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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!
Shatner is a great narrator and the sound effects are surprisingly good. But the shortened version cuts out too much plot leaving you confused.
Story was predictable with far too many plot holes. Shatner's performances are always a bit campy but he reaches new heights in this reading. I'm a long time Star Trek fan who grew up on TOS and even I had a hard time listening to this.
The idea of visiting the Borg homeworld was novel but coul dhave been done much better
A novel by Shatner, read by Shatner, about Shatner. William Shatner brings every major character from every StarTrek franchise together for this story, but it just never all falls in to place. Every woman Kirk/Shatner encounters wants to sleep with him and the story turns narcissistic. He tries to get poetic when he describes worlds and settings, but it just sounds like someone piling words together.
StarTrek: The Genisis Wave.
Shatner has a great voice and being that the story revolved around Kirk, his narration and dialog was perfect for the book.
One of the main characters gets captured by the Borg, and then the Borg ship goes in to warp. The phrase “he has gone where no man….has gone before” is uttered.
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