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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."

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Joy

I'm not very talented at writing reviews, but it must be done. If you like Star Trek, if you have seen and enjoyed the new Star Trek movies, and especially if, like me, you have marveled over their indescribable casting brilliance, then you owe it to yourself to listen to this novelization and production. You will not regret it. All hail the uber-talented and inimitable Zachary Quinto.

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Best Audio Book Ever

What made the experience of listening to Star Trek Movie Tie-In the most enjoyable?

I'd already seen the movie, and this audio edition fleshed out the characters wonderfully and gave me an insight into their inner selves that no movie could. If anything, I wish the author would've delved deeper into that aspect, but I'm not complaining, just wishing the audio book could've been longer and more in-depth. But, that's just me being greedy! I didn't want the audio book to end!

I'm a huge fan of the original series, so imagining the characters from that series (a young original Dr McCoy and Scotty) was just a joy to experience. In my imagination, I substituted all of the characters with the original actors, except for Mr. Spock. Since Zachary Quinto so perfectly portrays him, I envisioned him as the young Mr. Spock. Plus, that gave me the option of imagining Leonard Nimoy as the elder Mr. Spock - perfect!

Who was your favorite character and why?

That's a tough call, but Kirk will always be my favorite character. I had such a crush on him from the beginning (I was only 19 or 20 when the original series aired on television, and I was a huge fan right from the start). I think he's absolutely irresistible, and this experience of listening to the book just re-ignited my passion for all things Jim Kirk! It doesn't hurt that both actors who have portrayed him are unbelievably handsome and charismatic. The character and personality of the fictional man (along with all the other inhabitants of the Star Trek universe) are what makes the franchise so amazing to experience, both the television series and the movies, as well. Regardless of the quality of the production (or lack thereof), each television episode and movie is special and cherished.

What about Zachary Quinto’s performance did you like?

What's not to like? I could find nothing about his performance to criticize. He has sublime timing and an innate and flawless sense of rhythm. His accents, though not absolutely perfect, are spot on and consistent. He doesn't slaughter the voice of women, as so many narrators do. He's just one of the very best narrators I've ever experienced, and that's saying a lot because over the past few years, I've listened to a LOT of audio books. I have my favorite narrators (I tend to like guys much more), and now he's at the top of my list.

He's a gifted narrator and I fervently hope that he gives many, many more performances in future (I'll be searching for him and will most likely purchase any production he's a part of). I just wish the producers would compensate the narrators much more. They significantly influence which books I purchase. A bad narrator can ruin a book (and cause it to be returned for credit), and a good one causes me to want to hear more of them. Just saying!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Since it's already been made into a film, no need to answer!

Any additional comments?

This audio book is top notch, and I'd highly recommend it to not only Star Trek fans, but all Sci-Fi enthusiasts, as well. Heck, anybody would enjoy it!

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Pretty good!

The story is very well written. Quinto has a great voice, but his performance is not without its flaws. Fortunately most of them, like Chekov's accent, are pretty adorable.

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"Spock" Narrates a great adventure

I absolutely lived the 2009 reboot if the Star Trek franchise. With the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, I wanted to experience some old and new adventures. Having seen this movie numerous times, I opted for Alan Dean Foster's novelization and Mr. Quinto's narration. Both were superb. The little nuances offered by book help flesh out action scenes that flashed on the silver screen, including the true ending of a particular beagle. Definitely recommended.

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it was okay

mentally comparing to the movie while listening... a little disappointed. Quinto‘s performance was enough to get me to the end.

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Enjoyed the audio production

Zachary Quinto does a wonderful job narrating this book. Very nice overall. If you liked the movie, you'll like this too.

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Accents got in the way a little

Would you listen to Star Trek Movie Tie-In again? Why?

No but did enjoy it once

What did you like best about this story?

Tie in how Captain Pike became injured and the loyalty toward him. Can be enjoyed without knowing original Star Trek series.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Zachary Quinto?

So So as accent for Scottie got in the way a little.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No but I do not ever sit and read or listen to a book for much more than an hour.

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Great performance!

What did you love best about Star Trek Movie Tie-In?

Zachary Quinto does a marvelous job capturing the voices of all the different characters in the story. I was completely drawn in. This is definitely a book I will listen to again.

What about Zachary Quinto’s performance did you like?

I absolutely loved his performance, especially his pacing and impersonations.

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Zachary Quinto made this an AWESOME experience!

What made the experience of listening to Star Trek Movie Tie-In the most enjoyable?

I am a huge Star Trek fan, so the story was an automatic 5 stars for me. But Zachary Quinto's outstanding narration made this audiobook a whole new experience for this long-time fan. He has a wonderful voice, but his ability to distinguish characters and convey their emotional conflicts is better than most of the books to which I listen. Even his female voices are believable, without the screechiness that comes from some male narrators. I knew I would love the story when I purchased it, but the audio experience from Zachary gave me a new appreciation for the characters I love. THANKS, Zachary!!! (and I hope you will do more audiobook narrations in the future!)

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Very Similar to the movie

What did you love best about Star Trek Movie Tie-In?

The added detail to the story that the movie left out. It fills in some gaps and helps you to better understand the movie.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James T. Kirk, he is a man of action.

What three words best describe Zachary Quinto’s voice?

Not good to imitate a female (Sorry, 6 words)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Star Trek on steroids.

Any additional comments?

Zachary Quinto does a good job with male characters, but not with female characters.