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Old December 15 2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

Any ideas?
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Old December 15 2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

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Any ideas?
There might not be a best and most are the worst.

I say this because most Star Trek audiobooks are abridged. That makes them fit the worse category.
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Old December 15 2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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Legends of the Ferengi is hilarious, perhaps even funnier than the book. Rene Auberjonois is probably my favorite narrator.
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Old December 16 2011, 03:28 AM   #4
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I've only heard one -- based on Greg Cox' The Rise of Khan Noonien Singh -- and loved it. It wasn't just a reading, it sounded almost like an audio drama..they had sound effects like the doors swishing and the computers beeping, that sort of thing. I think the cassette tapes are..somewhere in my bedroom. I used to have a big box of cassette tapes that I wasn't sure what to do with when CDs overtook them, stashed in my closet.
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Old December 16 2011, 05:43 AM   #5
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Q In Law, read by John Delancie and Majel Barret is a fun listen, even if it is abridged.
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Old December 16 2011, 08:37 AM   #6
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No question--

PRIME DIRECTIVE

It was so epic, could of been a great film!

Near destruction of 1701
Cats named after admirals
an evil planet
Lt. Styles (from ST III)
and
Kirk with a beard

What more could you want!!
Oh ya, also this Prime Directive plot stuck in there.

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Old December 16 2011, 01:28 PM   #7
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

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I say this because most Star Trek audiobooks are abridged. That makes them fit the worse category.
No it doesn't. The earliest ones - those read by either James Doohan or George Takei, "with Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Spock" - are not what I'd call "abridged audios". Rather they are reinterpretations of the original novels, by the original authors. The stories are reworked in order to isolate some sections of the books so they become Spock's log entries. Together with original, new soundtrack music, these are definitely not typical abridged audio novels. They never attempted to be anything but exciting new adaptations of ST stories.

Later audios, usually "abridged by George Truett", are longer in duration, but perhaps closer to a regular abridgement.

My favourites are:

* "Strangers from the Sky", in which a huge novel is cleverly reduced to an exciting, entertaining 90 min. story - Takei's rendition of southern-accented Melody Sawyer is amazing. IIRC, Takei was nominated for an audio award for reading this production.

* "Final Frontier", with James Doohan recreating his rendition of Robert April (from TAS), and even doing the famous mission monologue in April's voice. A taste of an ongoing mission we barely got to see.

* "New Frontier: Stone and Anvil", a bittersweet novel featuring Ensign Janos' last adventure with Starfleet; I'd fallen behind on my reading and actually heard the audio first, then made myself catch up with the whole hardcover novel because I'd loved the audio so much. (I think I did the same with "Sarek", which is also great.)
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Old December 16 2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

I think my favourite Trek audio book has to be "Imazdi" read by Jonathan Frakes. He does a pretty awesome Picard impression and his Troi voice is hilarious. The ShatnerVerse audio books are favourites of mine as well.
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Old December 16 2011, 05:27 PM   #9
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Old December 16 2011, 09:07 PM   #10
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I think my favourite Trek audio book has to be "Imazdi" read by Jonathan Frakes. He does a pretty awesome Picard impression and his Troi voice is hilarious.
Yep. My US penpal was with me when I picked up "Reunion", read by Gates McFadden, in a US store in December 1991 (along with Patrick Stewart's "A Christmas Carol" audio). An avid Gates/Bev fan, my penpal begged to listen to to it before I left on my next part of my journey. I'd already read the novel on the plane, but she heard it cold, and hung on every word, and some rather funny/impressive impersonations by Gates.

The ShatnerVerse audio books are favourites of mine as well
Yep, pretty solid.

Can I also say that unabridged novels really are a very different animal. I think of them more as tasters for, or reminders of, the original printed text. Especially the ones read by Star Trek identities; new performances by old favourite stars. I've felt no desire to seek out the unabridged "Vulcan's Soul" trilogy; I've already read the books.

Neither have I been able to find the time to listen to Zachary Quinto's audio version of the ST 2009 movie. While I could once easily find 90 or 180 minutes to listen to an early S&S audio, I can never find 8.5 hours to listen to, or start to listen to, Zachary.
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Old December 16 2011, 10:47 PM   #11
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

Any new audiobooks?
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Old December 17 2011, 03:08 AM   #12
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Any new audiobooks?
The latest Star Trek book I can find made into an audiobook is Star Trek: Movie Tie-In.
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Old December 17 2011, 04:05 AM   #13
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

Loved Stone and Anvil. The way they added sound effects and the actor did alien voices was brilliant. I didn't like how Calhoun had . . . long . . . pauses . . . between . . . words, . . . though.
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Old December 17 2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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Re: Which one is the best Trek audiobook?

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The latest Star Trek book I can find made into an audiobook is Star Trek: Movie Tie-In.
The complete list is here:

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/20...ive-often.html

... and yes, ST 2009 was Simon & Schuster's most recent audio, and their first unabridged ST title adaptation.

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Loved Stone and Anvil. The way they added sound effects and the actor did alien voices was brilliant. I didn't like how Calhoun had . . . long . . . pauses . . . between . . . words, . . . though.
Yeah, Joe Morton does a rather bizarre voice characterization for Calhoun in "New Frontier, Books 1-4", 270 min. "Excalibur: Restoration", 180 min and "Stone and Anvil", 240 min.

For a different take on Calhoun, try "Gateways: What Lay Beyond" by Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger and Susan Wright, which is read by David Kaye, 240 min.
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Old December 17 2011, 09:21 PM   #15
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Any new audiobooks?
The latest Star Trek book I can find made into an audiobook is Star Trek: Movie Tie-In.
Are we ever going to see some more or out of the question?
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