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I loved this book! I liked all the background stories of all the characters. It was interesting to find out why Chakotay joined the Maquis and what happened to Nelix before he joined Voyager. It was a great story!
I love getting backstory for characters even if they are not "canonical". However Jeri Taylor contradicts the story of the show from time to time and she simply cannot get the idea of a Janeway/Chakotay romance out of her mind. Every book she has written throws them together and the "canonical" storyline doesn't. Give it up Jeri!
I liked this book because it gave background information on a couple of characters that the tv show never went into. It helped explain why the characters acted the way they did on the show. Read this book if you want to understand the characters more.
Too bad this book was abridged, I would have enjoyed more of the personal histories of the Voyager crew before circumstances brought them all together to serve on the same ship. There was nothing on Janeway! Still, it was entertaining. Robert Picardo lends his familiar voice to the narration.
This is a great book if you want background on every character on Voyager. However, the story telling is... Well, I've read a LOT better from Jeri. I think she just wanted a forum to tell background info, because the actual story is barely part of the book. It was almost like pass the stick at a Boy Scout camp fire night. I have the stick now; I have to tell you everything about me. I gave it 3 stars because I did enjoy the background information. As a Star Trek junky I enjoyed this. If I were a first time reader of STV I would have shot myself (in the toe, maybe).
"Good fun for fans"
Fun, interesting, cheesey
Argh who do I pick?! You get to hear so much more about so many of the characters that it is hard to choose! Perhaps Harry Kim? Perhaps Tom Paris? Maybe B'Elanna?! Which is all well and good, but not a very helpful answer...in an odd way, Tuvok's narrative might be my favourite as I had a lot of questions about what he did between leaving and returning to Starfleet.
I've never listened to any other of Robert Picardo's performances, but I would definitely rate it here - there could be no one better to read a Voyager novel. He has a voice that is both expressive and gentle, not at all grating.
I didn't find myself becoming overly emotional while reading Pathways, but it was certainly amusing in parts, moving in others.
I think the only other thing I would say is that the structure is a little formulaic, with each crew member encouraging the others to share their life stories - though I wonder if this is perhaps due to the abridgement? I really wish that they would re-record these books in full now that there is such a big market for audiobooks.
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