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The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams Audiobook

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek

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Publisher's Summary

This is the true story behind the making of a television legend.

There have been many books written about Star Trek but never with the unprecedented access, insight, and candor of authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross. Having covered the franchise for over three decades, they've assembled the ultimate guide to a television classic.

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of post-Original Series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words - sharing the inside scoops they've never told before, unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek, and chronicling the trials, tribulations, and tribbles that have remained deeply buried secrets until now.

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years includes the voices of hundreds television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast who span from the beloved The Next Generation and subsequent films through its spin-offs: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise as well J. J. Abrams' reimagined film series.

The full list of narrators includes: Aaron Landon, Alex Hyde-White, David Stifel, Eric Martin, James Cronin, Jason Olazabal, John Rocha, Julie McKay, Martin Hillier, Nate Aldrich, Steve Marvel, and Susan Hanfield.

©2016 Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Simone
    St-Laurent, Montreal
    22/09/16
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    "SOOOOOO much drama! Who knew?"

    Overall, my review of volume 1 applies equally to this one: It’s an ABSOLUTE MUST for Trek Fans and totally lives up to its promise in the title of being complete and uncensored; it’s one of the best Behind-the-Scenes type books I have ever read.

    Specifically, I preferred volume 2 much more than the first because I’m a TGN & Voyager fan, and I can’t believe how much drama went on behind the scenes! It was fascinating to read.

    Your interest in this book will correlate directly to your interest in the various TV series and movies.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • advancedrebel
    14/09/16
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    "Captivating."

    The next 25 years is an insight into the continuing evolution of Star Trek. This volume gives you an overview of the creators struggle to get the franchise back on TV in the late 80's and to keep the franchise alive decades after the creators death.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Thom
    15/09/16
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    "Shocking problems with organization and narration!"
    What disappointed you about The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams?

    I felt little thought had been put into transitioning this into an audiobook. This recording literally begins with A FULL HOUR in which the narrator reads - in alphabetical order - the names and short bios of the enormous number of people who are featured in the book. This list of "dramatis personae" is obviously meant to be a useful reference to leaf back to as you read, but no-one in their right minds would listen to this entire list, especially not before they had even heard the book!!Even the narrator seemed to be getting bored, and his reading sounded more and more stilted and computer-y as the list droned on.

    Why not place this information at the end, where liteners can choose whether or not they want to hear it? Or better yet, make it an attached PDF so readers can check back as they listen to read about who is who.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Star Trek has got so many fans who are also actors - couldn't they find anyone to read this who has actually seen Star Trek? This narrator clearly has no idea how to pronounce many of the people's names, nor the names of the characters they played. This seems an especially shocking oversight considering the audience for this book is likely to be overwhelmingly made up of people who do know how these names should sound, and who care very much about the franchise that is the subject of this book.

    In light of that, and since this whole book is supposed to be a celebration of Star Trek, the least I would expect a professional to do is ask how these words are meant to be pronounced. One slip would have been understandable, but consistently, regularly mispronouncing name after name just seems lazy and disrespectful - to the creators of Star Trek and to its fans.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • W. Carter
    California, USA
    22/09/16
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    "Good book, mediocre producing"

    Many glaring pronunciation errors hurt otherwise solid narration, I blame the producers/directors, maybe_they_shoulda_watched some Trek....

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Connie
    United States
    29/11/16
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    "Great book for any Star Trek fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a trekkie or trekker you'll love here this history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams?

    too many to say


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How was it possible that no one who has ever watched any Star Trek could allow this audio book to be published with so many painful mispronunciation of characters, planets, ships, actors, other supporting personnel. . . I could go on. Why didn't someone who knows about Trek listen to the audio book so that the many needed corrections could be made?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's a bit long


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald J. Lynch
    TX USA
    26/11/16
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    "Read between the lines"

    There's always been so much bashing of Gene Roddenberry.
    The complaints from writers always seem to revolve around one aspect of the Star Trek universe, the optimistic view of the future.
    From their point of view an optimistic viewpoint of the future lacks the option of creating good stories because there is less conflict.
    It is precisely because of the optimistic future Roddenberry talked about that we have such a large following of Star Trek.

    Star track stands alone in the realm of science fiction in that the world can be a better place and we will rise above our problems and our pettiness.
    I enjoyed this two-volume set very much and just looked beyond all of the bickering about that one aspect of complaint from writers and producers.
    If you do the same you should really enjoy these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
    26/11/16
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    "There be Light Here"

    My review covers the entire 50 year work, both the First 25 and the next 25. Together they add up to over 50 hours of Star Trek listening goodness.

    I thought I knew a lot about Star Trek before I listened to this mammoth undertaking but my knowledge was a rain drop in a mud puddle. It's like Ken Burns does Star Trek. The Star Trek Universe, its spin offs, reboots, the lean years, feuds, Legends, its impact on Society, Technology, and the future are all there, warts and all.

    My only complaint was each section began with a glossary of the people involved in Star Trek and the list is so large listening to the whole thing takes an entire hour. Being an Audiobook, it's hard to retain the list's information and it's very awkward to try and reference back to it. That said, it is easily skipped

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris corrice
    iowa
    03/11/16
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    "Great book but mispronounced names and words"

    This was a great and entertaining history of Star Trek post TOS to modern day. However it is marred by almost every Trek name, place, character, etc being sadly mispronounced. It is very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine
    Uniontown, PA, United States
    29/10/16
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    "Long, full of stories of whining writers. Too bad!"

    This book is so full of stories about whining writers that it got boring rather fast. It's a wonder Star Trek survived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey Lee Hollis
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    19/10/16
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    "Fantastic Book, Flawed Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From the Next Generation to J. J. Abrams to be better than the print version?

    No! The text is great, but the names are absolutely butchered during the narration! Names like Majel Barret and Chakotay are pronounced in numerous erroneous ways. For fans of Star Trek, it is frustrating to hear so many names mispronounced over and over again. There is no consistency whatsoever. Whoever was in charge of this project dropped the ball big time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone in this book is fascinating but Gene Roddenberry stands out in both good and bad ways. This is a "warts and all" look at Trek.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    The narrators' voices were excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by how enduring Trek is.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Trek fan, this is essential reading. Just be prepared for all the mispronunciations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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