Monday, May 07, 2007

I hear Star Trek

Spock hat

Something I've often intended to do is to compile a checklist of all the Simon & Schuster Audioworks productions of "Star Trek" fiction. When I got up yesterday morning, a poster on TrekBBS had asked for a definitive list, or at least some help checking if an online list they'd found at SFF Audio was complete or not. Since I do own all of these tapes, and they are located rather close to the computer (but not so close as to be affected by the magnetic field!), I figured I'd bite the bullet and work on the list.

Simon & Schuster Audioworks started their "Star Trek" fiction line in 1986, making audios of their sister company's licensed ST novels and novelizations. The first coincided with the publicity and marketing frenzy for the movie, "ST IV: The Voyage Home". They followed up quickly with some solid sellers from the Pocket fiction line. The early audios were read by either George Takei or James Doohan, "with Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Spock", a clever compromise to cash in on the pulling power of busy actor/director Nimoy, and yet not be too taxing for the ever-popular Mr Spock to squeeze a little narration into his schedule.

The audios, especially in those early days, were abridged by their own authors, although as deadlines became more difficult to meet, George Truett became "the man" behind most abridgments. Music and sound effects on the productions are unique to this audio line, although some use is made of the key TV theme music for TOS by Alexander Courage.

Although S&S have pulled back on frequency of their Trek releases in recent years - they eventually were adapting mainly hardcovers (simultaneous with the release of each one, after the first ten or so audios), and now they don't even do all of those - the ST audios are still a fascinating, and always enjoyable, aspect of the Trek licensing juggernaut.

The audios have survived some interesting package format changes, and have embraced the rising popularity of CDs and Internet downloads. (Updated May 2013!)

"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" by Vonda N. McIntyre, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1986, 90 min. (Novelization.)
"Strangers from the Sky" by Margaret Wander Bonanno, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1987, 90 min. (Giant novel.)
"Enterprise: The First Adventure" by Vonda N. McIntyre, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1988, 90 min. (Giant novel.)
"Web of the Romulans" by M.S. Murdock, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1988, 90 min.
"The Entropy Effect" by Vonda N. McIntyre, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1988, 90 min. (uses Kirk/Spock cover art from "Triangle"; Sulu's subplot has been abridged right out of the audio.)
"Yesterday's Son" by A.C. Crispin, read by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, 1988, 90 min.
"Final Frontier" by Diane Carey, read by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, 1989, 90 min. (Giant novel.)
"Time for Yesterday" by A.C. Crispin, read by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, 1989, 90 min.
"Spock's World" by Diane Duane, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1989, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" by J.M. Dillard, read by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, 1989, 90 min. (Novelization.)
"The Lost Years" by J.M. Dillard, read by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, 1989, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"The Kobayashi Maru" by Julia Ecklar, read by James Doohan, 1990, 90 min.
"Prime Directive" by Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens, read by James Doohan, 1990, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"25th Anniversary Audio Collection", newly introduced by William Shatner, 1991. (Boxed set includes reissues of "Enterprise: The First Adventure"; "Strangers from the Sky"; "Final Frontier"; set later reissued as "Epics on Audio" without mention of the anniversary.)
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" by J.M. Dillard, read by James Doohan, 1992, 90 min. (Novelization.)
"Faces of Fire" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Bibi Besch, 1992, 180 min.
"Probe" by Margaret Wander Bonanno, read by James Doohan, 1992, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Best Destiny" by Diane Carey, read by James Doohan, 1992, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Windows on a Lost World" by V.E. Mitchell, read by Walter Koenig, 1993, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Shadows on the Sun" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by James Doohan, 1993, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Sarek" by A.C. Crispin, read by Mark Lenard, 1994, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Federation" by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by Mark Lenard, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Vulcan's Forge" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Leonard Nimoy, 1997, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Vulcan's Heart" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Tim Russ, 1999, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1" by Greg Cox, read by Anthony Stewart Head, 2001, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2" by Greg Cox, read by Rene Auberjonois, 2002, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Last Roundup" by Christie Golden, read by David Kaye, 2002, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Vulcan's Soul, Book 1: Exodus" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Boyd Gaines, 2004, 240 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek" by Alan Dean Foster, read by Zachary Quinto, 2009, approx. 480 min. (Unabridged trade paperback novelization.)

Original to audio
"Transformations: A Captain Sulu Adventure" by Dave Stern, performed by George Takei, Dana Ivey and Daniel Gerroll, 1994, 70 min. (3-D sound.)
"Cacophony: A Captain Sulu Adventure" by J.J. Molloy, performed by George Takei, Simon Jones, Maryann Plunkett, Lynne Thigpen and Lee Wilkof, 1994, 70 min. (3-D sound.)
"Envoy: A Captain Sulu Adventure" by L.A. Graf, performed by George Takei, Essene R., Jenifer Lewis, Nan Martin, Howard McGillan and Meredith Monk, 1995, 70 min. (3-D sound.)

