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Why on earth is this abridged? I read the book years ago and loved how it interwove multiple storylines and aspects from both classic Trek and the Next Generation. When I saw John de Lancie narrating, I thought it would be fun to listen to the Audible performance. I didn't see the "Abridged" notation on the item, and only upon listening did I realize that there was a problem. The abridged version only tells a small fraction of the story, and the missing pieces are so great as to render the story line incomprehensible. There's no reason to abridge this either. The original book isn't very large, and there's certainly nothing controversial about the subject matter. I can't imagine what the impetus was. Maybe deLancie's fee was too high? But then why use him as the narrator?
Do yourself a favour and stay away.
I purchased this download thinking it was a download-version of the two-cassette abridged version released years ago. Too bad, this download consists of only the material from the second cassette.
Abridged is one thing, but only providing the second half of an already abridged story is quite another. The real tragedy of it is this work by Peter David is conceptually superior to most of the Star Trek:TNG Movies and all but the most exceptional Stark Trek: TNG episodes. Plus, John de Lancie's performance is brilliant!!
Audible and Simon & Schuster had the opportunity to provide a truly delicious story that's already in audio formant. Instead what's provided is the equivalent of a waiter bringing you someone else's half-eaten entree in the hope you will not notice.
I used to have a audio cassette of the unabridged version and it was outstanding. This abridged version is terribly disappointing.
This "audible" program is confusing and the Q Squared download is WRONG. It starts off in the middle of the recording (story). I thought I was downloading a simple audio recording to Windows Media player to burn to CD or IPod for listening. Instead it's on some website that I have to enter passwords on my computer just to listen. I'm getting this off my computer.
(If you can find a good and accurate copy of the audio book for simple Windows Media MP3 and CD download, then you're good to go, because it is a good star trek story)
I couldn't listen to this audiobook because the the sound quality was terrible (downloaded in format 4). I'll just have to buy the paperback.
story line fits in well with the series
all Q stories are great this one was a totally connected to the original & the next generation
Q was & is my favorite
a story that ties both universes together
John de Lancie is engaging as he reads this fascinating exploration into the Q continuum. He provides more than Q's whimsical charm demonstrating his ability to build dramatic tension, touching character moments, as well as suspense throughout the book. While this is only a short story, Peter David offers a compelling Next Generation tale that finds links to Original Trek through the fan favourite character Trelane. Dealing with alternate realities is difficult enough, but David goes further and offers multiple alternate realities collapsing into one. David demonstrates a deep knowledge of the Star Trek universe writing characters and events that are faithful to the television series. This is a great addition to the Star Trek universe.
reader of books
I like this one quite a bit. There were a couple of spots I found hard to follow. This might have been because of the abridged nature of the story but I could figure it out easily enough.
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