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.
Good story to go along with the movie! Yes, there are plot holes big enough to fly a Bird of Prey through, but hey! -- it's still entertaining and fun.
Alice Eve -- Carol Marcus in the movie -- was a questionable choice for narrating this story. I can't blame her -- she probably did the best she could. I fault the production team and director for signing off on poor narrative choices and inept characterizations. She didn't even bring any life to her own character's dialog. And worst of all, WHO in the world thought it was a good idea to represent Khan -- one of the most elegant antagonists in the Star Trek universe -- as a sneering, cackling cartoon villain? I almost expected him to offer Kirk a poison apple. Ack! I had to work too hard to overcome the narration and concentrate on the story.
This presentation is particularly disappointing after the terrific narration by Zachary Quinto for the first novelization of the new series.
This book is a bit of fun. It is good for the times when I want entertainment and not to think too much. Enough action to be enjoyable but it still has a good narrative.
I'm not a big Star Trek fan but have watched some of the tv series. I loved that I could be interested in this story without having to know all the fan stuff. Everything is fresh and light. I loved the way the narrator handled the characters and accents.
She brought the different characters to life with ease. It was easy to understand and tell who was talking in every case. Most of the time I forgot that she was female and just let her talent for voices carry on.
I didn't want a book to listen to in one sitting as I just wanted something to relax to and wind down with. Even so, I found the book interesting right to the end. There were enough twists and turns to keep the narrative moving forward and the end was satisfactorily summed up.
A good listen even if you aren't a dyed in the wool fan.
Soldier, Teacher, Missionary, Manger, Father, Husband. I've done many things in my life and I attribute a lot of them to a love of books!
I have listened to many audiobooks in my time and feel that Into Darkness ranks in my top 10, but probably around 8 or 9th place. That ranking isn't based on a dislike of the performance by Alice Eve or the story. It is only based on the fact that there are a few that I simply enjoy more than this audiobook.
My favorite character in this story is the obvious choice, Jim Kirk. The story arc for the Captain is superbly told in my opinion. I had always thought it odd that after the events of the first story in the new "reality" that a cadet fresh out of the Academy had been given the Federation flagship. The opening events of the story set up a character conflict that serves to really help him grow into a "real" Captain and not just the "acting" Captain. Admiral Pike hits the nail on the head when tells Kirk point-blank that he doesn't respect the chair. Given his "passing" of the Kobayashi Maru and defeating Nero he had not had to suffer the loss that is required to refine a person into a solid leader. Having to "face the music" for his interference at the begining of the novel set up a loss/redemption arc where Kirk could gain that level of respect. And as the story plays out he was ready to sacrifices himself twice for his crew. An honorable mention to Spock for the internal struggle he has with his emotions in this story. Ultimately he forsakes logic for revenge which is something we never saw the "Prime" Spock resort to during his adventures.
I actually have two favorite scenes from the story. The first being when the Kirk realized that the Vengance was not on his side and he was ready to sacrifice himself for the sake of his crew. This was when the inner-child, the happy-go-lucky, no one can stop me Kirk died. that was the moment I think he truly changed.The second was during the interrogation that revealed the identity of Khan and described his invlovement in the Federation's research and development in trying to prepare for what they feel is a fateful conflict with the Klingons.
Yes and no. Yes because I love the story. But no because it is unabridged! That's too long for one sitting, but I love the full descriptions of the environments and the characters.
As I write this review I am a die hard, life-long Star Trek fan who is stuck in Afghanistan and cannot see the film in the theater. The audiobook provided a different window into the story and it was enjoyable to experience this story like this. The fact that it was narrarated by "Dr. Marcus" made it even better. She does well for most of the characters, however, she tries a little too hard sometimes to mix the new Kirk with the old Kirk's voice mannerisms. Into Darkness was an enjoyable listen and I plan to listen to it multiple times. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Trek and enjoys getting into the "alternate reality" of some of our favorite heroes.
It ranks up near the top, maybe in the top five for me.
I would compare it to other Star Trek books; it's a good story.
Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban. Jonathan Quinto.
Damnit, I'm an actress, not a narrator!
The story is a good one. I really enjoyed Jonathan Quinto's narration of the first audio book. I enjoyed the movie also.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
Kudo's to Foster, Orci, Kurtzman and or Abrams. Whoever it is that is responsible for bringing back this series. These guys get it. They understand that what we like are the characters. The characters make the show, the movies and the books. In this book Kirk continues to show his hard headed, cheat if you have to side. Damn it Man, Doc is his cranky self. Scotty's character stands out in this one and I found him to be one of the most interesting members of the cast in this go around.