"Shatnerverse" novels (Hardcovers.)
"Odyssey" trilogy:
"The Ashes of Eden" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 1995, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"The Return" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 1996, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Avenger" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 1997, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"The Mirror Universe Saga" trilogy:
"Spectre" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 1998, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Dark Victory" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 1999, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Preserver" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 2000, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Totality" trilogy:
"Captain's Peril" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 2002, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Captain's Blood" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 2003, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Captain's Glory" by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by William Shatner, 2006, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (This title on CD only)

Star Trek: The Next Generation
"Gulliver's Fugitives" by Keith Sharee, read by Jonathan Frakes, 1990, 90 min.
"Contamination" by John Vornholt, read by Michael Dorn, 1991, 90 min.
"Reunion" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Gates McFadden, 1991, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Imzadi" by Peter David, read by Jonathan Frakes, 1992, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Q-in-Law" by Peter David, read by Majel Barrett and John de Lancie, 1992, 90 min.
"Dark Mirror" by Diane Duane, read by John de Lancie, 1993, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"The Devil's Heart" by Carmen Carter, read by Gates McFadden, 1993, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Relics" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by James Doohan and LeVar Burton, 1993, 150 min. (Novelization.)
"All Good Things…" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Jonathan Frakes, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Star Trek Generations" by J.M. Dillard, read by John de Lancie, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Q-Squared" by Peter David, read by John de Lancie, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Crossover" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Jonathan Frakes, 1995, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek: First Contact" by J.M Dillard, read by Gates McFadden, 1996, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Kahless" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Kevin Conway, 1996, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"Ship of the Line" by Diane Carey, read by Kevin Conway, 1997, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek: Insurrection" by J.M. Dillard, read by Boyd Gaines, 1998, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Triangle: Imzadi II" by Peter David, read by Robert O'Reilly, 1998, 180 min. (Hardcover.)
"I, Q" by John de Lancie and Peter David, read by John de Lancie, 1999, 180 min. Abridged by John de Lancie. (Hardcover.)
"The Valiant" by Michael Jan Friedman, read by Anthony Stewart Head, 2000, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Genesis Wave, Book 1" by John Vornholt, read by Tim Russ, 2000, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Genesis Wave, Book 2" by John Vornholt, read by Tim Russ, 2001, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"The Genesis Wave, Book 3" by John Vornholt, read by Tim Russ, 2002, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek Nemesis" by J.M. Dillard, read by Boyd Gaines, 2002, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Genesis Force" by John Vornholt, read by Tim Russ, 2003, 240 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)

CD-ROM games
"Klingon: A Fully Dramatized Adventure" by Hilary Bader, directed by Jonathan Frakes, read by Michael Dorn, Robert O'Reilly, and a full cast, 1996, 90 min. (A novelization of the game was written by Dean Wesley Smith and Kathryn Kristine Rusch.)
"Borg: A Fully Dramatized Adventure" by Hilary Bader, directed by James L. Conway, read by Howard McGillin, John de Lancie and a full cast, 1996, 60 min. (Box art incorrectly attributes director role to Jonathan Frakes.)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
"Emissary" by J.M. Dillard, read by Nana Visitor, 1993, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Novelization.)
"Fallen Heroes" by Dafydd ab Hugh, read by Rene Auberjonois, 1994, 120 min.
"Warped" by K.W. Jeter, read by Rene Auberjonois, 1995, 120 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Legends of the Ferengi" by Quark, as told to Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, read by Armin Shimerman, 1997, 150 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"The 34th Rule" by Armin Shimerman and David R. George III, read by Armin Shimerman, 1999, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Millennium, Book 1: The Fall of Terok Nor" by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, read by Joe Morton, 2000, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett.

Star Trek: Voyager
"Caretaker" by L.A. Graf, read by Robert Picardo, 1995, 180 min. (Novelization.)
"Mosaic" by Jeri Taylor, read by Kate Mulgrew, 1996, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Pathways" by Jeri Taylor, read by Robert Picardo, 1998, 300 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)

New Frontier
"New Frontier, Books 1-4" by Peter David, read by Joe Morton, 1997, 270 min. Abridged by George Truett.
"Excalibur: Restoration" by Peter David, read by Joe Morton, 2000, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)
"Stone and Anvil" by Peter David, read by Joe Morton, 2003, 240 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)

Unabridged audios
"Star Trek" by Alan Dean Foster, read by Zachary Quinto, 2009, approx. 480 min. (Trade paperback novelization.)
"Sarek" by AC Crispin, read by Nick Sullivan, 2012 (Re-release of 2001 Chivers/BBC version, now by S & S Audio via Audible Frontiers download), approx. 879 min. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek Into Darkness" by Alan Dean Foster, read by Alice Eve, 2013, approx. 535 min. (Trade paperback novelization.)

