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Summary

A deadly encounter with hostile aliens has left Captain Janeway's crew separated from the Starship Voyager and slowly starving to death in a disease-ridden alien prison camp. To keep up their determination as they plot their escape, the crew shares with each other the unlikely paths that brought them all to the U.S.S. Voyager and the Delta Quadrant. They began as individuals, following very different pathways, but together, under the leadership of one remarkable woman, they have become one of the finest teams in the known universe - the crew of the Voyager.

©1998 Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc. (P)1998 Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved

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Good fun for fans

If you could sum up Star Trek, Voyager: Pathways (Adapted) in three words, what would they be?

Fun, interesting, cheesey

Who was your favorite character and why?

Argh who do I pick?! You get to hear so much more about so many of the characters that it is hard to choose! Perhaps Harry Kim? Perhaps Tom Paris? Maybe B'Elanna?! Which is all well and good, but not a very helpful answer...in an odd way, Tuvok's narrative might be my favourite as I had a lot of questions about what he did between leaving and returning to Starfleet.

Have you listened to any of Robert Picardo’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to any other of Robert Picardo's performances, but I would definitely rate it here - there could be no one better to read a Voyager novel. He has a voice that is both expressive and gentle, not at all grating.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't find myself becoming overly emotional while reading Pathways, but it was certainly amusing in parts, moving in others.

Any additional comments?

I think the only other thing I would say is that the structure is a little formulaic, with each crew member encouraging the others to share their life stories - though I wonder if this is perhaps due to the abridgement? I really wish that they would re-record these books in full now that there is such a big market for audiobooks.

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Voyager

Really enjoyed this book would highly recommend .. need more of these stories by Robert picardo narrating

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Fabulous and entertaining story of the crew

This tale was well read By Robert Picardo.
There were great voices mimicked by Robert Picardo. The tale was original and interesting. The sound effects were very appealing and diverse.
The drama was quite compelling.
It is such a great idea to find out the origins of the crew.
More Star Trek Voyager audiobooks, please.

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  • griffinwhippet
  • 06-04-09

Character backgrounds are great!

I love getting backstory for characters even if they are not "canonical". However Jeri Taylor contradicts the story of the show from time to time and she simply cannot get the idea of a Janeway/Chakotay romance out of her mind. Every book she has written throws them together and the "canonical" storyline doesn't. Give it up Jeri!

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  • Steve Barnes
  • 01-10-16

An immersive prequel to the TV series.

It’s a “new adventure” for the Voyager crew in the way that Shades of Gray is a new adventure for Picard’s. But don’t dismay! Rather than a cobbled-together pastiche of familiar emotional moments due to a writers’ strike, “Pathways” gives some of Voyager’s senior officers their turns to share their backstories in leisurely detail, from their earliest considerations of Starfleet through the moment their stories intersect with Janeway’s.

Each of these stories is alluded to in the series, but revealed as proper chronological sequences in Pathways. The final scenes of these weave directly into moments fans of the series will recall as memories from their time spent watching – probably my favourite aspect of Jeri Taylor’s narrative. The audio version is apparently abridged, but feels like a fully substantial journey totalling just over five hours. As such, the granularly complex feeling of a full-length novel doesn’t seem to have been the goal here, but the relatively simple plot which wraps the backstories has its own arc and revelation, adorning the book instead with the feel of an extended Voyager episode.

Tuvok, Kim, Paris, Neelix and others each occupy a generous chapter to share their disparate narratives. Notably absent from the storytelling handful are Janeway herself, and the chipper but self-centred holographic doctor.

The presence of the latter, of course, is still strongly felt thanks to Robert Picardo’s role as the meta-present narrator, adeptly capturing and propagating the distinct tones and attitudes of his castmates. His articulate, heartfelt and dramatic cadence lends itself to the crew’s various aspirations, altercations and pangs, as does the original musical score provided by a trio of composers, spanning an appropriately vast spectrum of styles. The entire team’s talents comprise a product which is enjoyable, satisfying, and is arguably a supplement – or even appropriate as a prequel for nascent viewers – to Star Trek: Voyager.

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  • James
  • 14-08-15

Awesome

Robert Picardo's time spent as part of the cast of Voyager serves him well as narrator to this must-listen short book that provides all the back stories for the main cast. Every story really adds to the character and when watching the show NOW, I found s whole new dynamic to the characters.

The story of Kes and Neelix is particularly good and it actually changed my feelings towards the two, prior being that I didn't care too much for either of them.

This story should have been a good two parter in the actual series. Too bad it wasn't as I feel it's actually a necessary listen for any fan of ST: VOY.

Definitely worth a purchase. I've tried other ST books and I didn't quite enjoy them. This one however I've already listened twice, both times in one sitting.

DON'T MISS OUT.

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  • Gerre
  • 03-05-15

A must for Voyager fans.

Excellent back stories about the crew. Excellent job by Robert Picardo. One of the best narrators. Great bed time story.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-07-12

Fun listen for ST:Voyager fans

Too bad this book was abridged, I would have enjoyed more of the personal histories of the Voyager crew before circumstances brought them all together to serve on the same ship. There was nothing on Janeway! Still, it was entertaining. Robert Picardo lends his familiar voice to the narration.

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  • Christopher
  • 23-01-11

Great!

I loved this book! I liked all the background stories of all the characters. It was interesting to find out why Chakotay joined the Maquis and what happened to Nelix before he joined Voyager. It was a great story!

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  • Nousheen
  • 06-04-05

Interesting story

I liked this book because it gave background information on a couple of characters that the tv show never went into. It helped explain why the characters acted the way they did on the show. Read this book if you want to understand the characters more.

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  • Diane Stacy
  • 22-05-22

Favorite book

I gave this book all 5s because it's my favorite Voyager book so far & I loved the Doctor's narration. The premise of the crew (sans Capt Janeway) starving in an alien prison camp provides a plausible background for the crew telling their stories of how they came to their current situation aboard Voyager. The detailed tales provided background into the characters that you never got during the tv series and I found myself liking some even more, like Kim & Neelix. Captain Janeway wasn't there to give her tale but she was obviously the glue that held them all together. The final scene with Chakotay & Janeway was priceless. I'm a new Voyager fan despite the age of the show & books because I've recently retired & simply have the time after marriage, kids, family, work, etc to sit back, read, & daydream. Now I see why so many fan comments wish there had been a J/C connection in the show. Ah well. At least we have our books.

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  • Jonathan Cunningham
  • 07-07-21

Robert Picardy is great but not my favorite story.

Having the cast of Star Trek read is always my Favorite way to enjoy Star Trek books. I do wish that they didn’t abridge the books though for audio consumption. I really wish they would have the books read in their entirety though I can’t say that this particular story is my favorite. This book is a mash up of short background stories on a few of the characters and wasn’t that interesting.

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  • Edward P. Brown
  • 09-01-20

Mostly Cree history

Story was ok, it was mostly a story about the crews younger lives, not as good as other Star Trek audibles