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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kent on 04-18-13

Clever, creative, and FUN!

What a creative and clever way to look at characters! I don't know if this started off with Scalzi saying, "Hmmm, I wonder if I can write in various points of view, and look behind the scenes of how characters tick?", or as just a random idea. Regardless - it worked! The main story was funny, poignant, and creative. The separate coda were well-linked to the main story in a very heart-felt manner. I really liked this book a lot! I am fastly becoming a huge Scalzi fan-boy! “Old Man’s War”, “Fuzzy Nation”, and not “Redshirts” – all good stuff! Oh, but, I guess amidst all this mush of Scalzi-love, I probably should point out that he does have a tendency to use the screenplay style ("he said", "she said") a bit too much! And, particularly in an audiobook, this becomes VERY obvious…and not just a little irritating! Let's just call this his "room to grow" as an author! (Maybe that's how he gets his word-count up for meeting publisher requirements???) Still, other than that one affectation, I really like the way he thinks and writes! His dialog is crisp and focused, and his characters are ALWAYS unique and enjoyable. I will definitely read/listen to more of his works!
And, as an audiobook, Wil Wheaton did an excellent job as Narrator - which makes sense that he'd be able to inflect emotion into these characters because, he himself (as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek TNG") must have felt like his character might just as casually become just such a "Redshirt" in the early days of his TV series appearances. Wil Wheaton did a really good job of putting dynamic range into the various characters - with more vocal intonations than I'm use to from him (as an audiobook Narrator). He really got into these characters!
So, from all perspectives, this was an excellent listen!

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25 of 26 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By P. Stover on 09-16-13

Not his Wheal-house

I love Wil Wheaton reading this book read by a former actor on Star Trek is kind of amazing. His delivery of some of the deadpan and laugh out loud lines in this book is excellent.

However his total lack of character voices make some of the dialogue heavy passages really challenging to follow. You end up having to pay careful attention to the "he said she saids" at end of most of the lines. And then you're just tired of hearing the word "said."

There isn't even really a differentiation between the male characters and the one female character which can be incredibly confusing. It doesn't help that some of the character names can be similar to, so you're struggling to catch who said what.

The story itself is a fabulous farce, with really interesting philosophical implications. It was both funny and thought provoking. If you're a fan of Mr. Wheaton's you might be willing to forgive his shortcomings as a narrator, but I might still recommend the text version over the audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-18-12

Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

Like a previous reviewer stated this author really needs to learn another word for "said"; Yes, almost every line contains "...said" or "said...", it really does get annoying and you can almost hear the annoyance in the voice of the narrator.

The storyline is pretty good and I did enjoy it; a subtle, or perhaps not so subtle, parody of Star Trek which mocks the fact that in almost every Star Trek episode you knew who was going to die as soon as the "away party" beamed down; those poor guys in red.

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By J Hurwitz on 04-02-17

I cannot listen to this book

I am an hour into this book and literally have pulled my headphones out. If I hear "he said" "she said" "he said" "he said" "she said" one more time I will freak out. This is the single worst piece of literature I have come across.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 06-08-16

Good book, but!

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This is my first book by this writer. I really enjoyed the last few chapters. This is a good writer. The problem is the use of the words \"said\"! it detracts from the reading and all I heard for the first 20+ chapters. I think in book form using \"said\" would be ok. But in audio you are hearing it sometime every few seconds. It does not translate from paper to audio. I would avoid books by this author if they had the same issue despite liking his writing.

Please take some editorial license and work out a better way to edit the use of \"Jon said, \"Mike said\", \"fred said\". It detracts from enjoying the story. ", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ashlea on 02-21-16

An enjoyable story

[{ "answer" : "I found the concept quite fascinating, but as with other books by Scalzi, I struggle with his incessant use of the word \"said\".

\"So you're a friend...\" Handson said
\"I am\" Duvall said ...
\"Great\" Hanson said ...
\"I would hope so\" Duval said
\"I'm going to get myself...\" Hanson said ...
\"I'm fine\" Dahl said
\"I could go for another\" Duvall said, waggling...
\"One of the same\" Hanson asked
\"Sure\" Duvall said
\"Great\" Hanson said ...
\"You got it\" Dahl said...
\"He seems nice\" Duvall said
\"He is\" Dahl said
\"Not hugely full of personality\" Duvall said
\"He has other qualities\" Dahl said
\"Like paying for drinks\" Duvall said
\"Well, yes...\" Dahl said
\"You mind...\" Duvall said
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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