Never - it would be cruel and unusual punishment.
None. The whole book was a giant Zzzzzzzz.
I downloaded this book because of it's ratings...swear to god it was the most painful read I've encountered all year.
ironic hilarious re-readable
"eveloutionarilly questionable rotating teeth"
His enthusiasm and sarcasm played through the characters perfectly!
Laugh - more than once!
Could not love this book more. I started it over as soon as I finished and it's even funnier the second time around. Completely brilliant!
First, I will say that I've become a huge fan of Scalzi/Wheaton and love the combination...especially Agent to the Stars. I sampled "Redshirts" and it sounded interesting so I went for it. I can't say I was disappointed, not really. It was very clever and in parts very entertaining... but for me the ending just sort of unraveled. There are others that absolutely loved the story, me -- not so much. Parts of it were a bit raunchy for me (not a kids book!!) but the Star Trek spin off was intriguing, especially as you are trying to figure out what was going on.
Certainly not the best choice on Audible in my opinion but if you really like off beat science fiction and are a fan of Scalzi and particularly Wil Wheaton, I don't think you will be disappointed with this story. Fuzzy Nation and Agent to the Stars are much better in my opinion, but... this is not bad. Wheaton was great, as usual.
When I first started to listen to this book, I was ready to turn it back in. There is a ton of he said she said then he said. It drove me nuts. It was hard to tell the characters apart because the narrator did not try to sound like different characters. BUT there is a method to the madness. I ended up really enjoying the book. The story line makes several unexpected and, at times, unbelievabble turns. But again there is a reason for the that. At first glance it is just boring, then goes to weird,then stranger and then I did not want it too end. Enjoy!
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I really enjoyed this story from the get-go. One can tell the "surprise" from early on, but the way it was handled was a lot of fun. The story was fast-paced, a little oddball and an interesting look at some of the science fiction drama of our culture. I'm not sure about the codas, but the story itself was quite a fun read.
Really creative story. First 5 hrs were great. Last 2 hrs a bit slow.
I think if I was a Star Trek fan, I would have enjoyed this book so much more. As someone who didn't even know what "red-shirts" meant, I was at a handicap in terms of inside jokes, which I think there were many, I just can't be certain.
I enjoyed this book because of the ridiculousness of the situations in the book as well as the funny dialogues and banter between the characters. I found myself laughing out loud and enjoying the tale even with my limited knowledge and inability to reference certain things.
The ending took me for a total loop and I was not expecting the change in demeanor. At. All. I felt bipolar at the end and at the time I didn't know if I liked it or hated it. The feeling, that is. Once the credits were rolling, I shook my head, took a deep breath and said "that was a good book."
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Performance: Outstanding (5/5)
Wil Wheaton is magic. I think I've had a crush on him since "Stand By Me" and in actuality, the whole reason I purchased the book was because he was narrating it. Okay, all creepiness aside, he did a great job with the narration, performing the lines as he would on set. This works out really well in this novel because it is so dialogue driven. The only negative thing I have about the narration isn't actually Wil Wheaton's fault. It's that because the book is so dialogue driven there is a lot of ".....," he said. ".....," she said. This broke up the flow of the narration at times and it was excessive to the point I thought maybe it was deliberate. Otherwise, it was a great listen.
The premise of this book is fun - that the characters on a Star Trek-like sci-fi show are real and existing in a parallel universe. Whether you are an avid "Trekkie" or not, surely you noticed in the Star Trek episodes that the color of a character's shirt was a pretty accurate predictor of a his or her fate in an away mission.
Well, the protagonist of this story notices too, only his "Redshirt" colleagues are actually dying. The novel isn't particularly elegantly tied up at the end, but it doesn't really take away from any enjoyment of the story.
Wil Wheaton as narrator is beyond excellent. There is a sort of cynical detachment in the timbre of his voice that lends itself beautifully to this story. His delivery makes a few moments really funny which may not even register otherwise. I loved him in this!
I'm still listening to this. The story is interesting and hilarious at points.
The dialogue structure is terrible. EVERY spoken sentence is appended with the person's last name and "said". There will be 5 minutes of quick and witty chatter but it is a chore to listen to because Scalzi didn't want you to get confused with who said what throw-away dialogue. Even in cases where the speaker is identified prior to the line spoken, or in the following sentence, it's: "words words words" said Fiona. "Shut up, Fiona" said Lieutenant.
This is still bad in the written form, but he rarely changes it up. At one point he used, "she asked" but then later she asked a different question and it was back to "she said".
It's turned me off from other books by Scalzi. I've heard he's brilliant but he won an award for this book and I can barely listen to it with the horrible dialogue.
Debatable. He was just reading off the page for most of the story up until now. I just got past the scene with the drunk LT, where he actually put on an accent. I guess maybe he was doing that with Abernathy so perhaps he's chosen to read the non-mainstream characters as having voices without any real character? In which case it's a very subtle brilliance.
Funny, intense, philosophical (without being new-agey), with characters that I learned to love, and clearly, ones that the the author also loved, because he took really good care with them.
Wil Wheaton was just outstanding. I have always thought he was a very good narrator, but this was just over-the-top great voice acting.
I don't think I have ever read a book quite like this. And, I say that without meaning to imply that I ever stopped while I was reading to think, "Wow, I never read anything like this." It is an experience, a very good, satisfying and engaging experience.
Just ordered another Scalzi/Wheaton collaboration.
By the way, I picked up this one with some minor trepidation, because of prior reviews noting the "he said," "she said," modifiers in the dialogue. I am positive that I would not have noticed it at all, if I had not read the reviews. After noting it once, I promptly forgot about it, because I was just enjoying the experience so much.