Star Trek: Prime Directive Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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They call it Kirk's World, a once vibrant planet reduced to a post-nuclear horrorscape because of James Kirk's failure to obey the Federation's most important law: The Prime Directive. But was Kirk really responsible for the destruction of the planet Talin, or was some other, far more sinister force at work? While a bearded, exiled Kirk struggles to regain the command of his ship, his former crew membrs are banding together to fight for their honor and their careers. The future of the Enterprise is at stake - and the truth of Talin's Armageddon is far more frightening than anyone can imagine.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 57 minutes|
|Author||Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 19, 2000|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #67,874 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#507 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,277 in Hard Science Fiction (Books)
#1,319 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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James Doohan does a great job with the read and it's always good to hear him if you're a Trek fan though.
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Once upon a time, I know I enjoyed the James Blish and Vonda McIntyre adaptations, and one really good Diane Duane TNG spin-off, and mainly thanks to bookbub I keep chasing that memory in discounted Star Trek ebooks, and they keep turning out to be - politely – meh at best.
I ground through this one on the basis of the 5 star reviews, and the fact that it's a depressingly rare thing to find modern Trek content prepared to put Kirk front and centre. And I am. A fan. Of. The. Ever more meta. Mr Shatner.
But Heck's Bells this is awful.
For those who have been spared, it's Death By Exposition. The story is a pair of bookends around a notional TOS “4th season” episode in which there's a catastrophic alleged failure to follow the Prime Directive.
To make their story work, the writers invent what my ST experience says is a complete, new continuity involving Starfleet First Contact policy, the basis of all warp and Federation technology, and a system of assessment and monitoring of civilizations that are not quite ready for Prime Time.
The first half of the book, which was all I could stand to read, is a truly mind numbing series of redundant, deeply technical, explanatory conversations between people who already know stuff. Imagine the Phantom Menace opening but without the borderline racism or laughs.
The character writing, ironically with the exception of Spock, borders on "Have you ever actually SEEN the show?"
I've since bought the Kahless and Spock’s World "Signature Edition" double reprint volumes in a deal. Luckily it was recently enough to qualify for a refund.
There is no real protagonist for Kirk to deal with.
The writers do capture the characters with great skill but the poor plot leaves the book down. Bore fest