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Hearts and Minds

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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An electrifying thriller from the New York Times best-selling author in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe.

It's 2031. US Air Force fighter jets shoot down an unidentified spacecraft and take its crew into custody. Soon it's learned that the ship is one of several dispatched across space by an alien species, the Eizand, to search for a new home before their own world becomes uninhabitable. Fearing extraterrestrial invasion, government and military agencies that for more than 80 years have operated in secret swing into action, charged with protecting humanity no matter the cost....

It's 2386. Continuing their exploration of the Odyssean Pass, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the starship Enterprise discover what they at first believe is a previously uncharted world, with a civilization still recovering from the effects of global nuclear war. An astonishing priority message from Starfleet Command warns that there's more to this planet than meets the eye, and Picard soon realizes that the mysteries of this world may well weave through centuries of undisclosed human history....

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  • Ros H.
  • NSW Australia
  • 29-11-2017

Narrator ruined it for me

I don’t know what I was expecting. But I just couldn’t get past the narrator.
I am returning it.
I thought he ruined the voices for Captain Picard and Worf.
Didn’t even get past chapter one 😟

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  • KiraNyres
  • 31-05-2017

Another Great Trek Story

Dayton Ward has managed another inventive Trek story & Robert Petkoff's narration knocks it out of the park. Was thrilled to see another new Star Trek book on audible, pre ordered this with the kindle book for amazon immersive reading which enhances the experience, allowing me to read or listen even both give it a try if you haven't yet. This book I couldn't put down, switches between 2 time periods, one being current day TNG continuing the Odyssean Pass exploration and an earth period in our near future, the plot revolving around the intersection of these two periods. Dayton Ward has an excellent grasp on the characters & their nuances, his writing has that comfortable familiarity with all the enjoyable idiosyncrasies of our favorite crew members and the dynamics between them. I recommend reading/listening to the new 2017 Trek in order but it's not necessary, you may just get a spoiler or two but will be no means ruin any of them if you do them out of order and this is enjoyable as a stand alone book. Section 31 Control, John Jackson Miller's Prey Series, Dayton Ward's Headlong Flight these are the earlier releases this year that include the Odyssean Pass. I will continue to pre-order any & all Star Trek unabridged offerings on audible to encourage the production of more and will continue pre-ordering all Dayton Ward Trek on Kindle as he never dissapoints!

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  • Scardanelli
  • 20-06-2018

Please offer more unabridged Star Trek audio books

Good story, and well-narrated. Please offer more unabridged Star Trek audio books. Jean Luc lives!

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  • Geek Mom
  • 02-07-2017

Dayton does it again!

Another great TNG installment. It touched on generations of Trek lore yet still seemed fresh. Dayton never disappoints. And once again Petcoff's narration brings to life all that we love about Star Trek. Whether he likes it or nit, he's the new voice of the Star Trek literary world.

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  • Gvido
  • 07-03-2018

Fantastic story with many a twist

Well constructed, well written and well read story. Loved it! The plot is really interesting and answered some questions I had regarding the star trek universe, while the pace of the story did not let me be bored for one minute.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 12-06-2017

Faltered At The End

Like other who have reviewed this piece, I found the ending confusing and confounding, not having at all to do with the prior many chapters, which otherwise were a great Star Trekian read. The narration was top notch. I especially liked Picard's narration. Felt like I was watching the original series.

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  • Lois Loves Clark
  • 28-07-2017

Agony

I have read or listened to at least 6 of his star trek books and have not enjoyed any of them (nor has my family) I am a huge star trek fan and own over300 star trek books and this writer is an embarrassment to those who preceded him. I thought he would improve, unfortunately he
has not. I won't be wasting my money or time further!
The dialog is stilted, character development is disappointing. When the author describes technology it reads like a textbook-rather than a novel. His spattering of profanity from our trusted established characters is out of form. When I read or listen to his books it is excruciatingly painful! Does the publisher sleep with him? I can't think of any reason he should be published, let alone published by the star trek franchise.




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  • Jason Weisberger
  • 21-10-2019

A slower Trek story with droning narration

The plot in this particular book is naturally slower with a lot of description and particulars, which would be fine with an exciting narrator. It isn't, and there isn't.

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  • Emma Royston-Cole
  • 19-10-2019

I did miss Data

The book was wonderful and the performance did excellent with the characters' voices. Loved it, will be looking for and listening to others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-2019

Great narration but otherwise, not so good.

Slow, narrator was excellent, but could not warm up to Wards crewmembers. Had the same problems with other Dayton Ward books.

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  • Ralph DiBacco
  • 29-08-2019

Long slow story

Dissatisfied with a long slow back story. If only this was as long as a 1 hour episode of TNG it would have been ok. Don’t waste your time listening to this one.

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  • alex sykes
  • 05-07-2017

good storyline

good story but I think they interlinked with just one to many TV story lines, it was almost as if they were tick boxing as much as possible. read well, although the enterprise feels lacking with riker, trouble and no data

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  • Darren Tyrell-Knights
  • 03-01-2018

excellent voice work, exciting story

Petkoff does an excellent Picard, is uncanny really. Sometimes I forget it's not actually Patrick Stewart.

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  • ADW
  • 05-09-2019

Brilliant Performance!

The narrator does a great job although the story fizzles out a bit toward its conclusion. Still very enjoyable, however.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-2018

Very good however it's set mainly in the past...

I enjoyed this book however it is mainly set in the past (our very near future). In was expecting more in the 2300s buy spent most ofnthe book learning about 2000s era of star trek. Don't let this put you off but be prepared for a story line set mostly In the 2030s

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  • trinbin
  • 09-01-2018

stsr fluff

Nice little book, though the inclusion of Gary Seven would have good- always one of the better incidental TOS characters. The story was intriguing but probably a bit too drawn out. Well read and well voiced.

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  • 1eddiemetal
  • 20-12-2017

Not much TNG in this TNG story

This was quite an odd TNG novel, as it spends about 75% of the time in the 21st century to provide the back story, and then Picard and Worf are pretty much the only TNG characters to feature in the few fleeting moments it does return to Star Trek time. Ok Sci Fi story but it should either have provided snippets of the back story to focus on the characters we love, or been a generic sci fi novel without Star Trek characters.

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  • John Mcnamara
  • 10-12-2017

epic

great work. good tie to section 31. wonderfully wove past near future and 24th century

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  • Flink
  • 14-10-2017

A good time

I prefer lengthy audio books. So, was glad to find one 11 hours plus. The story is good and the narrator makes a decent attempt at doing the imitations of the main characters we know from the show. I did find it initially distracting that the story flits between the past and present so regularly. Wish we could have learnt more about the Aegis too.

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  • Kieran Horgan
  • 10-10-2017

Full length story twice as long CD's

I enjoyed this story, lots of intrigue and many different timelines with interesting characters from many different civilisations and organisations

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  • Darren
  • 21-06-2017

Even better than Headlong Flight!

A bit more of a juicy story than Headlong Flight , well written and narrated