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.
Great 4th wall breaking parody of all the crap sci-fi shows out there.
The he said she said dialogue feels lazy but hey, what do I know about writing?
Would recommend to any other nerds out there who just want some good old fashioned entertainment with no strings attached.
Nothing too exciting. Typical John Scalzi sense of humor. Not as satisfying overall then his other work. Perhaps too meta for my taste.
The codas were unnecessary.
I just listened to the first 15 minutes and I'm compelled to let everyone know that the dialogue is excruciating to listen to. An extended exchange between two characters consisting of one sentence followed by "Duval said" or "Dahl said" over and over proved why this is on sale.
Love sci-fi, action, mystery and romance. Just like anyone else. ;-)
This book was super cool! I'm a Star Trek fan so the storyline was right along the lines of an episode for me. The author did a good job at bringing the characters to life and Wil Wheaton did also. This book was very well different than I had expected which was good, I try not to read reviews until I've read a book to avoid spoilers which meant I had no idea how crazy and twisty this book would be. This was a very well written and executed plot and story!!
This book has a great idea that is fun, but goes on about 4 hours too long. I also like the Star Trek tie in (very funny) - especially given that Wil Wheaton is narrating - but I could have totally done without the three codas at the end.
I like Wil Wheaton but have to agree with other reviewers who say that he does all the characters with the same voice, which does make listening a bit harder. His narrating works better with other formats, especially where there is sarcastic humor.
This book literally makes fun of itself for its lack in originality, but at the same time is so incredibly creative and unique that its impossible not to read feverishly and laugh constantly. love this book.
Normally I like my books to progress in a very normal predictable fashion. Mostly because most authors can't pull off something clever. I think this one did. About half way through the book you reach a "What??" moment which for me is usually a big red flag but this book manages to keep your interest all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this book. Wil Wheaton is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers. He is so good at reading that it really enhances the story.
The end of the story was amazing, the beginning seemed rushed. I had to keep checking to make sure I had the unabridged version. Then it ends, or I thought it did and I thought it was a 3 star until the end, which is another 2 hours of story. It all comes together and you go "oh I get it now"
Narrator was to fast I needed to slow it down but could never find a good medium for it. Also, you can't tell if it's a make it female all voices are the same. However his voice was not annoying as others I've listened to.
Just another twenty-something who listens to books instead of interacting with the outside world.
This book was so weird, but really great at the same time. This was my second John Scalzi book (I read Lock In first and liked it so much I got this), and I have got to say that he is such an interesting storyteller. You really don't even need to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy this book.
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