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Redshirts

A Novel with Three Codas
Autor: John Scalzi
Sprecher: Wil Wheaton
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 41 Min.
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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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badly written, well narrated

After the 100th time you hear Wil Wheaton read out aloud "Dahl said" in the audio book version of this book, you start realizing that while Wheaton is a good narrator, his material is somewhat sub par in the case of Scalzis "Red Shirt".

"Dahl said"

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Good book, but...

Its a good book but:
Wheaton is only a mediocre voice actor and i almost lost my mind 'cause every dialog is annoyingly full of he saids and she saids.
Are you aware of the fact, that a voice actor can show who is saying what by actual voice acting?

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Avoiding the Narrative

At first things are not going well for the junior officers of the UUS Intrepid: they are trapped in a mad universe and programed to die as redshirts on away missions (being a ”Star Trek” insider is an essential perquisite to understand anything at all). The only advise they get is “Avoid the narrative!” something the author does too - hence a few hours of nothing but dialogs. The protagonist and the listener are on the verge of being completely annoyed and quitting, but then things change…

The story really takes of as soon as the redshirts take their fate into their own hand and the result is just great. John Scalzi tops it by adding three codas and thereby giving it an emotional depth one would not have expected at first. Add to that Wil Wheaton as narrator – after all Wesely Crusher was a redshirt too…

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A good story doesn't equal a good author

I have yet to finish the book, but so far the story is rather amusing.

The concept is nice and something new, but the writing style is atrocious.
Not sure if it would be as noticeable in book form but when it is read it is garing.

The worst part so far has been when two of the main characters talk early on

x said....y said.....x said.....y said....x said....y said. Very rarely is there any differentiation from this pattern.
Had the narrator been able to adapt his voice enough to differentiate between characters (which I'm sure he could have) and had he been allowed to leave out all the superflous "x said y said" I would be able to talk more indepth about smaller traits of the book.

Overall this would make for a nice audioplay instead of a audiobook. Or a movie/black mirror episode

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They said "said" alot

If you take a swig every time "x said" comes up, you'll die before the first chapter is over.

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Too much of Wil, perfect Story by John

The only thing I like about Wil is his youtube channel about tabletop games. Placing him, a Star Trek Actor, to read a book that, in general, is a Star Trek spin-off, is not much more than a merchandising trick. Yes, there are Star Trek Actors (or the more - voices) that do an awesome job reading books, but Wil is not such one. The whole book is read with the same pitch, its difficult to separate characters from each other, and sometimes he seems to find more joy in hearing his own voice goind down down down than to adjust to the currenct situation the story is in. Theres more to a story teller than having a deep voice.

That set apart - a story about the red shirts of star trek is quite funny! There are so many ideas on how to exploit being a red shirt, so many implications... its simply funny to listen! Mr Scalzi, once more, good stuff of an old man ;) thank you for funny 7 hours.

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Great imaginative story with a weak ending

Will Wheaton performing at his best, making it easy to distinguish each character and moods. The story has a strong start even if the author should look up some other phrases for "she/he said:" Was really hard to keep listening at the beginning. After one gets used to this, the story and humour are really enjoyable up until the last quarter, when the author tried to be more philosophical than the story and his writing style capable of. I still would recommend it to every sifi fan, trekker or not.

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Gets even better towards the end

In tue beginning there is an annoying part, where the actors are named every time.
Except for that it was a geraet read

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Amazing Book

When I heard from this book on the Rooster teeth Podcast I thought it would be a fun book to read as a joke. But I didn't expect the rollercoaster of emotions which make this book so much greater. I realy recommend this book to anyone which love a sci-fi novel which doesn't take itself to serious.

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Loved it! A must for Star Trek fans!

Würden Sie Redshirts noch mal anhören? Warum?

Yes. It's loads of fun.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Scalzi makes everything fit together perfectly, in a way that still manages to surprise and delight.

Welche Figur hat Wil Wheaton Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

All of them.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

No, that's too long for me.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

It's not a book about Star Trek, but there are many references that are certainly funnier for people who are familiar with the series.