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The Kobayashi Maru is the test given to cadets at the Starfleet Academy - a simulated no-win situation in space. For James Kirk it was a challenge that defined him as a leader. For Chekov it meant a struggle against his own personality. For Sulu and Scotty it was a matter of the spirit and a second chance...Now, the Starfleet officers look back on those youthful days. Their shuttlecraft is drifting helplessly in space. Sharing with each other the painful, often fierce lessons of their Kobayashi Maru, each man struggles to tap his inner strength and to overcome the most desperate situation of their careers!

©2013 Julia Ecklar (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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if you only try one of these, this is it

If you could sum up Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru (Adapted) in three words, what would they be?

After Leonard Nemoy died recently, I wanted to look back to a favorite character from childhood. These dramatizations seem to be a format for 90-minute cassettes, hince 2 45-minute chapters. Knowing they are vintage, the sound affects and voice characterizations are actually fun. The story of this one is a quilt of several stories. Each of the characters describes his experience taking the Kobayashi Maru test. I liked Leonard's autobiography, too. He is missed and remembered.

What did you like best about this story?

The stories inside the story format. The different approaches to the test each of the characters took, defining their style.

Have you listened to any of James Doohan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is surprisingly one of the best of the original cast doing these voice characterizations.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ask JJ Abrahms :)

Any additional comments?

These Star Trek shorts are overpriced and should be more affordable and popular. Maybe bind 5 of them for one credit, similar to the History Channel sets.

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not entirely unabridged

I have always enjoyed this book whenever I read it. I purchase unabridged versions of books when I get them in audio format whenever possible. I definitely enjoyed the presentation, but was a bit disappointed to find that quite a bit had been left out. I realize the portions that were left out weren't really essential to the performance or story, especially if the listener hadn't read it before, but to someone who has probably read it a few dozen times at least, it left the over all story feeling a bit disjointed and more like a collection of related short stories. over all, still an enjoyable listen.

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Too much was cut

Too much was cut. I remember reading the book as a kid and this is missing a lot of story. like how thet tried using their personal suits jet packs to propel the shuttle, etc.

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Great Star Trrk book

This is one of my favorite Star Trek novels. I could listen to it over and over again. The audio version is also a great listen.

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A chance to hear Scotty again (James Doohan)

It was wonderful to hear James Doohan once again. The story was too short but worth it.

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Awesome to hear Scotty to bad it is an abridgment

This is one of my favorite Star Trek novels.

And Scotty “James Doohan” did a great job.

The main issue is that it is “adapted” aka an abridgment of the novel.

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Great Story I love it as it gives insight on Kirk

The book gives insight into Kirk's ingenuity to solve the no win scenario. He showed his brilliant mind

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One of the biggest Trek mysteries. ahead light uoo

Always wonders what the scenario was, finally some I sight I go it through the eyes of the crew.
James Doohan's narration gives the words life!
A must read for any Trek fan!

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Not an Unabridged Book: Disappointing

I suppose it is my own fault that I didn't notice how short the performance was before buying it, but I was excited to see this book listed under the Unabridged Book section and I was VERY disappointed to find it was not actually Unabridged at all. I assume that the "Adapted" wording in the title is how they get away with that? Buyer Beware.

James Doohan was a great performer, but the truncated stories were pretty disappointing when I was hoping for the full stories that I vaguely recalled from when I read this book years ago. The abridging leaves the characters making poorly explained decisions that don't make sense without further context.

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Fun !

Excellent story telling !
Very imaginative and takes me back to the days when stories were dreamed about long after the story was told.

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  • 04-01-21

Not as good as the novel.

Was nice to hear this version. But the book is longer and goes into more details.

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  • 11-10-15

like a great night down the pub with tos crew

i loved this! i grinned from ear to ear. basically, some of the tos senior staff recount their experience of the kobiashi maru will drifting in a shuttle. wish uhura had been on board - guess theres scope for another rale. someone?

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