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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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Cute but left me a little wanting!

Pretty fun and worth a listen but didn't wow me much. Some nice twists but not a lot of depth (which IS part of the books gimmick but still).

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Had potential, then feel on is face

Will Wheaton was a great choice to read this. Did a great job during the 50% of the story i managed to survive.

Had potential asa comedy and blew it when it tried to heard and tried to be a drama.

After 3 tries I give up on Scalzi. Just not for me. Wasted my money.

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Solid short book!

Some nice plot twists.The ending added to this story so I'm glad that was thrown in there. Tons of respect for the reader, but growth might be to learn some new voices... I'm pulling for ya Wil... My father and I bonded for the first time as trekkies. Yep, I'm a dork. Story was solid, possibly aimed at young adults. I would recommend this book!!

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  • KT
  • 04-04-17

Amazing, hilarious, and sarcastic

Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

Yes! I love self aware characters that almost break the fourth wall.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

I was unsure if I would like Wil Wheaton's voice (he is the antagonizer in most of the sci-fi shows I watch) but he did phenomenal. He delivers the right amount of snark for each character as they figure out how ridiculous their lives have been while still maintaining an upbeat, funny story.

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

Red shirts have trouble avoiding death for a reason

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended for fans of the original Star Trek tv series

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Excellent story by the perfect narrator

Really enjoyed Wil Wheaton's narration of this book. As with his other performances of Scalzi's books, his humor, enthusiasm, and personality match the tone and pace perfectly. Also, with Wheaton's background as a Star Trek actor, it was particularly funny to listen to him reading this Start Trek influenced story. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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can't believe I keep listening

I can't believe I keep listening it just keep This just keep getting better and better.

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  • Josh
  • Indiana
  • 03-28-17

Interesting Concept

What did you love best about Redshirts?

I like how it acknowledged the cheese factor of the source series with also throwing in the TV writer's reasoning for using cliched elements.

Any additional comments?

This definitely set me on a path to listen to look into John Scalzi more

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  • Califrisco
  • SF Bay Area, California, USA
  • 03-25-17

Attribution Hell

A very Hard book to listen to. Will does not do any inflections that helps you determine who's speaking so you are left with all the she said, Dahl said , he said attributes at the end of each sentence.

Once you have noticed this, that's all you will hear and will need to mentally assign the quotes to the correct person after the fact. So I had to give up only a few minutes into the audio book. Kindle version only and I am very disappointed the reading was not better.

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Fun book if you can get past the narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wil Wheaton?

I think he did fine except for all of the "X said" lines

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

Fun story if you can get past all of the "he said, she said" of the narration. Very distracting. 4star book - 1 for the narration.

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Wow. If you think you know what to expect you really don't.

This book is pretty incredible. What I've come to expect both from Scalzi's excellent prose, and Wheaton's excellent voice acting.

I don't want to ruin it, but you will likely come to this book for one reason, the reason you will finish it is entirely different and surprising.