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Summary

Veridian lll: A world has been saved, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D lies in ruins, and one of the galaxy's greatest heroes rest beneath a simple cairn of rocks on a lonely hillside. But as a legendary Vulcan ambassador comes at last to the grave of his best and dearest friend, the adventure is only beginning. For the Borg and renegades from the Romulan Empire have joined forces in an unholy alliance against the United Federation of Planets, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by mysterious alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard. From Deep Space Nine to the Borg Homeworld itself, the battle is joined in the ultimate confrontation between the old generation and the new. Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed, as Riker, Spock, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest find themselves enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit.

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  • mr
  • 23-12-12

Shatner writes himself back to life

In many ways I get the feeling that Shatner wrote this book because he couldn't cope with the idea of a star trek universe without Kirk. Kirk is the out and out hero in this book and while most of our other favourite characters appear, this is a kirk story.



The book shares Shatner's bombastic sensibility and addresses many of the failings of the 'generations' film. The book is a no holes barred adventure and is has a unique charm. If you enjoy Shatner's sense of humour and grandiosity you will like this.

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Great book, but edited down into an ok audio book.

I've read this book atleast twice, but this audio book has removed some of the nuance. you get the gist of the story but I don't feel it tells the full story.

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Makes me wish this was unabridged...!

Where does Star Trek: The Return (Adapted) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better Star Trek audio books out there - but I just wish this was the full, unabridged, version...! It's an old recording now (roughly 10 years old - coming out not long after the Star Trek: Generations film, and the Ashes Of Eden book preceding it) - but it stands up well!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Spock - because his character's backstory managed to put a completely unexpected perspective on the closing parts of the story!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Kirk and Picard meet again!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile as I listened - reminding me of the golden days of Star Trek!

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A very disappointing listen

I get the feeling this could have been a good book but the abridged audio version is terrible. It's far too short, and the places where narration was removed/abridged are stunningly obvious and awkward. I can only assume that because it was recorded before people routinely carried phones everywhere, and they felt that massively shortening it would make people enjoy it more. That wasn't the case for me in 2018.

Added to that, it's filled with pointless sound effects that frequently make it hard to hear the narration.

The narration itself is fine, but dialogue is confusing at times because when Shatner reads as Kirk the character sounds like himself, but then Shatner continues the dialogue for other characters and it can get confusing figuring out who is supposed to be talking.

Overall a very disappointing listen.

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An enjoyable story and read by the one of the best

The story follows on well from the Star Trek Generations movie. Whilst some elements of the plot are a bit far fetched it's a great listen and has all the classic Star Trek moments. Kirk and Picard in another battle to the end. Enjoyed it.

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trecky

struggled with it as a lot was hard to grasp coming from someone who has repeatedly watched every treck movie and series

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Thoroughly enjoyed but

As the title says thoroughly enjoyed but
There's was no real prologue you just jumped straight in.
Then the story draws you in as it should. It does jump around quite abit. Just as you get your teeth into it then it's another person's side. The conversion and unconversion of kirk was rushed. as was the spock discovery and the jumped to conclusion of Picard. Missed out was the escape of spock and Picard it didn't add suspence and was not explained(like a TV edit)
Then the finalé was over with a hint and possible storyline to follow but felt rushed to finish.
Although all that said it was thoroughly enjoyed

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well written

loved it, easy to understand storyline, arcing into cannon, sounds and effects all good. overall pretty memorable!

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The return

Thoroughly enjoyed a more fitting end than generation's William Shatner narrating was great look forward to the next one

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Would make a great movie

Was a bit unsure given some of the negative reviews but actually great story. Takes a while to get used to Shatner narration and the plot build up but by the end was hooked. The Enterprise with Spock, Kirk and Next Generation crew all together was great

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  • John
  • 21-04-04

A fantastic listen

This book kept me interested into the very end. I am not a person who picks apart a book on its technical details but by the pure enjoyment of the read. I am sure there are parts which are not up to the other Star Trek writes, but I still enjoyed it considerably. Having it narrated by William Shatner was a bonus and added to the books quality. I will be listening too all the books in this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-17

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I do hope they make a movie based on this storyline! As for the audio - great job on voice and sound!

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  • thequickad
  • 26-10-20

Awesome Star Trek audio book

I am a real and long time Trekkie who love the animated series, Wrath of Khan but hate the new Discovery series.

My only complaint is this book is so short. Everything else from the story to the narrator to the special effects are just awesome.

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  • TheRedOne
  • 25-05-18

A'ight

I really wish it wasn't abridged. And the background music is a little annoying at times.

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  • Donnie Sowell
  • 27-05-18

AWESOME!

I couldn't stop listening to this book. I finished it in one day. great read William Shatner

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-17

Awesome story and great naration by Shatner!!

Great naration...sound effects and story.... kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time

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  • Thomas Ohanlon
  • 26-10-17

Only for the Trekkies

If your not a Trekkie? Your going to get lost in s hurry here. A lot of Trek babble that you might not know . But uf you are a Trekkie? You will gine this a good entertaining read.

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  • Eric T.
  • 18-06-21

I loved it. William Shatner did a great job

I finally figured out the joke on Lower Decks when the daughter was saying (since ore) because that is exactly how William says sensor.

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  • Edward
  • 03-06-21

I hate abridged books

This book would have been very satisfying if it were not abridged. The abridgment was clumsy and confusing. It was nice to hear Shatner read the parts, but Shatner is always Shatner, so that’s one thing to know going in.

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  • Kyle
  • 06-05-21

Decent book, not thrilled by the shortness

Although i loved the book and the fact that Shatner himself reads it, i was not impressed to learn that the audio version is so short and actually cuts out a significant amount of material. specifically; at least one character who is in the actual book is conspicuously absent from the audio version, Mccoy.