Star Trek by Alan Dean FosterCould have sworn I wrote a review for this before but oh well :)
*Just noticed this is my 500th review, wicked!*
I usually dont read movie adaptation books, wary how they could possibly compare to the movie (Lone Ranger was an exception but it still felt awkward and the X-Men ones for the first two were good... ).
So the main reason for me picking up this one?
Couldnt resist seeing how Zachary Quinto would be as a narrator... some actors are better at this kind of things than others so I was cautiously excited for it.
Zachary knocked it out of the park for me... besides Spocks voice of course ;-), He did a great job of doing the voices of the other characters (his voice for Bones was my favorite) and keeping the pace of the story. He made the just okay parts of the book sound better.
The story itself... wasnt bad. There was some awkward/bad writing in spots but overall it was a decent movie novelization... it seemed some of this was a from a first draft of the script maybe? (If Im wrong, be gentle... I havent looked it up)
One scene which was completely different and not in a good way was one where (view spoiler)[ Kirk and Spock are on the enemy ship and instead of Spock reading the Romulans mind while Kirk watched his back it had that part Spock not being able to do and Kirk ordering him to punch the Romulan instead (paraphrasing, memory sucks) (hide spoiler)]
That scene was very awkward to listen to, even with Zachary doing his best with it... only time I wanted to fast forward through the audiobook.
Not a perfect read but a nice way to spend your time... theres not a lot of insight or extended scenes from the movie but that didnt bother me really.
Narrator - Five Stars
Story: 3.5 stars
Alejandros review here He explains it all well :)
'Star Trek 4' Is Canceled: Report
A cataclysm in the 24th century throws two ships back in time to the 23rd century, altering the course of history. With a different life where he never knew his father, James T. Kirk becomes a brilliant yet cynical misfit who is finally convinced to join Starfleet by Captain Christopher Pike in Three years later, Kirk, Vulcan First Officer Spock, and the young crew of the new USS Enterprise , with guidance from Spock's future self, must figure out a way to work together to prevent the one responsible for the death of Kirk's father, the future Romulan known as Nero, from destroying the Federation in a mad quest for vengeance. In the year , the Federation starship USS Kelvin investigates a " lightning storm" near Klingon space , which they soon realize to be a black hole. Suddenly, the massive warship Narada emerges and immediately opens fire on the Kelvin , inflicting heavy damage on the vessel.
Blogging the Reel World
The Gene Roddenberry years, when stories might play with questions of science, ideals or philosophy, have been replaced by stories reduced to loud and colorful action. As a story idea, this is sort of brilliant and saves on invention, because young Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty and the rest channel their later selves. The child is father to the man, or the Vulcan, and all that. This is fun. And when Leonard Nimoy himself returns as the aged Spock, encountering another Spock Zachary Quinto as a young man, I was kind of delighted, although as is customary in many sci-fi films, nobody is as astonished as they should be. Holy moly!
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Star Trek is a American science fiction film directed by J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is the eleventh film in the Star Trek film franchise , and is also a reboot that features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series portrayed by a new cast, as the first in the rebooted film series. The film follows James T. The story takes place in an alternate reality   because of time travel by both Nero and the original Spock Leonard Nimoy. The alternate timeline was created in an attempt to free the film and the franchise from established continuity constraints while simultaneously preserving original story elements. The idea for a prequel film which would follow the Star Trek characters during their time in Starfleet Academy was discussed by series creator Gene Roddenberry in