• The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway

  • The History of the Captain Who Went Further Than Any Had Before
  • By: Una McCormack
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,019 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager tells the story of her life in Starfleet, for fans of Star Trek.

Kathryn Janeway reveals her career in Starfleet, from her first command to her epic journey through the Delta Quadrant leading to her rise to the top as vice-admiral in Starfleet Command. Discover the story of the woman who travelled further than any human ever had before, stranded decades from home, encountering new worlds and species.

Explore how she brought together Starfleet and the Maquis as part of her crew, forged new alliances with species across the galaxy and overcame one of Starfleet's greatest threats - the Borg - on their own remote and hostile territory. Get Janeway's personal take on key characters such as Seven of Nine, her trusted friend Tuvok, new arrivals like Neelix, and her second-in-command, Chakotay.

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So Happy To Have Kate Mulgrew Read “Her” Story

I read the Kindle version of this book when it first came out and loved it. I was so excited to see the autobiography of Captain Kathryn Janeway available as an audiobook; added to my excitement was the fact that Kate Mulgrew was narrating the book and it was wonderful to listen to it with her voice. She did a perfect job of course, because nobody else could be the Captain of Voyager.

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Great narrator, terrible story.

It was great that Kate Mulgrew came on board to narrate this, though after listening to the story, I wish she hadn't. It's full of massive plot holes and completely skips over Janeway's time as a first officer while butchering Tuvok's backstory. It seems lazily written with little thought given to the character, her journey or her story.

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loved this

I always loved Captain Janeway, and having the captain herself narrate this was the only way to go. it was like sitting down and listening to Kathryn talk about her life.

Don't expect it to include the newer Voyager relaunch novels, it goes a bit past the end of the show but does not include those novels as canon.

any fan of Voyager should listen to this. I will be listening to it again for sure.

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Thank you Una McCormick and Kate Mulgrew.

This is for fans of Kate Mulgrew and Star Trek Voyager. Kate Mulgrew is an outstanding narrator.

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Kate and Kathryn make a terrific team

I was delighted to hear about The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway. And who else but Kate Mulgrew could have read it. The autobiography was a stellar story that followed Kathryn through her early life, past Voyager's triumphant return to what happened to her and her crew after their homecoming. I enjoyed revisiting old friends and learning more about their time together. I do have a mild rebuke concerning the idyllic great life Kathryn lived. It was hardly believable that anyone's life could be so magnificent, but perhaps life is really significantly different in the 24th century...We can always hope! My final comment is that Kate's reading lacked an emotional connection. She sounded like she was reading a novel, not telling her inspiring life story.

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Nice trip down memory lane, but little that is new

I had high hopes for this book, as Una McCormack did such a good job on her prequel novel for the Star Trek Picard series. That book added so much more context and detail to that show, and I hoped this novel would do the same for Star Trek Voyager. Unfortunately, there is not much new here. The novel mostly reviews events from the series without additional insights or details. There was only a small section at the end of the book on what happened to the crew after they arrived back in the Alpha quadrant. The most interesting part was reading about Janeway's career prior to taking command of Voyager. A good book if you want to relive the Voyager series, but that's it.

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Loved it!

I'm such a huge fan of Star Trek Voyager, and growing up Kathryn Janeway was an idol for me. What a cool experience to hear about her life before and after Voyager, especially narrated by Kate Mulgrew! I don't think I could've listened to it as an audio book without her telling it. Would definitely recommend if you love the show as much as I do.

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The memories this brings back are fantastic

Well written and perfectly read. From the beginning to the end I couldn't stop listening. Very big fan here of Star Trek. Voyager is my second favorite show, TNG first, and to hear the stories about this crew again and how they made out afterwards was riveting. I can't wait to hear more read by Janeway herself.

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For Star Trek Voyager geeks only

Nice treat for a Star Trek nerd like me, I have seen every Voyager episode several times and this was a great compliment to the series.
That being said, it was rather tedious at some points. There were some parts that just were not put together very well and the writing was basically at a 5th grade level, so for someone that listens to 19th century classics all day it came off as a major step down back to elementary school (I get it why they did that, just hard for me to go that low).
Massive no if your not a Voyager geek, you would be bored to tears and have no idea what your listening to.
Give it a go Trekkies, non trekkies don’t even try.

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Immersive and satisfying

As a life long fan of Voyager and Kate Mulgrew this book perfectly wrapped up the story of Voyager and gave some very wonderful, if not totally unexpected, punctuation to many stories not told after the season seven finale.

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  • Bethany
  • 01-27-21

There’s plenty of coffee in the book!

Yep, there’s plenty of coffee in the book! Our Captain makes sure of that!
It’s lovely to hear in Captain Janeway’s own words the story of her life, how she grew up & what happened to her before Voyager.
It’s also great to hear her thoughts and feelings of their time in the Delta quadrant, what happened there & their journey home.
It’s reminded me of a few episodes that I want to go back and rewatch.
The last couple of chapters really add to the story of The End Game, so that as the reader/listener we feel like we see more of what happened to the crew after their return home.
Especially great that it’s read by the Captain herself, aka Kate Mulgrew. Really well presented and really enjoyable.

