapter, but in audible form it is excruciating. I turned it off and won't be returning to it.