Even for those who aren't familiar with Star Trek, this massively funny work is accessible and easy to enjoy. Wil Wheaton's narration is superb and adds a delightful meta nature to the audio book.
Maybe I just went into this expecting the wrong thing, but this just didn't work for me at all.I figured it would be a light hearted take on Star Trek, from a different perspective. Not the most original idea in the world perhaps and fairly disposable, but that could have been fun. Scalzi's funny enough to have made that work.
Instead its got pretensions of... I don't even know what... its got pretensions of something, quickly managing to crawl up its own butt in the most obvious and stupid way I can think of. It concludes with a with something that read to me a lot like the author chastising other writers for not caring more about their work. Which might have gone over better if, you know, this whole exercise hadn't been so tedious.
I'm probably making it sound worse than it really is, Wheaton is charming and it's not like it's terribly long. I just felt like at seven hours long, it was twice as long as it should have been.
Star Trek Fans with campy senses of humor.
Wil Wheaton did a good job with the material he had to work with, I'd listen to him again.
I'd cut the codas they're the worst writing in the book.
Dialogue expressed with "he said/she said" over and over again. It gets incredibly annoying after the first 5 minutes.
OK, after reading the blurbs and publisher's summary, I had to listen to this one. It did not disappoint whatsoever. The characters develop quickly and the story hits the ground running. There were several times when I was concerned I would end up wrapping my car around a guard rail due to laughing! The overall story is great, unique and absolutely wonderfully written. Will Weaton's narration was a concern for me going into this. I was afraid that no matter what the situation in the story, I'd be picturing Wesley Crusher experiencing the action. Thankfully, his performance shakes off that type-cast within a matter of seconds and the characters become themselves in no time.
Aside from being histerical, it's also a pretty moving story. Highly recommended for Sci Fi fans who know what a redshirt is without having it explained, strongly recommended to younger, more casual fans.
As usual Wil Wheaton delivers another incredible performance. In general I really like John Scalzi's work (with the exception of the excessive "he said" and "she said") and this book has real heart.
A fun little time travel story with a twist. It starts like a original story Star Trek, as you would expect, but has a unique spin you will love. Will Wheaton is a perfect narrator for this audio and does a great job holding your attention. If your looking for something quick and fun this is it. I recommend.
Excellent story, zippy pace, a perfect narrator in Wil Wheaton, and the three codas were just terrific. Funny, moving, and philosophical (the whole book is a really enjoyable but essentially serious meditation on fate and free will).
The main story is great, but I loved the three codas best. First coda made me laugh out loud; second two made me cry.
Can't say without ruining several plot twists!
Great book and a great listen. I highly recommend it!
A good listen. The story is funny, but quite absurd. . . so absurd, in fact, that near the end of the main story, I didn't think much of the book. For me, the three codas brought it back and made the book much more interesting and meaningful. Wil Wheaton's performance is excellent.
This was a disappointing read for me, given how much I enjoyed his other books.
I'd consider reading another, but would be hesitant, given how disappointing Red Shirts was.
The first half of the book was quite entertaining. Just turn off the audio and move on once you get to the internet blog - the rest of the book is mostly a waste of time.
The first half, yes.