I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.
The author took an older concept and made it fresh, original, and very cool. All of the characters have this awesome humor even when they face imminent death, and Wil Wheaton conveys this perfectly.
Star Trek fans will love it. Without giving too much away. The travel to the past was good fun.
Ever wonder what happens (story-wise) off screen of your favorite show? Or of the characters you briefly see? Here you have 'off screen' characters having to deal with the inconsistencies of bad writing, head scratching to figure out how to make things work in a 'real' world. This humorous parody was enjoyable and kept me listening. Wil Wheaton's performance was very good and kept the story flowing. Overall, this was a good listen and I have picked up another Scalzi book to see if I like his work.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
the characters and how he builds them up!
how he plays with what is called "the fourth wall" on theatre
Yes, big fan of Will and how he preforms!
it did make me laugh quite a few times, some dialogues are bizarre!
I would not recommend. It was funny, but I almost turned it off because of the "he said" "she said" "he said". I almost started to wonder if the writing with the "said" stuff was part of the bad story.
It was predictable. By the end you figure out what Hanson is there for before it comes up.
Probably not. The monotone reading of in some of the dialog to the almost screaming in other parts was extremely annoying.
This book totally floored me for all the right reasons. John Scalzi's Redshirts manages to be action-packed, totally hilarious, and incredibly touching all at the same time. The plot is like the best episode of Star Trek ever. Andrew Dahl is on his first assignment in the Universal Union, kind of like the universal army or Starfleet in the Star Trek world, and he begins to realize that every time the crew goes on an away mission, Ensigns or newbies, die, while the upper level crew come away alive, despite sometimes receiving crippling injuries. So Dahl starts to dig and realizes that they may be actually be in a science fiction show...and the worst part is - it might not even be a good show. This is the first Scalzi book I have ever read, and let me tell you, I am ready to read his entire catalog. The man has some serious skills. Surprisingly it replaced Gone Girl as my all-time favorite book of the year. Added bonus: Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook.
I am finding out that Scalzi's books are more than a little bit unorthodox. This book was great fun and the ardent SciFi reader will be laughing like crazy.
But there is an intense complexity that underlies his banal prose. John cares about his characters. All authors do, to some extent, but in this book Scalzi's passion for the personas he creates eventually hits the black and white, and can actually touch the reader.
Wil Wheaton's narration is incredible. He has a wide range of characters and an ability to convey the excitement, the frightening intensity of the moment and still have room to deliver tenderness. Yuck, too sacharine! But you get the idea, he's good.
This book might have been a Five Star, but I was totally confused at some points by the turns and twists. The Codas at the end clarified the story, but I was left baffled by the need for these as separate sections.
This was an interesting listen. I almost got a refund after listening to the first part of the book. The begining seemed very boring to me. However, after a short time the book really took off and I had to force myself to stop listening so I could get some sleep.
there is some "he said" "she said" over use in the diolouge but it doesn't last long. I like Wil Wheaton as a narrator but he really dosn't do multiple voices well which is why i gave performance two stars. I bought this book on sale for 6.95. and won't seek a refund. Overall I liked the book.
The premise of the book is a good one, but the story drags it out too long. This would have worked very well as a "Kindle Single"-length story. The narration/performance is awful, though. Mr. Wheaton does nothing to distinguish between characters (a Russian male sounds the same as a non-Russian female in his recitation of dialogue). There are long sections of the story that are little more than "blah blah blad," Dahl said; "yadda yadda yadda," Duvall said; "blah yadda blah," Dahl said; "yadda blah blah," said Duvall. An extremely lazy and often annoying performance. Interestingly, the last coda was a very sweet story that left me thinking better of the book than I did before the codas started. Overall, though, pretty disappointing. I highly recommend reading this story rather than listening to the audio performance.