The official movie tie-in novelization of the highly anticipated sequel to 2009's blockbuster feature film Star Trek!
Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness.
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller, and arrives on May 17, 2013.
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"Horrible narrator, great story"
Good story to go along with the movie! Yes, there are plot holes big enough to fly a Bird of Prey through, but hey! -- it's still entertaining and fun.
Alice Eve -- Carol Marcus in the movie -- was a questionable choice for narrating this story. I can't blame her -- she probably did the best she could. I fault the production team and director for signing off on poor narrative choices and inept characterizations. She didn't even bring any life to her own character's dialog. And worst of all, WHO in the world thought it was a good idea to represent Khan -- one of the most elegant antagonists in the Star Trek universe -- as a sneering, cackling cartoon villain? I almost expected him to offer Kirk a poison apple. Ack! I had to work too hard to overcome the narration and concentrate on the story.
This presentation is particularly disappointing after the terrific narration by Zachary Quinto for the first novelization of the new series.
"Damn it Man, I'm a Doctor!"
Kudo's to Foster, Orci, Kurtzman and or Abrams. Whoever it is that is responsible for bringing back this series. These guys get it. They understand that what we like are the characters. The characters make the show, the movies and the books. In this book Kirk continues to show his hard headed, cheat if you have to side. Damn it Man, Doc is his cranky self. Scotty's character stands out in this one and I found him to be one of the most interesting members of the cast in this go around.
Without giving it away let me say they bring back a bad guy and a good guy. They do change the script a little, so sticklers for things being exact will not be happy. They have some references to Bradbury, Asimov and Clarke ( us old guys appreciate that). The story is a little weak, there are some things that just happen to happen the right way, but that is usual for movie books. I did not like this as much as the first Star Trek book by Foster, but the writing was still worth five stars.
What I don't understand is the narrator. First it is a female, second she is British. If you watched that series last fall on NBC, called The Neighbors, the good looking black alien, this narrator sounds exactly like her. Most of the characters as you know are male and this girl does not do good male voices. I am not against female narrators, I believe Kate Mulgrew would have done a good job. Her accent was very distracting at times. Sometimes Kirk was Kirk, but most of the time he was Kuck. McCoy and Spock had British accents. At times it was hard to figure out who was talking, almost everybody but Chekov and Scotty sounded alike. Spock emoted more then Kirk did, by her voice. Lots of times it sounded like a teen romance and I know that it was not the writing.
It is still worth five stars, it just could have been so much better.
"more Alice Eve"
Please, more Alice Eve. Loved her performance. Good book, great performance, lovely voice.
Wish there were more books narrated by her
"Decent actress, bad narrator."
It ranks up near the top, maybe in the top five for me.
I would compare it to other Star Trek books; it's a good story.
Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban. Jonathan Quinto.
Damnit, I'm an actress, not a narrator!
The story is a good one. I really enjoyed Jonathan Quinto's narration of the first audio book. I enjoyed the movie also.
"Alan Dean Foster does it again."
I have listened to many audiobooks in my time and feel that Into Darkness ranks in my top 10, but probably around 8 or 9th place. That ranking isn't based on a dislike of the performance by Alice Eve or the story. It is only based on the fact that there are a few that I simply enjoy more than this audiobook.
My favorite character in this story is the obvious choice, Jim Kirk. The story arc for the Captain is superbly told in my opinion. I had always thought it odd that after the events of the first story in the new "reality" that a cadet fresh out of the Academy had been given the Federation flagship. The opening events of the story set up a character conflict that serves to really help him grow into a "real" Captain and not just the "acting" Captain. Admiral Pike hits the nail on the head when tells Kirk point-blank that he doesn't respect the chair. Given his "passing" of the Kobayashi Maru and defeating Nero he had not had to suffer the loss that is required to refine a person into a solid leader. Having to "face the music" for his interference at the begining of the novel set up a loss/redemption arc where Kirk could gain that level of respect. And as the story plays out he was ready to sacrifices himself twice for his crew. An honorable mention to Spock for the internal struggle he has with his emotions in this story. Ultimately he forsakes logic for revenge which is something we never saw the "Prime" Spock resort to during his adventures.
I actually have two favorite scenes from the story. The first being when the Kirk realized that the Vengance was not on his side and he was ready to sacrifice himself for the sake of his crew. This was when the inner-child, the happy-go-lucky, no one can stop me Kirk died. that was the moment I think he truly changed.The second was during the interrogation that revealed the identity of Khan and described his invlovement in the Federation's research and development in trying to prepare for what they feel is a fateful conflict with the Klingons.
Yes and no. Yes because I love the story. But no because it is unabridged! That's too long for one sitting, but I love the full descriptions of the environments and the characters.
