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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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    Thomas A. Finkle At my computer 04-06-14
    Thomas A. Finkle At my computer 04-06-14 Member Since 2016

    parrot dude

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    "Interesting Premise--Not a Parody"

    I was expecting a humorous book on the Red Shirts--the cannon fodder in the Star Trek universe. The premise of the book is intriguing. I was expecting non-stop jokes about crew in-fighting to avoid going on missions.

    The story was cute--not a deep book.

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    Librarian 04-03-14
    Librarian 04-03-14
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    "Great Entertainment"
    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    I've listened to it three times. I think I need to listen one more time. It's that fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    I loved the way the writer broke the 4th wall with the "Narrative".


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

    The love letter from a man to the memory of his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    I first listened to this while driving cross country. I allowed me to pass Colorado through Kentucky and made it a most enjoyable trip.

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    Heidi 03-29-14
    Heidi 03-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good than Meh than Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably. It was definitely enjoyable to listen to.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I find the parts where they're trying to actually process the events the most interesting. The least interesting is the when everything gets bogged down in Andy being the Hero of Another Story and everyone trying to predict tropes based on a show they haven't seen. It tried too hard to appeal to the real world at the cost of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not strictly a scene, but the codas at the end are by far the best part of the novel. I would have absolutely adored every word of this book had as much thought and care that went into the codas gone into the rest of it. Hands down they offer the most experimentation which is what this book, theoretically, is all about.


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    Robert 03-27-14
    Robert 03-27-14
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    "Funny ramp up then converts to drama"

    I was pleased with this book. The first half is very funny. The second half is more dramatic than humorous. Even then, the drama isn't great.
    I'd recommend the book. Found Will's narration was difficult to follow at times as he did not adjust his voice when a multiple character conversation was taking place.

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    Matthew 03-18-14
    Matthew 03-18-14
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    "Great story, but it went on too long."
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks right in the middle. I liked the story, but it was not fantastic and it should have ended about an hour before it did. the end part was long, boring, and i felt it was only there to add length to the book. i did not feel it had that much to do with the main story.


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    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 03-14-14
    Alyssa Homan Los Angeles, CA USA 03-14-14 Member Since 2015

    My commute is long and the audiobooks are longer. Brevity is not my strong suit. @alyssahoman

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    "Hilariously Heart-wrenching?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I would recommend the book before the audiobook. The book is funny and incredibly self-aware. The format doesn't lend itself quite as well to an audiobook. It's written more like a script and I feel like I needed more visual cues to follow along and remember which character was which. The ending chapters were also a bit confusing in audiobook form.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved the main character Dahl. He was a great protagonist and a great bridge for the reader (listener) to participate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away any part of this book. The whole thing is enjoyable and pointing out a specific scene would take away from the mystery. Listening to the book without any knowledge of what it was about also made it a little more fun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to audiobooks in the car and this is one that I frequently ended up sitting in the garage, much longer than I intended) because I didn't want to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for anyone who grew up watching scifi, specifically Star Trek. Wil Wheaton narrating added an extra layer of awesomeness. There are a ton of relatable themes but having a background knowledge of science fiction definitely doubles the enjoyment. While I loved Wil's performance, I think the material is better related in book format first.

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    Joshua Duluth, Minnesota, United States 03-13-14
    Joshua Duluth, Minnesota, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    ""Excellent!" he said."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Star Trek fans, rejoice! It's a trope-skewering post-modern analysis of Science Fiction that will draw more than a few sudden eruptions of laughter out of you! And it's read by that guy, you know, that one that was on that show! Yeah, him!

    Almost any sci-fi fan would get a kick out of this story, or at least the first half of it. Anyone who has spent time writing will find themselves unexpectedly caught up in the experimental writing of the codas.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Redshirts is a gleefully self-aware adventure through the brief lives of some of Science Fiction's favorite expendables. More than once, you will sense the story headed full-speed-ahead towards a giant Hollywood cliche, and there will be nothing you can do about it. And you won't want to do anything about it. Because OF COURSE that is how good-bad B-list sci-fi works. The blatant gags and gimmicks of the story's first half are, expectedly, the best part of this book.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton, reading a book about redshirts. What a perfect match, right? You can hear him get excited for the book's most ridiculous moments, reveling in the fact that he gets to be the one to bring you this experience.

    However, Wheaton does fall prey to one of the book's most painful aspects: repetition. It's not his fault. A thesaurus would have probably been useful while writing this one, because listener beware, you are about to hear the phrases "he said" and "she said" thrown about far too often. During dialogue-heavy moments (and boy are there a lot of them), you can even hear Wheaton trying not to grow too frustrated as he has to read off the same thing over and over.

    Wheaton's emotions are obvious in his voice, so points for that, but you won't find yourself looking back on this one and thinking about his individual character voices. They're all essentially the same, making those dialogue-heavy scenes a bit rough to follow if you're not perfectly focused.

    You COULD do what I did, however, and picture an entire starship crewed by Wil Wheaton clones. You'll smirk at least once.


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

    Screw this, we want to live!


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of this book contains the humor. The second half, the story. The codas, the heart. Casual listeners may tune out around the major plot shift that splits up the book, but anyone who has, had, or plans to seriously write in their lifetime absolutely needs to stay for the codas. They are experimental, they don't always work, but they will show you that no story is ever truly finished, and no character, no matter their shirt color, is ever unimportant.

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    Doug ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 03-05-14
    Doug ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Every Trekkers best (or perhaps worst) fantasy..."
    What did you love best about Redshirts?

    It's unabashed honesty regarding the source material. Once fans of Star Trek are able to set aside their fanboyism most are able to admit the glaring flaws in the shows and this book hits those nails dead-bang on the head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character of Andy Dahl is an exemplary protagonist for the listener to pour themselves into. He perfectly personifies what I feel most people's reactions would be to being put into the events of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and this probably presents Mr. Wheaton in his most natural habitat. I think Agent to the Stars (another Scalzi book well worth checking out) displays his ability to properly characterize with just his voice a bit better, he is the obvious choice for this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I busted a gut many a time while listening. Some laughs came from in-jokes for fans of Sci-Fi TV, but there are plenty laugh-out-loud moments for any listener. Also, in typical John Scalzi fashion, the ending is very poignant and satisfying. Definitely stick around for the three codas after the main story.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS BOOK.

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    Nor'easter 03-04-14
    Nor'easter 03-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Strong start"

    This started out really funny but then took itself a bit too seriously towards the end. As a Star Trek fan, there were a few laugh out loud moments but I still waffled between a 2 and 3 star on this one.

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    TwoBadCats New York, NY, United States 03-01-14
    TwoBadCats New York, NY, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    ""Redshirts"...don't get caught in one!"
    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the story the first time I read it. When I saw that Will Wheaton was the narrator it cinched the deal to own the audio version as well. The plot is twisted enough to make the story one that you will want to revisit just to catch the ideas that you might have missed the first time.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton has a great voice for narration making the time slip by pleasantly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but because work, child, husband and life in general interferes with my ability to stream audio books all day long, I had to finish it in several listens


    Any additional comments?

    I love John Scalzi, he writes in a fast paced yet imminently enjoyable way.
    Scalzi has been referred to as R. A. Heinlein's heir apparent. I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly! He's definitely not one of the dreamy philosophical sci-fi writers but an ironic, snarky down to earth writer. Just fantastic!!
    If you don't like snark bordering on the snide then perhaps Scalzi isn't for you.

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