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Troy

Troy DALLAS, TX, United States Member Since 2012

I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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  • ""The Rifleman"... with a Li..."

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    Tatooine. Some call it the cradle of the Star Wars universe. It's home to the creatures the fans know and love: Jawas, Banthas, Sarlaccs, Krayt Dragons, and Tusken Raiders. And now it is the home of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.

    Beginning shortly before the end credits roll on Revenge of the Sith and covering the ground in the first weeks after the movie, this book reveals the long-awaited tale of Kenobi's transition from venerable Jedi Master to "just a crazy old hermit." As one might expect, it's not easy to simply stop being who you are, and "Ben" finds himself neck-deep in settlement affairs and sand people attacks before he knows it. The end result is all the heart of an old western and the storytelling magic of Star Wars as John Jackson Miller gives us a look into the depths of the soul of a failed hero.

    Narrated by Star Wars audiobook veteran Jonathan Davis, this book is given an even greater depth thanks to a bona fide performance. To be honest, I was hoping for a full one-man show from James Arnold Taylor, who voices Kenobi on The Clone Wars, but Davis' performance is strong enough to stand on its own for the right reasons. The strength of both writing and narration allow one to simply get sucked in and see it play out on the movie screen of the mind. Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but that's what happens for me when Star Wars returns to its roots within the scope of the film saga and finally expands out our understanding of one of its central characters.

    While technically a stand-alone adventure, the very nature of the story is that it requires a familiarity with the films to fully appreciate it. But then, if you're not already a fan, why would you be reading this book? As one who is a little more deeply entrenched into the EU, I can say without really spoiling anything about the plot that canon cops are going to be screaming over the rather important reference to Sharad Hett. If you don't know who that is, don't worry - it gets explained, and it works within the scope of the story well. There's just that one tiny point that will irk the diehards specifically because of how woven it is into the backstory. For myself, I don't let it bother me. I found it to be a rather cool nod to an early prequel era comic, and let's be honest here: neither the novels nor the comics are actually canon. Forget this "layers of canon" nonsense, because Star Wars is the only franchise where the younger fans haven't figured it out yet. Regardless... it's a non-issue to the plot of this story. I will simply say this instead, that much like with Darth Plagueis, this book should probably be elevated to a higher level closer to the canon of the films because of the material it does cover.

    What IS an issue to the plot of this story is an inside look at the culture of the sand people. As with other appearances of this race here and there throughout the EU, they are suitably creepy and fearsome, and it's a treat for this fan to get a story revolving around them.

    One tiny personal disappointment I do have, and this is a bit of a character spoiler, but not a plot spoiler, is that Kenobi at no time learns that Darth Vader is still alive. I was hoping to have this scene, but perhaps they'll leave that for another story. There is no Vader in this story; it's Kenobi-centric, and all that implies. Tatooine is remote, after all, and the news travels slowly. A sense of how slowly is depicted here.

    To make up for that tiny little disappointment, what we're given is a range of characters, most of them moisture farmers, who are actually interesting. These characters are so well written that you come to care for their plight in short order, which connects you to Kenobi as he fights his instincts to get involved.

    I'll also add that I am a huge fan of ironic justice, and the ending of this book just works for me. It's brilliant, it's huge, and it's a bit disconcerting, and I'll say no more about that.

    From there, you sprinkle in a few well-placed classic Ben Burtt sound effects and musical cues from the maestro John Williams, and what you have is one of the better written, better performed, and better produced Star Wars audiobooks on record. I've heard it said in early reviews that it's perhaps better than Darth Plagueis. I don't know that I'd go quite that far, but it is an excellent companion novel to Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, covering pretty much the same time frame and type of character transition in the wake of Ep. III.

    Bottom line, in terms of importance to the EU and caliber of quality, this is one of the best in the line, and one that the fans simply must have.

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    Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Troy says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
  • "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth..."

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    I had a blast reading the book. Now to hear it performed, it's even better. Mashups like this usually don't impress me because most don't go for broke and waste time winking at themselves. This... this is greatness incarnate, and I daresay the Bard would approve.

    A full cast of pros playing it straight and yet still coming across with a Monty Python edge, the classic sound effects and music... it's comedy gold. I can't imagine how many times they had to stop recording in the attempt to not bust a gut. I haven't laughed this hard in ages, and I think I spooked my co-workers this morning.

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    William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
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    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Troy says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
  • "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"

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    Joe Schreiber proved on Death Troopers that he can write for very specific subgenres. With Maul: Lockdown, the prison subgenre is given the Star Wars treatment. The first half of the book plays through every stereotype and expected classic bit imaginable in a way that's too much fun to just skip over. As Darth Sidious observes, any situation is rendered unstable when Maul is present, and Schreiber goes out of his way to show us exactly what that means. The second half, however, spends some time showing us the superior workings of Maul's mind and his worthiness to be a Sith apprentice. Being an amazing fighter isn't enough to be a classic villain, after all.

    Taking place during the events of Darth Plagueis, shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. Where it's placed in the timeline is the necessary due to Maul's limited operation periods in the Star Wars timeline, but Lockdown doesn't use Plagueis as a crutch. Instead, this is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.

    As with Death Troopers, Schreiber's incredibly descriptive prose brings a heightened sense of action and grit to the story. The inevitable fight scenes play out vividly.

    Veteran Star Wars narrator Jonathan Davis is once again in top form, bringing the characters and situations to life as few others seem to be able to do. Mix in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and the movie in your mind is complete.

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    Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Troy says: "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"
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  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    "I have a fever and the only cure is more Kenobi"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kenobi to be better than the print version?

