We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Redshirts Audiobook

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (9815 )
5 star
 (4210)
4 star
 (3661)
3 star
 (1433)
2 star
 (319)
1 star
 (192)
Overall
4.1 (9180 )
5 star
 (3855)
4 star
 (3226)
3 star
 (1532)
2 star
 (360)
1 star
 (207)
Story
4.4 (9167 )
5 star
 (5268)
4 star
 (2634)
3 star
 (886)
2 star
 (246)
1 star
 (133)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Cameron 03-09-13
    Cameron 03-09-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A stunningly good listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is well written and impeccably told. This is "Star Trek Meets The Hitchhiker;s Guide to the Galaxy!:


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    I thought the last sentence of the novel was the best. Then I thought Coda 1 was. Then Coda 2. Then Coda 3.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil grabbed exactly the right tone for these characters. Good choice, and a somewhat ironic one.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best SF books in years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laura New York, NY, United States 03-04-13
    Laura New York, NY, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Laura the Listener

    HELPFUL VOTES
    88
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Clever, hilarious, and moving"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shelly 02-26-13
    Shelly 02-26-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Scalzi and Wheaton are a great team"
    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    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.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    McSwonder 02-25-13
    McSwonder 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book is now in my top five"
    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    Yes. The story is great. The comedy is great. The dialogue is great. Wheaton does a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked all the characters. I suppose the ships officers are especially funny.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Funny,Emotional, Exciting, and Wheaton Sells it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Star Trek Parody Narrated by Wil Weaton.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    funny inner monologues really pepper the story well


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    It would be a spoiler, lets just say the story gets heavy once the metaplot sinks in.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil Wheaton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aly Corvallis, OR USA 02-24-13
    Aly Corvallis, OR USA 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Clever story ruined by dialogue tags"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-22-13
    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-22-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    139
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfect Narrator for this book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William West Hartford, CT, United States 02-19-13
    William West Hartford, CT, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Trek sendup with a little Heinlein thrown in"
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a fun quick read that will make you laugh


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Judy 02-17-13
    L. Judy 02-17-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It is not just funny"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Connie 02-15-13
    Connie 02-15-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reliably enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.