The Publisher’s Summary does not represent the book very well. Read the reviews before choosing this one.
“Redshirts” was amusing but also “so what” … I didn’t find it to be the book of laughs so many others here did; nor “intriguing”. Although I did wonder which came first this, or “Galaxy Quest”; the latter is the better “read” (great casting showed out).
All of it probably is a better read than listen; especially post story deconstructions; these throw into doubt all that has gone before and all that is until the final word. But this is more like an in-joke than anything else … very much an “emperor’s new clothes” moment for me. I gave up part way through the first coda.
Wil Wheaton’s reading, which so well suited Android’s Dram, seems forced; a bit board with all the ‘he said’ / ‘she said”. Part of the problem may be that the sound is a little muted; but maybe that’s part of the pun.
Get “Android’s Dream” instead.
I have come to really like John Scalzi's books. I started listening to his very short stories, and am now getting his novels and the same thrall of listening is in them all. I totally enjoy the reader of the book, he 'makes' the books, also.
This book is a must have for any fan of sci-fi series, especially of Star Trek.
The author brought interesting and amusing views on the subject of Redshirts, that is so iconic in the Star Trek universe. It was hard to stop listening when I had to, but I was eager to pick up right away. I laughed through the entire book.
A great, original story.
Wil Wheaton did a wonderful job portraying all of the characters. I look forward to listening to more stories narrated by Will Wheaton.
I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting, but life got in the way and I was forced to listen in several sittings.
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Not Scalzi's Best Book
Of course - Old Man's War is a classic
He added a whimsical element to the narration but little more.
I’m a big fan of John Scalzi but I couldn’t help be a tad bit disappointed in Redshirts. The first part of the novel is really just an extended gimmick on the more recognizable elements of Trek lore. It’s a fun, quick read for any Trek fan and would have worked well as a novella or even a short story, flowing very much like an episode of Star Trek, but ultimately too shallow to carry an entire novel and so Scalzi tacks on two extra “codas” that feel themselves like loosely connected short stories or even supplemental material. Had these additional segments not been tacked on, I suppose it would not have qualified for the Hugo Best Novel category, an award which it won earlier in 2013. Wil Wheaton’s narration of the audiobook is a nice touch though there were times when I felt like a professional narrator might have done a better job with the text. Despite the Hugo, this is not one of John Scalzi’s better novels.
This is a good listen. The first half is extremely funny if you know anything about the original Star Trek. The second half seemed to be "how do I salvage a very good beginning of a book." It's fine though and helps bring the story around. A little transparent but still good. At the end there are three "coda's." These I could have done without. Wil Wheaton was pretty good as a narrator, I must say. And because of the story line, he was the right choice.
I consider Redshirts above average in terms of audiobooks to which I've listened.
Oddly, my favorite character turned out to be Nick Weinstein, the inept screen writer who creates the problem of the red shirt by writing awful screen plays.
While I am a big Wil Wheaton fan, I felt that he could have done a better job in differentiating his characters. He was not terrible, but sometimes it was tough to determine who was speaking.
I thought this book was hilarious. I loved how it made fun of some long standing scifi tropes.
This is light and fun, a quick listen.
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Despite glowing reviews, I found this story to be very tedious. It's perfectly in the genre that I enjoy and the story line was very promising. The writing, however, was clunky to the point of distracting. There were endless repetitive sentence structures and a very annoying repeat of 'he said, she said, he exclaimed' etc, after every single thing that every character spoke.
Also, Wil Wheaton's narration was very same throughout with very little difference in inflection, tone and characterization.
Sadly....a promising listen, but disappointing.
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The narration style was engaging and the story entertaining. I wasn't much interested in the 'Coda' and felt the story could've done without it, although I suppose it did tie things up nicely.
Wow, that was painful. While I enjoyed, to a certain extent, the foundation of the story, that of a parallel universe, the writing style was poor. A rough example of how the story was written:
"Hello" he said.
"Oh hi" she said
"You look good" he said
"Thank you" she said
"Your welcome" he said
"And you look good too" she said
Enough. Even writing that way is painful, but hopefully it illustrates the style you'll be subjected to should you pick this one up.
I was also a bit disappointed in Wil Wheaton's narration. I think I was expecting a bit more energy.
So, in summary, I would avoid this one...
This book gave me a few laugh out loud moments and was fun to listen to. The concept was an interesting one to wrap a story around. I would recommend it if you know what a 'red shirt' is, or if you are a fan of Sci Fi in general.
I thought Wil Wheaton did a good job with the narration. He had no range of voices, so each sentence started with "John said" "Fred said" "Bill said" but once you get used to that, it was fine. But after hearing some of the great narrators here, it was hard to rate performance very high.
The author does not spend any time with adjectives, leaving it to you to decide the look and feel of most things in the story. That is not good or bad, but stuck in my head.
I would recommend this, and if you see it on sale, I would highly recommend it.