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Years before they became crewmates on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Commander William Riker and ship's counsellor Deanna Troi had a tempestuous love affair on her home planet of Betazed. Now, as their passions have cooled, the two serve together as close friends. Yet the memories of what passed between them linger and Riker and Troi remain Imzadi, a powerful Betazoid term that describes the enduring bond they still share. On a delicate mission involving negotiations with an aggressive race called the Sindareen, Deanna mysteriously falls ill...and dies. But her death marks the start of an incredible adventure for Riker - an adventure that takes him across time, pits him against one of his closest friends, and forces him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls Imzadi.

©1992 Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved (P)1992 AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Nior/Romance/Naked

THE BEST WAY TO DISCOURAGE YOU IS TO ENCOURAGE YOU?
The story relies heavily on the shock value of a civilization that prefers nakedness. Not sure if it is the writing or Frakes stilted narration, that makes this sound like it is a noir style story. It was not a bad book and even I can last three hours, but it is pretty costly for three hours of only so-so story. If you want to know the background on how Number One and Counselor Troi meet, than it is a must.

I loved Star Trek the Next Generation, but will hve to admit that Frakes character was my least favorite. His narration is very much like the way he played the character on the show. Each sentence is a statement and there is no flow from one sentence to another. If you loved is character for other than his looks, (which you can't see on audio), then you will love his narration.

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Too Short

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I would of prefered to listen to an unabriged verson of the book but it was good for an abriged verson. It would of been better if each audio chapter told what the chapter was while listing since the written book has Epilogue and middle and prolouge all over the place

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  • Kevin
  • Woodlawn, TN, United States
  • 03-01-14

Cut way down, but still pretty good

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Not to bad, I guess I was very disappointed to find that this version was very cut down from the novel version, but overall still a good listen. Audio quality could have been better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Twas OK

It was okay. I know that the story has been rated high for years by fans but it just did not do too much for me. Maybe it was the whole love story thing?

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Horrible recording quality

The sound quality of this recording is horrible. Its all mid-range with no lows or highs. I had to turn the treble way up and the bass down to be able to make out the words without straining. You'd think they would put more time into this. Sorry Peter.

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an enjoyable audio book for Star Trek TNG fans

The Riker/Troi relationship in the series and the subsequent films of the Star Trek TNG crew has been a fascinating one, and I usually don't like stories of a romantic nature. This book, and its accompanying audiobook, has been a personal favorite of mine. It has everything you could want in a novel. Action, adventure, love and romance, time travel, and twists and turns at every stage. It should have been considered a plot for a Trek movie, but alas I am pleased with having the book itself, and this audible audiobook recording. If you're a true Star Trek TNG fan, and have followed the Riker/Troi relationship as nearly all fans did, this will be a wonderful exploration of that relationship. Enjoy the rich tale that started before the series itself was aired.

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  • Kimbo
  • Alexandria, VA United States
  • 04-30-17

Wish they would've done the whole book

This is a good story. I read the actual book, and it would've been great to hear the whole thing. I wish they would not abridge the Star Trek novels on Audible. Jonathan Frakes does a great job of reading it!

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Well narrated

This audiobook was well read, but at times the sound effects track was more of a distraction than an accompaniment.

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Actually... not bad!

If you could sum up Star Trek, The Next Generation in three words, what would they be?

Despite the few continuity errors with the show(since this book was originally released when season 5 of TNG was being made), Imzadi was actually pretty decent both as a novel and as a Star Trek novel. I've read some bad Star Wars novels so, as I am more of a Star Trek fan, I was expecting something along those lines. Still, I remembered seeing this book and wanted to check out the audio version. I was pleasantly surprised.<br/><br/>It's not great, but it's pretty good. Frakes narrates excellently, and his few impressions of Jean-Luc Picard are funny. <br/><br/>This novel may not be for you if you are disinterested in romance. However, this may be a good romance novel for male Trek fans as this novel centers around Riker; I don't know of any other romance novels that come from a male perspective. I'm sure there are some but I've never heard of them. Overall, I could relate to Riker.<br/><br/>It's short and sweet, and I liked it. <br/><br/>The only bad part is the audio quality. Clearly, they got this off of some cassette tapes. It's still perfectly listenable, though, and the actual audiobook sounds slightly better than the sample(which sounds like it was recorded with a bar of soap). If you're not an audiophile then you'll have no problem.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek, The Next Generation?