    I don't own the print version so I honestly wouldn't know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best parts were the parts with Ben in it. He's the reason people would buy this book and I was kind of disappointed that after the first chapter it took quite a long time until we saw him again.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His Obi-wan impression is spot on. His other voices were good too. I was bit worried that after Marc Thompson I would not be impressed by other voice actors but I was not disappointed.


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

    There were some funny lines in the book and parts that made me a bit teary eyed. Extreme reactions no...


    Any additional comments?

    For a book called Kenobi he isn't in it that much. The other characters are interesting of in their own rights but well, I have a fever...and the only prescription is more Kenobi.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    "I wasn't deceived by this book's quality."

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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived the most enjoyable?

    This is the fourth book I own where Marc Thompson narrates the story and once again he didn't disappoint me. This man could read a phone book to me and I still would find it enjoyable.

    Aside from that it's nice to see some more backstory on Malgus, as at least of the beginning of SW:TOR he's one of the main villains. It's nice to see his motivation for doing what he does and also how he deals with things. It was nice to see a more fleshed out Sith character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about Z-man and why he does what he does. Between Jedi and Sith fighting it's nice to someone without the Force being awesome as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was this very touching scene when Z-man and Aryn say their goodbyes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that Malgus had to make an ultimate decision was very well written. Also a scene where Z-man had to do something that would stick with him for the rest of his life. You could feel the characters emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though the characters are good on their own the story does get kind of boring and aside from Malgus I don't find the Sith very interesting.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    "The continuation of KoTOR"

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    What did you love best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    Obviously, Revan. As a fan of the KoTOR game I loved hearing more about him and what happened after the events of the game. This book fills that spot and gives some sort of closure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The part where for the first time Revan shows up with his old mask and just shows everyone why he is one of the most powerful Jedi that ever existed.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The excellent voices naturally. He makes everyone so distinct it is hard to believe he is doing this on his own. Canderous and Skourge are especially pleasant to listen too.


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

    The ending...got a big Darth Vader: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of KoTOR, a fan of SWTOR or just a fan of SW you really need to get this book.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

    "Performance is great, story...could be better"

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    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance? What did you like least?

    Best thing was the performance of Marc Thompson. Story wise though...Larin and Jet Nebula were fun characters and it was nice to see Satele in action to see that she isn't the Grandmaster of the Jedi order without reason. Other characters were kind of bland and not enjoyable.

    You are supposed to feel something for Ula but I found his character to be very boring and not believable. At the end were supposed to hope that he and another character get together but he hasn't changed much from where he started so why would you want that?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There should have been a moment where Ula made a choice, regardless of any consequences. But he never has too and in the end he didn't learn anything.

    Backstories of Jet Nebula and Dao Stryver could have been worked out somewhere. The epilogue vaguely hints at some stuff but...not nearly enough.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for everyone. His female voices are so natural I am not even aware that a man is doing them.


    Did Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance inspire you to do anything?

    Play Star Wars the Old Republic MMO I guess, it is nice to visit places like Hutta after you heard some more of it then just what the game shows you.


    Any additional comments?

    Jet Nebula is an interesting character, I wouldn't mind reading more about him. Shigar is a very uninteresting Jedi...and his struggles with the light/dark side didn't feel genuine.

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Evelynne Robertson Montreal 02-22-14 Member Since 2012

When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.

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  • "Wonderful writing and performance"

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    In short, this is the most brilliant piece of writing I have read in a long time. I am a big fan of the original trilogy Star Wars movies and it’s just incredible how well they work in Shakespearean language. Doescher studied Shakespeare and is also a big sci-fi geek and his understanding of both media comes across very well. The dichotomy of the sci-fi content in old fashioned language adds a real interest to the writing. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun to play “spot the (adapted) Shakespeare quotation.” For example, we have “Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not” referencing Hamlet’s thoughts on Yorrick.

    I have both the audiobook (narrated by a troupe of Shakespearean actors including the author himself) and I strongly recommend experiencing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in audiobook format rather than the written word. The cast really brings it to life.

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    William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
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    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Troy says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"

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  • 4.8 (14 ratings)

    William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
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    Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. These two plays offer essential listening for all ages.

    Troy says: "Liked the first one? You'll love the sequel."
  • 4.6 (2230 ratings)

    Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
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    Story
    (2113)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
  • 4.6 (1228 ratings)

    Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1142)
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    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
  • 4.5 (1209 ratings)

    Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
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    (1124)
    Story
    (1125)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
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  • 4.7 (1111 ratings)

    Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1111)
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    (1030)
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    (1050)

    Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

    Ron says: "UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all."
  • 4.4 (949 ratings)

    Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
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    (888)
    Story
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    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
  • 4.4 (947 ratings)

    Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
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    (777)
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    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (314)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
    (2100)
    Story
    (2113)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By George Lucas
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams,
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (212)

    Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

    Ellen Anthony says: "Excellent!"
  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1157)

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
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  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1050)

    Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

    Ron says: "UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all."
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Finally"
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Lucas
    • Narrated By Anthony Daniels, Ed Asner
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Like its predecessors, this electrifying drama boasts a splendid cast (including Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt), a greatly expanded script, with many scenes and characters not found in the movie, and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence.

    Tonya says: "Somewhat Dissappointed"
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1125)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Troy says: "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (385)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Troy says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
  • Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson, Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

    But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines.

    Dave says: "This IS the Han Solo Book You've Been Looking For!"
  • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. These two plays offer essential listening for all ages.

    Troy says: "Liked the first one? You'll love the sequel."
  • Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson, Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

    But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines.

    Dave says: "This IS the Han Solo Book You've Been Looking For!"
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Troy says: "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Finally"
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  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Troy says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
  • Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

    Rup says: "Good book, but wrong choice of narrator"
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"