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.
I would not recommend. It was funny, but I almost turned it off because of the "he said" "she said" "he said". I almost started to wonder if the writing with the "said" stuff was part of the bad story.
It was predictable. By the end you figure out what Hanson is there for before it comes up.
Probably not. The monotone reading of in some of the dialog to the almost screaming in other parts was extremely annoying.
This book totally floored me for all the right reasons. John Scalzi's Redshirts manages to be action-packed, totally hilarious, and incredibly touching all at the same time. The plot is like the best episode of Star Trek ever. Andrew Dahl is on his first assignment in the Universal Union, kind of like the universal army or Starfleet in the Star Trek world, and he begins to realize that every time the crew goes on an away mission, Ensigns or newbies, die, while the upper level crew come away alive, despite sometimes receiving crippling injuries. So Dahl starts to dig and realizes that they may be actually be in a science fiction show...and the worst part is - it might not even be a good show. This is the first Scalzi book I have ever read, and let me tell you, I am ready to read his entire catalog. The man has some serious skills. Surprisingly it replaced Gone Girl as my all-time favorite book of the year. Added bonus: Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook.
I am finding out that Scalzi's books are more than a little bit unorthodox. This book was great fun and the ardent SciFi reader will be laughing like crazy.
But there is an intense complexity that underlies his banal prose. John cares about his characters. All authors do, to some extent, but in this book Scalzi's passion for the personas he creates eventually hits the black and white, and can actually touch the reader.
Wil Wheaton's narration is incredible. He has a wide range of characters and an ability to convey the excitement, the frightening intensity of the moment and still have room to deliver tenderness. Yuck, too sacharine! But you get the idea, he's good.
This book might have been a Five Star, but I was totally confused at some points by the turns and twists. The Codas at the end clarified the story, but I was left baffled by the need for these as separate sections.
This was an interesting listen. I almost got a refund after listening to the first part of the book. The begining seemed very boring to me. However, after a short time the book really took off and I had to force myself to stop listening so I could get some sleep.
there is some "he said" "she said" over use in the diolouge but it doesn't last long. I like Wil Wheaton as a narrator but he really dosn't do multiple voices well which is why i gave performance two stars. I bought this book on sale for 6.95. and won't seek a refund. Overall I liked the book.
The premise of the book is a good one, but the story drags it out too long. This would have worked very well as a "Kindle Single"-length story. The narration/performance is awful, though. Mr. Wheaton does nothing to distinguish between characters (a Russian male sounds the same as a non-Russian female in his recitation of dialogue). There are long sections of the story that are little more than "blah blah blad," Dahl said; "yadda yadda yadda," Duvall said; "blah yadda blah," Dahl said; "yadda blah blah," said Duvall. An extremely lazy and often annoying performance. Interestingly, the last coda was a very sweet story that left me thinking better of the book than I did before the codas started. Overall, though, pretty disappointing. I highly recommend reading this story rather than listening to the audio performance.
If you have ever seen Star Trek, you can only smile while you listen
Anytime the box was used
Loved the end
I loved the story, but as others have noted the "person A said", "they said", "person B said", "he said", "she said", etc. Got so annoying I almost had to take a break from listening.
This would have been the kind of book, I listen to multiple times were it not for the non-stop use of "----- said". It is really a shame that something like this gets in the way of a good story.
This is a book I will recommend with the warning that the dialog may get on your nerves.
Yes. I think anyone looking for a science fiction story with humor will enjoy it. It is also under 10 hours so it is a quick listen.
I have listened to several books narrated by Wil Wheaton and have enjoyed the narration of them all. He is a narrator I will continue to seek out. I hope he does some longer sci-fi books soon.
I laughed and fondly remembered my enjoyment of Star Trek tv shows.
The first third of this book is a fun parody of Star Trek, but when it comes to the point when a plot is needed to continue, it falls apart. The "plot" is boring, the characters intentionally flat, and the many inconsistencies in the world building brushed off with "it's not supposed to make sense." What would have made a good short story is needlessly stretched, and the codas are strangely tacked-on moralizing platitudes. This book is the only thing I've read from John Scalzi, and I don't plan to read any more. As always, Wil Wheaton does a good job with the material even though most of his voices sound the same, but it doesn't compensate for the drudge of this book. Two stars for the fun parts in the beginning. If you do get it, stop listening there.
I liked the idea behind the book, but it really felt unfinished and poorly edited. It's not that there were grammatical errors, but there were a number of sections that would have really benefitted from additional detail, more inner conflict, better developed storyline, etc. The writing was uninspired and a bit strained sometimes.
In order to fulfill his page-count quota the author appends a couple of short stories - one of which was touching and showed a deft touch. If only the rest of the book was written so well
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