The Face of the Unknown

  • by Christopher L. Bennett
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek - a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!
Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!


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What made the experience of listening to The Face of the Unknown the most enjoyable?

The story is wonderfully compelling, set in the 4th season (wich never happened outside of the books , comics and fan shows) it sets the conclusion to one of the best original series episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" where we finally get more of an insite to the First Federation and its member races

What other book might you compare The Face of the Unknown to, and why?

The way this book is narrated i would compare it to any of the Expanse novels by James S.A Corey or ANY of the books in the Star Trek series by Peter David.. both writing styles of those authors are are evident in this story and its nice to see a combination of the two styles blended together

What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He excelently portrays the charchaters in theior voices most notably the principle cast members. but in this one i was especially impressed how he brought back to life Balok and his recreation of Walker Edmiston original version was incredibly close to accurate

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Thats a tough one as their could be many depending on the screenplay.

the book title sums it sums up the best for now though even in audio format

Any additional comments?

this is an incredibly gripping story and i havent seen any good star trek audro books from simon and shuster for years intill this past year with the legacies series. if you enjoyed those your gonna love this story.. Bravo and i want more adaptations i will happily pay :)

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- Amazon Customer

Too much description not enough story

The storyteller was good but the story was so full of description instead of story line . There were parts where I had been listening for an hour and the actual storyline had not moved on one bit. There were times when you found yourself shouting "Oh get on with it, get to the point" The storyline good idea but the content was bogged down with too much description not enough meat to the story.
Story well read but poor content. I could listen to this guy read a telephone book.
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- Laurence A. Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-12-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio