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The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Audiobook

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years

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This is the unauthorized, uncensored, and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon.

The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016.

The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing 50-year mission - a mission that has spanned from the classic series to the animated show, the many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films.

Make no mistake, this isn't just an audiobook for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.

©2016 Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Chris Smith Chico, CA 07-13-16
    Chris Smith Chico, CA 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book I've ever heard on making pop culture"

    This book is a real achievement. For anyone interested in what making movies and TV is really like, and for anyone who loves STAR TREK, this is essential in the full meaning of that word.

    I've read a lot of books on the making of my favorite shows and movies. This is far and away the best. If I'm ever lucky enough to teach a class in film or TV, THE FIFTY-YEAR MISSION would be the textbook. In depth and wide-ranging, it truly digs into the real forces, the dreams and the pressures, the petty strife and the inspiring hopes that are baked into any great piece of filmed culture.

    What Ken Burns did for THE CIVIL WAR and Ezra Edelman did for the OJ Simpson saga with OJ: MADE IN AMERICA, Mark A. Altman and Ed Gross have done for one of the most enduring pieces of pop culture, STAR TREK. It is both thoroughly revealing and deeply interesting. It does more than tell backstage gossip or hit the highlights of a oft-told story. Altman and Gross give a deep and thoughtful examination of the day to day workings of the Hollywood system and how all the forces in that strange town have produced something as enduring, as inspiring, as plain weird as STAR TREK.

    What best, from my listening point of view, is instead of boiling it all down in a dry retelling of old actor anecdotes, Altman and Gross knit hundreds of interviews together to form a quickly moving, deeply revealing oral history that is synched together like the best edited documentaries. This really is a honest, revealing history story as told by those who lived it, who were enriched by it, and who were broken by it. For me, this book equals then surpasses Tom Shales' LIVE FROM NEW YORK.

    For most of my life, I've been driven to know how the stories I love are made. STAR TREK was my first, favorite piece of culture. One of my earliest memories was of my father trying to talk me into seeing STAR WARS by telling me it was like STAR TREK.

    I've been lucky enough to work on the periphery of the industry, and take home two minor Emmys. A close listen to this book will tell you everything you ever wondered about how good shows are made, why they leave the air, why the same creative team makes something so good, then something so awful, seemingly back to back. It intertwines how ego, fear, ambition and hopes can create the TV and movie images which live with us forever, and what happens with those same factors unmake what we all love.

    I think I've gushed enough. Now all that's left is to go and listen for yourself.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 08-25-16
    Simone 08-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "An ABSOLUTE MUST for Trek Fans"

    What a terrific book! An ABSOLUTE MUST for Trek Fans.

    Your interest in this book will correlate directly to your interest in the various TV series and movies. I particularly like Next Gen and Voyager and so I am EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA annoyed that volume 2 is not out yet!

    This book lives up to its promise in the title of being complete and uncensored - I think it’s one of the best Behind the Scenes type books I have ever read.

    Hurry up people! I want more!!! Get to work on the audio production of Volume 2!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 08-10-16
    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2010

    I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.

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    "Much More than a 5 Year Mission"

    If you like Trek, read this. If you are interested in the history of television, read this. I learned things about the show I'd never known. Since it is told using a series of quotes from the people involved, it is an interesting account. The authors conducted hundreds of interviews. This is the first in a 2 book series. I can't wait for the next one. This is one of the most interesting television/movie histories I've ever read.

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    Chris Gore Los Angeles, CA 08-19-16
    Chris Gore Los Angeles, CA 08-19-16 Member Since 2006

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    "I thought I knew everything about Trek"

    Fantastic. An epic telling of the story of Star Trek from the people who were there. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Berglund Littleton, CO 08-14-16
    Tim Berglund Littleton, CO 08-14-16
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    "An unexpectedly fun...trek"

    I was expecting a good time, but got much more that I bargained for. Great insights into the sausage making of the film business, and enjoyable tidbit after enjoyable tidbit of Trek trivia. Hanfield's reading shines as a particular strength of the audio book. Now I'm committed to part two, darn you all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Christensen 08-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A must for fans"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing interviews with the people associated with Star Trek. You also get an inside look at TV production.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book is not about one person but the collective of people associated with Star Trek The way it is writen does not lead to a single chaaracter. Except maybe Gene the Great Bird Roddenberry.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The varied views regarding why it remains popular after 50 years.


    Any additional comments?

    This ia an absolute must for trekers and people intersted in pop culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    advancedrebel 08-08-16

    audiobook lover

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    "An uncensored look at the creation of Star trek"

    This is a fascinating listening experience. Every personal anecdote, recollection or reminiscence creates a narrative that is engaging and exciting. Even if you are not familiar with star trek. This is a great "behind the scenes" experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey 09-17-16
    Joey 09-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Apprehensive about it at first but loved it"

    I was apprehensive when I saw the words "unauthorized" and "uncensored " because I've read things like that, that end up being crap, but these guys are authentic and knowledgeable. A pretty evenhanded telling in my opinion. I kind of wish dates were attributed with the quotes (maybe they are in the print version?) Can't wait for the sequel!

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    todd 09-17-16
    todd 09-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "stepping back to my childhood"

    It wasn't what i expected. I didn't listen to the sample first because hey, it's Star Trek and I love Star Trek.

    it's a bunch of quotes and excerpts that tell a story. a scary story really on how close we came to not having this franchise exist in the 21 century.

    I'm purchasing the second part as soon as I send this. The behind the scenes look at Hollywood and how things are done is the real story in the first book and I'm assuming it will carry over to the second.
    it's a great listen.

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    john 09-14-16
    john 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    Where does The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is the longest audiobook I have ever listened to .by far


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years?

    the backstory of this space adventure ,almost not getting off the ground ,was fascinating


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    so many voices from the past from the founders of this classic series grouped togetherwill keep me amused for a long time


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    itt wasn't that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    I was born in 1956,so when star trek came out it was the first adult thing I had ever seen. imagine a 10 year old boy with only cartoons in my life .then BOOM i am the first to see kirk and Spock ..they were almost gods to my eyes this wasn't bonanza or the prisoner which were great in their own right but something completely new .even my parents could feel it so I had the privelidge to be there in the beginning and in COLOR

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  • Lee Gregory
    9/16/16
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    "Awesome if you're as much of a TrekNerd as I am."

    There are lots of interesting insights into how Trek was made that you won't find anywhere else, except for the These Are The Voyages books but they don't include the movies.

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  • dot_stockport
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    "No single truth"

    Im a trekkie through and through, so am delighted to listen to such a detailed account. There is no overarching narrative here. What there is, is a number of often conflicting accounts. Sociologically and from a project management point of view this hydra of a story is, as Spock would say, fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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