I stopped 2/3 of the way through because it simply made sense. The writing was a bit hacked together (take a shot every time you hear the word "said"), but the story took a pleasant turn from what you'd expect.
I was told this book was funny, but don't get it if you're expecting a laugh. Treat it like a thought experiment.
I read, I listen, I backpack, I game. When I'm not at work, of course! (At least not the backpacking...)
I haven't gotten around to reading/listening to anything else by Scalzi yet...not because I don't think I'll enjoy it, but because I can't imagine enjoying it more than I enjoyed this one. Even with Wil Wheaton narrarating some of Scalzi's other works, this story was brilliant.
I bought in to it simply from the title. Redshirts. I'm not a raving Trekkie, but I was raised looking forward to family night watching ST:TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and am familiar with what being a 'Redshirt' means. I'm also a bit of a card/boardgame nut and StarMunchkin (if you have to ask....best not) with it's tongue-in-cheek Redshirt hireling had me primed to listen to this book. I do love a good parody/satire/sendup.
What transpired between the 'covers' of this audiobook was everything I was hoping for and more. What I wanted was an irreverent laugh out loud page turner with lots of tropes and stereotypes offered up for the fodder of comedy....and I did get that, to be sure...but by the end Scalzi had somehow managed to twist the story I was reading into a poignant, and - how can I put this - well an amazing finale. Nothing like what I thought I was going to get - but in hindsight I couldn't have possibly asked for a better end. I've listened through it a few times now and it's definitely one of my favorite audio titles to date.
Big Sci fi and fantasy fan. Love dragons (nice ones), elves, werewolves, and BEMs. I love listening to books - saves me walking into pole
Fans of Star Trek understand what a Redshirt is... Well imagine you are destined to be a redshirt, and know it...
This is a fun book for anyone who's watched star trek and galaxy quest. And the added bonus of it being read by Wil Wheaton - awesome selection for narrator.
I just embarrassed myself by catching the train and walking down the street giggling to myself. Yes, this book turned me into a crazy person... just not with the tin foil hat.
Fun, light story that answers the question (more or less) about the mysterious death rate of redshirts.
Yes, but with the caveat that you will probably be driven crazy by the word 'said'. I know I started to grind my teeth after a while when the dialogue would come fast and furious (and funny, don't forget funny), but with the word 'said' punctuating each and every line. Painful.
WIl Wheaton is the true gem in this story. I've listened to other stories he's read, and while he always does a good job, in this book he elevates the material to a joyous, riotous farce that will tickle the heart of any Trekker.
I'm tempted to get more books by the author, but only if someone can assure me he uses something (anything!) else but the word 'said' in his dialogue writing.
Easily as good as Hitchhikers Guide, Wil Wheaton brings that All-Star narration to an outstanding book. Also the Fans of Star Trek TOS and TNG finally get a inside look at how the red shirts really feel.
The comic relief, its really funny.
The way the characters interact with each other and how they get involved in the story
I got this book because of Will Wheaton, I liked his performance on the big bang theory.
I think he has a excellent voice for reading a audiobook.
If you are in for a good laugh and you like scifi then this is the book for you.
Second book I've read from this author. This one was shorter then Ready Player One but just a good. I liked this book much better though as I was much more familiar with the topics.
Good emotion and also very ironic choise for the material.
This book was a waste of time. The first coda was especially boring. I prefer hard Sci Fi and nothing could have made this book that. After reading Old Man's War , which was excellent, I was was hoping for better.
A repectable job.
This is an excellent book almost the whole way through. There is a section at the end where it seems as though the editor told Scalzi that the book needed to be longer because it's totally unnecessary. Basically, when the story starts talking from the point of a blog, you can shut it off. Prior to that though it's very good.
No, absolutely not.
Performance was guided by the script and dialogue
Some element of Entertainment, interesting storyline
Bad dialogue and sentence structure, a lot of repetitive "he said, ......she said" - especially in the beginning of the book.