As I write this review I am a die hard, life-long Star Trek fan who is stuck in Afghanistan and cannot see the film in the theater. The audiobook provided a different window into the story and it was enjoyable to experience this story like this. The fact that it was narrarated by "Dr. Marcus" made it even better. She does well for most of the characters, however, she tries a little too hard sometimes to mix the new Kirk with the old Kirk's voice mannerisms. Into Darkness was an enjoyable listen and I plan to listen to it multiple times. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Trek and enjoys getting into the "alternate reality" of some of our favorite heroes.
"female Brit narrator? what gives?"
the narrator is not the worst I've ever heard but she makes absolutely no sense narrating a story where the two main characters are male. It grated. Also she speaks in what I think Brits call a posh accent EXCEPT for dialog which is all done with American accents, other than for Scotty, of course. Huh? To quote Spock, "Highly illogical." Brit pronunciations of common words detract from story comprehension for this American. There are occasional missing words.
Foster has written Star Trek episode and movie novelizations for something like 40 or 50 years. Great writing. Loved movie. Slogged through listening just because it cost me a credit and I liked movie.
"A must read for trekkies/trekkers"
It fills in a few things missing from the book
The opening story line was very poignant
I think so
A must see film
I recommend this book to everyone!
"Couldn't finish it"
Worst narrator choice I've ever heard. when majority of the characters are male, a female voice that can't at least do a convincing non female voice it gets to confusing. I actually love her voice on the narrations, but as soon as it is a character speaking they all sound close to the same (except chekov and scotty). the worst is her version of Kirk sounds like a high pitched whiny teenager pretending to do shattner's version of Kirk from the original series. It was simply to painful. Going to return it as I can't finish it.
I was a big fan of the movie and I enjoyed this telling of it as well. My only issues was the voice and accent used for Harrison. Other than that I enjoyed Alice Eve's narration.
"Alice Eve is Outstanding!"
I have already recommended the book. Alice Eve's ability to easily manage numerous accents displays talent and versatility.
I don't want to spoil it for any listener who might not have seen the movie, but the exchange between Kirk and Spock at the Warp Core.
Please refer to earlier comment.
Come on, the Movie has already been made.
"mismatch of story and reader"
I enjoy adventure stories every once in a while and I had been looking forward to this one on the basis of the audible recording of the previous Star Trek movie tie-in narrated by Zachary Quinto. Unfortunately I did not notice the change of narrator and did not listen to the audio sample before purchasing the book.
Whilst I am sure Alice Eve is a very good reader for other types of books, I found her to be completely mismatched with this style of story. The first hour was a real struggle. It felt like being read to by my teacher in junior school and I kept expecting to be asked to spell a complicated word at the end of each sentence. As i found my way into the story, I became more willing to put up with her stye of reading, but it remained irritating right to the end.
The story as a whole is enjoyable. But again the reader's interpretation detracts from the various, despite listening to it once, I will delete it from my library.
So in short: worthwhile for the story line but hard work to listen to.
I would be very interested to hear how other listeners felt.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook. I agree with other reviewers that there is a slight narrator mismatch but she does improve steadily after the first few minutes so don't let it put you off.
Struggled to finish this. Alice Eve reads this as if it's story time in pre-school, so a great young adult novel (written by an author who has really made his way in the realm of screenplay adaptations) feels no more sophisticated than The Gruffalo. Sorry, Alan. Your book was ruined by poor casting.
"The narrator was awful..."
Narrator wasn't the right choice. Good actress, terrible narrator. Preferred Zachary Quinto. Star Trek audios are few and far between so its disappointing when one does come out and the narrator spoils it.
"Not the right reader for this"
No I'm afraid not. Good story but not enough differences in characterisations.
Overall good story but a bit slow to start.
studied, bit dull
Definitely the wrong person to read this type of story. Hasn't the oomph needed for this.
"quite enjoy it"
I love Alice's voice and accent yet I understand why others think this may be mismatched. This is a story with so many male characters so sometimes I think is it inappropriate asking a female performer to read this? But I really love her voice so... It's quite struggling
I should have paid more attention or tried a sample but saw the title and Alan Dean Foster and clicked Buy Buy Buy.
Mistake. Almost did not complete and will not listen again.
I must admit to being an aging Trekkie who remembers fondly the 1st Startrek TV series and immediately found I was having problems with a female narrator and the rewriting of StarTrek history. But I tried to put prejudice aside.
Story is a tad clunky and obvious - the film connection presumably - but genuinely exciting at times. Its Star Trek. Ripping Yarn country rather than the literary prize end of the market.
Enjoying or being irritated by the qualities of a voice is very subjective so I do not want to make this read like a personal attack on a narrator who speaks very clearly and at a decent tempo. But it was a bit of a funny accent fest - (in memory of James Doohan?) and does not suit the book. I am unlikely to buy any more Alice Eve audiobooks.
won't download i have tried it lots of times and it just will not download onto my computer
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