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I love Star Trek:TOS and I've read some of Vonda McIntyre's books before but this was my first ST audiobook. George Takei narrates the bulk of the story and Leonard Nimoy narrates brief log entries.
Let me say first that I admire George Takei enormously as a human being, and I'd certainly listen to him read, say, an autobiography, but he cannot do a Scottish accent to save his life. So (as a Scot) I cringed whenever he narrated Scotty's dialogue. Another character, Ian Brathwaite, well, I'm not sure what accent he was supposed to have as it veered between Scottish, French and - perhaps - German.
It's such a shame because George Takei, reading as himself, has a lovely and pleasant to listen to voice, and in fact is at his best when voicing Dr McCoy's dialogue. The story for me was lost sadly under the cringe factor of the patchy narration and I had to persevere to the end rather than enjoy the listening experience.
Be warned, this is an adaptation/abridgment of McIntyre's now classic Trek novel. The fun here is in listening to George Takei and Leonard Nimoy do the performance. This is an especially poignant listening experience now that Nimoy has died. Time travel, loyalty, and the bonds of friendship are all on display here in this very quick, but fun listen. I just wish they had recorded an unabridged version. Oh well...
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