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Veridian lll: A world has been saved, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D lies in ruins, and one of the galaxy's greatest heroes rest beneath a simple cairn of rocks on a lonely hillside. But as a legendary Vulcan ambassador comes at last to the grave of his best and dearest friend, the adventure is only beginning. For the Borg and renegades from the Romulan Empire have joined forces in an unholy alliance against the United Federation of Planets, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by mysterious alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard. From Deep Space Nine to the Borg Homeworld itself, the battle is joined in the ultimate confrontation between the old generation and the new. Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed, as Riker, Spock, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest find themselves enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit.

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  • John
  • Hammond, ON, Canada
  • 04-21-04

A fantastic listen

This book kept me interested into the very end. I am not a person who picks apart a book on its technical details but by the pure enjoyment of the read. I am sure there are parts which are not up to the other Star Trek writes, but I still enjoyed it considerably. Having it narrated by William Shatner was a bonus and added to the books quality. I will be listening too all the books in this series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Kirk through Shatner's Eyes

and it is wince-inducing. This is a sub-par Star Trek novel. In fact it sounds like a slightly longer version of fanfic that you can find online. The plot is thin and there is zero character development.
It gets two stars because it's amusing to here Shatner give voice to Data.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Only for the Trekkies

If your not a Trekkie? Your going to get lost in s hurry here. A lot of Trek babble that you might not know . But uf you are a Trekkie? You will gine this a good entertaining read.

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I do hope they make a movie based on this storyline! As for the audio - great job on voice and sound!

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Awesome story and great naration by Shatner!!

Great naration...sound effects and story.... kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time

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  • M
  • 07-19-17

William Shatner, Breaking the Star Trek Universe

What disappointed you about Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)?

Across most of the Star Trek books, they stay pretty true to character. The personalities are believable because they are consistent and true to who they are... until William Shatner completely ruins everything.

What was most disappointing about William Shatner’s story?

Shatner's writing creates fundamental character changes/flaws in tried and true characters, mostly to put Kirk in the spotlight, even when some scenarios seem unlikely. I love Star Trek, I've been a huge fan for decades, but this book I tell you...

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It's Shatner, his narration pacing is probably one of the most unique in the industry, and no, it did not match the pace of the story. Ol' Shatner got a little to whisper heavy on this book.

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

The book sparked frustration, and ultimately betrayal, specifically Shatner's inability to keep the characters consistent and true to their personalities.

Any additional comments?

Garak / Quark, 2020!

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Excellent Star Trek Story and Borg.

It was very well done. I enjoyed the plot and story. Good weaving of Captain Picard and Captain Kirk and Borg.

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spectacular use of the Star Trek Universe

Shatner has exceeded all my expectations and achieved my impossible desire for Pjcard and Kirk to collaborate again. I know the remaining stories wil not fail.

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  • Haloegrace
  • GRANTS PASS, OR, United States
  • 09-29-16

cool borg ships and riker and data and laforge

good . veger and ships borg secrecy and legends of generations of old and new

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It's Shatner

The book is good; however, Mr. Shatner's pacing of the book is hurried to me. In an attempted to be suspenseful, he rushes much of the detail. Special effects are used to change his voice some in the book for secondary characters, but it can be difficult to tell a difference between main characters. Overall, I've always enjoyed this book, but it might have been better in audio if read by someone with better vocal skills and pacing.

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  • mr
  • 12-23-12

Shatner writes himself back to life

In many ways I get the feeling that Shatner wrote this book because he couldn't cope with the idea of a star trek universe without Kirk. Kirk is the out and out hero in this book and while most of our other favourite characters appear, this is a kirk story.



The book shares Shatner's bombastic sensibility and addresses many of the failings of the 'generations' film. The book is a no holes barred adventure and is has a unique charm. If you enjoy Shatner's sense of humour and grandiosity you will like this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • P Lancaster
  • 12-04-15

Makes me wish this was unabridged...!

Where does Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better Star Trek audio books out there - but I just wish this was the full, unabridged, version...! It's an old recording now (roughly 10 years old - coming out not long after the Star Trek: Generations film, and the Ashes Of Eden book preceding it) - but it stands up well!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spock - because his character's backstory managed to put a completely unexpected perspective on the closing parts of the story!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Kirk and Picard meet again!

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

It made me smile as I listened - reminding me of the golden days of Star Trek!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-01-12

An enjoyable story and read by the one of the best

The story follows on well from the Star Trek Generations movie. Whilst some elements of the plot are a bit far fetched it's a great listen and has all the classic Star Trek moments. Kirk and Picard in another battle to the end. Enjoyed it.

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  • Neil
  • 07-20-17

Great book, but edited down into an ok audio book.

I've read this book atleast twice, but this audio book has removed some of the nuance. you get the gist of the story but I don't feel it tells the full story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-17

awesome

very engaging and well told.
Shatner is AWESOME AS EVER
great use of Characters and fits nicely in the timeline

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  • lilac
  • 09-02-16

Great book for trek fans

It was great to hear a new sorry about some much loved characters. The story itself was pretty good. I think fans of the show will like the book. I really liked how it used extra characters in little cameo roles.

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 08-09-15

Pretty good!

Kirk returns back, but in a strange and mysterious way; only to risk his life again.

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  • andrew menzies
  • 05-20-15

shatner is amazing

the story is amazing. the narrative is well thought out and the sound effects help make the story more real. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a star trek fan.

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  • Nabil Hussain
  • 10-08-13

A welcome inclusion of Kirk into Stat Trek

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's great to see William Shatner's contribution to the Star Trek mythos.It's a great 3hr <br/>story featuring Kirk, Picard and Spock. it's thrilling to listen to and follow.

What other book might you compare Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) to, and why?

Ashes of Eden although I haven't listened to it at time of writing this review.

What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characters come to life and Shatner brings enthusiasm to the story associated with him playing the part of James T Kirk. The whole story is covered with his passion and dedication to the genre.

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

Yes unfortunately I had to listen in two parts as there wasn't time.

Any additional comments?

A great story and well worth the price paid.