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Star Trek: Federation

Narrated by: Mark Lenard
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 are faced with their most challenging mission: rescuing renowned scientist Zefram Cochrane from an evil captor who wants to use Cochrane's skills to conquer the galaxy. Meanwhile, 99 years in the future on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701- D, Captain Picard and his crew are heading toward a black hole that, unbeknownst to them, holds the key to the future of the Federation. As the two crews struggle to fulfill their missions, destiny draws them closer together until past and future merge - and the fate of each of the two legendary starships rest in the hands of the other.

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A GREAT book. TERRIBLE abridgement/performance.

I read the dead tree version of this book back in the late 90s. It takes an alternate view of the founding of both the federation and warp drive. Also, the fist cross over between the TNG and TOS crews. It is sort of a alternate version of the TNG movies "Generations" and "First Contact." Really, I think the book does a better job of both of those event than the movies. I LOVED the book.

Here's the rub though, I HATED this audio book. The worst part was the abridgment. I normally steer clear of abridged books and this is a great example of why. Whoever made the cuts didn't stop when he hit bone. Things feel rushed and don't make much since after the abridgment. Also, the production is horrible. They try to do some sound effects. If they were done well, that might help the book along. In this case, they just sound cheesy and cheep. They accomplish nothing but periodically remind you that you are listening to a book. It is like an annoying person poking you every once in a while to take you out of the moment (what few the abridgment author decided to leave in).

Overall, this version is a major pass for me. If Audible ever releases an unabridged version with toned down production, I'll be all over it. But this version is really worse than not having the story at all. Skip!

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  • Alan
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-29-09

Cool overall plot but feels rushed

Overall, it's a cool story that involves 3 generations of Star Trek lore, but it's a strangely paced story (perhaps due to being abridged?). It starts out plodding along then rushes along at the end. It's plot driven with little characterization. But still, it's a fun, satisfying read, just lacking any kind of depth. Dispensible fun.

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  • Tim
  • parma hts, OH, USA
  • 12-25-07

Wow

This is quit possibaly the best Star Trek novel/audiobook avaible. this is a Star Trek Story with alot of heart and action. Well worth your time and money, also it's good reason to buy a Platinum membership with Auduble; if you havn't already. In short this Star Trek Novel won't disappoint.

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  • Charles
  • Morrison, TN, USA
  • 01-17-03

Good. Not great, but good just the same

The story was good, but the ending was a bit of a let down. I would definately recommend it to Star Trek fans. Well worth a listen..

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Compelling story of the TOS Cochrane.

Made alive by Mark Lenard. Sufficient fan service as Kirk is shown to be "that good."

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AAABBRIDGEDDD!!

Was okay until told this was abridged. Abridged books are not the author's book. There.

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Mark Leonard was an unusual choice.

since the read version didn't finish the story, it felt like it was half done.

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  • Scott
  • SOUTH BEND, IN
  • 05-26-18

Excellent!!!

Though no longer a cannon story...its still a good one...Mark Leonard does a great job!!

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Exactly like the original Star Trek series

A short story weaved into the existing lore. It's a bit campy and not very subtle. It introduces new persons and technology that was not mentioned before and will not be mentioned again, and leaves the universe unchanged, mimicking the good old one-and-done episodes perfectly.
If you like old school Trek, you will like this.

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Poor Abridgement

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story is interesting, and you get into it, but the abridgment is very obvious and poorly done

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  • Mark Shackleford
  • 07-06-18

Worth Getting

loved it, clever tie-in of 3 Star Trek time periods. Held me to the end.