In all of his travels, Captain Picard has never encountered an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as captain of the starship Enterprise. In the years since, Q has returned to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious and seemingly all-powerful.
But now, Trelane, another member of the continuum whom Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over 100 years ago, has tapped in to an awesome power source that makes him more powerful than the combined might of the entire continuum. Q warns that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous. Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between superbeings. And this time, the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe - this time the stakes are all of creation.
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THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS
Yes, this is abridged. I normally stay away from abridged books, but face it, if you want to listen to any Star Trek, you have no choice. I also am a fan of Peter David. I am not sure, but I believe the latest movie Pan, is based on his novel Tigerheart. I could be wrong. If you are a fan of New Generation you will love this. If you are a fan of the original you will like this, if you are a fan of both, you will be ecstatic. If you are new to Star Trek, do not start here. You will be lost.
I BELIEVE HE SAID HIS NAME WAS WOLF?
This is much to do with the multiverse. We have Captain Picard and First Officer Picard, Beverly Crusher and Beverly Howard. A humanoid Data and a Android Data. Worf, leader of the Klingons and Worf, head of security. Troi is married to Riker, with a child and she is not married to Riker. Tashi Yar is head of security and not. Etc...Guinan is involved and in a small part so is Sulu.
Fans of the original Star Trek will recognize Trelane, The Squire of Gothos. This was always one of my favorite episodes. Trelane is still very immature, but has developed a lot more power under the tutelage of Q. (although I thought all Q were called Q?) Q is sick of the kid and so is the crew of the Enterprise. Anyways the book is fast moving and has a great plot. I am not sure, but I think there was a small reference to an episode called Charlie.
I have read the unabridged version and yes it is better, but this is all that is recorded. If you can get over the abridgement then I believe you will enjoy it. One of the things I believe you do miss, is that in the unabridged you meet top flight nurse Geordi La Forge. I don't think that is included in the abridgement. Buy this, listen and maybe it will wet your appetite to find the book in a used book store or buy it on Amazon.
The production is very well done and John de Lancie is superb.
Picard: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Trelane: POWER IS POWER
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I used to have a audio cassette of the unabridged version and it was outstanding. This abridged version is terribly disappointing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Having the whole recording
Has Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted) turned you off from other books in this genre?
Not even, I love this book. In fact John de Lancie is one of the best readers of all time, but I want the whole recording.
How could the performance have been better?
No. I've heard the whole thing before, Its great.
What character would you cut from Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted)?
None. The story and characters are great but its not all there.
Any additional comments?
Let me make this clear. I love this book. In fact its my favorite of the Star Trek books. But I would like the whole reading of the book. Its not that its been abriged too much, half of the recording is missing.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Peter David and/or John de Lancie?
Why on earth is this abridged? I read the book years ago and loved how it interwove multiple storylines and aspects from both classic Trek and the Next Generation. When I saw John de Lancie narrating, I thought it would be fun to listen to the Audible performance. I didn't see the "Abridged" notation on the item, and only upon listening did I realize that there was a problem. The abridged version only tells a small fraction of the story, and the missing pieces are so great as to render the story line incomprehensible. There's no reason to abridge this either. The original book isn't very large, and there's certainly nothing controversial about the subject matter. I can't imagine what the impetus was. Maybe deLancie's fee was too high? But then why use him as the narrator?
Do yourself a favour and stay away.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I couldn't listen to this audiobook because the the sound quality was terrible (downloaded in format 4). I'll just have to buy the paperback.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I purchased this download thinking it was a download-version of the two-cassette abridged version released years ago. Too bad, this download consists of only the material from the second cassette.
Abridged is one thing, but only providing the second half of an already abridged story is quite another. The real tragedy of it is this work by Peter David is conceptually superior to most of the Star Trek:TNG Movies and all but the most exceptional Stark Trek: TNG episodes. Plus, John de Lancie's performance is brilliant!!
Audible and Simon & Schuster had the opportunity to provide a truly delicious story that's already in audio formant. Instead what's provided is the equivalent of a waiter bringing you someone else's half-eaten entree in the hope you will not notice.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This read like a fan fiction written by someone with a poor grasp of the source material. I know this audiobook is highly edited from the original print, which may be while I found it choppy and unfocused. However the alternative world is still poorly based on the actual source material.
Struggled to keep going. Not one to keep you on the track of suspense. But John de Lancie is good!
This story plays out like a lost episode of the TV series. I loved it.
What would have made Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted) better?
If there had been others in the cast. because of the different universes having only one reader made it hard to follow
What was most disappointing about Peter David’s story?
The Ending could have been more dramatic
What didn’t you like about John de Lancie’s performance?
I thought that there should have been a woman at least to read the female parts
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It might have been better in print. Probably easier to follow
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I wouldn't, simply because the adaptation from the original book is not done well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Q. Q is the reason I bought this originally in Hardback, it's why I bought this audiobook. Q rules!
What about John de Lancie’s performance did you like?
Everything really.His whole performance was perfectly done and surprisingly his portrayal as Trelane was my favourite part of this. He was able to show a manic insanity in the character that I'd always had in my head when reading this one.
Could you see Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
No, the simple reason being it is too far removed now from the continuity of the series. I could see it being redone for a new and complete audiobook with the whole cast of TNG, I'd love to hear Stewart, Dorn, Spiner, Frakes, McFadden, Sirtis and Burton giving life to the different versions of their characters in this one.
Any additional comments?
Too much was cut in the adaptation, background information about the series that a Trekkie would love to hear, the reason why a Q in the continuum would not be named Q and be called Trelane, the resolving of many character aspects that were left hanging without a real conclusion.If you're a Trekkie and have always wanted to see Q face off against Trelane then buy the book, you'll enjoy the interplay far more as the character are fully fleshed out and is one of the better portrayals of TNG put to paper.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excellent narration but really intrusive and annoying sound effects and music. Disjointed story which I imagine would work far better as a TV episode. It's difficult to work out where you are and which version of the main characters you're listening to.
Excellent listen, John de Lancie does his usual brilliant job. there's no mistaking who he's impersonating during the story ...... great story, with an interesting twist/fill in, between TOS and TNG ........ well worth getting .....
From the original Q, John DeLancie is a natural mimic so his characters really come to life. The story harps back to the classic series when Kirk et al meet an all powerful being known as the Squire who is it turns out in this story actually a Q. DeLancies performance is really good but the annoying background music we could do without.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Listened to whole thing in one go. Excellent voice work, reminding me completely of actors as they spoke on TV, especially Picard and Trelaine and, of course, Q. I now want to read the actual book myself and have ordered it from Amazon, along with other Q based Star Trek stories.