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This is quit possibaly the best Star Trek novel/audiobook avaible. this is a Star Trek Story with alot of heart and action. Well worth your time and money, also it's good reason to buy a Platinum membership with Auduble; if you havn't already. In short this Star Trek Novel won't disappoint.
I read the dead tree version of this book back in the late 90s. It takes an alternate view of the founding of both the federation and warp drive. Also, the fist cross over between the TNG and TOS crews. It is sort of a alternate version of the TNG movies "Generations" and "First Contact." Really, I think the book does a better job of both of those event than the movies. I LOVED the book.
Here's the rub though, I HATED this audio book. The worst part was the abridgment. I normally steer clear of abridged books and this is a great example of why. Whoever made the cuts didn't stop when he hit bone. Things feel rushed and don't make much since after the abridgment. Also, the production is horrible. They try to do some sound effects. If they were done well, that might help the book along. In this case, they just sound cheesy and cheep. They accomplish nothing but periodically remind you that you are listening to a book. It is like an annoying person poking you every once in a while to take you out of the moment (what few the abridgment author decided to leave in).
Overall, this version is a major pass for me. If Audible ever releases an unabridged version with toned down production, I'll be all over it. But this version is really worse than not having the story at all. Skip!
Overall, it's a cool story that involves 3 generations of Star Trek lore, but it's a strangely paced story (perhaps due to being abridged?). It starts out plodding along then rushes along at the end. It's plot driven with little characterization. But still, it's a fun, satisfying read, just lacking any kind of depth. Dispensible fun.
The story was good, but the ending was a bit of a let down. I would definately recommend it to Star Trek fans. Well worth a listen..
The story is interesting, and you get into it, but the abridgment is very obvious and poorly done
Overall this was an enjoyable listen and Mark Lenard is an excellent reader. However, you can tell there is a lot left out (poor abridgedment? do they have to be under 3 hours?) Also, while you have to put aside some plausibility with any ST novel, traveling into a black hole is not recommended!
The only thing good about this is Mark Lenard Narrating it. It barely follows the book leaving out so many things that made the book one of the very best Star Trek Books ever Written I read my copy so many times the pages fell out and I had to purchase a new one. Wish I could get my money back from this.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE.
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