Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Audio Book Review of RedShirts by John Scalzi narrated by Wil Wheaton
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Narrated by Wil Wheaton
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.
My Take: I really enjoyed listening to Wil Wheaton narrate Ready Player One so when I kept hearing about this book and that he narrated it also I just had to give it a try. I am glad I did. I will agree with several other people that I read their reviews the word said is totally overused and you probably would be made more aware of the fact in audio than if you were reading it although I think you would be glaringly aware of it also in print. I think if you enjoyed any and all of the Star Trek variations you would enjoy this story. This answers the question about what happens to all the red shirts and why they usually die on away missions.
I think that Wil Wheaton did a terrific job of narrating this book although I did enjoy Ready Player One alittle better but that maybe just because I am a product of the 80's and could take or leave Star Trek. But any trekkie or product of the 80's would probably enjoy this book.
This book is from my personal audio library.