I am of the original Star Wars generation. I remember seeing Episode IV, A New Hope in a drive-in theater. Princess Leia was probably my first crush. My little brother and I sat on the roof of the family station wagon while my parents stayed in the car.
Marc Thompson brings this story to life. At the age of 42, I find myself crushing on Leia all over again as Marc conjures up images of her deflecting blaster bolts with a whirling light-saber and reaching out to grab bad guys with The Force to hurl them back.
I'm currently torn between finishing the Fate of The Jedi series or first going back and listening to some of the earlier books to get a little of the back story that led up to this one. At this point, there's been at least one galactic war since Episode VI: Return of The Jedi.
Yes, due to the sound effects and great narration.
The opening credits, sounds just like the movies.
Yes it's a good way to learn about the Skywalker and Solo family and their good friends.
And how they overcome the dangers to the galaxy together.
Luke, he is very calm and the way he interact with his family.He is very wise
and very forgiving.And one understand why he is the grand master.
When they leave Coruscant and the true adventure starts.
The more EU books i listen to the more i love Jaina and Mara Jade.
I don't know what is better about this book - the writing or the voice acting by Marc Thompson. Marc Thompson always brings an A+ effort, not only changing his voice to reflect the character that is talking but the known characters (Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, etc) and are always consistent & sound great for those none regular cast (Allana, Tenel Ka, Sith characters, Ves).
Highly recommend this entire series - plus it's the whole unabridged book.
Pretty light entertainment. Nothing to deep, doesn't take itself to seriously. Well read
As an on again off again reader of Star Wars fiction (and an avid fan of the movies) I was intrigued by this book. I wish I read the book. The story was very engaging and left me looking forward to the rest of the series. The reading of some of the characters was so bloody annoying that it made getting through the book difficult. The children are voiced like annoying Disney or Nickelodeon characters; Lando sounds ridiculous; Han, Leia and Luke are poor attempts to sound like the originals; and voicing the news anchor to sound like Tom Brokaw was a terrible choice.
My critical point about the story itself - Is it necessary to constantly reference the movies? It seems to me that this story would have moved along without those references and been interesting in and of itself. I think I will get the hardcover version of the next installment.
Unfortunately, I started this series with the most recent book, Apocalypse, so I'm aware of some of the underlying mystery. Still, even though this is a more character-oriented book (versus action-oriented), you still wonder what some of the motivations are behind decisions that are made, which is a little frustrating. That said, there is enough intrigue going on that I'm going to keep reading on to the next book. If it is "similar" to this one ... I may not read all of them. ("Read" = Listen to ... of course.)