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Redshirts Audiobook

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Irvin 08-03-15
    Irvin 08-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good listen"

    This was a fun listen, a good way to spend a credit or a few extra dollars. The story was a bit silly at times, but expected.

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    Eclectic Reviews 07-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Parody in the best way"

    A hilarious, ingenious, and thought-provoking story, with well paced plot and believable characters. Frankly amazing as an homage to classic scifi and makes fun in all the right places. I listened all the way through on a long bus ride and never got bored--thanks due to the engaging narration of Wheaton.

    The basis of the story is doubtless one that many have thought of: what if somewhere all the people in this TV show are real? What if there's an alternate universe where all this is actually happening? Through mindbending logic and the mysterious physics-defying power of "The Narrative" Scalzi answers those questions from the eyes of a small band of extras doomed to what we call the redshirt curse. Don't worry-- the characters are as baffled as you will be.

    Scalzi's style of parody is fun, frank, and really, really funny-- and all for the unconditional love of cheesy science fiction.

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    Raltia 07-30-15
    Raltia 07-30-15
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    "a witty and fun ride."

    A wonderful deconstruction on the sci-fi staples. wonderfully written, well narrated, and enjoyable characters.

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    Amazon Customer 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "He said , then she said....."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Like others have said good book but almost terrible to listen to. Too much he said she said, it just doesn't translate well to the audio book format....... And then he said.....


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    Michael Kolozsvari 07-26-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    This was laugh out loud funny!

    If you have always laughed at the ridiculousness of Star Trek and related shows, this is a story that you can point at and say, "that is exactly why I could never get into watching those shows," as the world these characters are in gets ever more developed, bizarre, but altogether enveloping.

    If you have always enjoyed watching Star Trek, then you will love this book even more! You can see facets of many of the crew from the original Enterprise. Every time you compare the story to some half remembered scene from a sci-fi rerun, you will be slapping you knee, stomping your feet, or laughing so hard that your kids will pretend not to know you, and strangers will look worried as the hurry in the opposite direction.

    Also, the fact that Will Wheaton narrates this story with his steady, slightly sardonic tone, added a cherry on top for me.

    If you don't really care about science fiction one way or another... Well, I pity you. Have an opinion for once and get off the fence.

    Love or hate the genre, this book really has something for everyone!

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    Kim 07-24-15
    Kim 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "one of my favs"

    really gets you thinking of all the movies also. funny. and wheaton was perfect. loved it

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    Richard E Apuzzo III 07-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Sci-fi funny with a twist"

    Wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I'm sure happy I downloaded it! It's great take on the ridiculous nature of sci-fi tv shows with a surprisingly genius plot mixed in that you won't see coming.

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    Rob Tincher 07-21-15
    Rob Tincher 07-21-15
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    "A change in scenery"
    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    READ this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the intrepid's adventures through space and the redshirt's perspective on the travels of the crew.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first chapter started this book off to a great start!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In a universe where the color of your shirt is a matter of life or death.


    Any additional comments?

    Coda 1: Great start to the novel. Chapter 1 was just phenomenal. Wil Wheaton did a great job reading this portion of the book. The only issue I had was the dialogue text that was read through the story. I am sure this book would be much better if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it. If you enjoy scripted "he said, she said" novels, then this is the book for you. Wil, I respect and enjoy everything you do as an artist, performer, producer, etc. The one thing that I had trouble with while listening to the story was the lack of inflection between characters. The scripted dialogue was read as if everyone had the same voice. I loved your work with Ready Player One, however I think some novels need a variety of voices in order to maintain organization and entice the listener to be attentive. This is one of those novels.
    Coda 2 and 3: These portions of the book ended up being someone boring. I know they were short and used to sum up the lives of the real world players, however it seemed like a slow ending to a good book.

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    Ian Kemp 07-15-15
    Ian Kemp 07-15-15 Member Since 2004
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    "First half was hilarious...the second half..."

    It really needed to end before the final 3 chapters. It had an ending and then for some reason he just kept going. It's like the publisher had a minimum number of words.

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    HansG 07-13-15
    HansG 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very funny & quite entertaining."
    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    The whole premise of the book is both hilarious, and a visit to comfortable territory. You could almost anticipate what was coming next, but it was never quite what you expected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the allusions to classic space opera.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was in the afterword as everyone's lives just started to make some kind of sense.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that Wil Wheaton's performance was, while enjoyable and hilarious, a touch monotone. There were some multi-character scenes where it was difficult to keep track of who was talking at times.

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