People who are Scalzi fans will no doubt welcome this new addition to his oeuvre. I have not read or listened to Scalzi's other works, though I understand he is well known in the SF world for his writing. I follow his blog, and decided to give his published work a try.
As well, people who are fans of old school Star Trek and other SF TV series will enjoy the meta nature of the story.
As for the audio book, again - people who are die-hard Wil Wheaton fans will doubtless enjoy listening to the audio book.
To make this story more enjoyable, I would have left off the coda. Interesting, but unnecessary. It felt as if the writer was saying, "Look, I have some really cool stuff I was thinking about when I wrote the book, and I want to show it off a bit. Enjoy the awesome thought process, dears!" In other words, vanity writing. Save it for the blog. (Yes, I understand it was written as if in a blog/internet forum, but really - save it for the blog.)
I also would have enjoyed the dialogue sections more but it was just - I don't know. Surely there s a better way to get some of the necessary information about the plot points across with all the constant ' - said, - said, - replied.' Particularly when listening, it was easy to get lost.
The writing in general was good, but once the main plot twist was revealed, you had no real further surprises coming, even the ones at the end. It felt like a path that had been well-trodden before, and all I was waiting for was the plot resolution. Some people will enjoy this path, because it is familiar. I didn't think it was quite original enough.
The above only addresses the writing of the story - my huge issue was with the reading. I know Wil Wheaton is an actor - I've seen him on Star Trek, Big Bang theory, etc.
I've heard other actors read audiobooks before, and never have I had such a lack-luster performance. Wil gave the book's tone an appropriate amount of snark, but characterization via vocal expression and tone was lacking. Guys sounded like girls sounded like every other damned character. So when I came to the sections which were heavy in dialogue (and there are many), I honestly had no idea half the time which character was speaking a sentence until we got to the tag, 'Dahl said,' or 'Duvall said.'
When one is used to audiobooks by experienced readers that can convey by minute changes in tone or cadence and accent the characters by country, region, age, etc., it made the lack in the reading of 'Redshirts' even more noticeable.
All the characters sounded sarcastic. All the characters sounded the same. This is not how audiobooks should work. I only listened to the whole thing because I'd paid for it, but it's not going to get a re-listen, ever.
No, unfortunately. Not unless the sample given of an audiobook before it is bought showed that Wil Wheaton was capable of expressing a character better than he managed for 'Redshirts' through vocal medium only,
Disappointment. After hearing so much about Scalzi, and enjoying his blog, this was his first book I'd bought and it feels like a let-down, not just for the plot-retread but by the narration.
I expected so much more.
Don't want to give away the plot
Star Trek Revisited
I would read this author, John Scalzi again, He writes GOOD Sci-Fi
Love listening to books.
While the premise had me hooked, since I am a Trekkie, I did not expect this story to be this good. I had expected a simple parody, and the opening confirmed that for me. However, the story took very deep and emotional turns with phenomenal characterizations that really made this one of my favorite books. So much so that I hope for more stories with these characters, and simultaneously hope that the near perfection of the experience is not ruined by more words.
An absolute must read book.
This was my first John Scalzi novel. I am a fan of the original Star Trek series so I was "in" on the joke about red shirts. But, In the first few chapters I wasn't sure I was going to like this book At at times it was almost a little too corney for me. But I hung in there and Wow. It went so many places. It was original, Si fi, Creative and even romantic. Hang in there, don't let in overwhelm you. Don't try to undersand it all, just go with the flow and have FUN with it. I will be looking for my next John Scalzi - like NOW!
If I could do nothing in life except listen to books written by John Scalzi as narrated by Wil Wheaton, I'd do that. The duo make for entertainment and love of the genre that I've not experienced in the hundreds of other books I've read and listened to. I can't recommend this highly enough!
Hard to compare this book to any other, except others by Scalzi. It's sort of tongue-in-cheek inside humor in a Science-Fiction - Action/Adventure.
Hard to single out a character - since he does them all so well. Not over the top with accents and such, just really gets to the heart of the character. You can really see things through their eyes. And yet, the fact that it's Wil Wheaton with his work on Star Trek, Eureka, Big Bang Theory, etc adds an extra layer of just what Scalzi is going for.
It would have been great to listen all at once, and I certainly sat in the car listening when I should have gone into the store, into work, etc.
Yes, It conveys more of the flavor of the book.
Just having a good time with the characters and story. It made me laugh out loud at times.
Very easy to listen to and entertaining.
Space, the final funtier.
All the science did not "work" but so what? A refreshing change.
Clever, witty, fun
The same tone and dark comic flavor as the movie 'Galaxy Quest" - a real hoot.
He is marvelous - the complete narrator. He is among my all time favorites.
It is a very entertaining change of pace for lovers of science fiction.
Redshirts relates to the Star Trek environment but takes it further and looks at the Redshirt type character and what happens before and after what takes place on the TV show.
Has elements from the movie Stranger Than Fiction, but also classic Sci-Fi elements
Wil Wheaton is a great narrator and brings the characters to life, he was equally good in Fuzzy Nation, also by John Scalzi
Yes, I actually listened to this on a long car ride and continued listening after I got home
Fun to watch this universe as you learn more about it
I am a bilingual high school teacher. I mostly read non-fiction, especially history, but I am also a sucker for science-fiction and fantasy novels.
Redshirts is about an ensign and his friends on the starship Intrepid that seems bizarrely affected at times by illogical and deadly events. Everyone on the ship is afraid to participate in away missions and does their best to avoid the captain and four other high-ranking officers for fear that, like so many other low-ranking crew members, they will end up dead. When Andrew Dahl starts asking questions about why this ship is a death trap for many people and yet others seem invincible, it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Ultimately, the final explanation is something no one involved can believe is really the truth behind what is wrong with the Intrepid.
This book was excellent! Though not long, it had a really unique and interesting story idea wrapped up in a lot of humour any Star Trek fan could appreciate and the shorter length didn't hurt its ability to tell an engaging and complex story at all. It got a little more "meta" than I would have liked at the very end, but for the most part it avoided that potential pitfall despite the (sort of) fourth-wall-breaking theme. Overall I really enjoyed it and the three "codas" (epilogues) more than made up for the out of place denouement. They were truly excellent - whatever you do, don't skip them!
Wil Wheaton does an excellent job narrating this. I admit I almost cried at one part at the very end of the last coda because he was so good at really performing the material. Although I am a Next Generation fan and I admit the former Wesley Crusher narrating was a draw for me, I wasn't sure if I would like his narrating style. I was completely wrong - he is very talented and deserves all five stars.