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A different narrator.
I'm pretty easy going regarding narrators. I've listened to many books that received poor narrator reviews and thought they were fine once I got use to their style. This book was different. Alice Eve was so bad, it detracted from the story the entire book. Why they selected a female narrator for almost entire male character cast, I have no clue. Beyond that, her accent got in the way; transitions were mostly non-existent; and accents were inconsistent, and often spilled into the next character speaking. I almost returned the book, but being a die-hard Trekkie I stuck it out.
The book follows the movie almost exactly. It's been my experience that often a novelization will add depth, information and/or scenes not in the movie. This was not the case. I felt like I was just listening to the script being read. I enjoyed the movie, but the book, not so much.
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written. It gives a little more depth to a few of the things that the movie sped through. Alice Eve did a great job with the voices and accents. Every one was very distinctive and easily recognizable. In addition, she gave a lot of vibrancy to her performance. It is a fun listen. I would recommend it.
I only got through about 30% of the book because Alice Eve was a horrible, horrible narrator. Forget the fact that she has a strong British accent - all of her characters sound the same!
Coulnd't get there ...
I couldn't picture the characters because of Alice Eve's amateurish and horrible narration.
Actually, this book needs to be redone with a new narrator - why not Zachary Quinto from the first book?
I want my credit back!!
I saw the movie and got the book in order to get a more in depth story. I really enjoyed listening but did not get much additional insight. The book of the 2009 movie provided some deviations from the movie as well as more in-depth information on the storyline and new, alternate universe. I was hoping the same in this book, but didn't find as much as desired. Follows the movie pretty closely. There are some additional insights, but not enough for what I wanted.
I really enjoyed listening to Alice's sexy, silky regional British accent and remembering her onscreen presence for 9 hours. I honestly don't understand some of the complaints about her accent. It wasn't hard to follow at all. I don't know, perhaps I've have more experience listening to Brits than the other commenters here and therefore didn't have any trouble.
Alice did, however, struggle with the male dominated storyline: while she had believable regional accents for all of the men, most of them came across as whining rather than joking, commanding..... For some reason, she didn't have this problem with McCoy. I liked her imitation of Scotty. I really didn't like her portrayal of Khan or Admiral Marcus.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but I can't sit that long. I DID take a long long drive and listened the entire time without getting tired... bringing me back to her British accent....
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.