Great story, fresh and imaginative. Narration was good too, but I missed a little gender differentiation in the tone of voice.
seriously good. I really liked the Old Man's War but this is something different completely. It takes alot of unexpected turns but still another John Scalzi great.
This is my first Scalzi book, and I thought his dialog was atrocious - a crime against literature. This is a huge problem since it's a very dialog-heavy story. He really needed a strong editor to tell him, "No, you cannot end every single line of dialog in the entire book with 'he/she said'."
I can't really discuss the story without spoiling it, but it had a strong hook and twist. Good concept executed well, terrible dialog notwithstanding. Likeable protagonist and supporting characters.
The least interesting aspect was the three codas that followed the main story. I just didn't care.
Wheaton did not provide a performance, he provided a reading. His clipped monotone was not engaging.
I had hoped this would be my gateway into a new author, but this audiobook experience was so tedious I don't think there's any chance I'll be reading any more Scalzi. I was not being hyperbolic above, he ends literally every line of dialog with "so-and-so said." Every. Single. Time. I noticed it about 3 minutes into the book, and it grated on me like nails on a chalkboard for the rest of the book. Combined with Wheaton's zero-effort narration, it took me about 3 months to make it through this 13-ish hour audiobook. I'm not really sure how or why I finished at all, honestly.
The story takes a while to take shape. But some chapters in it becomes amazingly novel. Let me say too, that the "bad story elements" used during the "redshirt encounters" are not accidental -- all will fit together nicely in the end.
The epilogue and coda are also excellent.
Wil's performance is ok. He should impersonate drunks more often:-). I miss different voices for different characters.
I have a few books by Scalzi, and a few more read by Wheaton, but this is probably the best of the best of the bunch. The story is full of tongue in cheek jabs at various SciFi shows, while still managing to be an engaging story in itself.
At the same time, Wheaton's performance is fitting both for his voice talent and his previous acting experience. The last three chapters especially, were particularly moving.
I highly suggest this book to anyone who's even ever heard of Star Trek.
humorous story for a casual read, but containing deeper messages.I'm still trying to wrap my head around the codas. first audible book (of >2hr) that I listened to all in one day. wheaton did a very good job narrating.
I really enjoyed it - only complaint is that the writer lost the distinction of voices in the latter half of the book. But it was a great, thoughtful plot, a well imagined universe and the narration was superb.
This book is exactly what you think it is, but a little bit more. I got this on a whim and actually really enjoying it. All in all, not in my top 10, but a good book.