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  • Lee Kwiecien
  • 02-09-21

Great for any Star Trek Voyager Fan

i always wanted to know what happened to the crew of Voyager once they returned home this autobiography does just that even better spoken by the fine captain her self kate mulgrew.
i found my self going back to the series and re watching the show once again.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 01-28-21

Loved this!

I absolutely loved listening to Kate Mulgrew bring Kathryn Janeway to life again after recently watching the Star Trek Voyager series for the first time.

Una McCormack deserves big kudos for this as she captures this well-beloved character and captain with crystal clear accuracy, first with the account of Janeway's home and family life, later extending into her experiences at the Star Fleet Academy and her first commissions about star ships before she took up her position of Captain aboard Voyager.

In this autobiography one learns about Kathryn Janeway not only as one of Star Trek's best known and best loved characters, but also as a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, friend, mentor and leader. She is human, first and foremost, and with all her admirable qualities that mark her as exceptional she is also prone to weaknesses and imperfections and a number of regrets along the way.

Fans will probably love this, and I know I will most probably go back for another listen before too much time has passed. An excellent, compelling, addictive listen - I can't recommend this highly enough to fans of Star Trek in general, or Voyager in particular.

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  • Matthew
  • 06-27-21

Subtle and introspective

This was a very different experience to my expectations, but I've loved it just the same. It focuses much more on Janeway's early life than I was expecting, but delivered with Kate Mulgrew's iconic delivery as now Admiral Janeway it's been a joy to listen to, written with a deep understanding of the character, and touches on many points that will be of great interest to Voyager fans. Well worth a listen.

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  • Mrs O
  • 08-23-21

If you enjoyed the TV series, you will LOVE this

Getting Kate Mulgrew to narrate this was genius and the story is excellent. Those things they have added to the story from Voyager fit perfectly and the tone and style of writing is just what you would expect from Kathryn Janeway. I am not a big trekkie but have always enjoyed the show. I loved this book!

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  • Mark Doyle
  • 08-11-21

Informative and entertaining

The usual caveats with non canon Star Trek material but a throughly great book, giving an amazing insight to many established events in Trek lore. The narration by Kate Mulgrew captures the character perfectly (who else could) and I highly recommend

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  • Wayne Fitzpatrick
  • 08-09-21

Great story, amazingly narrated.

Fantastic listen. Wish it had more to it! Kate Mulgrew was amazing as always! Hope to see more of the same.

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  • cheryl watson
  • 08-08-21

great story

absolutely loved it, it was like I was on voyager remembering things that happened. Kate Mulgrew made it truly wonderful to listen to.

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  • randa
  • 07-29-21

The missing piece of the story.

Brilliant, I really feel even more part of the Voyager family. From start to finish the story enlightens the listener to the life of Captain Janeway and that of the crew of the Starship Voyager. If you like the series then this is unmissable, it brings back memories and gives background information on the people and stories.

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  • WebbsWonder
  • 07-19-21

Well worth the money

I love Star Trek so this going to be great but the narrator was excellent holds the attention great story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

AWESOME!!!

Absolutely fantastic book. Even better to be read by Captain Janeway herself! A must read!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-21

loved it

Immensely satisfying - was always disappointed in the voyager ending only because it didn't show an aftermath for the characters. This was the tying up of loose ends. Live long and prosper. 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-22

From The Captain Herself

If you're in any way a fan of Kathryn Janeway, do yourself the distinct pleasure of downloading this Audible book. Hearing Kate Mulgrew return to the role of Janeway, to recount the time before and after Voyager was lost in the Delta Quadrant is an experience that any Star Trek fan should embrace with open arms.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-21

LOVED it

Great mix of Janeways history and future. very consistent with the Voyager series and brilliantly narrated by Kate Mulgrew.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-21

A tear jerker

There's a fine mix of stuff you didn't know about her from before and after the journey home. But the final chapter is the real tear jerker. My favorite part was being able to recall all the moments she talks about on the trip thru the delta quadrant and now ill have to rewatch Voyager for a 3rd time.

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  • Nyeah
  • 03-17-21

Fantastic

Was wonderful to have Kate Mulgrew for this, she was absolutely fantastic!
It was great to be able to have Janeway doing her own biography, helped relive many great memories and moments from the series.
Also got to learn more about some of the central characters and events that weren't covered during Voyager which was awesome.
Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-21

Fluffy feel good popcorn

I really enjoyed this, it’s my 1st audiobook and I picked it specifically because it was voiced by Kate Mulgrew. It’s a fun story full of moments that make you laugh, Kate’s performance is the thing I treasured the most about this audiobook, and it’s fun learning about Janeway’s early days.

I have 2 minor gripes:

The almost complete focus on Voyager’s time in the delta quadrant leaves me feeling unsatisfied, it’s great to hear her grappling with the morality of splitting Tuvix but this like many other parts of the story are feelings and thoughts that were pretty well explored in the episode. Equinox is another example, but it’s a bit more fleshed out. Too many memberberries, I wanted to know more about what happened off screen, the quiet moments and the things that weren’t the crisis of the week.

I really enjoyed the original writing parts at the beginning and the end, but I desperately wish there was more focus on the post return time. At least 7 and Icheb get a much nicer life in this book than they do in Picard, but it’s not clear when this memoir is being written.

Overall, 8/10. Really enjoyed it, but I probably won’t listen to it again knowing it’s more of a recap of her time in the delta quadrant.