Alien Voices
"Spock vs. Q" by Cecelia Fannon, performed live by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie, 1999, 60 min.
"Spock vs. Q: The Sequel" by Cecelia Fannon, starring Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie, 2000, 60 min.
"The Spock vs. Q Collection", 2000. (Boxed set includes both productions plus video footage on a third CD.)

Other
"Conversational Klingon" by Marc Okrand, read by Michael Dorn and Marc Okrand, 1992, 60 min. (Based on "The Klingon Dictionary" by Mark Okrand.)
"Power Klingon" by Barry Levine and Marc Okrand, read by Michael Dorn and Marc Okrand, 1993, 60 min. (Based on "The Klingon Dictionary" by Mark Okrand.)
"To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr Sulu" by George Takei, read by George Takei, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by Sofia Marchant. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" by Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, read by Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, 1996, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"The Klingon Way: A Warrior's Guide" by Marc Okrand, read by Michael Dorn and Roxann Dawson, 1996, 75 min.
"Get a Life!" by William Shatner with Chris Kreski, read by William Shatner, 1999, 180 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Gateways: What Lay Beyond" by Diane Carey, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christie Golden, Robert Greenberger and Susan Wright, read by David Kaye, 2001, 240 min. Abridged by George Truett. (Hardcover.)

(If not indicated otherwise, audio productions are abridged by the authors.)

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There are also some (by comparison, very expensive) unabridged titles, but not from Simon & Schuster Audioworks:
"The Physics of Star Trek" by Lawrence M. Krauss, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, 1996, approx 390 min. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Sarek" by AC Crispin, read by Nick Sullivan, Chivers Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, 2001 (Re-released: Audible Frontiers download, 2012), approx. 879 min. (Hardcover.)
"Star Trek Nemesis" by J.M. Dillard, read by Grover Gardner, Chivers Sound Library/BBC Audiobooks America, 2002, 347 min. (Hardcover novelization.)
"Vulcan's Soul, Book 1: Exodus" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Richard Poe, Recorded Books, 2004, 510 min. (Hardcover.)
"Vulcan's Soul, Book 2: Exiles" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Richard Poe, Recorded Books, 2006, 630 min. (Hardcover.)
"Vulcan's Soul, Book 3: Epiphany" by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, read by Richard Poe, Recorded Books, 2007, 694 min. (Hardcover.)

Other audio publications
"Inside Star Trek" by Gene Roddenberry, performed by Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Mark Lenard and Isaac Asimov, CBS Inc., 1976, 54 min. (Non-fiction LP.)
"Contractions in Action" adapted by Will Dunne, from a story by Ruth Kirschner, song by Rick Nowels, 1979, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ? min. (Parody.)
"Star Trek Memories" by William Shatner with Chris Kreski, read by William Shatner, 1993, Harper Audio, 270 min. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Star Trek Movie Memories" by William Shatner with Chris Kreski, read by William Shatner, Harper Audio, 1994, 300 min. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"All I Really Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek" by Dave Marinaccio, read by Rick Adamson, Random House Audio, 1994, 90 min. Abridged by Sharon Holland. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Beyond Uhura" by Nichelle Nichols, read by Nichelle Nichols, Random House Audio, 1994, 180 min. Abridged by Sharon Holland. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"I Am Spock" by Leonard Nimoy, read by Leonard Nimoy, Random House Audio, 1995, 240 min. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"The Physics of Star Trek" by Lawrence M. Krauss, read by Lawrence M. Krauss, Harper Audio, 1995, 180 min. Abridged by Claire Keller. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Boldly Live as You Have Never Lived Before: (Unauthorized and Unexpected) Life Lessons From Star Trek" by Richard Raben and Hiyaguha Cohen, read by Armin Shimerman, Harper Audio, 1995, 180 min. Abridged by Claire Keller. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"The Nitpicker's Guide for Classic Trekkers" [Parts 1-3] by Phil Farrand, read by George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig, 1995?, AudioScope, 3 x ? min. (Non-fiction.)
"Nitpicker's Fun & Games for Classic Trekkers" by Phil Farrand, read by Denise Crosby, 1995, AudioScope, 100 min. (Non-fiction.)
"The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers" [Parts 1-3] by Phil Farrand, read by Denise Crosby, Dwight Schultz and Robert O'Reilly, 1995?, AudioScope, 3 x ? min. (Non-fiction.)
"Nitpicker's Fun & Games for Next Generation Trekkers" by Phil Farrand, read by Dwight Schultz and Robert O'Reilly, 1995, AudioScope, 90 min. (Non-fiction.)
"Beyond Star Trek: The Final DeGeneration: A Parody" by Cathy Crimmins and Tom Maeder, performed by Gary Owens, Dove Audio Inc., 1997, 90 min. (Parody.)
"Inside Star Trek" [revised release] by Gene Roddenberry, performed by Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Mark Lenard and Isaac Asimov, newly introduced by Nichelle Nichols, Columbia/Legacy, 1998, 64 min. (Non-fiction bonus CD accompanying "Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Original Soundtrack, 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition".)
"Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe" by Walter Koenig, read by Walter Koenig, 1999, Dove Audio, 360 min. Abridged by Camille Franklin. (Non-fiction hardcover.)
"Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot" by Walter Koenig, read by Deniz Cordell, Walter Koenig and Jerry Robbins, 2010, The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio, 420 min. (Unabridged original science fiction novel.)
"Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas" by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton, 2012, Audible Frontiers download, 461 min. (Unabridged parody hardcover.)

