If you enjoy audiobooks and science fiction, this book is for you. This is especially true for those who grew up reading, watching, and generally inhaling science fiction of all types. This is really, really *especially* true for anyone who ever watched (and enjoyed, even if it pains you now to admit it) any flavor of Star Trek.
What is especially outrageously awesome is that this particular book is narrated by Wil Wheaton. Who, if my first three sentences apply to you, you will recognize as the actor who played the spunky teen Star Trekker Wesley Crusher on the mid-to-late-'80's era "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Now this is true even though the two words "Star" and "Trek" never appear in close proximity to one another anywhere in this novel. I'm not going to say any more on this subject, but trust me, if *anything* I've written so far makes sense to you at all, you will greatly enjoy this audiobook.
John Scalzi is one of the funniest writers on serious subjects that I have had the good fortune to trip over. I almost snorted coffee out my nose at one point.
Caution: Listening to this audiobook on your earbuds while waiting in line at the grocery store may cause others to wonder what you're snickering about.
I had never listened to Wil Wheaton's narration performances before, but I will do so now whenever I get the chance.
Yes, honestly I would.
The story is amusing, and interesting. Not exactly original, but original enough. I enjoyed listening to the story and the ideas behind it were well thought out and engaging.
no, not really
The predominance of the word "said" is my only complaint with the book. There were whole chapters of conversations between "he said" and "he said" and "she said", said said said said SAID.
That was almost enough to make me turn it off and return the book. I managed to get past it and the story is still good. But it really does show a huge difference between READING a book and LISTENING to a book. If I were reading this book, I could skip over the word said and follow the conversation without it. But having it repeated over and over and over was very distracting and broke the narrative significantly.
However, that is my ONLY actual complaint about the book. I thought it was read very well and was very entertaining because it was Wil Wheaton reading it.
Definitely! A very clever parody/homage to the Original Star Trek.
All the little Star Trek parodies were amazing. The truth behind the mystery is quite a surprising twist, too.
The hilarity of Wil Wheaton reading a Star Trek parody should be lost on no one.
o.O Odd question. I guess, "The Mystery Beyond the Final Frontier."
Well worth your time, if you watched Star Trek. If not, you might not get all the jokes that really make this book awesome.
Yes. The story is well written and impeccably told. This is "Star Trek Meets The Hitchhiker;s Guide to the Galaxy!:
I thought the last sentence of the novel was the best. Then I thought Coda 1 was. Then Coda 2. Then Coda 3.
Wil grabbed exactly the right tone for these characters. Good choice, and a somewhat ironic one.
One of the best SF books in years!
Laura the Listener
I loved this audiobook. The first part, before the codas, was very clever and funny, especially if you're a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. The first and second codas were good, but I didn't think they added that much to the book. I loved the third coda, though, which was very moving.
Wil Wheaton doesn't really do voices, so it's hard to tell people apart. However, the emotion is his voice is fantastic.
I am a long-time fan of Star Trek, so the premise of Redshirts is what made me want to read this book. Then I read reviews of it and decided to give the audiobook a try. What a good decision that was! Wil Wheaton is a great choice to read John Scalzi's books. It is as though Scalzi wrote the books with Wheaton in mind.
I can't talk about that without giving too much of the story away. The story went in directions I did not foresee - I'll just say that.
Everything. Absolutely everything. He is fantastic! I wish there were more Scalzi books read by Wheaton. I am working my way through all that exist - I recommend Agent to the Stars and Fuzzy Nation, too.
Yes. The story is great. The comedy is great. The dialogue is great. Wheaton does a great job.
I really liked all the characters. I suppose the ships officers are especially funny.
Wheaton does a great job with intonation and emphasis. He handles the extensive amount of sarcasm clearly. I really liked his read and already bought Fuzzy Nation.
Star Trek Parody Narrated by Wil Weaton.
funny inner monologues really pepper the story well
the prologue, it just sold the story too well. Alien worms, bad mission briefing, mellow-dramatic possible futures, and a fabulously carpet pull moment to top it all off.
It would be a spoiler, lets just say the story gets heavy once the metaplot sinks in.
Overall, the story was clever and engaging, and I found the plot to be fresh and well thought out. However, I almost stopped listening after the first 30 minutes because of the author's repetitive dialogue tags. At least one other reviewer commented on this as well. Snappy dialogue is ruined because the author insists on using "said" for everything or maybe refuses to use anything but "said.' If the author had chosen to write his dialogue tags with the same amount of imagination used to create the plot, this story would have been worthy of five stars.
"There are more ways to end dialogue than with 'said' " she declared/huffed/protested/demonstrated/instructed/exclaimed/muttered/sighed.
Ok, I admit it, I bought this as a lark based on the premise. I mean, c'mon, which trek'er hasn't said to themselves, "oh look, they have brought along a nameless guy in a red shirt,...say goodbye to that guy!" This book explains it. Along the way, in between me talking back to the CD player trying to guess what was going to come next, I laughed.
While I agree with a previous review that said the "he said" - "she said" was annoying, the experience of listening was enjoyable enough to over-come the annoyance. Having said that, let me say this, I will never look at a character on a sci-fi spaceship show wearing a red shirt in the same way.
I had fun, I think you will too.