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Barbara B.

Oregon, USA

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  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "I guess you can't always go home again ..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've been a ST fan since TOS ... and still am (except for the latest round of 'dark' movies). I used to read every ST book as soon as it was released. This is the first one I've read in years and maybe it's just a case of not being able to go back again. Frankly, I thought the writing was amateurish -- almost on a class with a fanzine. The overly emotional narration was a further drawback for me.

    I'm definitely in the minority here, but I just couldn't get into this book and when Amanda started waxing nostalgic over her moon-struck romance with Sarek, I had to stop and move on to a different book.

    Hope you like it better than I did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Susan Fraser King
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Shipwrecked, a young Saxon princess and her family - including the outlawed Edgar of England - ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage. A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her.

    Katherine says: "Tested my patience."
    "Should have been half the length (or less!)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Fraser King again?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Emily Gray’s voice?

    Inconsistent; halting; odd


    Did Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Leisurely paced, character-driven novels can be as riveting as action-packed mysteries. However, this book fails to achieve that and instead is so slow and empty that it tested my patience. At more than 12 hours, it is twice as long as it could have (should have?) been to tell the sparse tale of a period in the life of Scotland's Saxon queen, Margaret. The lengthy descriptions of Margaret's gowns, her pious devotions, her generosity, etc., become repetitive and boring.

    In addition, like most overly pious individuals, she is tedious and tiresome. For most of the book, she does almost nothing except pray, fast, plead with her husband king to be more charitable, redecorate the castles, and mope around in a guilt-ridden stupor. This is NOT the description of a powerful or vibrant queen. Perhaps that's really how she was, but it doesn't make for good reading.

    The other characters were more alive, though they too did little throughout the book and I was left with a "who cares" feeling toward them all.

    Finally, the narrator really did a poor job on Margaret. Her voice was weirdly halting and robotic ("I ... am ... a ... queen"). It was an annoying distraction. She did far better on the other characters.

    I have read a number of historical novels set in this same era and this doesn't live up to its promise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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