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Star Trek: Into Darkness Audiobook

Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The official movie tie-in novelization of the highly anticipated sequel to 2009's blockbuster feature film Star Trek!

Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller, and arrives on May 17, 2013.

©2013 CBS Studios, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation. STAR TREK and all related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    mark 05-07-15
    mark 05-07-15
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    "I said turn around!"

    I loved both the reboot and its sequel on film and bought them. I loved them both as audiobooks and again, bought them. Alice Eve is a talented actress and a beautiful woman. I do like her accent in film. Maybe i will see what other films she is in or even what other audiobooks she has narrated ( WITH FEMALE CHARACTERS). Here, not so much. When speaking for Khan, i kept thinking of the wicked witch of the west "I 'll get you my pretty, and your little starship,too!"

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    D.R. 07-06-13
    D.R. 07-06-13
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    "A Fun Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Each section had a defined purpose. I like the way the author draws the scene enough to carry a mental picture while I'm listening without delving into excruciating detail for its own sake.


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

    Didn't laugh or cry, but there were sections I enjoyed enough to listen to again when the story finished.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going against the prevailing opinion. I enjoyed Alice Eve's performance more in the audio book than the movie. She did a fun accent for 'Scotty' and varied her cadence to define the rest of the characters. I never felt that she was doing 'funny voices.'
    My only criticism (spoiler) she didn't do that awesome scream that she did in the movie.

    BTW, Eve did a better job portraying male characters in this story than most male voice actors do portraying female characters. I’m looking at you Michael York in Brave New World!

    I am clearly in the minority. If in doubt, I think the sample provided is a good representative for the rest of the story.

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    David 05-30-13
    David 05-30-13
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    "Good Story, Sexy Voice, Little Added To Movie Plot"

    I saw the movie and got the book in order to get a more in depth story. I really enjoyed listening but did not get much additional insight. The book of the 2009 movie provided some deviations from the movie as well as more in-depth information on the storyline and new, alternate universe. I was hoping the same in this book, but didn't find as much as desired. Follows the movie pretty closely. There are some additional insights, but not enough for what I wanted.

    I really enjoyed listening to Alice's sexy, silky regional British accent and remembering her onscreen presence for 9 hours. I honestly don't understand some of the complaints about her accent. It wasn't hard to follow at all. I don't know, perhaps I've have more experience listening to Brits than the other commenters here and therefore didn't have any trouble.

    Alice did, however, struggle with the male dominated storyline: while she had believable regional accents for all of the men, most of them came across as whining rather than joking, commanding..... For some reason, she didn't have this problem with McCoy. I liked her imitation of Scotty. I really didn't like her portrayal of Khan or Admiral Marcus.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes, but I can't sit that long. I DID take a long long drive and listened the entire time without getting tired... bringing me back to her British accent....

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    Dean 06-13-13
    Dean 06-13-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Dynamic story, but subpar narrator."

    This is a good book, worth a credit, but it could have been better. The narrator from the first Star Trek movie tie-in was great, but then they switched over to this woman. It was not a good move. She has a small, mousy British voice, which really doesn't work for a story with mostly strong, masculine characters. She struggled to differentiate the different characters, and had issues pausing at the right time. The story would say "Kirk shouted..." and she would whisper the next line. Also, when there was action taking place in two different settings, she wouldn't pause effectively to differentiate the plot lines, so I found myself rewinding a lot after figuring out that the scene had shifted without any pause or cue from the narrator. It seemed as if she just read it out loud in one take, straight through, without any kind of notes. She also had an annoying habit of trailing off at the end of every sentence. She's just a bad voice actor. I guess the fault lies with the director or producer of the audio book as well.

    Despite that, I still enjoyed the book. It's based on the movie script, so it has the feel of an abridged book, where the action moves quickly, but they still managed to put more character development and detail than was present in the film version.

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    Hal Johns Creek, GA, United States 06-09-13
    Hal Johns Creek, GA, United States 06-09-13
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    "Disappointing Performance"
    Would you try another book from Alan Dean Foster and/or Alice Eve?

    In a word, no.


    What was most disappointing about Alan Dean Foster’s story?

    Alan Dean Foster's adaptation was lackluster and lacked the depth and insights that I enjoyed when reading Vonda McIntyre's adaptation of "Wrath of Khan" or "Voyage Home". There was nothing new here to make it worth reading.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When I found out that Alice Eve was doing the reading, I could not wait to purchase this audio. However, Alice Eve's narration of this book was incredibly bad. First, her british accent did not seem to fit a Star Trek novel. As witnessed in the movie "She's Out of My League", she can do a perfect American accent. And she does so when she does Kirk's voice and others. Accents aside, I immediately noticed she had these odd pauses in her reading, but I learned to ignore them after awhile. However, her character voicing of Khan and Admiral Marcus were grating - like "nails on a chalkboard" bad! She should know having been on the set that these characters did not talk like that.


    Could you see Star Trek: Into Darkness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I think a movie would be a great idea. I think Chris Pine would make a good Captain Kirk, and Benedict Cumberbatch would make a good Khan. Heck, I think Alice Eve might actually make a good Carol Marcus :-)


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    David Harwell Dallas, TX 06-05-13
    David Harwell Dallas, TX 06-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story, narration, not so much"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Trek: Into Darkness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the extra content that had been cut from the movie - similarly to the novelization of the first movie.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator - Alice Eve is a good enough actor, but I feel that she was "miscast" in being the narrator. The way she narrated both "Harrison" and "Admiral Marcus" made me think that they were being cast as an "mirror universe version of Katharine Hepburn" and the overacting was almost painful.


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    Amanda 05-20-15
    Amanda 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story - terrible narration"
    If you could sum up Star Trek: Into Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Why Alice Eve?


    What didn’t you like about Alice Eve’s performance?

    I couldn't tell the characters a part. Kirk sounded like an unsure little boy - very disappointed.


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    Constance B Roznovsky 05-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book as a readable book not a listening one. Was very disappointed in the narrator. It is a book with male characters not females.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alice Eve?

    any male narrator would be better.


    Did Star Trek: Into Darkness inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    Meanae 11-23-14
    Meanae 11-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Bad Narration"
    What did you like best about Star Trek: Into Darkness? What did you like least?

    This was the worst narration I've heard so far. She was dispassionate during exciting or emotional scenes, her voices for most of everyone sound really different from their character. It was like she had never seen or heard anything of Star Trek and just read this out loud on her first reading of this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once I was able to get past the narration, I really liked how it linked the twelve and second Star Trek movies really well.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I nearly quit listening to this book multiple times due to how terrible I found her to be. So the narrator detracted heavily from my enjoyment of it.


    Do you think Star Trek: Into Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think that it needs to be done again with a better narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a hard time separating voice from what you are listening to, don't buy this!
    I will never get another book with this narrator.

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    Rich Medford, OR, United States 09-05-14
    Rich Medford, OR, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Reviews were right re narrator..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm pretty easy going regarding narrators. I've listened to many books that received poor narrator reviews and thought they were fine once I got use to their style. This book was different. Alice Eve was so bad, it detracted from the story the entire book. Why they selected a female narrator for almost entire male character cast, I have no clue. Beyond that, her accent got in the way; transitions were mostly non-existent; and accents were inconsistent, and often spilled into the next character speaking. I almost returned the book, but being a die-hard Trekkie I stuck it out.


    Any additional comments?

    The book follows the movie almost exactly. It's been my experience that often a novelization will add depth, information and/or scenes not in the movie. This was not the case. I felt like I was just listening to the script being read. I enjoyed the movie, but the book, not so much.

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