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
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.
lol, well no because I don't need to re-listen to anything. But definitely loved listening to it!
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.
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.
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....
Oh yes. The story...the different look at the dynamic of a father and a son...delightful!
You get to learn so much about Sarek, that you hither to have no real knowledge of other than he is a prominent Vulcan.
He gives a depth to the characters that is very real.
If you're ready to learn more about Vulcans, then listen to or read this book.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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!).
Well, the plot is really slow. Spock's mom dies. But it takes hours ... What I can only imagine as pages and pages. Also... Vulcans, if anyone can deal with it, they can. Get going!
Plot. Better dialogue. Enhanced lexicon. Using the term "higher ranks" four times in a paragraph is just lazy writing.
Mis pronounced "dilithium." I laughed thinking "they got the only guy on the planet who has never seen Star Trek to read the story.
Amanda Grayson. Peter Kirk.
Pacing issues. Like right now, I'm listening to the post death scene. Spock is moving through his parents house.... But it's like a void. What's it like? Lighting? Temp? Space? Art? Furniture? Earlier, a scene where Spock and Sarek are in the gardens, the light is at once "weary, ominous, oppressive, grim, heavy, quavering, twerking..." Ugh.Also, it just feels like the author is trying to make vulcans human. Where is the alieness? The strange esoteric Vulcan mysticism? The odd traditions in the red sand?
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.
Fun read - with the usual cast of characters - but I'm a confirmed Trekkie so I'm a little prejudiced!!!!
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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