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Redshirts Audiobook

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

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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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    Margaret EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-16-16
    Margaret EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "enthralling!"

    my nerdy self loved every minute of this! Will Wheaton does an amazing job of transporting you inside the story.

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    Jamie 05-14-16
    Jamie 05-14-16
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    "Reads Like a Screenplay"

    Loved the premise of this story. The execution reads a bit like a script with a lot of "Character 1 said," "Character 2 said," "Character 1 said," etc. It gets a bit clunky at times because of this but its still thoroughly enjoyable. Reminds me of the TNG episode "The Lower Decks" mixed with a dash of Galaxy Quest. Great sense of humor, great references, good read. And not the ending I expected.

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    michael sandusky 05-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved this! Fun and touching. Easy read but entertaining. Had me laughing and chocked up at times.

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    Jordan Petree 05-06-16
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    "The story is ok. The codas were painful."

    Wheaton did a great job performing, no doubt there. The story just didn't have enough to go off of, and kind of ended with a wheeze. The codas were god awful, wow, so bad.

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    E. Atkinson 05-05-16
    E. Atkinson 05-05-16 Member Since 2005

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    "fun and sad and happy"

    what starts as a silly romp, becomes a wonderfully emotion filled look at life and fiction.

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    "can't believe I paid for this book. "

    loved lock in, liked old mans war... this was my last Scalzi.
    pretentious, predictable.
    if you are on a Hugo list you can easily pass on ...

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    John Zerne MORGANTOWN, WV, US 05-03-16
    John Zerne MORGANTOWN, WV, US 05-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    Fun and entertaining but not one I'd probably read or listen to over again. Very meta. Extremely so. Which is what made it fun and also what made it so I was glad it wasn't longer than 8 hours.

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    "Every science fiction fan needs this"

    A wonderful story and the narration perfect. Wholly recommend to any fan of science fiction.

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    Stephen 04-25-16
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    Good idea, how does one escape from a narrative. The story tries to answer that

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    Daniel Cascaddan 04-22-16

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    ""Freelance Crazy""
    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    This story is hilarious! One of my closest and oldest friends worked with the author at the Bee, and I am amazed that they did not know each other, because they have very similar senses of humor. I wish they had met, so that we could invite him to our Winter Solstice party. I think it is likely that we would all enjoy him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    When the intergalactic overlord had sex with all those Orion slave girls. Some of the best, and nastiest erotica I have ever encountered! This guy has a great imagination, when it comes to xenosexuality.


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

    Mr. Wheaton is the PERFECT reader/narrator for this story! I like Midshipman Crusher anyway, but his voice reading this intense silliness was perfect. i smiled through the whole thing. I always wish there were more audio books read by Leonard Nimoy, but for this one, I would not have anybody but Will Wheaton read it. Perfect choice!


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

    Do you mean besides all the lurid alien sex?


    Any additional comments?

    This story reminds me of the short story, Junior Officers, by DSE Cascaddan. Fabulous."Owen Meany, who rarely wasted words and had the conversation stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water..... remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain, untouchable...."-John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

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