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  • Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

  • By: David Mack
  • Narrated by: Susan Eisenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new chapter for Trek books

  • By Billly on 10-16-17

A new chapter for Trek books

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I like that there is a bit more variety in modern Trek audiobooks now. Overall, the novel does a good job at exploring more of the backstory of the characters leading up to the new series. There's no real spoilers here, but some of the material are covered in the episodes that have been released so far. David Mack has done a good job as always and this novel gives us insight into the characters and how the show fits into the overall Canon.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Star Trek, Voyager: Pathways (Adapted)

  • By: Jeri Taylor
  • Narrated by: Robert Picardo
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Here is the previously untold story of Captain Janeway's crew. They began as individuals, following very different pathways, but together, under the leadership of one remarkable woman, they have become one of the finest teams in the known universe - the crew of the Voyager. Read by Robert Picardo!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character backgrounds are great!

  • By griffinwhippet on 04-06-09

Above average, for Voyager

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-16

If you've never read or seen Star Trek: Voyager, this is a great starting point. With a look at the back stories of nearly all of the major characters, we get an insight that the series never really provided. I'd say this is Voyager giving an honest best foot forward. Penned by series co-creator Jeri Taylor, Pathways delves into how each character arrived to be aboard Voyager.
The story is best seen as an anthology of stories rather than a number of smaller stories that plug into the overall narrative. That narrative that serves as the catalyst for this collective "tell-all" is nearly the entire senior crew, save Janeway, being captured by some bizarre alien race. Who are they? Who cares? The story doesn't. This bridging narrative is where things fall apart.
I mentioned this is an honest best foot forward and that honesty is on display as the crew concocts an absurd feat of engineering to escape. I won't give that away, but to say having the crew grow magic wings and fly away on the power of hopes and dreams would have been far more believable and practical. That however is a hallmark of Voyager and this wouldn't be a Voyager story with out the overly opportune Deus ex Machina.

Come for the crew's tales, bear with the unbelievable.