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Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
We, in our family, are Star Trek fans. However, this story just did not hold my interest.
Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.
Story and plot was well written and closely matches Star Trek storyline. A must for any Star Trek fan. Shatner is awesome!
Smart, Engaging, Great
The fact that James T. Kirk was brought back to life by William Shatner himself after the weak death scene in Star Trek: Generations.
Kirk voiced by William Shatner, everyone else voiced by him doesn't work entirely though.
If you're a Star Trek fan who's dieing for more of Shatner as Kirk, then this is for you!
I really didn't care for the movie "Star Trek-Generations". I'll go as far as saying that I like Star Trek 5 even better than "Generations"
I didn't like the way they killed off Kirk. If Spock, Scotty and Bones can still be alive in the future during STNG, why not Kirk? This book should have been the next movie in the Star Trek franchise after Generations. It picks up right after the events of that movie and it's no cheesy resurrection story, it was well thought out and executed. This is one of the top two best Star Trek audio books of all time by any author.(Go ahead and look it up)
The sound effects and music really add to the experience and Shatner does a good job with the different voice characterizations. A must listen for any Star trek fan.
This is a good book for Star Trek fans, but what do you expect when you bring three Star Trek Captains together for one great edventure. It has a outstanding suprise dealing with Spock and the Borg. This is a must read.
I have the pleasure of knowing Bill personally and have spent time with both he and his wife on horseback and on set while they were shooting a film along the border in AZ. What people don't know is that Bill is just as adventureous in real life (or more so) than any of the characters he plays on stage, screen, or can ever can be captured in a written work of fiction. This novel is in my opinion his best work (paired with his co-authors). It's a shame the big movie studios never optioned this one for the screen.
I have to begin by saying that I am not a connoisseur of Star Trek novels (this is my first). I've enjoyed the shows and movies, but haven't looked for deep philosophy or meaning far beneath the surface...interesting characters, fun stories, some exicting missions, a compelling view of the human condition...that's what Star Trek is to me. With that proviso I have to say that this audiobook was GREAT! Indeed there was NO character development, dots from previous Star Trek stories were connected and, yes, Shatner sounded a little silly as Data. But it was a great ride! There was suspense, excitement, surprise...all the right emotional notes were hit, and Shatner's performance of the abridged story was just perfect. No one else could have been as convincing as he was. Yes, it highlighted the invincibility of James T. Kirk, but isn't that part of what we love about Star Trek, the larger-than-life aspects of so many of the characters? "The Return" hits all the right notes without being unduly pretentious or compromising anything that makes Star Trek so enjoyable and fun. The production is impecible and the length is just right so your commute can be a little less boring for a day or two. Beam aboard for the ride and you won't be sorry!
After the Ashes of Eden, I was motivated to try out more of the Kirk books by Shatner, but I was very disappointed by The Return. The beginning is interesting, and I?ll accept the premise, which is a bit weak, but the story evolves into the lowest common denominator ST novel. There are so many good ST writers out there who set the bar high, this is not one of them. As the story went on, it became a series of dots from STNG and STV just being connected. Most troublesome was ease and almost dismissive way any troubles Kirk found himself in could be overcome with little or no effort on his part, just a single sentence from the narrator (which after all is Shatner coming to the rescue of Kirk I guess). I at least expected to see some team work and classic ST interdependence to solve problems, but not here. Kirk is out on his own (with the narrator) and nothing can stop him.
Shatner is a great narrator and the sound effects are surprisingly good. But the shortened version cuts out too much plot leaving you confused.
"Shatner writes himself back to life"
In many ways I get the feeling that Shatner wrote this book because he couldn't cope with the idea of a star trek universe without Kirk. Kirk is the out and out hero in this book and while most of our other favourite characters appear, this is a kirk story.
The book shares Shatner's bombastic sensibility and addresses many of the failings of the 'generations' film. The book is a no holes barred adventure and is has a unique charm. If you enjoy Shatner's sense of humour and grandiosity you will like this.
"An enjoyable story and read by the one of the best"
The story follows on well from the Star Trek Generations movie. Whilst some elements of the plot are a bit far fetched it's a great listen and has all the classic Star Trek moments. Kirk and Picard in another battle to the end. Enjoyed it.
"Makes me wish this was unabridged...!"
This is one of the better Star Trek audio books out there - but I just wish this was the full, unabridged, version...! It's an old recording now (roughly 10 years old - coming out not long after the Star Trek: Generations film, and the Ashes Of Eden book preceding it) - but it stands up well!
Spock - because his character's backstory managed to put a completely unexpected perspective on the closing parts of the story!
The scene where Kirk and Picard meet again!
It made me smile as I listened - reminding me of the golden days of Star Trek!
Kirk returns back, but in a strange and mysterious way; only to risk his life again.
"shatner is amazing"
the story is amazing. the narrative is well thought out and the sound effects help make the story more real. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a star trek fan.
"The first and best of the series. "
I've listened to about six of the books in the series now and this one is still my favourite. Think of it as a prequel to first contact.
"A welcome inclusion of Kirk into Stat Trek"
Yes. It's great to see William Shatner's contribution to the Star Trek mythos.It's a great 3hr
story featuring Kirk, Picard and Spock. it's thrilling to listen to and follow.
Ashes of Eden although I haven't listened to it at time of writing this review.
The characters come to life and Shatner brings enthusiasm to the story associated with him playing the part of James T Kirk. The whole story is covered with his passion and dedication to the genre.
Yes unfortunately I had to listen in two parts as there wasn't time.
A great story and well worth the price paid.
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