There were several small things that annoyed me about this audiobook, including the fact that the phrase "[Character] said," appeared what felt like thousands of times, but overall I really loved both the story and WW's performance. I especially liked all the tangential epilogues, so listen all the way until the end!
When a great writer writes bad narrative you have to step back and think... why?
In this case it's all part of the story. The "He Said" "She said", its all part of the plot. Yup it gets annoying.
It is supposed to.
Thats at least part of the point.
I think Wheaton did a decent job as the narrator... however... it was difficult to follow him at times. I do prefer narrators who change their voice per character.
Yeah, sorry, I do prefer performance narrators.
The characters were convincing. I could envision them and the sets.
Good job Mr. Scalzi
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I wanted to love this story; actually the first 5 minutes where great; then as the author struggled to explain what the rules of the university was it fell apart. I love star trek; but the story felt the need to explain too much and SPELL IT OUT not just let the reader understand. Enjoy the sample...it's the best part of the book.
Seemed like a very interesting story, but could't stand the foul language.
The story seemed interesting, but it just had too much foul language
Too much fun to miss! Characters self-anylize and turn the genre on its ear. You'll chukle throughout!
No. I don't usually listen to books multiple times -- too many other good books are out there!
The high concept being pulled off well, and the codas complemented the story very well.
Obvious. Energetic. Adequate.
Neither laughter or tears, although others may do both.
Star Trek fans will enjoy it, of course,
People who are Scalzi fans will no doubt welcome this new addition to his oeuvre. I have not read or listened to Scalzi's other works, though I understand he is well known in the SF world for his writing. I follow his blog, and decided to give his published work a try.
As well, people who are fans of old school Star Trek and other SF TV series will enjoy the meta nature of the story.
As for the audio book, again - people who are die-hard Wil Wheaton fans will doubtless enjoy listening to the audio book.
To make this story more enjoyable, I would have left off the coda. Interesting, but unnecessary. It felt as if the writer was saying, "Look, I have some really cool stuff I was thinking about when I wrote the book, and I want to show it off a bit. Enjoy the awesome thought process, dears!" In other words, vanity writing. Save it for the blog. (Yes, I understand it was written as if in a blog/internet forum, but really - save it for the blog.)
I also would have enjoyed the dialogue sections more but it was just - I don't know. Surely there s a better way to get some of the necessary information about the plot points across with all the constant ' - said, - said, - replied.' Particularly when listening, it was easy to get lost.
The writing in general was good, but once the main plot twist was revealed, you had no real further surprises coming, even the ones at the end. It felt like a path that had been well-trodden before, and all I was waiting for was the plot resolution. Some people will enjoy this path, because it is familiar. I didn't think it was quite original enough.
The above only addresses the writing of the story - my huge issue was with the reading. I know Wil Wheaton is an actor - I've seen him on Star Trek, Big Bang theory, etc.
I've heard other actors read audiobooks before, and never have I had such a lack-luster performance. Wil gave the book's tone an appropriate amount of snark, but characterization via vocal expression and tone was lacking. Guys sounded like girls sounded like every other damned character. So when I came to the sections which were heavy in dialogue (and there are many), I honestly had no idea half the time which character was speaking a sentence until we got to the tag, 'Dahl said,' or 'Duvall said.'
When one is used to audiobooks by experienced readers that can convey by minute changes in tone or cadence and accent the characters by country, region, age, etc., it made the lack in the reading of 'Redshirts' even more noticeable.
All the characters sounded sarcastic. All the characters sounded the same. This is not how audiobooks should work. I only listened to the whole thing because I'd paid for it, but it's not going to get a re-listen, ever.
No, unfortunately. Not unless the sample given of an audiobook before it is bought showed that Wil Wheaton was capable of expressing a character better than he managed for 'Redshirts' through vocal medium only,
Disappointment. After hearing so much about Scalzi, and enjoying his blog, this was his first book I'd bought and it feels like a let-down, not just for the plot-retread but by the narration.
I expected so much more.
Don't want to give away the plot
Star Trek Revisited
I would read this author, John Scalzi again, He writes GOOD Sci-Fi
Love listening to books.
While the premise had me hooked, since I am a Trekkie, I did not expect this story to be this good. I had expected a simple parody, and the opening confirmed that for me. However, the story took very deep and emotional turns with phenomenal characterizations that really made this one of my favorite books. So much so that I hope for more stories with these characters, and simultaneously hope that the near perfection of the experience is not ruined by more words.
An absolute must read book.