The first third of this book is a fun parody of Star Trek, but when it comes to the point when a plot is needed to continue, it falls apart. The "plot" is boring, the characters intentionally flat, and the many inconsistencies in the world building brushed off with "it's not supposed to make sense." What would have made a good short story is needlessly stretched, and the codas are strangely tacked-on moralizing platitudes. This book is the only thing I've read from John Scalzi, and I don't plan to read any more. As always, Wil Wheaton does a good job with the material even though most of his voices sound the same, but it doesn't compensate for the drudge of this book. Two stars for the fun parts in the beginning. If you do get it, stop listening there.
I liked the idea behind the book, but it really felt unfinished and poorly edited. It's not that there were grammatical errors, but there were a number of sections that would have really benefitted from additional detail, more inner conflict, better developed storyline, etc. The writing was uninspired and a bit strained sometimes.
In order to fulfill his page-count quota the author appends a couple of short stories - one of which was touching and showed a deft touch. If only the rest of the book was written so well
This book is a wonderful romp and can bring you to tears. This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. Superlative performance by Wil Wheaton makes the story and characters leap from the pages into vivid life which will make you laugh til you cry and cry for the loss of a deep and abiding love. Insightful and incredible read. My husband and I loved it.
The hero realizing he has to have one of the main characters in his shuttle not to die on the return from and away team mission and the "box" in xenobiology.
The actress who played a red shirt who gets killed burning the stills of the images and letters of the character who existed in real time in an other universe. And washing away the ashes and sand in the beach of where she had her honeymoon.
Yes, I laughed and cried and spit soda across the room at unexpected humor.
The writer's block online forum drags a little, My husband thought it was needed. But still an incredible read.
Redshirts is one of the most Meta-Meta tales I have ever heard. It was a fun romp and very well written. It read like a cross between Star Trek and Red Dwarf: Back to Earth. The fact that Trek Alum Wil Wheaton was providing the excellent narration added a whole new level of Meta to the Meta-Meta. All around, it was good for a few laughs while bathing in the existential dilemmas of fictional science fiction characters.
Will Wheaton. Need I say more?
The story is brilliant and well thought out, lots of Trek references.
I really enjoyed this - but then, I am a Sci-Fi fan who knew what a 'Redshirt' was and why Wil Wheaton was a brilliant choice for narrator before I started listening. I'm not sure if you might enjoy it less if you aren't a fan. The story is both humorous and thought-provoking and the narration is great, making it even more enjoyable to listen too. I would recommend this highly!
Loved the book, but wish I had stopped reading after main plot was over. Once the screen writer starting blogging, I did care for it. But the first part of the story which is the majority of the book is very good.
I totally enjoyed several of John Scalzi's books, like Old Man's War and Fuzzy Nation. But I just don't feel the same about this book. Still, Will Wheaton's narration is great, as always.
I'm torn on this. I would definitely listen to Wil Wheaton narrate again, but I'm not sure about listening to him read a John Scalzi book again. I think I will purchase my next Scalzi book in Kindle format and see if it reads better in my own head than it did while listening to Wheaton narrate.
Yes, but as I said above, I won't be buying it in audiobook format. The plot to this book is very interesting. How can a crew of a starship be controlled by a television show script? I'm not sure I completely followed Scalzi's explanation of it all, but it did make for a fun listen overall.
The biggest flaw to this story came from the writing style. For some reason, Scalzi felt the need to add a "he said" or "she said" after EVERY single line of dialogue. And having to listen to Wil Wheaton narrate all of those "he saids-she saids" became very annoying and took me out of the story, as it completely negated the back and forth nature of some of the banter I think Scalzi was aiming for between the characters.
I am hoping that if I were to be the one reading to myself, I would be able to skip over the "he saids" and have the story be much more entertaining.
Wil Wheaton's performance was the best part of the story. He seemed to enjoy narrating the book, and was able to overcome all of the "he saids" that kept pulling me out of the story.
I would see this book if it were made into a movie. It has a "Galaxy Quest" feel to it and I think it could be fun to see it brought to the big screen.
I listened to this book on my commute back and forth to work, as a way to keep my road rage to a minimum. It kept me entertained enough to allow me to ignore the idiots on the road, and therefore I would recommend the purchase of this book. All I ever ask of a book (movie, play, etc) is that it keep me entertained. And this successfully did that.