The unique premise and witty humor couples with progressive suspense.
Ready Player One meets Old Man’s War
His audio execution is flawless. He gets into the characters and brings the dialog to life creating a vivid listening experience.
Without a doubt, yes.
If you have any working knowledge of Start Trek and what a “red Shirt” character is, you have to read this book. Flawlessly witty and suspenseful, you don’t want to stop listening. Very unique concept and perfectly executed.
I loved the overall story. It was like listening to a tv show and an epic sci fi adventure. It was greatest wing to wil because his narrative abilities are heard throughout the story.
The story takes place in outer space amongst a group of intergalactic travelers. The story centers around the crew of the intrepid and in the world, things are going terribly wrong. No one knows exactly what is going on with the crew or the situations that just come up.
So it becomes the crews objective to solve something they can't grasp until they start tom play along.
Wil Wheaton's performance.
Interesting self aware humor. Was begging to be done.
If it was free.
Okay. look. Wil isn't terrible with his performance, he is just trying too hard. Maybe if I didn't recognize him it would have gone by unnoticed, but the whole time I just heard him hamming it up. It could have been worse, and the story was entertaining enough it's worth the listen.
A hilarious, ingenious, and thought-provoking story, with well paced plot and believable characters. Frankly amazing as an homage to classic scifi and makes fun in all the right places. I listened all the way through on a long bus ride and never got bored--thanks due to the engaging narration of Wheaton.
The basis of the story is doubtless one that many have thought of: what if somewhere all the people in this TV show are real? What if there's an alternate universe where all this is actually happening? Through mindbending logic and the mysterious physics-defying power of "The Narrative" Scalzi answers those questions from the eyes of a small band of extras doomed to what we call the redshirt curse. Don't worry-- the characters are as baffled as you will be.
Scalzi's style of parody is fun, frank, and really, really funny-- and all for the unconditional love of cheesy science fiction.
Like others have said good book but almost terrible to listen to. Too much he said she said, it just doesn't translate well to the audio book format....... And then he said.....
This was laugh out loud funny!
If you have always laughed at the ridiculousness of Star Trek and related shows, this is a story that you can point at and say, "that is exactly why I could never get into watching those shows," as the world these characters are in gets ever more developed, bizarre, but altogether enveloping.
If you have always enjoyed watching Star Trek, then you will love this book even more! You can see facets of many of the crew from the original Enterprise. Every time you compare the story to some half remembered scene from a sci-fi rerun, you will be slapping you knee, stomping your feet, or laughing so hard that your kids will pretend not to know you, and strangers will look worried as the hurry in the opposite direction.
Also, the fact that Will Wheaton narrates this story with his steady, slightly sardonic tone, added a cherry on top for me.
If you don't really care about science fiction one way or another... Well, I pity you. Have an opinion for once and get off the fence.
Love or hate the genre, this book really has something for everyone!
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I'm sure happy I downloaded it! It's great take on the ridiculous nature of sci-fi tv shows with a surprisingly genius plot mixed in that you won't see coming.