I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The story is very well paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering when the next horrific thing will pop out. The story itself starts off well, giving good character descriptions, but not dragging it on to become a chore to learn about each notable character. The descriptions of the gore are graphic, which is refreshing for the Star Wars franchise.
When the sickness started affecting the first members of the crew, they built the scene up perfectly.
Sean's reading was phenomenal. He did well switching between the characters, and his fluctuations in his voice really helped you feel the situation.
I've never heard any other narrations by Sean Kenin, but he is stellar here. He uses an array of different voices, accents, and speech patterns so you always know which character is speaking. His natural reading voice is clear and pleasant. I will have to look for more of his work. Strong audio design continues beyond the narration, with licensed Star Wars music and sound effects used throughout for great ambiance.
Unfortunately, the story itself is uneven. While truly good at some points, it is often goofy and always predictable. In addition to being predictable, the author errs, in my opinion, by not providing enough survivors. The initial outbreak claims all but six characters, and two of them are protected by Hero Death Immunity - two canonical characters in a very questionable cameo. No matter how grim things seem for our survivors, there is very little dramatic tension since we know that, at worst, only four of them can possibly suffer any permanent consequences. A larger cast with no "untouchables" would have helped the story considerably.
I would recommend this book to a friend, but only on the condition they were a huge fan of both Star Wars AND zombies.
To start with, it's not a Star Wars book really. With the exception of a really bad part for Han and Chewie (just a terrible idea of putting them on there...he only did it to make it feel anything like star wars). The writing feels rushed; There's no real character development. He tried to put his own spin on a zombie virus and outbreak, kudos for that, but it was a terrible idea. The virus, the way it spreads, just everything about it was poorly thought out. Even if it wasn't a "Star Wars" book it would be just a bad, bad zombie book.
I think my least favorite thing about the book is the chapter name reading....The stupid guy yelling in the background the name of the chapter was just a horrible thing to do. I feel embarrassed for everyone involved that it's there.
I didn't want to finish the book. I shouldn't have finished the book but I spent the credit (wish I hadn't) so I did. I was going to get Red Harvest at the same time, really glad I didn't.
Sound effects really add to this story. You do not that added chill by reading alone!
Very gripping. You become very invested in this tale. You want the best to them. You find your self holding your breath and crossing your fingers for them!!
I have never read or listened to any of the books in the Star Wars universe and tried this one because I just wanted to use up my credits and it made a follower out me. The production quality including the narrators and effects were wonderful and the story was very good as well.
A fun new type of SW book that takes a different path from the normal Star Wars stories. Very entertaining and frightful! I wanted to listen to it again but chose not to, because I already know what happens. Please write more of this type of Star Wars horror novel!
With a smooth narration, excellent audio, and enthralling story, this Star Wars novel is one of the best!
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
This book presented in an audio format heightened the tension and created a real sense of dread for the characters.
The overall story was good and there is an unexpectd cameo that makes perfect sense.
He made the terror seem real without goign over the top. The chapter intors in whispers and screams were really creepy.
I had to sop listening one night since I was driving in the dark because I got the creeps.
Excellent addition to Star Wars expanded Universe.
The story is not bad " zombie tail" the when it gets explaining the "what caused this to happen" you look at it like.. "Really.. is that really the way you are going to explain this?" If you hated the Force explanation of Microscopic entities that co-exist in everything.. but in some more than others.( midichlorians)
It was ok.. but if your looking for a zombie story with star wars appeal... you might be less impressed.
I think what got me most is after all the the through in HAn a CHEWIE!!! REALLY REALLY... I've read other books with that pair in the mix and it's been cool.. but now they are just being tossed in whenever.
The writing was fine, but unless you are really into zombie stories or just a hardcore star wars fan, this story was terribly cliche, no unique star wars or zombie angle was presented.
But the worst part was the production value, while the narrarator was fine to good, there was two exceptions with the presentation:
1) When will audio producers learn that no one enjoys listening to over-dramatic human body noises??? i.e. coughs, gags, etc. Especially at equal or greater volume than the narration. It really can pierce a reader's ears.
2) The sound-effects and back ground music were horrible, recycled tripe that in no way fit the mood of the story... in what zombie chase, pursuit, or lurking does John Williams bouncy symphonic music from the original trilogies fit??? It doesn't. Instead, it pulls you right out of whatever suspense the author was attempting to build with his words and descriptions. The story needed something along the lines of Jaws or Friday the 13th, instead we get the music associated with Darth Vader walking down a hallway or an Ewok riding a speeder bike (neither of which occurs in the book, in case you were wondering). How do those established images jive with the images of ZOMBIES STALKING their prey??? Again, it doesn't.