After the end of the Enterprise™'s five-year mission, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from one another and the starship. The newly promoted Admiral Kirk is placed in charge of a specially created Starfleet division and attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who, in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath.
©1989 J.M. Dillard (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I think this is the story prior to one of the Star Trek movies. I didn't expect that it will sustain my interest up to the end of the story. The plot is simple, but interesting.
I want to listen to more Star Trek books by Dillard. I also like Nimoy and Doohan's narrations.
I have to say, James Doohan's narration is just supreme! I sort of kept forgetting it was him due to the magnificent voice talent! He really sounded like the characters protrayed! The book is worth a listen just because of him!
As for the rest of the book, the story is fantastic! Really gets the core of the characters and it really feels like what would have happen if this was an episode or a movie! The villian was weak, perhaps because this is an "adapted" version?
Sound effects were a bit loud at times but usually the sound effects and music were great!
I am a big Star Trek fan and I am looking forward to the many books offered to me via Audible but I must admit that this book was a poor start for me.
The Voice actor made McCoy sound like an old idiot and Kirk like a clues old man. Spock on the other hand I guess because he was voiced by Nimoy himself was great.
The Doctors Friend as well as the Vulcan villain came across as a cartoonish bad guy, with no thought about what he wanted to do.
Over all the story arc was poor, the pacing horrible and the sound affects abysmal. I wouldn't recommend this book to any true Start Trek fan.
There are many fascinating documentaries on what today's astrophysicist are discovering and what people like Stephen Hawking say might be possible someday. Could traveling past the speed of light be possible someday? The book, it is written beautifully and very gripping. I love every minute. 2 hrs is not enough; I want a series from this author. Call me greedy. Deserves no less than 5 stars.
The writing and sound effects were harmonized perfectly.
"Adapted does not mean abridged!!"
I read this book many years ago and it became a firm favourite of mine. This audio version does not do it justice. It has been cut to pieces. There was meant to be chapters about Kirk settling in as Admiral, Spock meant a girl and became engaged, Riley had his own story too. All cut for no good reason. Disappointing
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