Regular price: $23.93

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Are you willing to settle for an ordinary life? Or do you think you were meant for something better? Something special?"

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness and obscurity. "You will forever be a child of two worlds, capable of choosing your own destiny. The only question you face is, which path will you chose?"

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

"The wait is over."

Engage! Listen to more of our Star Trek titles.
©2009 Paramount Pictures Corporation; (P)2009 Simon and Schuster

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    449
  • 4 Stars
    200
  • 3 Stars
    65
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    6

Performance

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    353
  • 4 Stars
    92
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    310
  • 4 Stars
    119
  • 3 Stars
    28
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Kimbo
  • Alexandria, VA United States
  • 05-27-17

Wow very nice!

Zachary Quinto was a pleasure to listen to. The story was good, and amazingly the writing was good. This really enjoyable to listen to and I was very entertained, thank you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Fantastic!

This was really really good. I'll grant it was probably mostly because Zachary Quinto's narration was fantastic, but I also enjoyed the story as an expansion of the movie. Totally worth the purchase. He was able to do every single voice and made me feel like I could see each person speaking. Honestly fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Fascinating!

Zachary Quinto brought a style I hadn't expected. I enjoyed there extra tidbits that made it all the more exiting!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

loved the movie; love the retelling.

the screenplay was one of test in the star trk franchise. Alan dean foster does it justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Much much better than expected

We knew the storyline but the voice from Z Quinto and detailed history were surprisingly good, great book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • William
  • OLYMPIA, WA, United States
  • 06-02-09

It is the movie

You get a little more from this. If your a person who knows trek and the name of the first captain of the Enterprise (April)you enjoy this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Watch the movie and do not waste your time on this

This is ALMOST a verbatim transcript of the movie with little additional material. What is added is almost painful to listen too. Example: When Kirk is being chased by the creature prior to finding Nimoy's Spock, he thinks about what the creature is and what it is called then wonders to himself how it is that he knows that information.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Book Could Have Filled Gaps

For ultimate Trekkers this film is probably the best ever, but there are a few holes that should have been plugged... scientifically so to speak.

Someone like Orson Scott Card could have delved into the rich background of Vulcan and Romulan psychology, and the turmoil tearing at Spock's emotions as he struggled through childhood and into adulthood.

A more in-depth book could have explored the Romulan Captain; the passion behind his unquenchable rage, WHY Romulus was destroyed, the events that lead up to the failure of saving his planet.

A book could have explored the background into the childhood, of Kirk. His struggle with rage, self-confidence, self-doubt; how friends influenced and molded the man he became.

Rather, we only have a superficial scratching of the surface. A movie can only go so far, but a book offers so much more. With a little research, time and creativity, this story could have given us comprehensive look into the motion picture.

To elaborate, I reference the film by James Cameron; "The Abyss." The screenplay was written by James Cameron; the book by Orson Scott Card. The book was actually written while the movie was being filmed; a backward approach, so-to-speak. The book explores so much more and is one of the best in my collection.

Don't get me wrong; This was a GREAT MOVIE; a great story, a great cast and fantastic special effects. But so much more could have been done here with a book to really explain what the film could not.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Having enjoyed the film MANY times

I enjoyed the Audible book too. I was surprised that there was very little in the book that was not in the movie. The extra time was simply used in the explanation of action and thought processes. the few things that I thought we're not in the movie, could have been and I'd just forgotten them.

I enjoyed the narration. I think it would have been difficult to have heard Spock portrayed by any other narrator.Yet he did a good job in his improvisation of the other characters.

All in All, I was surprised how much I enjoyed the same story drawn out four fold.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A flawless narration by Zachary Quinto

The narration was perfect! The intonations where just the right pitch with no exaggerations:
Scotty’s accent, Nyota Uhura's voice, the good Dr McCoy … Just the right balance. Every personage was excellently voiced.

Sometimes, I even forget it’s the same person doing it all; other times I get moved.

He also brings a great deal of dignity and warmth to the Older version of Spock.

I highly recommend it!!!