Without giving it away let me say they bring back a bad guy and a good guy. They do change the script a little, so sticklers for things being exact will not be happy. They have some references to Bradbury, Asimov and Clarke ( us old guys appreciate that). The story is a little weak, there are some things that just happen to happen the right way, but that is usual for movie books. I did not like this as much as the first Star Trek book by Foster, but the writing was still worth five stars.
What I don't understand is the narrator. First it is a female, second she is British. If you watched that series last fall on NBC, called The Neighbors, the good looking black alien, this narrator sounds exactly like her. Most of the characters as you know are male and this girl does not do good male voices. I am not against female narrators, I believe Kate Mulgrew would have done a good job. Her accent was very distracting at times. Sometimes Kirk was Kirk, but most of the time he was Kuck. McCoy and Spock had British accents. At times it was hard to figure out who was talking, almost everybody but Chekov and Scotty sounded alike. Spock emoted more then Kirk did, by her voice. Lots of times it sounded like a teen romance and I know that it was not the writing.
It is still worth five stars, it just could have been so much better.
the narrator is not the worst I've ever heard but she makes absolutely no sense narrating a story where the two main characters are male. It grated. Also she speaks in what I think Brits call a posh accent EXCEPT for dialog which is all done with American accents, other than for Scotty, of course. Huh? To quote Spock, "Highly illogical." Brit pronunciations of common words detract from story comprehension for this American. There are occasional missing words.
Foster has written Star Trek episode and movie novelizations for something like 40 or 50 years. Great writing. Loved movie. Slogged through listening just because it cost me a credit and I liked movie.
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written. It gives a little more depth to a few of the things that the movie sped through. Alice Eve did a great job with the voices and accents. Every one was very distinctive and easily recognizable. In addition, she gave a lot of vibrancy to her performance. It is a fun listen. I would recommend it.
I only got through about 30% of the book because Alice Eve was a horrible, horrible narrator. Forget the fact that she has a strong British accent - all of her characters sound the same!
Coulnd't get there ...
I couldn't picture the characters because of Alice Eve's amateurish and horrible narration.
Actually, this book needs to be redone with a new narrator - why not Zachary Quinto from the first book?
I want my credit back!!
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....
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.
"mismatch of story and reader"
I enjoy adventure stories every once in a while and I had been looking forward to this one on the basis of the audible recording of the previous Star Trek movie tie-in narrated by Zachary Quinto. Unfortunately I did not notice the change of narrator and did not listen to the audio sample before purchasing the book.
Whilst I am sure Alice Eve is a very good reader for other types of books, I found her to be completely mismatched with this style of story. The first hour was a real struggle. It felt like being read to by my teacher in junior school and I kept expecting to be asked to spell a complicated word at the end of each sentence. As i found my way into the story, I became more willing to put up with her stye of reading, but it remained irritating right to the end.
The story as a whole is enjoyable. But again the reader's interpretation detracts from the various, despite listening to it once, I will delete it from my library.
So in short: worthwhile for the story line but hard work to listen to.
I would be very interested to hear how other listeners felt.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. I agree with other reviewers that there is a slight narrator mismatch but she does improve steadily after the first few minutes so don't let it put you off.
"Not the right reader for this"
No I'm afraid not. Good story but not enough differences in characterisations.
Overall good story but a bit slow to start.
studied, bit dull
Definitely the wrong person to read this type of story. Hasn't the oomph needed for this.
"quite enjoy it"
I love Alice's voice and accent yet I understand why others think this may be mismatched. This is a story with so many male characters so sometimes I think is it inappropriate asking a female performer to read this? But I really love her voice so... It's quite struggling
I should have paid more attention or tried a sample but saw the title and Alan Dean Foster and clicked Buy Buy Buy.
Mistake. Almost did not complete and will not listen again.
I must admit to being an aging Trekkie who remembers fondly the 1st Startrek TV series and immediately found I was having problems with a female narrator and the rewriting of StarTrek history. But I tried to put prejudice aside.
Story is a tad clunky and obvious - the film connection presumably - but genuinely exciting at times. Its Star Trek. Ripping Yarn country rather than the literary prize end of the market.
Enjoying or being irritated by the qualities of a voice is very subjective so I do not want to make this read like a personal attack on a narrator who speaks very clearly and at a decent tempo. But it was a bit of a funny accent fest - (in memory of James Doohan?) and does not suit the book. I am unlikely to buy any more Alice Eve audiobooks.
won't download i have tried it lots of times and it just will not download onto my computer
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