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Star Trek, New Frontier: Books 1-4 | [Peter David, John J. Ordover]

Star Trek, New Frontier: Books 1-4

A new ship, a new crew, a new mission! All four exciting New Frontier adventures are captured here in one program! The newly refit Ambassador-class Starship Excalibur is sent to Secter 221-G, which was once ruled by the vicious Thallonians but has now descended into chaos. Captain Calhoun and his crew - including some old friends from The Next Generation - must boldly go where no one has gone before!
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Publisher's Summary

Sector 221-G: For the whole of Federation history, this large volume of space has been controlled by the Thallonians, a cruel, militaristic race of whom little is known except that they rule the other races in their sector with an vicious iron hand. Now the Thallonian Empire has collapsed and the systems it once ruled are in chaos. Old hatreds are surfacing. Petty tyrants control deadly weapons. World after world is descending into disorder and self-destruction. The Federation must send a starship to help where it can and report what it finds. That ship is the U.S.S. Excalibur, a newly refit Ambassador-class starship manned by a crew of Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star Trek, The Next Generation and some of the strongest new characters ever found on a Federation starship. Join Captain Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur as they explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before!


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    James Wind Gap, PA, USA 06-22-03
    James Wind Gap, PA, USA 06-22-03 Member Since 2002
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    "A good story, but mired in"

    Having read some of the later chapters of the New Frontier series, I enjoyed the origins of Calhoun. The characters came to life here and I thoroughly enjoyed the little twist at the end.

    My only complaints, and why I had to give this only three stars is the narration was done in a peculiarly halting pattern. Speaking - like - a - parody - of - James - Kirk. In addition, the sound track and sound effects were much too loud and had me constantly adjusting volume to avoid the loud effects and to hear the narration which would then be too quiet.

    I will be more cautious and try to avoid other titles produced in the same manner.

    Conclusion: good story, but overwhelmed by the post-production.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    K. Howe 04-23-06
    K. Howe 04-23-06
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    "Listening is an uphill battle"

    I enjoy a variety of Star Trek books on audio and in paper. These are no exception, and Peter David is one of my all-time favorite Trek authors. However, the narrator delivers the majority of the dialogue in a stilting, almost painful, manner. Other reviewers likened it to James T. Kirk's speech, but I find it much more difficult to listen to than Shatner's Kirk. I am seriously considering simply buying the books to read, so I can finish the story without having to suffer any longer. Story: 4 stars. Narration: 0 stars

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Tooele, UT, USA 03-04-03
    Michael Tooele, UT, USA 03-04-03
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    "What fun for a Trekkie"

    These four books, the first in the "New Frontier" series offers up an amalgom of both the old and the new. Cmr. Shelby and Ensign Lefler from the "Next Generation" TV series and of course the new in Capt. Calhoun and several other new characters.

    This series will hold you tightly to your ear phones until the very last word. I thoughtly enjoyed the first four books of the "Star Trek: New Frontier" series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-21-04
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-21-04
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    "Great Story"

    I read these books many years ago and really enjoyed them. Peter David remains the best of the Star Trek fiction writers out there, and Star Trek: New Frontier is one of his better cretions. He mixes in old names and faces from the ST:TNG series with some new characters and races to create a great story. This abridgement of the first four books does a good job of keeping the main story points without losing too much of the character and plot development that sometimes happens with abridgements. As some reviewers have pointed out, this audiobook contains special effect and background noises, which can at times be annoying, but unlike some reviewers I didn't feel it detracted too much for the reading. There were maybe two times when the background noises drowned out the narrator. As to the narration itself, I thought the reader made some interesting vocal choices in his rendering of certain characters that just didn't work, but overall it's a decent enough job. If you like Star Trek and are looking for a new take on the ST:TNG universe, then New Frontier is a great choice. In reading this series I've often wondering why this isn't a series. It would certainly be a better choice than the too often boring Enterprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-31-08
    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "An ok read. Interesting story."

    This was a good novel for trekkies with some familiar characters. The story was ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Mitchellville, MD, USA 05-06-04
    Michael Mitchellville, MD, USA 05-06-04
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    "A Hard Listen"

    I am an avid Star Trek fan but this audiobook was very hard to maintain interest. The story may have been fine but I couldn't get past the narration. The narration made it hard to follow the story line and I found my attention wandering a great deal.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 01-29-13
    Phil 01-29-13
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    "Narration Ruined It For Me"
    What aspect of Joe Morton’s performance would you have changed?

    Everything! I love Joe Morton as an actor in Eureka and Terminator 2, but his narration of this book is awful and hard to listen to. For the entire beginning of the book I thought that Captain Calhoun was a Klingon. No matter what character he is reading, it all sounds like a mix of Klingon and Capt. Kirk.


    Any additional comments?

    I only made it to Chapter 4 before I could not listen to the book any further. I don't think it had anything to do with the story and my buddy that read the real book tells me this is an awesome series. It is the narration that I couldn't stand and found really hard to follow. It's too bad, because this book was really the only reason I joined audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 01-14-12
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A New Frontier Indeed"
    What did you love best about Star Trek, New Frontier?

    Not the standard schlock from a Star Trek book. It mixes secondary characters from the Next Generation with a new ship, a new captain, and a new mission. This series isn't limited by the Star Trek cannon as the other books are. Because Peter David launches a new crew and a new ship which is limited only by the author's imagination. And Peter David is one of the greats.

    It still gets mired down at times trying to impress Trekkies/Trekkers. In this storyline it is the


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fresh new characters. Captain Calhoun and Si Cwan are standout characters.


    What about Joe Morton???s performance did you like?

    A great performance. This is not my first audio performed by Mr. Morton. He never disappoints.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The action and adventure of the first Star Trek, back in the 24th Century


    Any additional comments?

    For Trek fans, it's a new adventure. For newbies, this is the beginning of a new adventure. Beam on board from the beginning.

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    Charles United States 01-26-14
    Charles United States 01-26-14
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    "way too much profanity"
    What disappointed you about Star Trek, New Frontier?

    way too much profanity


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    way too much profanity


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    way too much profanity


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    way too much profanity


    Any additional comments?

    way too much profanity

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • DJ Morpheus
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    "An intriguing story."

    This is quite an interesting book. Initially, you are wondering what it's all about, but as the story progresses, things become clearer. The 'splits' of the 4 books, give you moments of pause, allowing you to digest the story fully. These splits also prompt you into wondering what will happen next, excellently constructed.

    Another worthwhile story to add to my collection :-)

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