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.
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.
a fun quick read that will make you laugh
Great technobabble and premise. worth the read for all Trek fans and fans of Heinlein's The Number of the Beast and Tolkien's Essay on Sub-creation. How could that happen?...Listen to the book!
With the first part of the story, which kept me laughing, I thought the book was a well done poke at Star Trek, but the way it came together on the beach at the end brought tears to my eyes.
Scalzi is really growing on me. A fun story, Wil Wheaton narrating, Star Trek references--who could ask for anything more? You could ask for thought-provoking epilogues, and you'd get them too.
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