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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"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.
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.
"Shocking problems with organization and narration!"
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.
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.
"Good book, mediocre producing"
Many glaring pronunciation errors hurt otherwise solid narration, I blame the producers/directors, maybe_they_shoulda_watched some Trek....
"Fantastic Book, Flawed Narration"
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.
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.
The narrators' voices were excellent.
I was moved by how enduring Trek is.
If you're a Trek fan, this is essential reading. Just be prepared for all the mispronunciations.
I listened to about 7 hours hoping it would pick up some kind of a story behind Star Trek that would follow some kind of time line but it never did. The first hour was a list of acronyms of what they would call the various shows and movies and then an alphabetical credit listing of all the people involved with Star Trek from writers on up to the actors with a brief summery of other projects they worked on to help you know who they were. I ended up asking for my money back.
"Great content, narrators need pronunciation help"
I'm a huge trekkie, and this and its companion volume had a lot of information I didn't know as well as providing a fuller understanding of anecdotes I did. However, the narrators seem to be some off-the-shelf randos which the producers couldn't bother to teach how to pronounce names correctly or even consistently. As startrek is a audio visual product, you better believe there is copious material out there from which simple pronunciation guides could be compiled. Getting main character names wrong? Really? In a fan service production like this???
"A collectiom of quotes, not a book."
Very informative, but the endless quote format is tough.
if you are a huge Trek fan, still worth it.
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