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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 Hammond, ON, Canada 04-21-04
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 04-21-04 Member Since 2000
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    "A fantastic listen"

    This book kept me interested into the very end. I am not a person who picks apart a book on its technical details but by the pure enjoyment of the read. I am sure there are parts which are not up to the other Star Trek writes, but I still enjoyed it considerably. Having it narrated by William Shatner was a bonus and added to the books quality. I will be listening too all the books in this series.

    4 of 4 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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katerina Hamden, CT, USA 10-24-04
    Katerina Hamden, CT, USA 10-24-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Kirk through Shatner's Eyes"

    and it is wince-inducing. This is a sub-par Star Trek novel. In fact it sounds like a slightly longer version of fanfic that you can find online. The plot is thin and there is zero character development.
    It gets two stars because it's amusing to here Shatner give voice to Data.

    4 of 6 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 2003
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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 6 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 3 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 2008
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-31-13 Member Since 2010

    Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.

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    "It was alright"

    I got this book because a friend told me is was great. It thought it was ok, but not great. I think the problem this audiobook has is that is not unabridged.

    0 of 0 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 0 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 2011
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    1 of 1 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
  • Nabil Hussain
    LONDON, United Kingdom
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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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