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Star Trek: Yesterday's Son

By: A. C. Crispin
Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy,James Doohan
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Summary

On a planet code-named Gateway stands a mysterious portal to the past, the Guardian of Forever. Spock, Kirk, and McCoy have just returned from a voyage through the gateway with a young man named Zar - Spock's own son from ancient Sarpeidon! But while Spock and the brilliant, primitive youth try to bridge a gap of centuries and cultures, Gateway is seized by the Romulans. The Enterprise must destroy the planet rather than let the Romulans use the past as a weapon - and Kirk has 12 hours to find a way out. Only Spock and Zar have any chance of penetrating the Romulan forces on Gateway. Suddenly, father and son are plunged into a fierce fight for their lives - and a battle to keep the Romulans from fatally changing the past! Featuring a dramatic reading by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score!

©1988 Paramount Pictures Corporation, All Rights Reserved (P)1988 Paramount Pictures Corporation, All Rights Reserved

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felt the abridgement

while this story is beautifully read, you can really feel that the story has been hacked to pieces even though it was the original author who adapted this recording. On the plus side for then, I went out and bought the book to get to grips with the missing elements.
All in all its a good story and if you want a quick listen it makes for an acceptable listen but purists and unabridged fans beware.

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  • Karen
  • 01-12-19

Warning this is a highly abridged book. Not even worth listening to

I did not realize when I purchased this book that I was only purchasing a very small portion of it. So much has been taken out that it has ruined the story ruined any character development and so on. I recommend buying an actual copy of the entire book and reading that.

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  • Chris
  • 16-05-18

Solid continuation of TOS episode

I’ve recently been catching up on Star Trek books that I missed as a teenager. This is — in part — a continuation of the penultimate episode of The Original Series, “All Our Yesterdays.” With James Doohan narrating and Leonard Nimoy voicing several internal monologues by Spock, Yesterday’s Son (1983) feels like a hidden episode of TOS. For Trekkies, a fun audiobook.

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  • Geek Mom
  • 13-03-20

Loved it!

as always Crispin delivered. She left too soon. looking forward to reading the rest of her catalog.

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  • Dwayne McClellan
  • 21-10-15

Star trek TOS

This was a great book, and great follow up book, I really wish they could've made these as special episode. It would have been great. I recommend this book and the follow up.

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  • bb
  • 25-04-15

Nice Story based on Spock's TV time travel episode

Would you listen to Star Trek: Yesterday's Son again? Why?

Yes, It was a very interesting story with good narration. Leonard Nimory and James Doohan had extra charm and excitement to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Spock went back in time to save a son that he conceived with a woman that he met when he traveled to the past.

What does Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excitement, Charm, and increased enjoyment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to hear the end of it, and it was a short story.

Any additional comments?

The sequel to this book is Star Trek: Time for Yesterday

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  • Timothy Ryberg
  • 10-10-22

They completely gutted the book

With such a short running time, I was definitely expecting some abridgment of this rather large book. But they completely gutted it. The book consists completely of Spock and McCoy’s Vulcan storyline and the part of the book regarding Kirk and Adm. Lori Cianna is completely gone. This was the whole point of my purchasing this adaptation int he first place.

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  • kristine Myers
  • 11-08-22

My favorite ST book ever!

How can you not love a ST book read by James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy. It reads like a well thought out original series episode with some old familiars and new characters. I will definitely listen to this more than once!

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  • Jonathan
  • 03-06-22

Too abridged

I have read the original book. This abridged version is only 2 chapters long and guts huge parts of the original story. Very disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-21

WOW!

I loved this. it took me home. I had a childhood I wouldn't have survived without Star Ttek

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  • David Pick
  • 26-07-20

Great follow up to TOS S3 All Out Yesterdays

I chose this audio book after watching for the first time ever last night on Me TV and learned there was a book sequel to it. I thought 1 credit for 90 minutes was high. But I was shocked to hear Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan did voice work for this book making it totally worth it for me.

If I could quibble about the story, the actions of McCoy in it just never felt like Deforest Kelley himself was ever performing in the scene. I found myself thinking McCoy would never do that in certain parts.

This 90 minute story was great for a commute to a friend's farm and back to my home . I'm glad Audible still makes it available and encourage all Star Trek fans to try it.