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.
Although I would not consider myself a Trekkie, this story is well narrated by the actor who played Q on the Star Trek series. The plot is fairly straightforward and ends on a predictable note, but the journey towards the finale is fun to listen to and has some great Q quotes. Good for a bedtime story. (Mathew, Software Developer)
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Star Trek, The Next Generation: I, Q
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First ever audio book - very disappointing
Sadly this was a very disappointing first experience with audio books. Though John De Lancie made a superb attempt to engage the listener, it just wasn't enough to make up for the weak and often vague storyline. Rather than a well-thought out plotline, it felt very much like an unending, disjointed ramble punctuated with occasional plot points, weak attempts at humour, and constant (overly long) mini-stories that seemed to add very little to the overall tale. On more than one occasion I found myself wondering what on Earth the current dialogue had to do with the story, only to find it summed up in a single statement that would have more than sufficed in the first place. At other times it felt like the author was trying to vent their own personal grievances (nearly 5 minutes spent criticising religion for no apparent purpose other than to justify that Q didn't believe in a superior being, which had already been highlighted earlier in the story?). Sadly this experience has put me off audiobooks for the time being.