The City on the Edge of Forever

  • by Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by full cast, Orson Scott Card, Bonnie MacBird, Richard J. Brewer, Ryan C. Britt, Richard Gilliland, Larry Nemacek
  • 8 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an "eviscerated" version - which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series' history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966-67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.
The City on the Edge of Forever is, at its most basic, a poignant love story. Ellison takes the listener on a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future all the way back to 1930s America. In this harrowing journey, Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe. It is here that Kirk faces his ultimate dilemma: a choice between the universe - and his one true love.
This edition makes available the astonishing teleplay as Ellison intended it to be aired. The author's introductory essay reveals all of the details of what Ellison describes as a "fatally inept treatment" of his creative work. Was he unjustly edited, unjustly accused, and unjustly treated?
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Amazing Piece of History

If you could sum up The City on the Edge of Forever in three words, what would they be?

Best Episode Ever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edith Keeler. She's Kirk's love and so romantic. Jean Smart is wonderful, as always.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Fabulous casting. Odd thing, though. Why does the listing not show LeVar Burton, and Jean Smart and Stefan Rudnicki, and Scott Brick???

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several. Kirk and Edith love scenes. The Guardian of Forever sequences. And the end is so sad.

Any additional comments?

This is a valuable piece of history of Star Trek. AFter all, it is the 50th Anniversary this year. I loved the aired version, but feel that this version is worth hearing, too. Harlan's backstory is angry, but justifiably so. Plus, all the added essays and original materials. I liked David Gerrold's (The Trouble with Tribbles) take on the whole drama. I think the readers and casting is brilliant. But I'd like a full list, and I found one here: It was worth a credit.

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- Susannah "I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible."

An absolute joy to listen to!

If you could sum up The City on the Edge of Forever in three words, what would they be?

Passionate, morally complex.

What other book might you compare The City on the Edge of Forever to and why?

None. Harlan Ellison is one of a kind.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Spock at the end tells Kirk that "No woman was ever loved as much Jim, because no woman was ever offered the universe for love."

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Better then the original aired episode, buy your ticket now!

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed so much about this audio book:
Ellison reading his own delightfully candid introduction.
The full cast giving life to the Award Winning Teleplay.

Mostly it's just having this treasure on audio.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2016
  • Publisher: Skyboat Media