The first story is great, the second 2 can be skipped. I still don't understand why Scalzi continued to write after the first "coda" was complete. The rest is like what other books would be if the author answers the question "and then what happened". Sometimes its better if the story is just left where it ends instead of continuing on and telling the story after the story.
Scalzi has another winner in this book! He's a master of his craft, holding suspension, using precise language, and keeping that action high. It's definitely a page turner. The story concept was cool, and the execution was flawless to my judgement. Good book! Makes ya think.
"Out of the BOX"
If you liked "The Matrix" trilogy, You'll love this one too!
I love it when someone takes the reality of world to challenge.
All of the main Characters are very well formed.
The Narration is the BEST!
He is a very (and I mean "VERRRY") good narrator.
As an actor, he absorbs all the characters' personalities.
The narration is not like a reading... it is more like a performance on stage.
Absolutely. Anyone who gets the joke behind the title of the book will appreciate the narrative. I would have to warn them, however, that the humor tapers off a lot as the later parts of the story get quite serious. The change in tone may be a bit off-putting and unexpected.
Lose the codas, or at least shorten them a great deal. It's a clever idea, but is less effective in reality. They just don't really fit with the rest of the book, and kill the pacing. If there were a way to make the whole book as incredibly hilarious as the first few chapter, it would have been nearly perfect.
His comic timing is faultless (as I've come to expect from Mr. Wheaton). I was laughing so hard at points I had to stop the audio because I couldn't hear it anymore. While I expect reading the book would have been really funny, the narration and his delivery enhance things considerably.
Boldly going where no one...really wants to go because Borgovian Land Worms will eat your face!
I'd like a sequel, please. NOW!
Top ten audio book
The Star Trek parity was perfect and knowing what the red shirts were thinking before death was priceless.
Wil Wheaton is a masterful narrator and I would listen to any book he read. He brought the crew member characters to life.
Space where no one will hear you scream...even if your a redshirt.
All trekkies should read this book!
Funny fantastic listen
Abernathy He was just so clueless
This book made me LOL I almost recked my car I was laughing so hard at one time
Will Weations narrations skills need some work he does not change his voice when speaking as other narrators do during dialog so it is hard to keep the books character straight
Most likely. Reader performed very well.
Well, I laughed aloud in the buss. Nough said.
Pauses, that built exitement, were very well timed. Extremely lively performance, that suited to the mood of the book, also made it "feel" more.
It was sometimes disturbing to hear all those "he said", "she said", lines read over and over again. I'm not sure they would disturb as much when reading book yourself, but it deffinately felt annoingly parrot like when read aloud.
Andy Dahl is a newly-assigned ensign on the Universal Union's flagship in the star fleet, the Intrepid, in the year 2400-something. He and his fellow ensigns soon learn that new crew members of the Intrepid, especially when on Away Team missions, or if they happen to be present on decks 6 through 12 if the ship is under attack, have a near-100% mortality rate. Rather than take this with the fatalism of the more seasoned crew members, Dahl investigates.
It seems the Intrepid and its crew are actually the stars of a television show written in 2012, and when The Narrative takes over, they are helpless to control their actions, and are swept along in it. He develops a bold plan to go back in time from 2400 to 2012, and stop the Hollywood production of the show that runs their lives.
Obviously, for you Star Trek fans out there, this is an entire book based on the very old fan adage, that the poor characters wearing the Red Shirts on that show (usually ensign rank), always died first on Away missions or in battle. It's the cleverest danged thing I've read, well, since the last John Scalzi book I read. Loved it.
I read about 2 books a month...all SF. This was the most fun I've had in years. I don't write reviews, but I had to comment on how surprised I was at the shear entertainment value in this book. I thought I knew what the story was about, and I did have a good idea. But I was unprepared for the clever dialog, humor, pacing, and a bit serious and poignant at the end. It was much better than expected and I am sorry it's over.
Yes. I enjoyed this book enough to not give up on it.
I would like to try another Scalzi book. This was my first and it was quite clever.