Different people doing the roles would help.
It has made me careful, and will sample more.
Nice voice, but I also enjoy the way some performers work with different voices.
I kept looking for them, but I finally bummed out.
1. I enjoyed seeing what life could be like for the "disposable" characters on a show like Star Trek. It makes you wonder why there was never a real mutiny on the Enterprise.
2. Few people can write as funny a nervous breakdown as John Scalzi. These characters are thrown into a situation that would drive any rational person completely nuts, and they still manage to function. There were parts that made me glad that I wasn't in heavy traffic because they were so funny.
3. Wil Wheaton. The only casting that could have been as appropriate as Wil would have been Sam Rockwell because Rockwell played an actor who had played a "redshirt" in Galaxy Quest. There was one twitchy ensign that bought it that I imagined looking like Rockwell. However, as good an actor as Rockwell is, I think that Wheaton might have a better feel for this medium because he is himself an author & John Scalzi is his friend.
Too many to list, & it already looks like I'm gushing here.
He was believable. When the characters were angry, scared, frustrated, &/or confused, you believed. I especially loved when a character went on a rant.There was a long section that was basically a long rant, and Weaton was in rare form.Again: Perfect casting.
Scalzy played it smart and did not write this just for laughs. Is it a comedy? Yes! What makes this book so good is that the comedy comes from these people who might be normal to you (or as normal as people on a space ship could be) react to a truly insane situation.
As much as I love Galaxy Quest, this is a better loving parody of Star Trek & other sci-fi TV shows. I'd love to see this made into a movie. It would be hard to fit the wonderful Codas could fit into a motion picture, but I'd love to see a good screenwriter & director try.
Cast Wil Wheaton in one of the lead roles!
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
Very light, fun read! The whole story is, of course, one big Trekkie in-joke, which should tell you whether or not this might appeal to you. I won't say you have to be a Trekkie to like this, but it added a lot. This was a real hoot! Lots of humor, both tongue-in-cheek and a few places where I really laughed out loud. I was a little worried the Trekkie in-joke might get stale, but the plot was strong enough to keep that from happening.
You don't pick this up for a deep, difficult listen. You pick this up for the fun of it. If you've ever wanted to join Starfleet but were scared to put on a dreaded red shirt, the Intrepid's Ensign Dahl knows just how you feel.
This was my first Scalzi book and I'll go looking for more.
As for the narrator, there could not be a more perfect person to read the part of a newly assigned ensign on a starship! I've also recently heard Will Wheaton read "Ready Player One" and I found him just as good there! He was actually a bit more animated here, and that helped a lot as there are quite a few characters to keep straight. Nobody could have done it better!
This is tightly-written book, and it didn't feel too short even though I usually prefer long stories. The main portion of the book is only about 6 hours long, and then after that are three shorter add-ons -- the "codas" everyone keeps talking about. They're little story finishes from three lesser characters' points-of-view. The first didn't impress me much but I can see why the author picked that character to focus on. The second and the third were worth waiting for!
Highly recommended for sci-fi fans in mood for some fun!
The story is really entertaining and Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator
It's a very funny story and very well done.
He has a great voice and he puts real energy into the story. It's fun to listen to.
I might try another book from each, but not together. I'll need to compare to see whose talent brought this story down.
I really liked the alternate reality theory. The characters were entertaining and have good interaction.
Sorry, no. There was no difference between character voices, other that an occasional accent which came and went and traveled from character to character.
No, not at theater prices. Definitely a "wait for the DVD".
Not sure if it was Wheatons narration or Scalzis writing, but single sentence statements followed by "(character name) said" get kind of annoying after the first thousand times. But on the plus side, since the characters all sound the same, it does help keep track of who is speaking.
This is the best Star Trek Book, that has nothing to do with Star Trek.
I will never be able to watch Trek again, without a big smile on my face ;)
Redshirts has what sounds like a can't-miss setup: why wouldn't someone in Star Fleet ask about all those "redshirt" security extras dying on every Enterprise away mission?
Unfortunately, I felt like Scalzi should have gotten a lot more out of this fertile ground. Too many of his characters feel like stock players - and while that's got to be a tricky balance, when you're dealing with a meta situation in which characters are supposed to be badly written, it just doesn't fully work.
The action and pacing felt sketchy, too -- if you're going to elide some of the details of the action, that's fine (though more about the LAPD chasing down a shuttle craft would have been fun), but then every single pause, breath and poignant look during dialogue scenes doesn't need to be telegraphed.
The codas were overlong and didn't really work for me, with the partial exception of the third - there's the germ of a great, weird love story somewhere in there, but it's out of place, and it neither fully stands on its own nor particulary redeems the rest of the story.
All in all, it wasn't unenjoyable - there's enough red meat in there to resonate with even the casual Trek viewer - but more than anything, the story made me miss the vibrant energy and weird specificity of Gene Roddenberry's original.
There is a moment when one of the crew members brings up a hologram of the Starship Enterprise and tries to explain what is going on with the crew of the ship in this story (the Intrepid). It's well written and it's very funny.
I'm not sure that any one part of this book is my favorite. There are parts that are funny, there are parts that are sad, and there are parts that are just insane. Put this all together and you get a John Scalzi book that is very creative and, of course, very funny.
Please don't make this movie, it would be too confusing.
If you liked Stranger Than Fiction, you will like this and of course Wil Wheaton is great but there is more to this story than a simple funny spaceship story. Scalzi makes sure to finish this story. He covers things that you may not think need to be covered but, turns out, they did, and he does.
You will enjoy it too granted you are into sci-fi TV shows somewhat. Well, if you have at least watched some sci-fi TV shows, especially if they were somewhat poorly written but you still kind of liked it. You kinda glossed over the fact that if another planet suddenly appeared next to the earth, the tides going nuts would be the LEAST of our problems, not to mention if the world were to be teleported to the Medusa Cascade and put into some complex orbit with 25 other celestial bodies. Seriously, didn't these writers ever watch Thundar the Barbarian when they were a kid? In that show a comet passed between the earth and the moon and turned the planet into a post-apocalyptic world with monsters and magic! Seriously though, you can't just screw with the gravitational forces like that.
Okay, sorry about all that above, was writing this while catching up on Doctor Who on Netflix. Back to Red Shirts, think Star Trek as the TV show and then add in all that stuff about the wacky, poor science and other things you just accept because it's a TV show. Now that you have that in your head, think about what is really going on. Now enjoy the ride.
Don't worry if you had the 'twist' spoiled for you, because it is the story, the journey, not the 'twist' that makes it a good story. The 'twist' bit comes out pretty quickly so don't worry. I figured it out from the other reviews and I still enjoyed the story.
The book does get a bit more serious in the two pro-logs, or "Codas" as Scalzi calls them. Though after you've read the book you'll understand why he feels the needs to put his toys away nicely.
Now somebody send this book to the people writing Doctor Who and make sure they read the first Coda.
Listens while running
Solid narration, good plotting, and easy to follow while listening. It's exactly the kind of book I want for listening.
The homage to bad sci-fi is what pulled me in. I cared about the characters, but I do think I enjoyed the book more on a cerebral than emotional level.
Obviously, Wheaton's connection to Star Trek adds a layer of interest you wouldn't have just reading the book. For me, the tone switches were really powerful; Wheaton does a good job of indicating the mood of the story (and especially the codas) simply by tone.
I listen while running with my dog, and there was one point where I literally guffawed. My dog gave me a strange look. I can't say more without spoiling one of the better plot points.