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Star Trek, New Frontier

Books 1-4
Narrated by: Joe Morton
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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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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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

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

7 of 8 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>.

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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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Great book poorly adapted.

Hopefully someday they'll release unabridged versions of the NF books. This doesn't do them justice.

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Pretty good.

The story was good, however, the narrator needed to be replaced with someone else. The person doing the narration was horrible.

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Good stories, poor execution

The halting speech patterns grew annoying about half way through. The "accents" made it worse. But, I love Star Trek, so I put up with the short comings.

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Great book/Annoying Reading

I've read the book before and loved it. It was awesome to hear the story come to life. I did however get annoyed with the way the reader used his voice for some of the characters. Especially the main Character, Mac. Having pauses as they speak almost had me turn it off.

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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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  • 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 :-)

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  • Adam Smith
  • 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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  • Mike
  • 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