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Legends of the Ferengi (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  27 reviews
"Once you have their money, never give it back." -- #1

"Anything worth doing is worth doing for money." -- #13

For centuries these and the other famous Ferengi "Rules of Acquisition' have been the guiding principles of the galaxy's most successful entrepreneurs. But the wisdom behind them was not won without a high cost in lives and latnium.

Now at last these inspiring tale

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Published December 1st 1997 by Audioworks (first published August 1997)
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Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this did make me chuckle. Just having re-watched DS9, Quark's voice was fresh in my mind while reading this. A nice little read but it didn't include the (unofficial) rule #286 :

"When Morn leaves, it's all over"

Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YOU MUST GET THE AUDIOBOOK. I'm not kidding. It's a jewel. ...more
Maya Dworsky-Rocha
This audiobook cured my diabeetus.
Tales of the Ferengi, as told by Quark. I have this on audiobook, so it is narrated by Armin... I mean Quark. Quark tells tales of the Ferengi to you and tries to sell you things. I loved every moment of my nostalgia.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's another abridged audio from an older Trek book, so do not know how it really compares... but who cares - I loved how Armin Shimerman (aka Quark on DS9) narrated this! He was so much fun with what he read and performed! The substance of this is some of the stories (the legends part of the title) of past historical events of the Ferengi that inspired some of the rules of acquisition. Lots of fun and craziness to be had for an hour and a half. ...more
Kristina Moses
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Aaron Studwell
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for a SFA cadets

The book provides the necessary insight in the Ferengi Culture to all others to safely (& profitably) interact with them. It is highlighted with stories, anecdotes, and likely more than a few lies. But on the bottom line (important to hew-mons and Ferengi alike), it’s a good, quick, and enjoyable read.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though there are lots of bit of wisdom in this book, please if you are still human do not make the rules of acquisition your new religion. This book is amusing, maybe not for young impressionable children. This is a good read.
F.R. Southerland
Oh, this was fun to listen to. I honestly didn't expect the sound effects, but it added to the in character reading. Armin Shimerman as Quark is always entertaining. Short, rambling, but fun. Recommended to fans of Star Trek Deep Space Nine, for sure. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, sci-fi
good book if you want to laugh! (Or shake your head in amazement.) I give it 3.5 stars.
This veered into ASMR territory way more than anticipated
This somehow feels like a cheap cash in - ironic given it’s subject matte! I was given it for a gift. An easy and inconsequential read.
For me this book was hit and miss. It's handy to have the rules written down in one place, and the book is often funny, clever, and even genuinely insightful, but it is also often unfunny, creepy (the sexism of the ferengi is less amusing without the skilled actors to back it up), and dated. That being said, if you are a big fan of the ferengi on DS9 it is worth checking out or keeping for reference. As for entertainment value though, I would recommend the audiobook version over this. It is tech ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A wonderful piece of meta fiction, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Legends of the Ferengi is incredibly fun and entertaining. The book is essentially a collection of short stories and fables that either illustrate, or are the basis for, the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. And while they’re “told to” Quark by series producer Ira Steven Behr and writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, they’re not cannon and aren’t supposed to be taken seriously. By listing Quark as the author the reader is told right upfront the s ...more
Matt Randall
This was a fun little book full of Ferengi legends, stories, random memos, notes, and even one of Quark's second grade reports, all of which are used to illustrate different Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. It's nothing too deep, but it's a nice book to keep on your bedside table since you can pick it up, read a few of the entries, and then put it down. I don't think I'd pay $12 for it, but I picked it up at a Half-Price Books and feel like I got my money's worth out of it. Definitely a good read i ...more
Amory Blaine
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Capitalists
Legends of the Ferengi feels exactly like its species: amusing in short bursts and grating in larger doses. The book is full of assorted lists, letters, instructions, and anecdotes, each representing a different Rule of Acquisition. Not all the rules are included, but there are enough to remind us that the Ferengi are a greedy, sexist, xenophobic culture consistently played for laughs. But the joke's on us: as Quark glibly reminds us on the final page, "Deep down, everyone's a Ferengi." ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The 285 Rules of Acquisition are crucial for any good Ferengi businessman to know by heart. Quark, for a modest fee, has written many of them down for us to learn, along with the historical connection to the creation of each Rule.
A funny read, great for any Star Trek fan, especially fans of DS9. Sadly, not all 285 Rules are actually published anywhere, but feel free to make up your own.
Claire Gilligan
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
The Legends of the Ferengi itself was great fun! Music and sound effects were too loud, but the stories themselves, plus Armin Shimmerman's narration, were brilliant.

However! Learning that nearly half the audiobook was a surprise TOS story? Not cool, guys! Much improved by Leonard Nimoy narrating parts, but come on! Truth in advertising, Audible! :(
John Barclay
A very silly book. Basically a lot of jokes strung together using the Rules of Acquisition as a hook. Lots of fun, but not really anything more. The Ferengi are such a poorly thought out race that they really only serve as comic relief, which is the point of this book.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok thought it was a lot of fun. I'm glad there are reviews advising readers to get this book.
This is for the audio book that I listened to. Well done. Short. Abridged the book quite a bit.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's missing a few rules, but it's still a great read! ...more
I registered a book at!
William Ramsey
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun
Grace Best-Page
It's a fun addition to my library. ...more
worth every slip of latinum I paid for it (~$1). every page had me laughing and wanting to quote it out loud to whomever was nearby (usually my guinea pigs).
B. Reese
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
shockingly relevant to living in the corporate American machine.

on a daily basis I have seen these rules unwittingly lived out by people in the workplace.

it all makes so much sense now
Amusing! Too bad it only contains 70 rules, and not all 285.
Ross Buffa
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