I don't want to give too much away or give any specifics. Riker's interactions with the Betazoids and his developing relationship with Troi were the most memorable moments.

What does Jonathan Frakes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What's there not to like about the actor voicing the character that he plays on TV? This is so much more fun than just reading the book with some imaginary third-person voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed. I didn't cry. Some might cry but I'm not that type.

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  • B Huck
  • Canyon Country, CA
  • 11-24-12

The backstory we needed for Riker and Troi!

Would you listen to Star Trek, The Next Generation again? Why?

Yes, because I love the franchise and any chance to further the journey, I'm there.

What did you like best about this story?

Jonathan Frakes did a great job narrating the story based on his character, Will Riker.

What does Jonathan Frakes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You get to hear the actual voice of Riker and that really enhances the enjoyment of this audiobook.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While I wasn't quite moved to tears, I was quite moved at the conclusion of the book. I did however, laugh several times.

Any additional comments?

If you ever wanted to know the backstory of how Riker and Troi got together and explain that odd sexual tension they had on the show and but were never really told why, "Imzadi" finally answers that and other questions. Some great cameos include Deanna's mother, Lwaxana, and a nice appearance by an older Wesley Crusher that will make you cheer. I won't spoil the surprise, but let's just say, when he was introduced, I was like, "Yea, that's cool. Good for Wes!" Wonderfully read by Jonathan Frakes, this is a true treat for all Star Trek the Next Generation fans.

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  • Adam
  • 09-25-17

amazing listen.

packed full of action, relationship and one hell of a narrator. fully recommended. would listen to it again

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  • Jarreck Dilynda
  • 09-13-17

Poor recording quality

No problem with the performance or story - though an unabridged version would have been more enlightening.

The quality however is lacking, often echoes can be heard and loud hisses. I have this on Cassette which has better quality - still conveniently this version is on my phone 😄

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  • lilac
  • 04-10-17

Really great book if you like star trek.

I loved this book. The sound recording is a bit fuzzy and it's obviously an old book but if you like the Deanna and Riker story in the TV series you'll love this. It fills in lots of the gaps. There is a big sci fi element to the book but it is fundamentally a love story so some people might not like it for that. Personally I thought it was brilliant and listened to it pretty much in one go.

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  • Hedwig
  • 03-31-17

Still have this on cassette tape...

... and still brings a tear to my eye. Always loved the relationship between these two and the fact there was so much depth there which was hinted at on screen. I love a happy ending and always imagined theirs!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-22-16

sound quality terrible

this would have been more enjoyable but the recording sounds like it's been recorded with a toaster. add to this the echo and sound effects is was almost unlistenable. Jonathan frakes is enjoyable but his masculine voice did not fit with the female characters. I found myself being confused as to who was speaking.

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  • Kat
  • 07-11-16

Wonderful Audio Version of my Favourite TNG Book

This has been my favourite Star Trek TNG book since I was 11 years old and discovered I loved Star Trek. Peter David is one of my favourite Star Trek authors, and the way he intertwines Troi and Riker's relationship with alternate realities is pure skill. The pace of the writing never falters, even in this abridged version of the book. Shame it wasn't longer. The sound affects really add atmosphere to an already great narration.

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  • Nabil Hussain
  • 04-07-13

Imzadi review

This story was the abridged version of the novel. The sound effects and dramatic reading proved to be quite entertaining and was well recevied.