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The Face of the Unknown

Star Trek: The Original Series
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek - a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!

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i was bored!

It starts so well. The premise and setting are both great, but then a great wolloping action scene happens. Im sure the intention was that the story should be exciting, but if everything is crisis chapter after chapter it just becomes boring. I was bored and very nearly gave up.

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ABOUT TIME!

What made the experience of listening to The Face of the Unknown the most enjoyable?

The story is wonderfully compelling, set in the 4th season (wich never happened outside of the books , comics and fan shows) it sets the conclusion to one of the best original series episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" where we finally get more of an insite to the First Federation and its member races

What other book might you compare The Face of the Unknown to, and why?

The way this book is narrated i would compare it to any of the Expanse novels by James S.A Corey or ANY of the books in the Star Trek series by Peter David.. both writing styles of those authors are are evident in this story and its nice to see a combination of the two styles blended together

What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He excelently portrays the charchaters in theior voices most notably the principle cast members. but in this one i was especially impressed how he brought back to life Balok and his recreation of Walker Edmiston original version was incredibly close to accurate

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Thats a tough one as their could be many depending on the screenplay.

the book title sums it sums up the best for now though even in audio format

Any additional comments?

this is an incredibly gripping story and i havent seen any good star trek audro books from simon and shuster for years intill this past year with the legacies series. if you enjoyed those your gonna love this story.. Bravo and i want more adaptations i will happily pay :)

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Great book.

If you're a Trekkie, you'll love book. Robert Petkoff is superb at narrating it. You would be forgiven in thinking that the original characters were voicing that parts.

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Great book... Fun like the original series.

Great book... Fun like the original series.
I liked the narrator a lot, really does excellent job on the voices. Story is good, enough action in keeping with the
"we come in peace, shoot to kill" motto ;-) I loved the tv series and the books a great addition, I will def listen to the 2 follow up books... I would also add, don't expect a deep story, its star trek true to the original, and super well read..

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Too much description not enough story

The storyteller was good but the story was so full of description instead of story line . There were parts where I had been listening for an hour and the actual storyline had not moved on one bit. There were times when you found yourself shouting "Oh get on with it, get to the point" The storyline good idea but the content was bogged down with too much description not enough meat to the story.
Story well read but poor content. I could listen to this guy read a telephone book.

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The face of the unknown

Well I looked forward to reading this. But I found it a tad hard to swallow. The narration is great. The story is worth a listen or a read though. See what you think.

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  • Mart
  • Lancs, UK
  • 04-01-17

Good listen

Good new story, plenty happening and good way to tie up the original story from the TV series

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  • cbspock
  • 29-12-16

Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story

The book is a fun action adventure story with a Star Trek message. Looking forward to the next audiobook

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  • Chris T
  • 31-01-17

Star Trek UNABRIDGED. Like watching STO TV.

The Narrator Petkoff keeps getting better with the character voices. His Kirk has become a treat to any fan of the original series. The story was well written and felt true to the original. I hope they will continue these unabridged books.

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  • W. Andersen
  • 05-02-17

Great adventure for any Star Trek lover .

Loved every minute of it. It has all of the hallmarks of the classic Star Trek adventures with a few new ones thrown in. Easy to just kick back and enjoy.

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  • craig
  • 25-01-17

Very well written.

True and enriching to the characters outside the main cast, in the related episode. I could picture them clearly in my minds eye. Narration also brilliantly executed. I'd like to be specific, but that may create spoilers for who did not view the original series. Watch the original related episode before listening! You won't be disappointed! It really brought me back!

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  • KB2187
  • 17-02-17

Good Book, Poor Narration

Would you try another book from Christopher L. Bennett and/or Robert Petkoff?

Chris Bennett's book is excellent. It is very "Trek". It's well written and just what McCoy ordered if you are in the mood for a good Star Trek yarn.

Petkoff's narration, on the other hand, is bland, uninspired, and boring. He reads the book like he is reading the news.

I would have enjoyed the experience much more had I read the book normally instead of being put to sleep by Petkoff's single-octave droning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of the Unknown?

Finding the planets hidden inside the Gas Giants! Awesome!

How could the performance have been better?

I won't be buying another book read by Petkoff. Somebody more suited to reading a Trek book should be used on future works. A narrator is needed with drama in his delivery--not the dead pan, flat tones of Petkoff. It would also help if the narrator was more familiar with the delivery of the original actors that play the original crew. Petkoff tried. He's just no good at this type of book.

Did The Face of the Unknown inspire you to do anything?

Read more Trek books by Christopher L. Bennett. He wrote an excellent Star Trek tale (and that's not easy to do).

Any additional comments?

Star Trek book should also have a few sound effects--like what you get with a Star Wars audiobook. We should hear the hum of the ship as the narrator reads, or phasers being fired, or the whirrr of a medical tricoder when it is used.

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  • GameMaker
  • 06-07-19

Good, But The Ending Was Annoying (no spoilers)

I'm a big star trek fan, especially the original series, so this was a treat, spending some more time on the Enterprise with the original crew. The story was fun, and tied in nicely with some of the tv episodes, which made it even more fun. The narrator was excellent.

In terms of the story, I loved the first 2/3 of the book, but wasn't a fan of the 3rd act. Too many people doing things that they didn't seem like they had any motivation to be doing, too many people launching into cringe-worthy monologues, and some really ridiculous stuff for Ohura, which was just way too over the top silly and contrived, like they tried way too hard to give her something to do. But all-in-all it was good, and I'm glad I took that journey, and will certainly get more of the books.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-10-18

Love Letter to Classic Trek

This is an excellent book if you're pining for original Star Trek (in every sense of the word). Like a good Star Trek episode, it speaks to modern issues and forwards a believable optimism. All of the characters are written in a well rounded and eminently believable way. If you miss Star Trek... this book is for you.

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  • Ryan Baumbach
  • 31-03-17

It's okay.

Great voice characterization by Robert Petkoff. Really captures the essence and the idiosyncrasies of the crew. The story is fine, but fairly run of the mill Trek fare. Nothing groundbreaking for me here. Nothing terribly captivating, but I will probably listen to it again.

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  • Chris
  • 18-09-19

Very enjoyable for Trek fans

A fun work, really does a good job looking into the First Federation. Get 4s start because it's good, not blow you away amazing. Great for road trips. It has enough action to keep your attention, but not so many characters you can't keep up.

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  • Frank
  • 22-08-19

Really clever premise, great planet!

One of the best Star Trek novels I've read in a very long time! Really original idea for the planet, excellent characterization and action throughout.