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Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69 | [A. C. Crispin]

Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

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.
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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.

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise journeys to the heart of the Klingon Empire where Captain Kirk's last surviving relative has become a pawn in a battle to divide and conquer the Federation. With Sarek's help, the crew of the Starship Enterprise learns that all is not as it seems. But before they can prevent the Federation's destruction, they must see the face of their hidden enemy, an enemy more insidious and more dangerous than any they have faced before.

©1999 A. C. Crispin (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 01-22-13
    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "More Unabridged TOS Please"

    No mind blowing sci fi apart from that already established in the source material but a well crafted story. I don't know why there aren't more unabridged Trek Titles. Unless this is attributable to Pocket's perceived need to hire Trek actors to read the books. This narrator was wonderful, he subtly impersonates the characters as portrayed by the performers associated with them but more importantly he lends just the right amount of tone and texture to the prose. If more full size Trek books appear I'll certainly spend my credits on them. Well, if they're TOS. The TNG and after stuff is probably better but I just don't get a geek on for it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie orlando, FL, United States 05-27-12
    Laurie orlando, FL, United States 05-27-12
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    "UNABRIDGED is always the best versions"
    Would you listen to Sarek again? Why?

    lol, well no because I don't need to re-listen to anything. But definitely loved listening to it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scenes telling of serek's past and relationship with Amanda.I also liked how they introduced the part of Spock's decision to try and see if bringing volcans and romulans together again. TNG didn't really explain much, and since they reset the series with the new movie, don't think we'll get much explanation of the after math.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't see the point of having ABRIDGED versions of books. the 14 hrs didn't feel like 14 it felt more like 5 and I was wanting more at the end. This was a good book, almost like comfort and I like the additional characters. I wish they talked more about how the other volcans adapted and the young couple.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mario United States 07-12-12
    Mario United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    This story takes place after the final movie with the original cast (Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country). Well written, and well narrated; made me start looking for other pocket books with no luck. Hope Audible produces more....

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12
    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "And they say Vulcans are emotionless? Fools..."
    Would you listen to Sarek again? Why?

    Oh yes. The story...the different look at the dynamic of a father and a son...delightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You get to learn so much about Sarek, that you hither to have no real knowledge of other than he is a prominent Vulcan.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He gives a depth to the characters that is very real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most defenitely!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're ready to learn more about Vulcans, then listen to or read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 01-23-13
    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A lot of fun for Star Trek fans"

    Definitely worth it if you're a Star Trek fan. It takes place just after Star Trek V (Kirk and Bones escape the Klingon prison planet, the crew show up just to foil the assassination of the Chancellor, etc). It ties much of the political upheaval that must have occurred afterwards into an interesting story. The narrator does a great job of taking you back to the original characters with inflections and pace. Strongly recommend!!! I am stingy with a "5," and this one's a strong B.

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    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 06-02-12
    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Awesome UNABRIDGED Production"

    Does what a good Star Trek novel should do: Sarek takes the reader further than the series would dare to go. It rides the success of "Spock's World" and the reader gets more info about the lives of Spock's father Sarek and mother Amanda. The adventures of Kirk's nephew, Peter were also quite entertaining. Nick Sullivan does a dutiful job as narrator (I'd listen to him again). I hope to see more unabridged Star Trek novels in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Attleboro, MA, United States 01-23-13
    Lisa Attleboro, MA, United States 01-23-13
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    "Star Trek at it best!"

    Absolutely love this story! The best of Star Trek adventure pacing with some real human emotions, feelings, and relationships! I hope there are more from AC Crispin and Nick Sullivan (who does a stellar job of both male and female!).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-20-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "All is well in the Star Trek Universe"

    Fun read - with the usual cast of characters - but I'm a confirmed Trekkie so I'm a little prejudiced!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara B. Oregon, USA 02-17-13
    Barbara B. Oregon, USA 02-17-13
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    "I guess you can't always go home again ..."
    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!

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    Roger 08-15-14
    Roger 08-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This book was worthless. Wasted money!"
    Would you try another book from A. C. Crispin and/or Nick Sullivan?

    NEVER!


    What was most disappointing about A. C. Crispin’s story?

    Endless gratuitous sexual references.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    TBD


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sarek?

    TBD. I deleted the book by Chapter 3.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should have a rating system which would identify objectionable content. Such as language, sexual references or situations; for all books, not just the few I've noticed within your book lists. I must say that I am more and more disappointed with Audible. My book acquisition request was received, confirmed via e-mail, and subsequently ignored. Between this and the wasted money, I am seriously considering canceling my membership as soon as I dispose of my existing credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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