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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 May 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CWSLJLC
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I thought this was a very readable Star Trek story, which stood well in its own right. I can't say I'm a great fan of the "prequel" Star Trek series of movies which are now coming out, being more of a fan of the classic original Star Trek tv series, but I thought this was an enjoyable Star Trek novel which had a solid backbone of story to it. Here, we see the young brash Kirk, the stoic logical Spock, and the beginnings of the characters that we got to know and love in the original Star Trek series - McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov. They are all well characterised, and you can see how the older characters (who we, confusingly got to know first) have their origins in these younger versions.
The story has Kirk and Spock with the crew of the Enterprise being pulled into a manhunt for a man who has apparently set up a terrorist attack on a secret Federation facility. But there's a lot more to this story than that, and not for the first time Kirk's impulsiveness puts the Enterprise and the crew at risk, but all comes right in the end (of course) and the Federation lives to see another few millennia.Read more ›
The novel follows the plot of the film almost exactly (a film which I enjoyed almost as much as the last one), and is a faithful description of what happens, but it is significantly lacking in detail, particularly in the action scenes. The pacing is poor and the writing doesn't grip anywhere near as well as the source material.
It seems as if the publishers have given Foster too much leeway - they've thrown the usual Star Trek novel styleguide out the window and replaced it with narration that feels patronising in how much it wants to explain. There are parts where it's as if it's writing for a small child. Rather than the usual style of aligning the third party narrative with one character at a time and following events from their perspective, we're given a more god-like overview with occasional glances inside the characters' heads. Altogether this makes for a lightweight presentation that removes a lot of the suspense and the relationship with the characters.
There are places where Foster has added missing detail to the plot that helps explain some of the things that puzzled me about the film, but not even to the extent of the scenes he retained/added in the previous book, and this doesn't make up for the book's faults.
There are other established Star Trek and novelization writers that could have added more to what feels like a rushed clone of the script. The book only managed to hold my attention by reminding me of what I saw in the cinema.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic - not sure which I liked the most, the film or the bookPublished 17 months ago by PENELOPE COX
Excellent book - and after seeing the film - it was so accurate. Hope the writer has many more of these type of e-books as I could certainly buy more.Published 19 months ago by Penelope Cox
This book elaborates on some aspects of the story there was no time to show on the screen, and can be wholeheartedly recommended to all who enjoyed the film.Published on 5 Sept. 2014 by JRF
every spoken line in this is a true telling of the tale, with such detail and depth you would think the book came first. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by ravenstar
Anyone hoping that the novelization of the movie would delve into the backstory of "John Harrison" will be disappointed. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by Russell Hossain
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