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Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) | [William Shatner]

Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)

Legends never die....Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed as Kirk, Spock, Picard, Riker, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest are enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit. A personal tale of tragedy and triumph that could only have been written - and read - by William Shatner!
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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Miller0822 01-06-15
    Miller0822 01-06-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Melgar 02-04-13

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    "I should have known better"
    What disappointed you about Star Trek?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The idea of visiting the Borg homeworld was novel but coul dhave been done much better


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Shatner’s performances?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BRIAN Tempe, AZ, United States 01-20-12
    BRIAN Tempe, AZ, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wanted it to be great"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    StarTrek: The Genisis Wave.


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    Shatner has a great voice and being that the story revolved around Kirk, his narration and dialog was perfect for the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Trek?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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