Star Trek: The Next Generation: I, Q Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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The Maelstrom, a metaphysical whirlpool of apocalyptic proportions, is pulling all of reality into its maw, devouring the totality of time and space while bringing together people and places from throughout the universe. The Q Continuum pronounces that the end of everything has come, but Q refuses to meekly accept the complete termination of all he has known. Defying the judgment of the Continuum, he sets out to derail doomsday at whatever the cost. Q is joined in his quest by his young son, little q, as well as by two displaced Starfleet officers. Snatched from the U.S.S. Enterprise by the inexorable pull of the Maelstrom, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data have no choice but to accompany Q on a hazardous journey into the very heart of the vortex, where they will encounter wonders and dangers enough to render Q himself speechless. Almost.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Peter David, John de Lancie|
|Narrator||John de Lancie|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 25, 2000|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #76,399 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#1,415 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This is a delightful piece of work. I have never before laughed alone as frequently as I did reading it. Do not take Q at his word... or do take him at his word, but only literally, in a literal sense, not in an everyday reality sort of way, but in the imaginative way in which he is trying to express his understanding of any given situation. From the topic of God and of gods to the dignity and the worth of other people, Q is truly a saint. He is simply very complex and difficult to defend as a just man to your average person.
"I, Q" is a narrative that revolves around a fisherman's tale of "the big one that got away." Q, naturally, tells the story in such a manner as to protect the honor of Lady Q and the security of little q. As it goes, way back before there was a little q, even before the start of time, when the ball dropped and Q began his quest to engage with a lover, there was this other woman who acted as a catalyst; but, she lacked the elegance and the grace of the Q Continuum. She was the fish whom Q hooked at the bottom of Daunte IX. Her fate and her value in Q's life are of no real consequence relative to Q's love for his wife, Lady Q, and for his son, little q. Despite how he actually felt about that woman, he feels some sense of responsibility for the destruction of her life due to a past desire to reciprocate her love when she could never have returned it to him at his level.
Originally came across this book in audiobook format and couldn't put it down, snagged a "used" copy thinking I'll very quickly put some mileage on it myself, no need for a never-been-read copy, and still got one that looks almost brand new!
Anyone who is a fan of Q will love this book; with it written from Q's witty point of view, you get the full dose of all the pompous, smart-aleck attitude you've come to know and love from the character. And with Picard and Data tagging along throughout the story, and with them and Q being at each others throats a lot of the time--well, need I say more??
The story is fast-paced and easy to get into and follow, with nary a dull moment to get in the way.
If you like Q, READ IT.
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'I, Q' however is not so encumbered, it is beautiful written, in a charming and witty style, the plot is interesting and laced with metaphor and allegory, it is, in every way, an excellent 'Star Trek' novel. But moreover it is a remarkable novel within its own right, so written as to appeal even to those with no 'Star Trek' experience, and of profound literary value. While on the surface it might seem to be simple sci-fi, the plot line - the end of the Universe, and Q's defiance to it, and his quest to find his family - has both an epic scale and a personal quality. the metaphoric journey which Q, Picard, and Data take through the stages of grief resonates with me on a deep level, and the dialogue is simply superbly written, with Q's monologue in the face of the end being particularly inspiring.
Both as a 'Star Trek' novel, and as a conventional novel, 'I, Q' deserves a grade of A+, De Lancie and David should be immensely proud of their creation. I would recommend 'I,Q' to anyone an everyone, any 'Star Trek' fan, any sci-fi fan, heck anyone who can read the English language should find it highly enjoyable.
Further, I wish to praise the audio-book version, available on audible, which is perfectly narrated by De Lancie, although it is diminished somewhat by abridgement.
All in all, this novel is nigh on perfect.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 18, 2021