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Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) Audiobook

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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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 2015
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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 5 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 2013
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 04-04-16
    Randy 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I truly loved it!
    The tie to V-ger was genius."

    It brought together the old and new masterfully...and solve the question of the Borg origin. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-27-16 Member Since 2001
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    "great story!"

    Shatner does a great job... but he should try to change his voice up just a bit more for the different voices .... really have to pay attention when everything sounds like it was said by Kirk! lol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erez 12-02-15
    Erez 12-02-15
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    "Interesting story, good performance"
    What did you love best about Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)?

    The storyline has a few holes, but overall- a good story that I wish they made into a movie when it was still possible (actors' ages, missing the late L. Nimoy).


    What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

    Shatner is a great and passionate performer, although all characters sounded much like Kirk, unavoidably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CyberNight Staten Island, NY 10-30-15
    CyberNight Staten Island, NY 10-30-15
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    "Wish it had ALL the original actors."

    As much as I enjoy hearing a Star Trek book read by William Shatner, I find that it can make it hard to follow the story. Especially while listening to it in the car. If you lose focus for a couple of seconds it can make it difficult to ascertain which character is speaking since they ALL sound like Kirk. Overall I enjoyed the story and regret that it will never see an on screen adaptation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scorpio4230 06-16-15
    scorpio4230 06-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great listen and continuation of the Star Trek universe!"

    William Shatner not only does an outstanding job as author but as narrator. He captures the essence of Star Trek and its diverse characters, storyline and pace. Captain Kirk/William Shatner dose it again by taking us on a journey we'll want to relive over and over again, just as he/they've done since Star Trek aired in the 1960s. The story is clearly connected and even for those coming late to the Star Trek universe it's been made easy to fall into it by Kirk's/Shatner's talented writing and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Invisible noise 06-03-15 Member Since 2012

    I am a RN and I worked for the military during the second Iraq war. I believe soldiers are special people. I love old war movies.

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    "the experience"

    Listening to Shatner read was kind of cool. The story was confusing and kind of simple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeVon 03-03-15
    DeVon 03-03-15 Member Since 2014

    And so my Watch begins...

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    "Good story, nice reading, wish it was longer."

    I know they can't do an unabridged version when they dramatize it, but I do wish it was a longer read. I'm sure the book had more detail and information that seemed glossed over. But I do enjoy the added music and sound effects. I enjoyed the story and definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to read the Shatnerverse of Star Trek.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William King 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.

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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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