As others noted, the "...she said" and "...he said" ending nearly every sentence in the book was taxing and hurt the story, but the disjointed last several chapters were horrible. I am literally debating about asking Audible for a refund, as it is not clear the chapters in this recording are in the right order (or from the same book). I have enjoyed Scalzi and Wil Wheaton in the past, but the last one third of this book was enough to make me look for another author instead of Scalzi.
What if the characters playing the redshirted were alive? What if they realized that one or more of them were being killed off every week, especially during away missions with certain senior officers?
Now have Wil Wheton narrate it.
This is exactly as much fun as you would expect it to be.
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I understand there are other books similar to this (what if/sci fi/tv/etc). I wouldn't know. This is my first.
I loved it. Fun. Smart. Heartbreaking. Funny. All the good stuff.
The first Wil Wheaton book I listened to was "Ready Player One"—he was great.
He's even better here.
Thank you John and Wil!
Long time coming
Characters were interesting, but
The build up took much too long and I kept muttering I get it. In some ways it reminded me of Galaxy Quest, not taking itself seriously. And I like much of Scalzi's writing, but this was uneven.
Setting aside the amazing narration job by Wil Wheaton (seriously, is there anything the man doesn't make cooler when he's involved?), this is one of my favorite listens/reads. The story is fast-paced and fun, while making you think about some pretty heavy topics. As a Star Trek fan I just adored the Trek send ups and loving jabs. As a fan of sci fi I thought the examination of what we accept as "good" storytelling was fascinating. As a wannabe writer this made me think about what it means to write fiction. As a human it made me think about the meaning of existence. All of this while just enjoying the story. Love this book.
I loved the book.
Humor was top notch, characters were fun, and it was made more amusing by having Mr.wheaton reading it and doing a crack up job.
10/10 will listen to again
The narrator just read the book and didn't try to come up with different voices. Good thing every line ends with "he said" "she said", man that drove me nuts!
Maybe I am being unfair because I am comparing this to Scalzi's other novels, especially Old Man's War, Agent to the Stars and Lock In, but this one didn't seem as well plotted and I didn't get to know the characters enough to really care about them in the long run. Still entertaining, but it isn't one I would really recommend unless you are particularly interested in Star Trek perhaps. Wheaton is a great narrator, even though the material here wasn't as good as the other Scalzi books he has narrated.