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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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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" } ]

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An enjoyable story

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Said

The story was an interesting concept which I enjoyed. I never want to hear the word "said" again for as long as I live though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 21-05-2018

He said, she said, said said said.....

Great book.... But wasn't written for audible. Interesting story but jumps around a bit where you are unsure what's happening.

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Hilarious. loved it

Good story, great performance by Will Wheaton, again. However, like others have mentioned, too much "he said", "she said"...

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interesting story, awkward voice acting

The story was interesting and for a fan of starwas in my childhood it scratched a geeky nostalgic itch. However the story was interrupted every now and then with awkward voice acting. I've listened to books read by Will before but this one felt clunky. There shouldn't be a need to read: he said, she said, Jim said, the voice acting should be sufficient for you to tell who is acting.

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A Saving Grace

Trashy - as you'd expect, but with a saving grace. The story, such as it Is, doesn t overstay its welcome. We've all joked about the Ensign in the Red Shirt, and expanding that into a novel is a heroic undertaking. And it works, mostly, aided a great deal by Wil Wheaton's performance. And the codas at the end were a refreshing change of pace too. But the saving grace was a piece of time-travel science that I haven't come across before. What, indeed, happens to your atoms? Worth it just to find that out.

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"Dahl said" is now permanently burnt into my brain

It's pretty good. Wil's narration is fantastic, and the codas are interesting. But the word "said" is used far too frequently.

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A must-read for sci-fi lovers

An engaging story and a wonderful exploration of "what if..." Definitely worth your time if you have a soft spot for Trek.

I loved the unfolding narrative and Wil Wheaton's performance was spot on.

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Funny and thoughtful.

A great performance by Wil Weaton. A great look st the theory of red shirts and living a meaningful life. Well worth reading/listening to. Have recommended to my friends.