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The Maelstrom, a metaphysical whirlpool of apocalyptic proportions, is pulling all of reality into its maw, devouring the totality of time and space while bringing together people and places from throughout the universe. The Q Continuum pronounces that the end of everything has come, but Q refuses to meekly accept the complete termination of all he has known. Defying the judgment of the Continuum, he sets out to derail doomsday at whatever the cost. Q is joined in his quest by his young son, little q, as well as by two displaced Starfleet officers. Snatched from the U.S.S. Enterprise by the inexorable pull of the Maelstrom, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data have no choice but to accompany Q on a hazardous journey into the very heart of the vortex, where they will encounter wonders and dangers enough to render Q himself speechless. Almost.

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Fun and laughs

What can be said about John DeLancie? He is fantastic. He brings all of his charisma and charm to this book that he did to his role on TNG. I don't think any former cast member could do a better job than John. I actually laughed out loud last night while walking my dog. People must have thought I was wierd.
I only wish the story could have been longer, or at least unabridged. Every part of a book is important, not just the action parts. Thank you John DeLancie for writing this book and thank you for narrating it!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Hurray for Q!

I really apprecaite the Star Trek stories featuring Q, even more so in the novels than in the television program. They seem to focus on a kind of science fiction I like - philosophical, questioning reality and the nature of existence. Also, the Q character has really developed from a mischievous enigma, to a full and multi-dimensional character. This is a really well done story, with great narration. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • Pitman, NJ, USA
  • 02-05-05

Great Q Title, Excellent Work

I found this title somewhat more enjoyable than the other available titles featuring the character Q. John is not only a great actor, but a great voice actor as well. The story is quite enjoyable. Q manages to go off on his many tangents throughout the story, moving from thought to thought, much like his character did in the TNG series. The story is full of important social commentary, which I found very appropriate for this day and age. It isn't amazing, and the pivotal points and climax are not extraordinary, but at the end it left me saying "Hmmmm...". An enjoyable story, and well worth the 3 hour investment.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A fun book!

John DeLancie is a wonderful reader. I enjoyed this book very much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Any story with Q in it is bound to be good

John de Lance is a wonderful reader, especially for a story involving Q.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A bit too abridged

I read the book and thought it was a fun read with a lot of callbacks to the Spock vs Q stand-up bit. However, this cuts out quite a bit from the book, including some of the more entertaining lines and scenes. Still worth the listen if you've got an extra credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great

I love Q. Great story line. You are introduced to a unseen side of Q. You see the love for his family and will do anything to keep them.

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Beautiful

What a beautiful story of life, death, God's and Mortals. If I could meet t her I would

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That's my Q.

Growing up, John de Lancie defined my idea of the “omnipotent being” as a carefree, whimsical and somewhat infantile entity. In “I, Q”, his saga-spanning character traits are brought to face with continuum-sized physical and philosophical challenges not thoroughly explored in his series appearances, in an adventure which – for once – places Q at the helm and employs Picard and Data in reluctant supporting roles. Faced with the threat of the end of the universe in the apparent form of the natural termination of time and space, Q wrestles with questions of powerfulness and powerlessness, his own mortality, his ability to work together with the Enterprise officers (of course), relations and quarrels with other Q, the significance of family, and his own attitude toward the divine.

Because it’s larger than life, the story's premises and facts are sometimes as silly as Q is, blowing the proverbial airlock door off the realm of current-day scientific viability and well into that of the wilder imagination.

Not just because he was a co-writer, De Lancie is the only appropriate performer, and his dramatic, sarcastic and intrigued peroration – the delightfully entertaining main attraction here – is tastefully enhanced by sound and music throughout. Though he doesn’t even attempt Picard’s accent (perhaps the only suggestion in all of Star Trek that Q isn’t truly omnipotent), he conveys Data surprisingly well, and has moments of dialogue among Klingons, Romulans, Borg and more.

Marnie Mosiman – a one-time guest actor from The Next Generation and De Lancie’s apparent companion – makes a charming guest appearance in this production as well, bracketing Q’s own story with an evocative prologue and epilogue.

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This may..<br />

This may be everything you expect.

And maybe even more.

That bit more is what makes it important.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-06

Star Trek, The Next Generation: I, Q

John de Lancie is excellent at 'Q' the story is very amusing throughout, he keeps the tempo just about right, the imagination works overtime from beginning to end. If you like ?Q? then this is the one for you.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-04-16

First ever audio book - very disappointing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadly this was a very disappointing first experience with audio books. Though John De Lancie made a superb attempt to engage the listener, it just wasn't enough to make up for the weak and often vague storyline. Rather than a well-thought out plotline, it felt very much like an unending, disjointed ramble punctuated with occasional plot points, weak attempts at humour, and constant (overly long) mini-stories that seemed to add very little to the overall tale. On more than one occasion I found myself wondering what on Earth the current dialogue had to do with the story, only to find it summed up in a single statement that would have more than sufficed in the first place. At other times it felt like the author was trying to vent their own personal grievances (nearly 5 minutes spent criticising religion for no apparent purpose other than to justify that Q didn't believe in a superior being, which had already been highlighted earlier in the story?). Sadly this experience has put me off audiobooks for the time being.

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  • Judith
  • 12-08-11

star trek tng iq

I did not like the character q, but after listening to this I understand him better. And I see why so many people like this character.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful