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Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact (Adapted)

Narrated by: Gates McFadden
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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From the deepest, darkest reaches of space came the greatest threat the Federation had ever faced: the Borg. Half organic, half mechanical, the Borg were relentless and bent on conquering and "assimilating" all intelligent life; a single Borg vessel destroyed 39 Federation starships, decimating Starfleet. Stronger and more dangerous than ever, they are ready to launch a new attack against the Federation, one that threatens its past...its present...and its future. Only the determination of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew can prevent the Borg from striking at the heart of the Federation and Earth.

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What an audible book should be

At first I was hesitant purchasing this title since I have seen the movie multiple times. I never thought an audible version could come close to being as compelling. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover I could not be more wrong. Most books are a solely narration and if you are lucky the narrators talent can enhance the listeners experience. In this title sound effects, musical scoring, and narration are all skillfully interwoven like no other audible book I can recall. This makes for a unique audible experience. And the writing is superb in my opinion.

I am not reviewing the story here so as not to spoil it, and only wish to comment that for me the production aspects of this title were unique and made it worth purchasing. There is also a small amount of content which was not in the movie but is added in the audible book giving it new substance and meaning at times.

Overall 5 stars across the board for me, performance by Gates McFadden was excellent,believeable, and on spot, and the story which I won’t comment in detail here is compelling, dark at times, and humorous.

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good movie tie-in

The book was well written and the narrator did a great job. I've been waiting for this book for years.

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Resistance is Futile... mostly

this is a good adaptation of an excellent movie.
it adds nice bits of character background and is different in the right places. unfortunately for SOME REASON every single line from every character is read by the same clearly soft female voice. this make ZERO SENSE for characters like Picard, Riker and Worf. it is disconcerting especially if you're already familiar with the original film actors. I would have gone for at least one more male voice actor. also the SFX while pretty good could be easily improved by simply taking them from the movie in many few places especially weapon sounds which sound weak and nowhere near as good as the movies.

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great book - also great movie

this is not only a great si-fi novel. it is a great all a round novel. it is taken from the star trek movie of the same title. this is maybe the best of the star trek movies. personally ' first contact ' is one of my fervent movies of all time. the movie translates fairly well into novel format.

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Nice movie story line.

I usually like to have more details than the movie but this pretty much followed the script. It was entertaining none the less.

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 11-17-08

"Borg...............Sounds Swedish"

As a Star Trek fan, I have my favourite movies/episodes. My 2 favourite movies are, Nemesis and First Contact. Sadly, this book leaves me feeling a little empty, for one specific reason......

The narration, I think, is extremely weak. So weak, at times, that it's drowned-out by the volume of the music and sound effects, making it difficult to understand. A little more intensity by the narrator, especially at the 'key moments', could have really elevated this title.

Instead, it's left a little 'flat', and uninspiring.......nothing at all like the movie. A real shame, considering how it may have been.

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  • Thomas McNally
  • 03-28-17

fantastic gates McFadden read wonderfully

Story well written/adapted Gates McFadden read wonderfully almost forgot it was solely her as her voicing of the characters were precise.