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.
I loved this book. It was funny yet also made you think, both about fate vs free will and what you're doing with your life. The ending was perfect. I would have been pretty irritated had it ended any other way. The narration, of course, was fantastic as well.
I couldn't finish the audiobook but I did read the book - really fun book! Wil Wheaton, who I like in other areas, is just terrible as a book reader. He doesn't use character voices at all which makes it really hard to figure out who is speaking and for a completely dialogue-driven book it's virtually impossible to keep track the story if you're doing something else while listening (such as driving).
Definitely read the book, but skip this performance.
I'd probably read it. Wil Wheaton rocked, but the Author brought a High School level "he said", "they said", "I said", and then "replied". It was kind of exhausting with all the 'they saids', and in the future I hope the Author gets a little more creative with dialog.
I think I already said ;)
I enjoyed all of them. Wil brought them to life, and I am going to write this really long looking intellectual sentence in an effort to hide the fact I can't remember (sorry).
Yeah, totally. I even listened to it while I was in the tub, and I had a blast kicking back to it.
I'm new to sci-fi, in fact it's something I've never read before as far as books go. I'm a 30 y.o. female who grew up watching Star Trek:The Next Generation so I'm not opposed to it and I was familiar with Will Wheaton, so I was amused and interested to see that he was the narrator.
Other reviewers have pointed out that he doesn't change his voice for each character - this is true. However, this doesn't bother me. I've listened to audiobooks where the narrator's character voices were obnoxious and took me out of the story, so for me it's not about the voice so much as the inflection. I thought Wheaton's inflection was perfect. I especially enjoyed a scene where he was voicing a drunken Lieutenant Kerensky; that one had me in stitches on my drive home from work. And I really didn't have a problem throughout the book differentiating between each character, even during a conversation. I pretty much knew who was saying what based on the situation.
Speaking of which I think it's funny that other people mentioned in their review the use of the word "said", which I have to agree WAS overrused (Ex: "blah blah" she said; "blah blah BLAH" he said; "blah blah," she said) In the first chapter it's used so much at first that I thought man, this is going to drive me crazy! Is this going to be a problem for me? BUT, after that I really didn't notice it anymore. John Scalzi is obviously a good writer so I was surprised that he didn't change up the verbs, but I got over it.
I know after reading this book that it's not really in-depth sci-fi; meaning it was easy for me to listen to it and not wonder what the hell was going on. It was a nice, playful introduction to the genre. I did see another review that compared it to Galaxy Quest, and I'd have to say that nailed it. It was just a lot of fun to listen to. I liked the opening scene-it had me laughing out loud within the first five minutes. The humor kept up throughout the book; although there were some more serious parts, I enjoyed the characters' dry humor and the way the novel made fun of itself throughout. And the 10 second last chapter ended it perfectly.
As for the codas, it was kind of "eh". The first one was lengthier than it needed to be but I wanted to hear the whole thing. That one wasn't as interesting as the book itself, which I knew had already ended so I just sort of pushed myself to get through that one. The second and third codas were much shorter and easier to listen to, and had one or two moments where I went "ahh, I see" or "that's who that is!"
The book itself is one of the funniest that I've listened to, which definitely makes it a favorite. Just the prologue had me laughing as I put it on sleep mode and went to bed, and I knew I was in for a fun ride. I would recommend it for sure, even if you really wouldn't normally ever look this way in a book store. It's not what you think, and you won't regret taking a chance on it.
As for me I'm on my next John Scalzi/Will Wheaton collaboration, "Agent to the Stars", and I can definitely recognize Scalzi's literary voice on this one. I'm definitely a fan of his and glad to have stumbled onto someone new (to me) and different.
Will not be my last. What a ride. A plunge into the deep end of metafiction. A fun, intriguing ride throughout.
And Wil Wheaton's narration was spot on. perfect for the story.
This sucked big time. I can't believe all the hype I've heard about this. Worst selection I ever listened to and I have a big library.
This is an interesting story that's also entertaining. However it leaves you unsatisfied with absolutely no explanation of how ( not gonna reveal the story ) and why the strange force that even creates the basis of the story works or how it came to be, nor for any reason why it exists. I guess that's left up to the listener to imagine. Maybe that's the point but still unsatisfying. The "he said" "she said" did become slightly annoying and distracting but I pretty much learned to tune it out. Wil Wheaton was great.
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