Quirky, Funny, Facinating
I brought him along because the Laws of Physics change around him! What better explanation for having a guy in a box?
Ensign Dawes was spot on for Wheaton.
The husband and wife "reunion" was a nice touch.
Great listen, the story couldn't help but make you laugh, even though it brought back all the painful memories of the ill fated Red Shirts from the Enterprise. Great book!
This was a novel with humor and humanity. It also had several creative touches, and a fine narrator in Wil Wheaton. If you are tired of the pompousness and ultra-seriousness of recent sci-fi and fantasy movies, this is a beautiful change of pace.
Well, since it was my first one, its was the best one.
Its like Star Trek meets Being John Malkovich
Loved the fact it was narrated by Wheaton, perfect cast.
The point when I realized the book wasn't quite over, and I had 3 more codas to listen to.
This was a really fun read. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. I think those people that grew up watching the original star trek will enjoy it more than others. The sillyness of parts of the book are, I think, intentional.
I'm not sure if you'd really appreciate this story as much if you were not familiar with Star Trek (particularly the original series). I think Wil is a great match for this writer, and possibly can bring much to his performance being associated with Star Trek.
The story itself is quite good, however there are some codas that I think would make more sense in the written version. It was strange getting to the "end" of the story and then having 2 more hours of "story". I was not as big a fan of the codas as the main story.
Overall it was an easy going story, and quite humorous. It managed to combine several stereotypical sci-fi oddities in a fun way.
I'd recommend it certainly. Anyone who's familiar with Star Trek TV or Battlestar Gallactica or other TV Scifi will get a kick out of it. And hearing Will Wheaton is a real treat. But...
The front of the book is padded. It takes too long to get to the gist of the story. And there is much too much padding at the end with a strange "coda."
The book isn't so much a novel as a novella. And would have been only around 5 hours without the padding.
TV or Reality TV?
I have no idea how the mental images I construct when experiencing a story would be like if I read the book, but the audioversion is fantastic. Will Wheaton starts off doing more or less ok the first chapter or two, but from there on, he really settles in his voice as narrator. I'm pretty sure that I prefer the audio version.
The writing is great. The only problem I had was the constant use of "he said", "she said" that kind of got on my nerves a little. Other than that, it starts out as a fun sci-fi romp, but becomes something much more. It's a colorful dive into narrative-exploration, making fun of tropes while being an ode to them at the same time. A lot of it is wonderfully subtly done, without an attempt to hammer the meta or the observations into the focus of the reader/listener.
That probably sounds boring, but I assure you, it isn't. From killer robots with harpoons to writer's block, this book is fracking awesome.
I'd compare it to movies. Think Galaxy Quest, Back To The Future and Pi.
Also, the experience isn't complete without the codas, in the excact order that they are.
The book itself gets a very fitting voice because of the background Will has, in fact so much that i can't imagine anyone more suitable. That being said, it's more the middle and end part of the book where his voice clicks into place with everything else.
The codas specifically was read with such great and subtle emotion that I was surprised. No offense to Will Wheaton, but I would never have imagined that one of his performances, in particular a voice only, -almost made me cry.
Fear The Narrative.
Fans of star trek or any weekly sci-fi show: buy it. It'll make you happy you did.
Will Wheaton's narration really reflected the character's emotions and gave you a feel for each situation the author had the characters in. Truthfully, I didn't know he was that good and was pleasantly surprised.
Someone finally wrote a good story about the plight of the red shirts.
Most of the main characters were done well but I like the interaction between the characters in the science lab!
I think 'Redshirts' says it all.
Well worth the listen. Wil should branch out in the audiobook narrations. He does a good job in Metatropolis also.
These poor characters. They're afraid of "Away Missions" because someone ALWAYS dies. Hilarious.
I enjoyed this far more than I had anticipated. Scalzi writes great dialogue and clearly understands the sci-fi television industry. The story stands as a really fun parody of the 'redshirt' concept in sci-fi, but also is a honest story about people trying to find out what their lives really mean in the greater universe. Wil Wheaton is a wonderful narrator for Scalzi's material.