I did enjoy this book. It reminded me of galaxy quest. The only problem with the book is that it stated out fun, but towards the end it felt forced. As if we really needed a "proper" explanation for the random happenings in this book. If you don't want to think, start the book and don't finish.
No, but only because I almost never reread a book. I'm too anxious to get on with a new one.
The unusual plot and felt the reader was quite good
Is only one I've read
Would recommend to others, especially science fiction fans in general and Star Trek fans specifically. Quite intriguing if one likes time travel paradoxes.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
The story was so great and campy and funny and then Whill Wheaton from star trek reading it was very ironic.
It combined all my favorite sci-fi shows and made fun of them.
Listen to the story, even Neil Gaiman would agree with this author/narrator combo is suberb. Although, and this has nothing to do with author or reader but I do see the point of the previous crtique about the he said he said he said driving me nuts. Whil Wheaton was reading what was wriiten which I am sure from Star Trek is very important lest you start cussing in Vulcan. and for the authors part if you were reading it to yourself you would want that to keep straight who said what. It's just probably when its read aloud you can skip that.
Actually it did make me laugh and cry. More laughing.
I am so glad I joined Audible. I bought John Scalzzi Fuzzy Nation at a buy one get one sale and I think he is great. I would have missed out on a lot of wonderful books if not for Audible .
As a Start Trek fan the concept was intriguing. Scalzi makes it fun by inserting references to other classic sci-fi as well.
A very good listen though not Scalzi's best work. I would recommend Fuzzy Nation and Android's Dream and Agent To The Stars ahead of this book, but if you have listened to those and enjoyed them then you will probably like this title as well. It starts out strong and continues to be interesting throughout, though the quality of the plot can vary from the middle to the end. The characters voices, their dialogue can be monotonous at times (there is quite a bit of exclamatory profanity). Still if you liked Scalzi's other books you should like this one as well and it is an interesting story.
Yes, I have already. It is a great mixture of geek nostalgia and pure sci-fi adventure.
probably just Dahl. He was the main character and usually the easiest one to identify with.
I know im in the minority here, but im one of the few people who is not a Wil Wheaton fan. I feel like he is a little too exuberant. That's probably part of his charm to others, but personally i feel like he reads a bit too fast and a bit too monotone as a result. However, about two hours into the book I quit noticing and became completely enveloped in the story. By the end, I thought Wheaton had made a very respectable performance and I might give other books that I had avoided because he narrated them an extra consideration now.
This was my first Scalzi novel, but definitely not my last,
Conceptually strong, very interesting premise, and the story takes some interesting turns. Sadly, the writer just isn't up to all of that coolness. Every large dialog exchange is poorly written and painful to listen too. The production and writing of this book felt very rushed.
Rewrite all of the dialog sections.
Yes, but only because I've listened to him do some other great stuff.
Yes, because it would deal with dialog transitions much more smoothly.
This could have been a great book. Sadly I cannot recommend it unless the concept is enough to carry you through to the end.
Andrew Dahl's time in the bar with his bartending "friend". I thought it was a very poignant moment.
Wil Wheaton is one of the best out there, in my opinion. I like his style so much that I have sought out his performances directly regardless of the author and subject matter.
I have listened to other Scalzi books after getting Fuzzy Nation. I liked his style, mostly, except for his "he said, she said" moments. This book was a great story idea and an excellent nod to the science fiction series of old.
I recently discovered John Scalzi's stories and find his writing entertaining and a fun listen. Redshirts is a concept story based loosely on the fabled Star Trek abuse of crew who were identified by their red shirts and who always seemed to die in some horrible way. Scalzi's story moves quickly and takes a few twists and turns that are quite unexpected.
I enjoyed the novel, but the true brilliance of the book comes from the three "coda" stories at the end. These are some of the best short stories around, which contrast poignant emotion with the more light-hearted novel. The final coda was an absolutely terrific love story, brilliantly read by Wil Wheaton.
Wil Wheaton's reading is spot on. I'm wary of books read by celebrity talent, but Wheaton shows a range of voice and emotion that brings out the characters, the wry dialog, and the emotions of the book. He's more than up for the task and I look forward to hearing more stories he's narrated.
The concept and the smart alecky dialogue
Loved Wheaton's performance however the number of times 'he said, she said' was vocalized really took away from the snappy dialogue.
When I picked up Redshirts I was expecting a parody/deconstruction of the much-beloved, much-maligned Star Trek formula. Being familiar with Scalzi's work on the web, I also expected it to be engaging, clever, and funny.
I got all that, of course.
What I didn't expect was for Redshirts to be poignant, emotionally resonant, and deeply satisfying. Scalzi presents not only the silly sci-fi and narrative tropes of Trek that we all love to poke fun at-- chief among them the OSHA's nightmare of a work environment for the eponymous red-shirts-- but also the well-rounded people and interpersonal themes that have drawn so many to Trek's setting and characters.
The narration by Wil Wheaton is masterfully done to the point that it would have been criminal to give the job to anyone else. Wheaton's voice hits just the right tones and attitudes. There's a particular scene in which a character is drunk, and I had to rewind and re-listen because Wheaton's drunk-voice was so funny.
You don't even have to be a fan of Trek to enjoy this book-- anyone even passing familiar with the sci-fi genre could roll through this story and come out the other side feeling not only entertained, but uplifted. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book this much. Thank you, Mr. Scalzi.