This is a good book, worth a credit, but it could have been better. The narrator from the first Star Trek movie tie-in was great, but then they switched over to this woman. It was not a good move. She has a small, mousy British voice, which really doesn't work for a story with mostly strong, masculine characters. She struggled to differentiate the different characters, and had issues pausing at the right time. The story would say "Kirk shouted..." and she would whisper the next line. Also, when there was action taking place in two different settings, she wouldn't pause effectively to differentiate the plot lines, so I found myself rewinding a lot after figuring out that the scene had shifted without any pause or cue from the narrator. It seemed as if she just read it out loud in one take, straight through, without any kind of notes. She also had an annoying habit of trailing off at the end of every sentence. She's just a bad voice actor. I guess the fault lies with the director or producer of the audio book as well.
Despite that, I still enjoyed the book. It's based on the movie script, so it has the feel of an abridged book, where the action moves quickly, but they still managed to put more character development and detail than was present in the film version.
In a word, no.
Alan Dean Foster's adaptation was lackluster and lacked the depth and insights that I enjoyed when reading Vonda McIntyre's adaptation of "Wrath of Khan" or "Voyage Home". There was nothing new here to make it worth reading.
When I found out that Alice Eve was doing the reading, I could not wait to purchase this audio. However, Alice Eve's narration of this book was incredibly bad. First, her british accent did not seem to fit a Star Trek novel. As witnessed in the movie "She's Out of My League", she can do a perfect American accent. And she does so when she does Kirk's voice and others. Accents aside, I immediately noticed she had these odd pauses in her reading, but I learned to ignore them after awhile. However, her character voicing of Khan and Admiral Marcus were grating - like "nails on a chalkboard" bad! She should know having been on the set that these characters did not talk like that.
Yes, I think a movie would be a great idea. I think Chris Pine would make a good Captain Kirk, and Benedict Cumberbatch would make a good Khan. Heck, I think Alice Eve might actually make a good Carol Marcus :-)
I enjoyed the extra content that had been cut from the movie - similarly to the novelization of the first movie.
A different narrator - Alice Eve is a good enough actor, but I feel that she was "miscast" in being the narrator. The way she narrated both "Harrison" and "Admiral Marcus" made me think that they were being cast as an "mirror universe version of Katharine Hepburn" and the overacting was almost painful.
I thought the story was great, no surprise since I loved the movies. I hated the performance though. The narrator sounded like she was doing an over the top Betty Davis impersonation with both Marcus and Kahn. Also she over acted so much of it that it was very hard to listen to. I would recommend reading the book but with this performance wouldn't recommend listening.
Yes but I hope that they will use the narrator from the first Star Trek 2009 adaptation.
This is a great reboot of the Khan storyline in the new universe. Very much enjoyed the plot and motivations of the characters.
The narrator is atrocious. Perhaps one of the worst I have heard. She is slightly (and I mean slightly) more bearable at 1.5x speed. Horrible accents. Horrible pacing. Horrible pauses. Just plain... horrible.
First let me say that I have nothing against Ms. Eve. She is obviously a talented actress and is a good narrator, but just not for this book. I will admit that I really enjoyed Mr Quinto's reading of the previous Star Trek book , so perhaps I am a bit biased. The story is action packed, and unfortunately her version, her way of reading was distracting.
Having said that, let me say this, the story is good. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to fill in the holes in the movie, explaining or better phrased, fleshing out scenes that seemed to be missing something on screen. The descriptions were concise and vivid and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
From Alan Foster yes, from Alice Eve no
Narration ruined the book for me. Alice just can not pull of a good mix of white American men.
Why they cast a British women to read a book with mostly male charectors with non-English accents I have no idea.
I have already recommended the book. Alice Eve's ability to easily manage numerous accents displays talent and versatility.
I don't want to spoil it for any listener who might not have seen the movie, but the exchange between Kirk and Spock at the Warp Core.
Please refer to earlier comment.
Come on, the Movie has already been made.
Each section had a defined purpose. I like the way the author draws the scene enough to carry a mental picture while I'm listening without delving into excruciating detail for its own sake.
Didn't laugh or cry, but there were sections I enjoyed enough to listen to again when the story finished.
I'm going against the prevailing opinion. I enjoyed Alice Eve's performance more in the audio book than the movie. She did a fun accent for 'Scotty' and varied her cadence to define the rest of the characters. I never felt that she was doing 'funny voices.'
My only criticism (spoiler) she didn't do that awesome scream that she did in the movie.
BTW, Eve did a better job portraying male characters in this story than most male voice actors do portraying female characters. I’m looking at you Michael York in Brave New World!
I am clearly in the minority. If in doubt, I think the sample provided is a good representative for the rest of the story.
Yes the NARRATOR
the team consept of the crew
It Should have been a man,she sounded like she was a fitfth grade reader.
the story was great. I loved the story,but it was hard to listen to
never let her narrate another star trek book. Bad Bad