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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 2012
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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.

    4 of 7 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 7 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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    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 mysteries. I avoid books with foul language and sexual situations.

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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.

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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!

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    Kindle Customer LINDENHURST, NY, United States 09-26-11
    Kindle Customer LINDENHURST, NY, United States 09-26-11

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    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
  • rick
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    "Make a difference"

    This could have easily been the following film to generations instead of first contact. Shatner at his best.

    0 of 0 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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