I totally enjoyed several of John Scalzi's books, like Old Man's War and Fuzzy Nation. But I just don't feel the same about this book. Still, Will Wheaton's narration is great, as always.
I'm torn on this. I would definitely listen to Wil Wheaton narrate again, but I'm not sure about listening to him read a John Scalzi book again. I think I will purchase my next Scalzi book in Kindle format and see if it reads better in my own head than it did while listening to Wheaton narrate.
Yes, but as I said above, I won't be buying it in audiobook format. The plot to this book is very interesting. How can a crew of a starship be controlled by a television show script? I'm not sure I completely followed Scalzi's explanation of it all, but it did make for a fun listen overall.
The biggest flaw to this story came from the writing style. For some reason, Scalzi felt the need to add a "he said" or "she said" after EVERY single line of dialogue. And having to listen to Wil Wheaton narrate all of those "he saids-she saids" became very annoying and took me out of the story, as it completely negated the back and forth nature of some of the banter I think Scalzi was aiming for between the characters.
I am hoping that if I were to be the one reading to myself, I would be able to skip over the "he saids" and have the story be much more entertaining.
Wil Wheaton's performance was the best part of the story. He seemed to enjoy narrating the book, and was able to overcome all of the "he saids" that kept pulling me out of the story.
I would see this book if it were made into a movie. It has a "Galaxy Quest" feel to it and I think it could be fun to see it brought to the big screen.
I listened to this book on my commute back and forth to work, as a way to keep my road rage to a minimum. It kept me entertained enough to allow me to ignore the idiots on the road, and therefore I would recommend the purchase of this book. All I ever ask of a book (movie, play, etc) is that it keep me entertained. And this successfully did that.
John Scalzi once again makes characters come alive in your mind, his descriptions and dialogue are very entertaining. The Sci-Fi is nonsense, but that is not unusual. This story will entertain you not make a lot of sense.
There were several small things that annoyed me about this audiobook, including the fact that the phrase "[Character] said," appeared what felt like thousands of times, but overall I really loved both the story and WW's performance. I especially liked all the tangential epilogues, so listen all the way until the end!
When a great writer writes bad narrative you have to step back and think... why?
In this case it's all part of the story. The "He Said" "She said", its all part of the plot. Yup it gets annoying.
It is supposed to.
Thats at least part of the point.
I think Wheaton did a decent job as the narrator... however... it was difficult to follow him at times. I do prefer narrators who change their voice per character.
Yeah, sorry, I do prefer performance narrators.
The characters were convincing. I could envision them and the sets.
Good job Mr. Scalzi
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I wanted to love this story; actually the first 5 minutes where great; then as the author struggled to explain what the rules of the university was it fell apart. I love star trek; but the story felt the need to explain too much and SPELL IT OUT not just let the reader understand. Enjoy the sample...it's the best part of the book.
Seemed like a very interesting story, but could't stand the foul language.
The story seemed interesting, but it just had too much foul language
Too much fun to miss! Characters self-anylize and turn the genre on its ear. You'll chukle throughout!
No. I don't usually listen to books multiple times -- too many other good books are out there!
The high concept being pulled off well, and the codas complemented the story very well.
Obvious. Energetic. Adequate.
Neither laughter or tears, although others may do both.
Star Trek fans will enjoy it, of course,