Captain's Log: Supplemental. Steve Roby has adapted my list, with links to the items themselves.

Interestingly, Amazon offers the Recorded Books unabridged titles as audio downloads, and has recently slashed the prices for "Vulcan's Soul" instalments from around $46 each to $12-$25. But you have to download (and burn them to CD?) yourself.

6 comments:

Danny Smith said...

Hi

Just wanted to thank you for your hard work in putting this list together! I am relatively new to Star Trek audio books and now have almost all of them on my iphone :)

Is there anywhere online that might also be worth checking re star trek audio books? Also, do you know if there will be any new ones? I have just finished the newest novelisation (which I quite liked) and am impressed by the New Frontier series but wish there were more!!!way, thanks once again :)

Danny
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Therin of Andor said...

Thanks Danny! As far as I know, my list is definitive.

Margaret Clark recently said that Simon & Schuster's new unabridged audio of JJ's movie sold well and they are "interested" in doing more.

Therin of Andor said...

Defcon, on TrekBBS, just mentioned that "there are also unabridged audios of the first four 'Titan' books and the first two 'Vanguard' books (two more are announced at the moment) in German, published as mp3s exclusively for audible.de.

Therin of Andor said...

Following a recent discussion on abridged vs unabridged audios on TrekBBS, I prepared the following summary:

After eight successful one-cassette releases, S&S Audio celebrated the launch of Pocket's first ST hardcover, "Spock's World" by squeezing a second cassette into the same sized cover. Double the usual timing.

The next few releases of MMPBs were still 90 mins, while the longer hardcovers went to 180 min. Even the ST VI novelisation was only 90 mins. ""Faces of Fire", the only book read by Bibi "Carol Marcus" Besch in 1992 was the first MMPB to get the 180 min. treatment. TNG followed the same pattern, 90 mins for MMPB, 180 mins for hardcovers, until they splurged 150 mins for the novelisation of "TNG: Relics" with James Doohan.

The next jump, to 240 mins, was quite recent: "Genesis Force" (2003) and "Vulcan's Soul, Book 1" (2004), both hardcovers. VOY's "Pathways" had already trialled 300 mins. DS9 productions of MMPBs toyed with 120 mins and 150 mins.

Although the CD era enabled more efficient production of longer running times, S&S Audio has only made two "CD-only" titles: Shatner's "Captain's Glory" (which was delayed when the Reeves-Stevens were busy on the ENT TV series) and the Alan Dean Foster novelization of JJ Abram's movie.

Therin of Andor said...

Audible.de are doing unabridged German language audio downloads of recent "Star Trek" novels. Thanks Defcon for the heads-up:

Titan:
Eine neue Ära (Taking Wing)
Der rote König (The Red King)
Die Hunde des Orion (Orion's Hounds)
Schwert des Damokles (Sword of Damocles)
Stürmische See (Over a torrent Sea)
Synthese (Synthesis)

All read by Detlef Bierstedt, who was the German voice of Riker during TNG and "Generations".

Vanguard:
Der Vorbote (Harbinger)
Rufe den Donner (Summon the Thunder)
Ernte den Sturm (Reap the Whirlwind)
Offene Geheimnisse (Open Secrets)
Vor dem Fall (Precipice)
Enthüllungen (Declassified) is planned for December

All read by Dietmar Wunder, the German voice of Daniel Craig's James Bond character.

Destiny:
Götter der Nacht (Gods of Night)
Gewöhnliche Sterbliche (Mere Mortals) is planned for this month
Verlorene Seelen (Lost Souls) is planned for November

read by Lutz Riedel, who was the dubbing director for the TNG movies.

Therin of Andor said...

I believe I heard that, forthcoming, is:

"Star Trek Into Darkness" by Alan Dean Foster, read by Alice Eve, Simon & Shuster Audioworks, 2013?