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This program is read by the author with LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Genie Francis, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Patrick Stewart, and a full cast.

Brent Spiner’s explosive and hilarious novel is a personal look at the slightly askew relationship between a celebrity and his fans. If the Coen Brothers were to make a Star Trek movie, involving the complexity of fan obsession and sci-fi, this noir comedy might just be the one.

Set in 1991, just as Star Trek: The Next Generation has rocketed the cast to global fame, the young and impressionable actor Brent Spiner receives a mysterious package and a series of disturbing letters, that take him on a terrifying and bizarre journey that enlists Paramount Security, the LAPD, and even the FBI in putting a stop to the danger that has his life and career hanging in the balance.

Featuring a cast of characters from Patrick Stewart to LeVar Burton to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to some completely imagined, this is the fictional autobiography that takes listeners into the life of Brent Spiner, and tells an amazing tale about the trappings of celebrity and the fear he has carried with him his entire life.

Fan Fiction is a zany love letter to a world in which we all participate, the phenomenon of “Fandom”.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Brent Spiner (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Best narration of any audiobook, ever.

Best narration of any audiobook, ever. I've heard Neverwhere read by Benedict Cumberbatch/Natalie Dormer/James McAvoy and Octopussy read by Tom Hiddleston but this cast on Fan Fiction is still top spot for narration.

This story induces cringing, but handles cringy subjects artfully. If this Fan Fiction Mem-noir were published on AO3, it might benefit from trigger warning tags for stalking, childhood abuse, drug use, gun violence, psychiatric malpractice and abusive relationships. I found it entertaining and positive overall, with a satisfactory resolution.

Also I laughed so much... they should have released this book on Sunday because it's a 10/10!

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Crazy, weird, wild, strange... but above all, fun.

I received an advanced copy of the ebook version, and I enjoyed it enough to still want to buy an official copy. When I discovered the TNG cast would all be playing themselves, it became a must-buy. Brent does an excellent job as the main narrator, and the dialogue provided by his castmates is seamlessly threaded in. A fantastic read and a great listen.

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I really tried to like it

As a TNG fan I thought this book might be a lot of fun. I was wrong. It doesn't have a particularly interesting plot, the characters are only moderately appealing, and the writing is sophomoric at best. Sorry, Brent. You're a heck of an actor and have created an iconic character, and you should have stuck with what you're good at.

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Not my cup of tea

I loved having Brent narrate with TNG cast members, and it was a tolerable listen, but after thinking back to it, I am not sure I really liked the plot. I found myself laughing more at Levar and Patrick’s few moments of lines than I did at the entirety of the story itself. I rolled my eyes several times listening to the interactions with Brent and the twins, and the ending left a lot more questions than satisfying answers. I really tried to like this, and I still love Brent Spiner as an actor (forever the Trekkie I am), but I might be more hesitant to preorder a book next time.

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  • 10-22-21

Heavy on nostalgia, quirky on storyline.

I am a second generation Trekkie and grew up with TNG from birth. I love the idea of fan fiction written by a cast member. The voice work of all the cast is superb and warms my nostalgic heart for each actor that makes a cameo. The story has a lot of dream sequences and drug trips. It can feel almost film noir as it spins a detective yarn. Basically, if you like the episodes where Data is in the holodeck, you’ll probably like this spin on a alternate dimension where Brent Spiner has to deal with crazed fans of the show who want to (marry/boff/kill) him.

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Very amusing!

This was fun to listen to! It helped me survive a six hour drive though Idaho. Brent Spiner has somewhat irreverent humor at times, but I don't mind. He is funny and relatable with great comedic timing. Not all of it was laugh out loud funny, but it got a good chuckle or two out of me. It's fun to wonder which parts -- if any -- are based in reality. As a fan of Star Trek TNG, there were moments when I felt strange, and maybe a little self conscious. But I get the sense that Spiner really appreciates his fans. He shows self awareness about his part in the cultural phenomenon that is Star Trek. Spiner acknowledged his neuro-divergent fans and the significance his character has for that community. I appreciate that he spoke about it in such a kind and genuine way. My husband is autistic, and in the last couple months he's become a fan of Star Trek TNG and Data in particular. I've been a fan since I was fifteen (I'm 26 now), and Data was always my favorite character. I was a little worried that this book would spoil the show a bit. I don't think it has. Well, not entirely. I'm sure I will have new perspectives on the show. But Data is still Data to me, and Brent Spiner is funny and entertaining in his own right. I appreciate them both :)

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I loved everything about this!

Seriously, this was grear. A hilarious and engaging story. A cast of some of my favorite actors. A love note to friends, and a nod to all the fans and fan fiction writers of Star Trek.

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Best Audio Book

This was the best audio book I have listened to. Brent Spiner's narration was done only as an author could do, perfect. The cameo voices of other Next Generation cast members brought the story alive. The story itself left me laughing out loud. Definately the most unique autobiographical book I have ever read, which made the book so fun.

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Fun, insightful, if a little juvenile

I greatly enjoyed the perspective into Brent Spiner’s person and the story was overall fun. Large parts of it felt indeed like fan fiction, as the title suggests.

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Fun, Pulp-Style Mystery

It was fun. I enjoy a good mystery, but it got a little tedious with the romantic entanglements. Those just aren't my thing.

It was definitely fun hearing the voices of the cast of Star Trek, especially Patrick Stewart doing a great impersonation of himself. I enjoyed that immensely.

Also, Jonathan Frakes's voice is unmistakable and I had no idea how much it affects me until I heard it divorced from his face and the character of Riker.

I always say as well, that the characters make the story, and there are plenty of fantastic characters to go around, from the far-too-serious Paramount security guard, to the masseuse-turned-detective at the LAPD, the Jones sisters, and especially the character of LeVar Burton. I loved them all.

It's not entering into my ever-growing list of Top 10 favorite books, but I'd recommend it if you're a fan of Star Trek, mysteries, thrillers, and romances. It's really not great at any of those, but it is a fun mix of them all, and although I'm not a great litmus, I had no idea who the stalker was until it was revealed near the end.

Or rather, I did, but I was wrong.

I'd probably give it 4/5. Would recommend. It's not Frankenstein or The Count of Monte Cristo, but it's not a pile of hot garbage either. More like a pulp novel. Fun is the best way I can describe it.

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  • 10-12-21

Utterly captivating!

Well… I’ll never be able to watch the TNG episode “The Offspring” the same way again! This story is incredible and you will get totally swept away in the madness. Knowing that it’s a blend of fact, fiction and utter fantasy leaves me guessing which details are true and are simply pulling our collective leg. Brent’s narration is beautiful and rich. I’d love to hear him narrate more audiobooks, whether his own stories or others’. I researched fan/participatory cultures as part of a media masters dissertation and this novel could have easily fit in as almost a first-hand perspective of fandom from the beloved’s POV. The plot is utter upheaval and even I couldn’t predict where it was going to go. Splendid read! Both whimsical and cutting in places. Thank you and congratulations Brent!