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Karen Oyler

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Omaha, NE | Member Since 2012

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  • Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Margaret Wander Bonanno
    • Narrated By George Takei, Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In the distant future, horrible dreams torment Admiral James T. Kirk, dreams prompted by his reading of Strangers from the Sky, a book about that historic first contact. He dreams of an alternate reality where he somehow changed the course of history, and destroyed the Federation before it began.

    Yuriko says: "Nice"
    "Clashes with tv series canon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story talks about first contact between humans and Vulcans, but tells a story quite different from what was told in the television series. It made it harder for me to accept the story. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it better if I didn't know the tv series' version of events.

    I really wish they wouldn't abridge the Star Trek books. They cut so much out. It feels like they dump two-thirds of the written book. You don't get to know the characters, and the story is over before you realize it started. I can only hope that the unabridged version was more enjoyable, despite the clashing "history" of first contact.

    The best part: hearing George Takei and Leonard Nimoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3184)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2740)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Excellent team of author and narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is well-written. The pace and plot hold you tight, making it hard to pause the book for any reason. But hey, one night of lost sleep won't hurt too bad! You KNOW you want to find out what will happen next. You'll laugh at times. You may even have to use kleenex to wipe that wetness leaking from your eyes. The narrator does a perfect job of bringing the characters to life.

    Yes, this book is worth your monthly credit. I bet you'll listen to this one more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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