Did not read the print version, but enjoyed this audio version. Made sitting back, relaxing and listening to this good story a lot of fun.
Enjoyable fun read. Loved this book.
The three narratives as codas has brought so much more to this world than the bulk of the book did.
I finished the main story feeling mildly entertained by the fairly predictable, often very humorous ride along side the ill fated crews of the Intrepid. Somewhere between the nostalgia for Star Trek TOS and my curiosity of the increasingly self awared characters, Scalzi got me hooked. And then the nagging realization that TOS was not a very good show (at least to my taste) brought me back out to remember that I've seen/heard/read this type of stories before.
But just as I thought the book was finished, the real writing began. In three short stories, completely utter nonsense gibberish on their own merits, Mr. Scalzi brilliantly fleshed out his envisioned world onto the pages. Beautifully played into the experiences his readers just had with the futuristic naval crew, John Scalzi turned the main story into something more of a background, a setting in which the three narratives of the codas can use to learn from, and grow, in the most humanly way fictional characters can. It is as if he created a perfect Eden, just to show the imperfections of his Adam and Eve.
I've always hated the way writers finish their books. They feel so abrupted; rushed and hurried into the back of the reader's mind. But this, this is about as perfect an ending I could ever ask for. Thank you for the joy you've brought me.
Good story, brilliant concept, not as funny as I thought it would be, gets very soppy towards the end, slightly spoiled by Wil Wheaton being too earnest, terrible over use of the word "said" in dialog.
I'm stealing this title from the user named Elviri. I do this to show that I agree entirely with what they said, and also pay due respect.
Listen. The book seems more than entertaining. A great genre job, even with Star Trek not being
one of my absolute favorites. Wheaton does a good job, although I agree with another review that with this many characters, some sort of character voice differentiation might be helpful.
The main problem is that every line, and I mean (very close to) EVERY line ends with 'he said ' 'she said' 'x said' 'y said'. I can't handle it. The writing is, all in all, very well done, but this translates to audiobooks in an armageddon of painful repetition.
I reiterate that I think Wheaton did a fine job, and I will definitely hunt down the book in text form. But for audiobook, it's mind-numbing.
First off this is a great book. I am also a big fan of Will Wheaton. However I can now say I am not a huge fan of him reading books. He speaks clearly and the quality is good but I have become used to readers who vary their voices for characters. -1 star on performance for that. (5 stars for me are for multi cast ones ).
A good book for late night discourses on ontology, existentialism, and the meaning of life. Imagine Kierkegaard as a crewman on Star Trek or, better yet, head writer. Not your usual science fiction and delightfully perverse in its twists, Redshirts is worth reading and discussing.
Full disclosure: I'm easy to please. That being said, I have liked both John Scalzi books, this being the second, that I have "read" via audiobook. I actually quite enjoyed this story, which is full of funny tounge-in-cheek characters and circumstances, but some how the repetition of the word "said" before or after every character line became irritating as there was much dialogue. Also, I like Wil Wheaton well enough but I was surprised that, especially as he is an actor, he did not give the characters their own voices. I've heard some narrators do vocal acrobatics in order to portray the characters, and that can be distracting or the voice may not match my perception of the character, but Wil used his own unaltered voice for all the characters which I think detracted from the point of an audio book being a performance of the written story. In my head, when I read a book, the characters become unique and, if the story is written well enough, have their own voices. It makes sense to me that a narrator would try to vocalize the characters dialogue's idiosyncratically. If you like campy, star-trekish, space based, quasi futuristic stuff: you may want to check this one out.