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.
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.
This is a great reboot of the Khan storyline in the new universe. Very much enjoyed the plot and motivations of the characters.
The narrator is atrocious. Perhaps one of the worst I have heard. She is slightly (and I mean slightly) more bearable at 1.5x speed. Horrible accents. Horrible pacing. Horrible pauses. Just plain... horrible.
First let me say that I have nothing against Ms. Eve. She is obviously a talented actress and is a good narrator, but just not for this book. I will admit that I really enjoyed Mr Quinto's reading of the previous Star Trek book , so perhaps I am a bit biased. The story is action packed, and unfortunately her version, her way of reading was distracting.
Having said that, let me say this, the story is good. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to fill in the holes in the movie, explaining or better phrased, fleshing out scenes that seemed to be missing something on screen. The descriptions were concise and vivid and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
From Alan Foster yes, from Alice Eve no
Narration ruined the book for me. Alice just can not pull of a good mix of white American men.
Why they cast a British women to read a book with mostly male charectors with non-English accents I have no idea.
Yes the NARRATOR
the team consept of the crew
It Should have been a man,she sounded like she was a fitfth grade reader.
the story was great. I loved the story,but it was hard to listen to
never let her narrate another star trek book. Bad Bad
I wish u could comment on other peoples comments, add a new dimension on what people write, some reviews deserve more than a 'yes or no'
I know I'm repeating everyone in bashing the narrator but it was worth listening to, could they get someone better, absolutely... but the story is worth just about any narrator
I'm not a huge star trek fan but I did like any of the ones that involved one particular character... granted I'm confused about a few things because I know its a prequel & Spock can talk with Spock but what about everyone else? I know someone whose familiar with Trek knows how to explain all this but that was the only part that had me scratching my head?! Anyone has a suggestion send me an message of a book I can read or something firstname.lastname@example.org
The book is well worth the poor narration, & its only poor because the main characters involved are all men & she does an ok version of 1 or 2 maybe but with that many male characters, why not get a male to read it? The book makes me want to read more about the villian involved & the back & forth between Spock & Kirk was not as entertaining as the 1st book/movie prequel... I always enjoy an authors idea of how alien races deal with humans & how they're personalities clash, this was only present in a small amount because the whole book pretty much is all action from beginning to end.
HIghly recommend the book regardless of narrator, the actual book would be better probably
Followed the movie very well and I must say I enjoyed both. My only wondering is why they had a female narrator? She wasn't bad but there are more male characters in the book should've got a male to read this one.
"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.
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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