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Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) Audiobook
Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)
Written by: 
William Shatner
Narrated by: 
William Shatner
Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) Audiobook

Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)

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Veridian lll: A world has been saved, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D lies in ruins, and one of the galaxy's greatest heroes rest beneath a simple cairn of rocks on a lonely hillside. But as a legendary Vulcan ambassador comes at last to the grave of his best and dearest friend, the adventure is only beginning. For the Borg and renegades from the Romulan Empire have joined forces in an unholy alliance against the United Federation of Planets, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by mysterious alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard. From Deep Space Nine to the Borg Homeworld itself, the battle is joined in the ultimate confrontation between the old generation and the new. Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed, as Riker, Spock, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest find themselves enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit.

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    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011

    Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.

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    "I'm a Star Trek fan, but..........."

    We, in our family, are Star Trek fans. However, this story just did not hold my interest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 10-15-11
    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2015

    Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.

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    "Well Done!"

    Story and plot was well written and closely matches Star Trek storyline. A must for any Star Trek fan. Shatner is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer LINDENHURST, NY, United States 09-26-11
    Kindle Customer LINDENHURST, NY, United States 09-26-11

    Pimmy

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    "James T. Kirk Resurrected"
    If you could sum up Star Trek in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, Engaging, Great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that James T. Kirk was brought back to life by William Shatner himself after the weak death scene in Star Trek: Generations.


    What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kirk voiced by William Shatner, everyone else voiced by him doesn't work entirely though.


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

    Kirk Returns!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Star Trek fan who's dieing for more of Shatner as Kirk, then this is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Independence, MO, USA 01-28-09
    Pete Independence, MO, USA 01-28-09
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    "Shatner's Best By Far"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Fort Loenard wood, MO, United States 12-23-08
    Anthony Fort Loenard wood, MO, United States 12-23-08
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    "Good Book"

    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.

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    John Martinsburg, WV, USA 01-06-08
    John Martinsburg, WV, USA 01-06-08
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    "PJ Bama"

    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.

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    Mark Warner, NH, USA 09-10-06
    Mark Warner, NH, USA 09-10-06
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    "A Great Ride"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 08-26-03
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 08-26-03 Member Since 2011
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    "Kirk Saved By Shatner at the Price of Quality"

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Miller0822 01-06-15
    Miller0822 01-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Enjoyed every minute of it. Can't wait to download the next book. Shatner needs to continue the James T. Kirk story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 07-02-14
    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great production but way too abridged"

    Shatner is a great narrator and the sound effects are surprisingly good. But the shortened version cuts out too much plot leaving you confused.

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  • mr
    bury st edmunds, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Cheddar, United Kingdom
    12/1/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P Lancaster
    Uk
    12/4/15
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    "Makes me wish this was unabridged...!"
    Where does Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spock - because his character's backstory managed to put a completely unexpected perspective on the closing parts of the story!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene where Kirk and Picard meet again!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile as I listened - reminding me of the golden days of Star Trek!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    8/9/15
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    "Pretty good!"

    Kirk returns back, but in a strange and mysterious way; only to risk his life again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew menzies
    5/20/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rick
    12/23/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nabil Hussain
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "A welcome inclusion of Kirk into Stat Trek"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) to, and why?

    Ashes of Eden although I haven't listened to it at time of writing this review.


    What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes unfortunately I had to listen in two parts as there wasn't time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story and well worth the price paid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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