It's unabashed honesty regarding the source material. Once fans of Star Trek are able to set aside their fanboyism most are able to admit the glaring flaws in the shows and this book hits those nails dead-bang on the head.
The main character of Andy Dahl is an exemplary protagonist for the listener to pour themselves into. He perfectly personifies what I feel most people's reactions would be to being put into the events of the story.
I have and this probably presents Mr. Wheaton in his most natural habitat. I think Agent to the Stars (another Scalzi book well worth checking out) displays his ability to properly characterize with just his voice a bit better, he is the obvious choice for this book.
I busted a gut many a time while listening. Some laughs came from in-jokes for fans of Sci-Fi TV, but there are plenty laugh-out-loud moments for any listener. Also, in typical John Scalzi fashion, the ending is very poignant and satisfying. Definitely stick around for the three codas after the main story.
Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS BOOK.
This started out really funny but then took itself a bit too seriously towards the end. As a Star Trek fan, there were a few laugh out loud moments but I still waffled between a 2 and 3 star on this one.
Yes. I enjoyed the story the first time I read it. When I saw that Will Wheaton was the narrator it cinched the deal to own the audio version as well. The plot is twisted enough to make the story one that you will want to revisit just to catch the ideas that you might have missed the first time.
Wil Wheaton has a great voice for narration making the time slip by pleasantly.
Yes, but because work, child, husband and life in general interferes with my ability to stream audio books all day long, I had to finish it in several listens
I love John Scalzi, he writes in a fast paced yet imminently enjoyable way.
Scalzi has been referred to as R. A. Heinlein's heir apparent. I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly! He's definitely not one of the dreamy philosophical sci-fi writers but an ironic, snarky down to earth writer. Just fantastic!!
If you don't like snark bordering on the snide then perhaps Scalzi isn't for you.
I would not try another book from John Scalzi. The way this book is written really doesn't work for an audiobook. Ending every line of dialogue with "said *name of character*" gets very annoying with back and forth dialogue and made the book almost unbearable in audiobook form.
John Scalzi's sense of humor as usual makes this a fun read.
Excellent job on the voices and tone.
Several laugh out loud moments.
Not quite on par with some other Scalzi work, like Old Man's War, but still a great "listen."
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
I bought this book expecting a star trek parody but was pleased to find that it was so much more than that. Although this book focused on a group of "red shirts" and appears for a while to be a simple parody it quickly moves beyond that and in acknowledging its erstwhile source material offers a much more interesting perspective on science fiction television.
I expected there to be a villain in this story for the first third but as the story unfolded it became rich with interesting detail that built into a much more complicated scenario involving time travel and other machinations that I will not reveal. Needless to say, an apparently simple solution proves much more complex in this well crafted tale.
There were times when I got a little confused with some of the characters, in part because of the brief role some played, but overall this was well narrated.
Very good book.
While he generally had good emotion, the repeated "blah blah said... blah blah said... blah blah said" got annoying.
No longer a reader of the Dead Tree Scrolls
Oh yes, because of Wil Wheaton!
I loved it all
Wil Wheaton is my favorite narrator, he is superb in this as he is in everything
It was quite funny, it moved me to laugh!
This book is good, not great, just good. Scalzi's writing style is a bit out of place in audiobook form, as none of his dialog flows. Scalzi makes a point to add "she said", "he said", etc. after every piece of dialog and therefore translates to audiobook in a very jerky and difficult to follow style. This is why Wil Weaton feels a bit out of place. He's trying to audibly read a book that's not meant to be read aloud.
The story is good, funny, and witty. And whereas the main story is well done, I wish it was more fleshed out. Things move quickly. Honestly, I felt the best portion of the book was the Second Coda. The Second Coda is extremely well written and is perfectly suited for narration. It's a shame the entire book wasn't in the same style.
Great idea for a story, and it was pretty hilarious at times.
Wil has a pretty distinct voice which was nice because of the familiarity; but he didn't change his voice ever for different characters. Long strings of dialogue just kind of mesh together and are hard to follow. Lots of he said, she said, he said, he said.
I didn't really like the Coda's.