Where I Got It: Own It (Audible.com).
Who I Recommend This To: Folks who enjoy a bit of a parody of Star Trek would find this amusing.
Narrators: Wil Wheaton
Publisher: Audible Frontiers (2012)
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes
Series: Hopefully Book 1 of the series…..
Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Xenobiology team of the ship Intrepid, and he is very excited about this. It is a prestigious posting. Once on board, he realizes there is a certain feel running through the lower ranks. No one wants to go on away mission as they seem to always result in some lethal outcome; lethal to those ranks dressed in red shirts. As Dahl unfolds this mystery, he finds that luck plays a part and that an officer that has managed to hide himself in the ship’s innards for years may know enough to solve this mystery.
Oh, and there is a box. Whenever one of the senior officers give the science teams some unsolvable conundrum, they feed it into The Box and let it be for a few hours. Sooner or later it spits out some answer and the mission goes on.
This parody on Star Trek was such a delight to listen to. Joking within the lower ranks intersperses the action scenes, and a dash of more serious emotional content is thrown in for roundness. Of course the answer to their conundrum was quite amusing; I won’t spoil it for you but it made total sense and even if you saw it coming it was still worth a chuckle once it was said out loud. The ending was a bit rushed and I think I could have used another chapter or two in order to keep the same pacing and to allow for the same amount of humor. But taken all together, a very enjoyable, humorous read.
The Narration: Wil Wheaton was a lot of fun to listen to and he was a great narrator. He had various voices for the main characters that were distinct. Additionally, his voice was challenged a few times by alien expletives or salutations. He met those challenges quite well.
What I Liked: Space, the nearly final frontier; the characters were fun even if they weren’t complicated; plenty of humor mixed with action; the mystery of the redshirts was fully amusing; Wil Wheaton is a perfect narrator for this.
What I Disliked: The ending was a little rushed.
I’m taking part in the reading event of the season, The Science Fiction Experience 2014, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.
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