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 (10321 )
5 star
 (4472)
4 star
 (3839)
3 star
 (1487)
2 star
 (328)
1 star
 (195)
Overall
4.1 (9650 )
5 star
 (4096)
4 star
 (3364)
3 star
 (1606)
2 star
 (373)
1 star
 (211)
Story
4.4 (9638 )
5 star
 (5585)
4 star
 (2746)
3 star
 (917)
2 star
 (255)
1 star
 (135)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Monique Atgood 02-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Monique Atgood

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Sci-Fi Schizophrenic Cornucopia"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if the friend loves Star Trek, and has a sense of humor.


    Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but the author is unseasoned, and uses the word "SAID" about 5 million times. For instance, there are only two people in a scene, a man and a woman talking quietly. The author inserted the word "SAID" so many times, it drove me to consider turning it into a drinking game, but the threat of alcohol poisoning turned me away from the idea.


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

    Ah, he provides venom and joy and emotions that convey a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, but it's really several books and universes and weirdness in one novel. I think the author was trying just a bit too much. I think he's talented, but seems new to the writing game, and honestly, this was just a touch too much. The original story was clever and funny, and the characters make this novel spring to life. But the way the narrative changes to become essentially another completely different novel is unnerving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom 02-13-13
    Tom 02-13-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor Reader Makes Poor Listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is disserved by a reader who has only one voice.


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

    I would try another Book by Scalzi, as long as it read by a quality performer.


    How could the performance have been better?

    too much he said, she said, they said, anyone said. more then one tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Wil Wheaton as an actor where he plays one part, a good reader has to be all of the voices of all of the people in the book. I felt like it was one person in all of the parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne Cutrell 02-13-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Funny and fast moving. Love the Codas"

    I really enjoyed this, most particularly, the 3 codas.
    The pacing of the the main body of the book really works with the expected pacing for a ST episode or movie. It worked very well as a comedy.
    The codas, on the other hand, really worked wonderfully, not only looking at the themes more seriously, but also as a writing exercise.
    I listened to Coda 1 more than once, partly because I loved the part about authors who kill people off for no reason. A pet peeve of mine.

    Wheaton's reading was well done too and having him in particular worked with the premise very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 02-10-13
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    66
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    40
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't make this your first Scalzi book"

    I'll happily listen to any Scalzi book that Wil Wheaton narrates but I'm glad I listened to others first. Scalzi has done better writing and better satire. This one reads as if the screenwriter in the coda wrote it in a couple of his six-hour stints--dash it off and send it out full of conscious cleverness. Since this is a more recent book, I hope it's not a sign of things to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy 02-10-13
    Jeremy 02-10-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love the idea, not so much the execution"
    What did you like best about Redshirts? What did you like least?

    I love the concept of the removed world Star Trek parallelism. It's catchy and fun. I wish they would have stayed a little more in the missions and not delved into real world drama.


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

    The problem is the novelty wears off after a few hours and the idea of the alternate and real world actors meeting is not so fun. It becomes a little too real for something that was supposed to have levity.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I love Wil Wheaton, first off. STNG, The Guild, Big Bang Theory, all favorites of mine. His reading style though, combined with Scalzi's overuse of "he said, she said, he said" after every dialogue sentence grated on me though. A bit much.


    Was Redshirts worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a try as a Star Trek fan. If not, I would probably move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert Levit New York, New York 02-05-13
    Robert Levit New York, New York 02-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Robert

    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Is this Star Trek IV?"
    What disappointed you about Redshirts?

    Purchased the book based on Scalzi's Old Man's War. This book is a ridiculous parody of a ridiculous movie which is even mentioned in the book as a rational (ridiculous) for the plot. If you liked Old Man's War, I do not think you will like RedShirts.


    Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has made me cautious about Scalzi's other books and series. I won't purchase them without a close look.


    What didn’t you like about Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Just about everything. Yelling and raised voice does not necessary communicate a dramatic moment. Monotony of ready is appalling. Wouldn't buy his narration again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Redshirts?

    The last 1/2 of the book. Another plot could have been devised to explain the happenings on Intrepid.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my money back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyle Windsor Heights, IA, United States 02-05-13
    Kyle Windsor Heights, IA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun Listen!"
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's towards the top of my list


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy Dahl was great as the redshirt that finally sees a pattern emerging...


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

    I've not listened to any of Wil Wheaton's narrations before and to be honest, I only realized he narrated this book when I started to listen. It was a pleasant surprise and seeing Wil's name next to an audio book will increase the likelihood I'd buy it.


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

    I listen to audio books exclusively at work but this could've easily been a weekend listen. It's not overly long and it maintains a good pace throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil's narration was great, the idea behind the book was original and a great nod to the sci-fi lovers and the lore of the Redshirt. I particularly enjoyed the opening to the book and I've read some criticism of the end but I enjoyed the codas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 02-04-13
    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 02-04-13 Member Since 2016

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).

    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too many he said she saids!"
    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    I just think the writing was clumsy. I wanted to like it because I think Wil Wheaton is fabulous but I just couldn't enjoy it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Wheaton was on top of his game as usual but the writing just didn't make it interesting to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't even finish, so no.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't waste your time on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Renate San Antonio, TX, United States 02-03-13
    Renate San Antonio, TX, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Feel sorry for Star Trek Redshirts? Read this!"

    This was a great story based on the perspective of the unloved supporting characters of every science fiction book. If you have ever watched a StarTrek episode and felt sorry for the redshirt characters that you KNOW were going to bite the dust, listen to this book! It's laugh out loud funny!

    Wil Wheaton's narration is perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James United States 02-03-13
    James United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little out there"

    This one is rather good. Not liostened to any other of hiswork but plan on listening to more of his work

    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.