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Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek - a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!

©2016 CBS Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studio, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2016 CBS Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studio, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • cbspock
  • Holbrook, NY United States
  • 12-29-16

Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story

The book is a fun action adventure story with a Star Trek message. Looking forward to the next audiobook

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good Book, Poor Narration

Would you try another book from Christopher L. Bennett and/or Robert Petkoff?

Chris Bennett's book is excellent. It is very "Trek". It's well written and just what McCoy ordered if you are in the mood for a good Star Trek yarn.

Petkoff's narration, on the other hand, is bland, uninspired, and boring. He reads the book like he is reading the news.

I would have enjoyed the experience much more had I read the book normally instead of being put to sleep by Petkoff's single-octave droning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of the Unknown?

Finding the planets hidden inside the Gas Giants! Awesome!

How could the performance have been better?

I won't be buying another book read by Petkoff. Somebody more suited to reading a Trek book should be used on future works. A narrator is needed with drama in his delivery--not the dead pan, flat tones of Petkoff. It would also help if the narrator was more familiar with the delivery of the original actors that play the original crew. Petkoff tried. He's just no good at this type of book.

Did The Face of the Unknown inspire you to do anything?

Read more Trek books by Christopher L. Bennett. He wrote an excellent Star Trek tale (and that's not easy to do).

Any additional comments?

Star Trek book should also have a few sound effects--like what you get with a Star Wars audiobook. We should hear the hum of the ship as the narrator reads, or phasers being fired, or the whirrr of a medical tricoder when it is used.

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Great adventure for any Star Trek lover .

Loved every minute of it. It has all of the hallmarks of the classic Star Trek adventures with a few new ones thrown in. Easy to just kick back and enjoy.

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Star Trek UNABRIDGED. Like watching STO TV.

The Narrator Petkoff keeps getting better with the character voices. His Kirk has become a treat to any fan of the original series. The story was well written and felt true to the original. I hope they will continue these unabridged books.

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Very well written.

True and enriching to the characters outside the main cast, in the related episode. I could picture them clearly in my minds eye. Narration also brilliantly executed. I'd like to be specific, but that may create spoilers for who did not view the original series. Watch the original related episode before listening! You won't be disappointed! It really brought me back!

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Stepping into ST:TAS era

I liked how this book referenced the both Chekov’s leaving the Enterprise for Security Division training and introducing the new bridge crew members seen in Star Trek The Animated Series. The voice characterizations are well done and really make you feel like you are experiencing an episode of the original series.

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True Trek

Looking for a Star Trek book that reads and feels like a true Star Trek Episode? Here it is. The rhythm, character development and key traits, are all present. Even some things that tie to the future of Trek lore are all here.

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Very captivating and exciting

Loved the story and the quality of the presentation. The reader did a great job doing different voices to help me follow the story. The writer had interesting plot twists to add to the excitement. I listened to this book very fast because I wanted to keep listening.

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It's okay.

Great voice characterization by Robert Petkoff. Really captures the essence and the idiosyncrasies of the crew. The story is fine, but fairly run of the mill Trek fare. Nothing groundbreaking for me here. Nothing terribly captivating, but I will probably listen to it again.

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  • R
  • 03-04-17

interesting

interesting story ,not bad ,very good for Star Trek fans.. okay storyline could use a little bit more focus.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-17

ABOUT TIME!

What made the experience of listening to The Face of the Unknown the most enjoyable?

The story is wonderfully compelling, set in the 4th season (wich never happened outside of the books , comics and fan shows) it sets the conclusion to one of the best original series episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" where we finally get more of an insite to the First Federation and its member races

What other book might you compare The Face of the Unknown to, and why?

The way this book is narrated i would compare it to any of the Expanse novels by James S.A Corey or ANY of the books in the Star Trek series by Peter David.. both writing styles of those authors are are evident in this story and its nice to see a combination of the two styles blended together

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

He excelently portrays the charchaters in theior voices most notably the principle cast members. but in this one i was especially impressed how he brought back to life Balok and his recreation of Walker Edmiston original version was incredibly close to accurate

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Thats a tough one as their could be many depending on the screenplay.

the book title sums it sums up the best for now though even in audio format

Any additional comments?

this is an incredibly gripping story and i havent seen any good star trek audro books from simon and shuster for years intill this past year with the legacies series. if you enjoyed those your gonna love this story.. Bravo and i want more adaptations i will happily pay :)

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  • Laurence A. Smith
  • 09-28-17

Too much description not enough story

The storyteller was good but the story was so full of description instead of story line . There were parts where I had been listening for an hour and the actual storyline had not moved on one bit. There were times when you found yourself shouting "Oh get on with it, get to the point" The storyline good idea but the content was bogged down with too much description not enough meat to the story.
Story well read but poor content. I could listen to this guy read a telephone book.

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  • P aul Eaton
  • 02-01-17

The face of the unknown

Well I looked forward to reading this. But I found it a tad hard to swallow. The narration is great. The story is worth a listen or a read though. See what you think.

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  • dot_stockport
  • 01-23-17

i was bored!

It starts so well. The premise and setting are both great, but then a great wolloping action scene happens. Im sure the intention was that the story should be exciting, but if everything is crisis chapter after chapter it just becomes boring. I was bored and very nearly gave up.

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  • Mart
  • 01-04-17

Good listen

Good new story, plenty happening and good way to tie up the original story from the TV series