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I was pleasantly surprised by Armin Shimerman's reading. He gets the verbal tics of his former fellow actors with incredible accuracy. In response to the other review, I listened to the recording again, and Armin did sound more like Quark in his contemplative moods on the show. Maybe the fake teeth and prosthetics exaggerated it on TV.
The story is well-written, exploring the characters' hidden aspects, as the best DS9 episodes did, with the background of political intrigue and of course, the inherent silliness of the Ferengi's hyper-capitalism. The different words for rain bit is stolen directly from Douglas Adams ("So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"), but other than that, no complaints.
The last tape of the original was running too slow when the Audible recording was made, so the narration in the last hour sounds like it's in slo-mo and lugubrious. Note to the uninitiated: this recording has all the cheesy synth music and sound effects that Simon & Schuster bizarrely keeps using in Trek books-on-tape (I understand the impulse back when the format was new, but it's since matured and doesn't need to have all the bells and whistles to keep the listener's attention).
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I would have thought since they got Armin Shimmerman to play Quark that he would actually apply the voice of Quark. He doesn't sound like Quark at all in this audiobook. He does a better job immitating Rom then the character he played on Deep Space Nine for seven years. I don't understand that at all. The story overall was good, but I wanted a real Quark feel to it, and I didn't get that.
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