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Publisher's Summary

Sector 221-G: For the whole of Federation history, this large volume of space has been controlled by the Thallonians, a cruel, militaristic race of whom little is known except that they rule the other races in their sector with an vicious iron hand. Now the Thallonian Empire has collapsed and the systems it once ruled are in chaos. Old hatreds are surfacing. Petty tyrants control deadly weapons. World after world is descending into disorder and self-destruction. The Federation must send a starship to help where it can and report what it finds. That ship is the U.S.S. Excalibur, a newly refit Ambassador-class starship manned by a crew of Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star Trek, The Next Generation and some of the strongest new characters ever found on a Federation starship. Join Captain Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur as they explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before!


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A good story, but mired in

Having read some of the later chapters of the New Frontier series, I enjoyed the origins of Calhoun. The characters came to life here and I thoroughly enjoyed the little twist at the end.

My only complaints, and why I had to give this only three stars is the narration was done in a peculiarly halting pattern. Speaking - like - a - parody - of - James - Kirk. In addition, the sound track and sound effects were much too loud and had me constantly adjusting volume to avoid the loud effects and to hear the narration which would then be too quiet.

I will be more cautious and try to avoid other titles produced in the same manner.

Conclusion: good story, but overwhelmed by the post-production.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Listening is an uphill battle

I enjoy a variety of Star Trek books on audio and in paper. These are no exception, and Peter David is one of my all-time favorite Trek authors. However, the narrator delivers the majority of the dialogue in a stilting, almost painful, manner. Other reviewers likened it to James T. Kirk's speech, but I find it much more difficult to listen to than Shatner's Kirk. I am seriously considering simply buying the books to read, so I can finish the story without having to suffer any longer. Story: 4 stars. Narration: 0 stars

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What fun for a Trekkie

These four books, the first in the "New Frontier" series offers up an amalgom of both the old and the new. Cmr. Shelby and Ensign Lefler from the "Next Generation" TV series and of course the new in Capt. Calhoun and several other new characters.

This series will hold you tightly to your ear phones until the very last word. I thoughtly enjoyed the first four books of the "Star Trek: New Frontier" series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy
  • Willow Springs, MO, USA
  • 12-21-04

Great Story

I read these books many years ago and really enjoyed them. Peter David remains the best of the Star Trek fiction writers out there, and <i>Star Trek: New Frontier</i> is one of his better cretions. He mixes in old names and faces from the <i>ST:TNG</i> series with some new characters and races to create a great story. This abridgement of the first four books does a good job of keeping the main story points without losing too much of the character and plot development that sometimes happens with abridgements. As some reviewers have pointed out, this audiobook contains special effect and background noises, which can at times be annoying, but unlike some reviewers I didn't feel it detracted too much for the reading. There were maybe two times when the background noises drowned out the narrator. As to the narration itself, I thought the reader made some interesting vocal choices in his rendering of certain characters that just didn't work, but overall it's a decent enough job. If you like <i>Star Trek</i> and are looking for a new take on the <i>ST:TNG</i> universe, then <i>New Frontier</i> is a great choice. In reading this series I've often wondering why this isn't a series. It would certainly be a better choice than the too often boring <i>Enterprise</i>.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Mitchellville, MD, USA
  • 05-06-04

A Hard Listen

I am an avid Star Trek fan but this audiobook was very hard to maintain interest. The story may have been fine but I couldn't get past the narration. The narration made it hard to follow the story line and I found my attention wandering a great deal.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bad version

This is an abridged version and missed a lot of the better parts of these books.

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  • The Hawk
  • Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
  • 07-19-15

Oh my stars and garters! - F.L. Smith, Jr.

Loved this 1st introduction of the New Frontier; the characters are unique and yet still familiar. Peter David just blows me away with his writing. Joe Morton has always been more than "Poppa Pope"! I wish that this had been the unabridged version!

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They butchered the book!

Would you try another book from Peter David and John J. Ordover and/or Joe Morton?

Definately from Peter David but not by Joe Morton! Joe Morton made all the "Villain" characters sound like reptiles and the rest like robots. I mean, he made Calhoun sound like a freaking illiterate moron.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Trek, New Frontier?

none

How could the performance have been better?

Well, the story is missing several key components and paragraphs, even whole Chapters! In book 1, the entire section of Seler entering Pon Farr and her husband dying was skipped entirely. Several key descriptions in the story was removed, dialog was completely removed. It was like they went in, decided which parts to remove and then had a robot tell the story. This could have been done much better. It would be better if Audible removed this story until someone does an Unabridged version with a better story teller like Scott Pelley.

What character would you cut from Star Trek, New Frontier?

I don't have to cut any character because the book was butchered to begin with.

Any additional comments?

This audio book needs to be redone with a better narrator and unabridged.

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Narration Ruined It For Me

What aspect of Joe Morton’s performance would you have changed?

Everything! I love Joe Morton as an actor in Eureka and Terminator 2, but his narration of this book is awful and hard to listen to. For the entire beginning of the book I thought that Captain Calhoun was a Klingon. No matter what character he is reading, it all sounds like a mix of Klingon and Capt. Kirk.

Any additional comments?

I only made it to Chapter 4 before I could not listen to the book any further. I don't think it had anything to do with the story and my buddy that read the real book tells me this is an awesome series. It is the narration that I couldn't stand and found really hard to follow. It's too bad, because this book was really the only reason I joined audible.

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  • Robert
  • pittsburgh, pa, United States
  • 01-14-12

A New Frontier Indeed

What did you love best about Star Trek, New Frontier?

Not the standard schlock from a Star Trek book. It mixes secondary characters from the Next Generation with a new ship, a new captain, and a new mission. This series isn't limited by the Star Trek cannon as the other books are. Because Peter David launches a new crew and a new ship which is limited only by the author's imagination. And Peter David is one of the greats.<br/><br/>It still gets mired down at times trying to impress Trekkies/Trekkers. In this storyline it is the

What did you like best about this story?

The fresh new characters. Captain Calhoun and Si Cwan are standout characters.

What about Joe Morton???s performance did you like?

A great performance. This is not my first audio performed by Mr. Morton. He never disappoints.

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

The action and adventure of the first Star Trek, back in the 24th Century

Any additional comments?

For Trek fans, it's a new adventure. For newbies, this is the beginning of a new adventure. Beam on board from the beginning.

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 11-26-08

An intriguing story.

This is quite an interesting book. Initially, you are wondering what it's all about, but as the story progresses, things become clearer. The 'splits' of the 4 books, give you moments of pause, allowing you to digest the story fully. These splits also prompt you into wondering what will happen next, excellently constructed.

Another worthwhile story to add to my collection :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-14-17

Great listen and read

Read the books as a teenager now in my thirties even better to listen to Now I can read books 5 and 6 now

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-25-17

Not good enoigh

Loved the original novels but you lose Peter David's wit and love for the charaters when abridging his work. Also don't like the performers choices for Mac no one would follow him sounding like that. with a better performer and the original novels I bet this would be a 5 star review. would love for more of the New Frontier stories to be adapted but unabridged.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-16

Great Story I had read the books years ago and it

It was nice to listen to it and picture the crew again by their voices