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review 2018-04-16 00:27
Review of Redshirts by John Scalzi
Redshirts - John Scalzi

This was a fun read that played on the traditional science-fiction tropes but did it in a way that was tongue-in-cheek and fun. Scalzi is a very entertaining writer and this was the first stand-alone novel of his that I read. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a good yarn and who may have watched an episode of Star Trek back in the day.

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text 2017-10-16 22:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 461 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

My head hurts from trying not to cry over this book while listening to it at work, even though I already knew what would happen. Pff.


The idea that

the actors and their characters would have such a deep connection

(spoiler show)

still bugs me, though.

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text 2017-10-13 20:06
Reading progress update: I've listened 359 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

In some ways the first coda is even better in audio than it was in the print version. Wheaton reads all the x's used in place of identifying information. Example: "Mr. Ecksecksecksecksecks." My favorite was the very forceful "ECKS ECKS ECKS ECKS" at the part indicating that a restraining order would not be filed at this time.

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text 2017-10-10 15:36
Reading progress update: I've listened 121 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

I previously read this about four months ago. This is my first time listening to the audio.




- Oh yes, Scalzi's dialogue tag problem is way more noticeable to me in audio than when I'm reading - I think my eyes just skip over it. Now that it's really sunk in, I can't stop noticing it. Scalzi may have to be a "read first, listen later (or never)" author for me from here on out.


- As much as I like Wheaton's voice, he exacerbates the problem in Scalzi's books of all the characters sounding alike. Because they literally do all sound alike when Wheaton is reading them. That said, his "drunk Kerensky" was hilarious.


- Despite these issues, I'm enjoying this first part of the book, when everyone's still trying to figure out what's going on and avoid dying on away missions.

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review 2017-10-04 16:28
#Audiobook Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi


As a fan of the original Star Trek, all spin offs, and the movies, I was giddy with the very concept of Redshirts. Primarily following Ensign Andrew Dahl as he begins serving on the UU Capital Ship Intrepid, the story takes listeners on a wild journey that both mocks and glorifies the original TV show. From ridiculous situations that are solved with a mysterious “box” to an abnormally high death count of the newest recruits, the story follows Dahl as he tries to figure out why such ludicrous events keep happening on the Intrepid


With so many references to the original Star Trek, and the overall atmosphere of early science fiction shows, I do not recommend Redshirts to the casual listener. The book bases its entire story on being able to find the humor in some of the situations provided from the original show, and if you cannot understand that, the book may seem pointless. Additionally, the “science” of the story becomes quite involved and difficult to follow, especially if you have no interest in the concepts behind shows like Star Trek. In fact, the characters even joke how they are using the shotty world-building to benefit them. However, I am one of those types who find this all entertaining, so I enjoyed the adventure, laughing out loud at times.


One thing that did disappoint me was that the larger picture was left so vague. I know it was written to be deliberately obtuse, but the engineer in me wanted more explanation. Also. The codas. I’m not sure why they were included. The last three sections of the book are told from three different points-of-view of off-ship characters. They don’t have any impact on Dahl and his timeline. However, it was interesting to see how they all connected.


As for the narration, I was on the fence about Wil Wheaton. I mean, come on! It’s Wesley himself, bringing to life characters on a star ship. I love that aspect. And Mr. Wheaton does have an entertaining, engaging voice. However, he doesn’t perform the story as much as he reads it. He doesn’t really make much attempt to change voices for any of the characters. He adds some emotions, but I’ve heard better. And a huge issue with Mr. Scalzi’s writing style which comes out in audiobook format, is the shear volume of dialogue tags. I was SO ANNOYED with the “Dahl said. Duvall said. Dahl said. Jenkins said. Dahl said…” you get the point. Mr. Wheaton did nothing to soften those tags.


In the end, I enjoyed Redshirts and strongly recommend it to fans of the original Star Trek and the zany antics of the USS Enterprise. Funny, strange, and mostly entertaining, the concept is just too much fun to not give it a go!


My Rating: B+

Narration: C

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