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I love that Kate Mulgrew narrated this book. It adds so much depth to the reading. The story was enjoyable and I always wanted to hear more.
I have to admit that Voyager wasn't my favorite Star Trek and Janeway wasn't even my favorite Captain. But maybe I've made a mistake.
I found this story engaging and engrossing. I cared about all the characters and I dearly wish that it had been longer.
I have no doubt I will re-listen to this book and I will buy more books narrated by Kate. She has a natural style that was very appealing. It's also obvious that she cares about the material in the loving way she gives passion to her reading.
Bravo Kate, and thank you.
Only Kate Mulgrew could have done this book justice. She IS Captain Janeway, as surely as William Shatner IS Captain Kirk... Everything about her narration of this story was delightful: pacing, inflections, and emotion were all spot on.
The story itself has three main threads running through it: milestones and character shaping events in Janeway's life, Tuvok and an away team stranded on a planet, and Voyager battling with the Kazon over said planet.
I most enjoyed the bits about Janeway's life. Kate Mulgrew really brings the young Katherine to life - you feel like you are there with her in her early life. The threads involving Tuvok, Kes, Harry, etc seemed to suffer somewhat from abridgement. Overall I wasn't terrifically interested in the these two other threads. There is one point where some Kazon meet a very gruesome end that I thought was unnecessarily grotesque and overdone. Fortunately this portion is brief. Overall, a most excellent and enjoyable listen. I really felt that the Janeway portions added a great deal of dimension to the character.
I read mostly science fiction. My guilty pleasure is Star Trek although I do not listen to much since it is abridged.
I gave this only three stars not because of the story but because of the abridgment. Story is great and you learn much about Janeway. I just really dislike abridgments, I wish all the Star Trek book were not like this.
To say that this Star Trek story was merely good would be an understatement. It is one of the best stories to be written by Jeri Taylor. This Novel provides a look into the soul of Captain Janeway. I for one found this book engaging and poignant. A good audio book if I ever heard one.
Who better than Capt Janeway to act out her own back story! Truly a pleasure! Having read and listened to around 40 Star Trek books, this easily made its way into my top 10 if not top 5! My only complaint is I wish that audible carried more Trek titles and I wish this story didn't gave to end. You cannot go wrong with this audio!
This was a dynamic story and of course Kate Mulgrew brought all of the parts alive. I could swear that all of the cast were there.
While I would greatly prefer all audible recordings to be unabridged, this story and the performance by Kate Mulgrew make for a great evening listen. A nice introduction to the Star Trek Voyager Saga, with STVGR Pathways read by Robert Piccardo the logical next listen for the second night. (Mosaic is the superior of the two recordings)
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