The Kobayashi Maru is the test given to cadets at the Starfleet Academy - a simulated no-win situation in space. For James Kirk it was a challenge that defined him as a leader. For Chekov it meant a struggle against his own personality. For Sulu and Scotty it was a matter of the spirit and a second chance...Now, the Starfleet officers look back on those youthful days. Their shuttlecraft is drifting helplessly in space. Sharing with each other the painful, often fierce lessons of their Kobayashi Maru, each man struggles to tap his inner strength and to overcome the most desperate situation of their careers!
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I have always enjoyed this book whenever I read it. I purchase unabridged versions of books when I get them in audio format whenever possible. I definitely enjoyed the presentation, but was a bit disappointed to find that quite a bit had been left out. I realize the portions that were left out weren't really essential to the performance or story, especially if the listener hadn't read it before, but to someone who has probably read it a few dozen times at least, it left the over all story feeling a bit disjointed and more like a collection of related short stories. over all, still an enjoyable listen.
I've lived in Austin, Texas, for over 10 years, not Houston. World War II is my lifelong interest since my father was a combat veteran in the 8th Air Force. I grew up with pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. They told me many stories of their experiences and I cannot get enough of books and documentaries.
After Leonard Nemoy died recently, I wanted to look back to a favorite character from childhood. These dramatizations seem to be a format for 90-minute cassettes, hince 2 45-minute chapters. Knowing they are vintage, the sound affects and voice characterizations are actually fun. The story of this one is a quilt of several stories. Each of the characters describes his experience taking the Kobayashi Maru test. I liked Leonard's autobiography, too. He is missed and remembered.
The stories inside the story format. The different approaches to the test each of the characters took, defining their style.
He is surprisingly one of the best of the original cast doing these voice characterizations.
Ask JJ Abrahms :)
These Star Trek shorts are overpriced and should be more affordable and popular. Maybe bind 5 of them for one credit, similar to the History Channel sets.
Gteat story, giving a huge insight into the comand crew of the USS ENTERPRISE (NCC1701). From checkov, sulu, captian James T. Lirk, anx even The cheif engineer Mr. Montgomery Scott! Great book.
Drive for work and listen all day long. Audible is a God send as it lifts me from traffic and off to an adventure!!
Even the new movie doesn't really make sense without this. Explains more why Kirk is Kirk!
"like a great night down the pub with tos crew"
i loved this! i grinned from ear to ear. basically, some of the tos senior staff recount their experience of the kobiashi maru will drifting in a shuttle. wish uhura had been on board - guess theres scope for another rale. someone?
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