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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Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story

The book is a fun action adventure story with a Star Trek message. Looking forward to the next audiobook
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- cbspock

Good Book, Poor Narration

Would you try another book from Christopher L. Bennett and/or Robert Petkoff?

Chris Bennett's book is excellent. It is very "Trek". It's well written and just what McCoy ordered if you are in the mood for a good Star Trek yarn.

Petkoff's narration, on the other hand, is bland, uninspired, and boring. He reads the book like he is reading the news.

I would have enjoyed the experience much more had I read the book normally instead of being put to sleep by Petkoff's single-octave droning.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Face of the Unknown?

Finding the planets hidden inside the Gas Giants! Awesome!


How could the performance have been better?

I won't be buying another book read by Petkoff. Somebody more suited to reading a Trek book should be used on future works. A narrator is needed with drama in his delivery--not the dead pan, flat tones of Petkoff. It would also help if the narrator was more familiar with the delivery of the original actors that play the original crew. Petkoff tried. He's just no good at this type of book.


Did The Face of the Unknown inspire you to do anything?

Read more Trek books by Christopher L. Bennett. He wrote an excellent Star Trek tale (and that's not easy to do).


Any additional comments?

Star Trek book should also have a few sound effects--like what you get with a Star Wars audiobook. We should hear the hum of the ship as the narrator reads, or phasers being fired, or the whirrr of a medical tricoder when it is used.

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- KB2187

Book Details

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