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The Face of the Unknown Audiobook

The Face of the Unknown: Star Trek: The Original Series

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Publisher's Summary

Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek - a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!

©2016 Christopher L. Bennett (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    cbspock Holbrook, NY United States 12-29-16
    cbspock Holbrook, NY United States 12-29-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story"

    The book is a fun action adventure story with a Star Trek message. Looking forward to the next audiobook

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W. Andersen 02-05-17
    W. Andersen 02-05-17

    I am 45ish and live in the arctic. I enjoy listening to a variety of books. But, I find that I lean a lot toward young adult.

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    "Great adventure for any Star Trek lover ."

    Loved every minute of it. It has all of the hallmarks of the classic Star Trek adventures with a few new ones thrown in. Easy to just kick back and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris T 01-31-17
    Chris T 01-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Star Trek UNABRIDGED. Like watching STO TV."

    The Narrator Petkoff keeps getting better with the character voices. His Kirk has become a treat to any fan of the original series. The story was well written and felt true to the original. I hope they will continue these unabridged books.

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    craig 01-25-17
    craig 01-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written."

    True and enriching to the characters outside the main cast, in the related episode. I could picture them clearly in my minds eye. Narration also brilliantly executed. I'd like to be specific, but that may create spoilers for who did not view the original series. Watch the original related episode before listening! You won't be disappointed! It really brought me back!

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    R 03-04-17
    R 03-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting"

    interesting story ,not bad ,very good for Star Trek fans.. okay storyline could use a little bit more focus.

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    KB2187 02-17-17
    KB2187 02-17-17
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    "Good Book, Poor Narration"
    Would you try another book from Christopher L. Bennett and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Chris Bennett's book is excellent. It is very "Trek". It's well written and just what McCoy ordered if you are in the mood for a good Star Trek yarn.

    Petkoff's narration, on the other hand, is bland, uninspired, and boring. He reads the book like he is reading the news.

    I would have enjoyed the experience much more had I read the book normally instead of being put to sleep by Petkoff's single-octave droning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of the Unknown?

    Finding the planets hidden inside the Gas Giants! Awesome!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I won't be buying another book read by Petkoff. Somebody more suited to reading a Trek book should be used on future works. A narrator is needed with drama in his delivery--not the dead pan, flat tones of Petkoff. It would also help if the narrator was more familiar with the delivery of the original actors that play the original crew. Petkoff tried. He's just no good at this type of book.


    Did The Face of the Unknown inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Trek books by Christopher L. Bennett. He wrote an excellent Star Trek tale (and that's not easy to do).


    Any additional comments?

    Star Trek book should also have a few sound effects--like what you get with a Star Wars audiobook. We should hear the hum of the ship as the narrator reads, or phasers being fired, or the whirrr of a medical tricoder when it is used.

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    john c haanraadts 2 01-30-17

    Love stories.

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    "⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

    Really enjoyed this book. Please keep making Star Trek audio books. I recommend this book to all. Looking forward to more. Hi John and Sarah.

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    Amazon customer 01-28-17
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    "good"

    Pretty good story. The author stays true to characters. Good narration. I like the way the author ties elements from the original series and the animated series together. I would recommend.

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    1/3/17
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    "ABOUT TIME!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Face of the Unknown the most enjoyable?

    The story is wonderfully compelling, set in the 4th season (wich never happened outside of the books , comics and fan shows) it sets the conclusion to one of the best original series episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" where we finally get more of an insite to the First Federation and its member races


    What other book might you compare The Face of the Unknown to, and why?

    The way this book is narrated i would compare it to any of the Expanse novels by James S.A Corey or ANY of the books in the Star Trek series by Peter David.. both writing styles of those authors are are evident in this story and its nice to see a combination of the two styles blended together


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He excelently portrays the charchaters in theior voices most notably the principle cast members. but in this one i was especially impressed how he brought back to life Balok and his recreation of Walker Edmiston original version was incredibly close to accurate


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thats a tough one as their could be many depending on the screenplay.

    the book title sums it sums up the best for now though even in audio format


    Any additional comments?

    this is an incredibly gripping story and i havent seen any good star trek audro books from simon and shuster for years intill this past year with the legacies series. if you enjoyed those your gonna love this story.. Bravo and i want more adaptations i will happily pay :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P aul Eaton
    2/1/17
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    "The face of the unknown"

    Well I looked forward to reading this. But I found it a tad hard to swallow. The narration is great. The story is worth a listen or a read though. See what you think.

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  • dot_stockport
    1/23/17
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    "i was bored!"

    It starts so well. The premise and setting are both great, but then a great wolloping action scene happens. Im sure the intention was that the story should be exciting, but if everything is crisis chapter after chapter it just becomes boring. I was bored and very nearly gave up.

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  • Mart
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    "Good listen"

    Good new story, plenty happening and good way to tie up the original story from the TV series

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