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Star Trek, The Next Generation: The Genesis Wave, Book 1 (Adapted)

Narrated by: Tim Russ
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

Intended to create life from nothingness, the Genesis Wave had the potential to become a weapon of awe-inspiring destructiveness, capable of rearranging matter and life energy on a planetary scale. After the cataclysmic explosion of the Genesis Planet, and the Klingon Empire's attempt to steal the top-secret technology for its own military purposes, Starfleet wisely decided to destroy all data and records on Project Genesis, hoping to bury its deadly secrets forever.

Nearly a century later, all that remains of Genesis is the knowledge stored in the mind of an elderly, almost-forgotten scientist named Dr. Carol Marcus. But Dr. Marcus has gone missing, and a menace from bygone days has come rushing back with a vengeance.

Sweeping across the Alpha Quadrant at a terrifying speed, a mysterious wave of energy is wiping out populations of entire planets. The Starship Enterprise, commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is the first Starfleet vessel to discover the threat. Billions of living beings and hundreds of inhabited planets lie in the path of the mutagenic wave. Earth and the Romulan Empire face total obliteration.

To discover the origin of the wave, Picard and his crew must probe the long-buried mysteries of the past. But even if he can uncover the shocking history of the Genesis Wave, is there any way to save the future from its unleashed fury?

©2001 Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc. (P)2001 Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved

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Mediocre

I have quite a few Star Trek audiobooks but I found this a bit disappointing. Tim Russ's narration is somewhat lacklustre, especially his awkward take on Picard's voice. Haven't even bothered with the next Volume.

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  • James
  • 08-02-04

A good start to the series

John Vornholt is an experienced Star Trek author, and most of his books are solidly entertaining. This one is no exception, as Russ renders a competent reading. Be very aware, however, that this is book 1 of 3, so it isn't satisfying as a stand-alone read. In other words, be prepared to commit to the entire series before you ever get this installment.

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  • John
  • 12-11-03

Great Book

This was a great book. The Star Trek sound effects add to the story, it wouldn't be the same without them.

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  • Gil Maroko
  • 01-05-03

Awesome

This was my first audio book experience and I never thought listening could be so dynamic. Tim Russ gave a great performance in his readings. The music and sounds supporting the reading were spectacular.

I highly recommend this series!!!

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  • brian
  • 27-09-18

Shame it's abridged.

Narration is excellent. I believe Tim Russ was on Star Trek. An excellent storyline, with nods to Star Trek 3. A must-have for any Star Trek fans.

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  • Mr Teto
  • 15-09-16

A Gripping Story That's Cut Short

This really felt like a Gripping episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which I would have enjoyed much more if it hadn't been abridged.

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  • Aaron
  • 09-05-16

Loved it!

Great narration by Tim Russ, flawlessly moving from voice to voice! Can't wait to listen to part 2! The story has such a great mix of characters with nostalgia from the original series!

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  • Jose De La Cuesta
  • 01-09-08

A great book, a great story line

At first i was not sure about this story line.. But after hearing Tim Russ narrate this book I have changed my mind. This series is a prefect story line and brings a fresh cross over of the Genesis Project into the ST:TNG To bad the books are only 3 hours long.

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  • Mister e
  • 26-02-20

great book

Loved it got the second book right away. great sound effects they help tell the story visually

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  • Joseph V.
  • 16-01-20

Just OK

I found the sound effects to be distracting. Tim Russ’ voice is monotonal and not very good to delineate characters

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  • Jason
  • 02-01-20

You get what you’re expecting!

If you like Star Trek, then you will like this! It’s not a Pulitzer, but you get a story and the second book wraps it up well. I don’t have a clue as to why they wrote the 3rd one, greedy I guess. I listen to it at night to go to sleep and it’s like watching an episode in your mind.
Tim Russ does an ok job. He was an extra on a lot of the shows until being cast for the Vulcan security officer on Voyager, Tuvock. I believe that would be the spelling, of course having to be almost Spock. I guess you could say that most of these books are like Voyager. Not the best, not the worst, just good enough to watch.