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.
Maybe, if the friend loves Star Trek, and has a sense of humor.
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.
Ah, he provides venom and joy and emotions that convey a good performance.
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.
This book is disserved by a reader who has only one voice.
I would try another Book by Scalzi, as long as it read by a quality performer.
too much he said, she said, they said, anyone said. more then one tone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give it a try as a Star Trek fan. If not, I would probably move on.
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.
It has made me cautious about Scalzi's other books and series. I won't purchase them without a close look.
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.
The last 1/2 of the book. Another plot could have been devised to explain the happenings on Intrepid.
Can I get my money back?
It's towards the top of my list
Andy Dahl was great as the redshirt that finally sees a pattern emerging...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Wheaton was on top of his game as usual but the writing just didn't make it interesting to listen to.
I couldn't even finish, so no.
I wouldn't waste your time on this one!
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!
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