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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas | [John Scalzi]

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Wade Addison, TX, United States 07-30-12
    Wade Addison, TX, United States 07-30-12

    The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.

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    ", another star trek spoof"
    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    Yes, it was funny and I love star trek.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have anything to add


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this one was just as enjoyable


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

    can't think of one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Survivor Southeast MO 07-30-12
    Survivor Southeast MO 07-30-12

    jdh

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    "Interesting Concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, made the miles fly by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pretty much like them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Made the miles fly; easy entertainment for me. Some hard core SciFi folks may find it offensive but I enjoyed it.

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    Cole BREMERTON, WA, United States 07-30-12
    Cole BREMERTON, WA, United States 07-30-12
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    "Truly Funny"
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheton was great. He was very expressive and had more then a few voices. There are only a few people who are really good at reading books and he is one of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen while commuting and part of my drive is I-5 through down town Seattle during rush hour right at the begining so everybody is still going fast but there is bumber to bumber cars. I was at the part about the "magic box". I almost crashed my car. My eyes were watering and I was rocking with laughter. I couldn't focus on anything. Even after I turned it off I kept thinking of the lines and cracking up.


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    Paul Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-28-12
    Paul Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Quirky fun and also thoughtful"

    This book starts out as a stupid cartoon, and that is intentional. It is funny and bizarre, and wonderfully read by Wheaton, who was absolutely the right choice for this. Using the cartoon as a hook, Scalzi gets down to his usual business of writing about serious existentialism in a fun way. Super book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 07-28-12
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A fun romp that turns into something more."

    I purchased this because of the recent deaths in my life of loved ones (both human and animal) thinking i needed a light hearted action comedy along the lines of Douglas Adams. The first 3/4's of the book did not disappoint... then, in the the mode of the highest aspirations of Science Fiction, the novel moved to a higher plane, meta on top of meta, and my amusement and escapist fantasy turned into serious self reflection that was as deep as it was unexpected.
    Well played Mr. Scalzi.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Mitchell 07-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    This is a must if you are a Star Trek Fan, Will does an outstanding job reading.
    the book is both fun and gives you something to think about.

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    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 07-25-12
    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Thankfully, it does get better"
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere between good to pretty good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    The three codas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I've gone through a number of Scalzi books and they generally have been fun but more of what you would consider light reading. On that scale, Redshirts begins at the level of a comic book. If you like a lot of he said, then she said, then he said, then she asked, then he said, the she said... You get the point. If you survive that then the story does in fact get a lot better, and a little more complex, to something a little bit deeper. Not too deep, mind, you, but still refreshing that this short book doesn't just rely on the joke that people are avoiding the Narrative.

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    Genevieve Secane, PA, United States 07-24-12
    Genevieve Secane, PA, United States 07-24-12
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    "Simply Perfect!!"

    I absolutely loved this book. I can't recommend it enough.
    If you're a star trek fan you'll absolutely adore it. It plays with the ideas we're all thinking about those poor redshirts, and while it gets a bit meta, it's just so pleasing to me.

    It's like nerd brain candy!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Black Mountain, NC, United States 07-24-12
    Stewart Black Mountain, NC, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "not as good as I expected"
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    The humor of the story


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    yes, I've enjoyed many of his books


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Begining of the book had a lot of short line dialog that became dificult to listen to with all the "He said"s thrown in. The story was a little lacking and it seemed like the last part was tacked on just to make the book long enough. Not Scalzi's best...

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    Korey Stanley Shark River Hills, NJ, United States 07-23-12
    Korey Stanley Shark River Hills, NJ, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book and it's twist!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great story as always from Mr Scalzi... I didn't see the twist coming... When I got to it I actually laughed out loud. Also, Wil Wheaton is in my opinion the best reader out there. I listen to book just because he is the performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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