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Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: The 34th Rule (Adapted)

Narrated by: Armin Shimerman
Length: 3 hrs
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Summary

For once, business is going well for Quark, not that anyone on Deep Space Nine truly appreciates his genius for finding profit in the most unlikely circumstances. Quark is even looking forward to making the deal of lifetime, when he suddenly finds himself stuck right in the middle of a major dispute between Bajor and the Ferengi Alliance. It seems that the Grand Nagus is refusing to sell one of the lost Orbs of the Prophets to the Bajoran government, which has responded by banning all Ferengi activity in Bajoran space. With diplomatic relations between the two cultures rapidly breaking down, Quark loses first his bar, then his freedom. But even penniless, he still has his cunning and his lobes, and those alone may be all he needs to come out on top - and prevent an interstellar war!

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boring

story too short not enough intreque to hold imagination Good all round Ferengii tale though

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All too short

I enjoyed this book it had a good story and good story line and it was told well, but this audio book comes from the time when these audio book were only available on tape or CD . They were abridged to fit to these formats, if they were produced today I’m sure they would be unabridged

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  • James
  • 24-02-08

Good Trek story!

I was pleasantly surprised by Armin Shimerman's reading. He gets the verbal tics of his former fellow actors with incredible accuracy. In response to the other review, I listened to the recording again, and Armin did sound more like Quark in his contemplative moods on the show. Maybe the fake teeth and prosthetics exaggerated it on TV.

The story is well-written, exploring the characters' hidden aspects, as the best DS9 episodes did, with the background of political intrigue and of course, the inherent silliness of the Ferengi's hyper-capitalism. The different words for rain bit is stolen directly from Douglas Adams ("So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"), but other than that, no complaints.

The last tape of the original was running too slow when the Audible recording was made, so the narration in the last hour sounds like it's in slo-mo and lugubrious. Note to the uninitiated: this recording has all the cheesy synth music and sound effects that Simon & Schuster bizarrely keeps using in Trek books-on-tape (I understand the impulse back when the format was new, but it's since matured and doesn't need to have all the bells and whistles to keep the listener's attention).

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  • Ryan M. Damon
  • 08-03-05

Good Story but bad performance

I would have thought since they got Armin Shimmerman to play Quark that he would actually apply the voice of Quark. He doesn't sound like Quark at all in this audiobook. He does a better job immitating Rom then the character he played on Deep Space Nine for seven years. I don't understand that at all. The story overall was good, but I wanted a real Quark feel to it, and I didn't get that.

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  • Donald
  • 07-11-11

This story was very well done!

This story is well told and would capture the attention of any Star Trek fan!

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  • beleagured in virginia
  • 20-02-18

Like a lost episode of DS9 -- a good one

Where does Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: The 34th Rule (Adapted) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better Star Trek novels, well written with no clunky prose and an interesting story that holds up. It really felt like a long episode of Deep Space 9.

What about Armin Shimerman’s performance did you like?

He is an excellent actor and got the cadence of his colleagues in a way that made me smile although only one was actually an impression; his impression of Rom was uncanny.

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  • Kyle
  • 15-10-17

One of my favorite Start Trek novels!

A truly exceptional story read by my favorite Star Trek character's actor. He does a fantastic job of trying to portray different characters using different qualities in his voice. The story itself is intriguing and very true to the DS9 universe. A genuinely wonderful audio book!

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  • katie
  • 05-09-17

Awesome

Great read, well I guess listen, would recommend to any Star Trek fan, especially if you like deep space nine.

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  • Uther
  • 22-07-20

Perfect for nostalgic DS9ers

So grateful to Armin Shimerman for his excellent work on this, both writing and narrating!

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  • Jason
  • 27-01-20

It’s worth it.

It’s not a masterpiece of literature but I cannot think anyone that is going to be buying this would think it to be. The characters and references are really not what the characters would do and it’s a big. Stretch. I would write the faringis as more of teen literature. The episode’s al has that feel when they went back home.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

a fun listen and a great look at the ferengi <br />

enjoyed listening to the book it was really fun looking at ferengi culture as well as getting more involved with Cork and wrong and their characters also enjoy the sayings with the internment camp on Gallatin road fun read for any Star trek deep space nine fan I would recommend it for anybody.

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  • Phillip Joe Fitzsimmons
  • 01-09-19

Great stuff

This is a great abridgment and dramatic adaptation of the novel. Well done authors and producers, etc.