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Listening to the first hour of so of "Redshirts" I was sure it was just another funny story, full of sly humor and sassy one liners that make me laugh the way "Fuzzy Nation" and "Agent to the Aliens" did. When I heard about the book on Scalzis blog and read the beginning paragraphs I was sure thats where it would go-and I'm fine with that. I love his fun novels. Everyone needs a laugh at one time or another. Except for the head banging "He Said", "She said" dialogue that Scalzi writes (which seems to drive we audiobook listeners bonkers), the start of Wil Wheatons reading of Scalzi's new novel led me to believe I'd laugh the evening away.
Then it got a bit serious. Funny, still, but serious with a strange twist that had me totally amazed at the concept. I had to rewind a chapter here and there because I was sure I'd missed something. I wasn't getting it all. As the novel got deeper into the left hand turn the plot had made, it didn't lose it's fun jauntiness but it did gather even more unexpected sober, tough thinking adding plenty of "I never thought about that before" to the plot .
Character development is ...well..odd because Scalzi has developed his main protagonists along a couple of different lines. Pathways I had never considered in many years as an SF reader and viewer (and listener even). It's good character development...we know the protagonists- we have known them for years, even decades of Star Trek and they never seem to change..but these characters are sharper, more developed and very clever when they analyze their situation aboard the Universal Union Capital Ship "Intrepid", flag ship of the galaxy. They have a captain who is completely J.T. Kirkian in attitude and language, a ships engineer, doctor...in fact all the standard characters we have gotten used to seeing-including new ensigns wearing red shirts. The ones who die on away missions.
I don't write spoilers so all this sounds vague but I want to encourage listeners to stick with the book through the irritating dialogue then listen carefully to the next few hours.
As for the Codas,I think they add to the book. I don't know how else Scalzi would have added the information..it wouldn't have fit into the body of the novel. And though it isn't really vital information it is lore that adds to the novel and incases our knowledge of the characters. Some reviewers on the Amazon site discounted the codas entirely. I think they are part of the book and it's an interesting way to insert this data into the book.
This is a book for SF lovers, Star Wars/Star Trek fans, ComicCon goers and generally those of us who grew up with Heinlein and Roddenberry, with Ray Bradbury (who passed away today at age 91) and Rod Serling, with Neil Gaiman and Isaac Asimov.
Scalzi fits in with all these guys, especially the early Robert Heinlein YA books, though theres nothing YA about "Redshirts".
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
As the daughter of an engineer, this book tugged on my heart. For anyone not of the technical bent, tis a wonderful listen for the story.
Narrated by the iconic Frank Mueller, this classic Nevil Shute novel brings back excellent stories written beautifully. And narrated by Mueller, a person of acclaim in the history of audiobooks, makes this a one in as hundred type of listen.
Romance, a very likable protagonist and the effect he has on his followers as a writer for an engineering weekly magazine, a bit of suspense with the sailing of a yacht and so on, this is a wonderful listen for anyone.
Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.
This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.
I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.
Not worth your credit
Mediocre "FBI agent falls for the bad girl, the bad girl is really good" type tale.
Tanya Eby is just average as a narrator..she doesn't do justice to the sex scenes that are written in a so-so manner.
I listened to the whole thing but didn't feel compelled to pay attention very closely.
It's going back. It was a Daily Deal so it's really no biggie...no credit waste.
I really appreciate Audibles Return Policy..Thanks Audible!
I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.
It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.
Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.
Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.
Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.
The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.
Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.
The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.
Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?
Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.
I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.
Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.
This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!
Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.
This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.
Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.
Recommended if you're into the series.
I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.
The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.
You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!
I love Guidalls narrations...lately I've been listening by narrator rather than author..if you can't stand a narrator, why bother with the listen,right?
However, even George Guidall wasn't able to turn this average spy story into a page turner.
Don't waste your money on this.
I purchased this on sale and am glad I didn't spend a credit on it. Whle I might not return it, I wasn't blown away.
I found the protagonist a bit fluffy and the probable bad guy sleazy.
Can't highly recommend..there are many much better novels out there.
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