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Redshirts Audiobook

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

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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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    Ryan Wagner 11-30-15
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    "Holy cow!"

    This book was super cool! I'm a Star Trek fan so the storyline was right along the lines of an episode for me. The author did a good job at bringing the characters to life and Wil Wheaton did also. This book was very well different than I had expected which was good, I try not to read reviews until I've read a book to avoid spoilers which meant I had no idea how crazy and twisty this book would be. This was a very well written and executed plot and story!!

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    Harry Blackmon 11-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliantly funny"

    4 chapters in and love it already. So glad I spent the credit. Wil's performance is great.

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    Sheila 11-28-15
    Sheila 11-28-15
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    "Fun Idea... That Goes on Too Long"

    This book has a great idea that is fun, but goes on about 4 hours too long. I also like the Star Trek tie in (very funny) - especially given that Wil Wheaton is narrating - but I could have totally done without the three codas at the end.

    I like Wil Wheaton but have to agree with other reviewers who say that he does all the characters with the same voice, which does make listening a bit harder. His narrating works better with other formats, especially where there is sarcastic humor.

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    David 11-25-15
    David 11-25-15
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    "Scalzi is my hero"

    This book literally makes fun of itself for its lack in originality, but at the same time is so incredibly creative and unique that its impossible not to read feverishly and laugh constantly. love this book.

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    Eric Paul 11-23-15
    Eric Paul 11-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An unexpected and different ending"

    Normally I like my books to progress in a very normal predictable fashion. Mostly because most authors can't pull off something clever. I think this one did. About half way through the book you reach a "What??" moment which for me is usually a big red flag but this book manages to keep your interest all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this book. Wil Wheaton is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers. He is so good at reading that it really enhances the story.

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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 11-19-15
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "This is a good one"

    The end of the story was amazing, the beginning seemed rushed. I had to keep checking to make sure I had the unabridged version. Then it ends, or I thought it did and I thought it was a 3 star until the end, which is another 2 hours of story. It all comes together and you go "oh I get it now"
    Narrator was to fast I needed to slow it down but could never find a good medium for it. Also, you can't tell if it's a make it female all voices are the same. However his voice was not annoying as others I've listened to.

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    Julia Richmond, VA, United States 11-11-15
    Julia Richmond, VA, United States 11-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "So weird."

    This book was so weird, but really great at the same time. This was my second John Scalzi book (I read Lock In first and liked it so much I got this), and I have got to say that he is such an interesting storyteller. You really don't even need to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy this book.

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    John 11-11-15
    John 11-11-15
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    "Fun"

    Fun read, clever, and actually brain twisting at times. I listen while driving, and had to rewind at times to follow some of the space-time and alternate universe themes towards the end. Another reviewer mentioned the "he said" "she said" sophomoric writing, and yes, it was quite annoying. A better writer can clearly communicate who is speaking without a gazillion "he saids". Aside from the humor, there are a few contemplative and heartfelt moments in this book that are delightfully unexpected. If you're a trekkie, this book is bound to elicit a few chuckles.

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    Amazon Customer socal 11-09-15
    Amazon Customer socal 11-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    ""he said, she said" is the point!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having read several reviews critical of the “he said, she said” dialogue, I was alert for the issue. After the first chapter or so I was ready to return the book, thinking it reads more like a bad screenplay than a book. Lamenting the poor writing, I wondered whether deficient editing results from e-publication. Without giving away too much, the dialogue is the whole point! Suspend judgement, read on, with closer attention to the narrative.

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    The narrative evolves and changes with the nature of reality. Kudos to Scalzi for getting me to swallow it (shallow screenplay narrative) hook line and sinker, only to appreciate the existential evolution later in the book. And shame on the reviewers critical of the narrative for completely missing the boat.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    um well, he's will wheaton


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

    Surprisingly moving scenes surrounding love/life lost/wasted.


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    Deano! San Francisco, CA USA 11-07-15
    Deano! San Francisco, CA USA 11-07-15 Member Since 2008
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    "The book that keeps on going, and going, and going..."

    Maybe it's the audiobook format, but those codas after the main story ends - two hours worth - fell fairly flat. The main story is a rollicking ride, it's easy to imagine this becoming a successful movie... But man, those codas were a slog, mostly coming off as a writer's indulgence. He clearly didn't want to leave the universe he created, but he probably should've just gathered enough threads for a sequel, rather than flail about wandering through additional content and second/third-person changes in narrative. These kinds of things are normally the untied threads that let the reader IMAGINE what happens next. Scalzi kinda steals that from us, and for that I had to grab a star off the score across the board. Also, I'm getting a little Wheaton fatigue, to be honest. He seems to only perform good books, but in exchange, a whole bunch of good books now all have that same voice and rhythm. Not his fault, but he should work on his range a bit.

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