A definitive NO!
it made me wince in agony at the horrible reading and terrible impressions, the reader frequently miss-pronounced locations such as Corascant, Yavin and names like Mara Jade and more. Not to mention the style and flare which he uses to try and impersonate Han Solo is gaudy and horrible and nothing at all like that of the movies, it is obvious the reader has never even watched a single one of the Movies. and the impersonation of admiral Ackbar is absolutely HORRIBLE. whiny and high pitch is exactly opposite of the movies.
its sad to hear such a horrible reading of such a great book. and i hope they go through with a second recording with a better reader.
Narator gave the feeling that he did not watch the movies, did not know how to pronounce certain planets and did NOT know how Han Solo sounds like.
Narator gets 1 star
story gets 4 stars
Anthony Heald is a great narrator, but after listening to Marc Thompson for the Thrawn Trilogy beforehand, its hard to get used to since Heald doesn't have near perfect impressions of the characters. He also talks a bit fast at times, but once you get used to these minor issues, it is all fine. I'm kind of glad this is an abridged version because I can barely wait to get to The Hand of Thrawn books. I feel like the other reviews are a bit exaggerated about Heald's narrating, it really isn't a big problem.
Having never read the full length book, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the abridged version, I didn't feel like I had really missed anything. Biggest negative though is Anthony Heald's frequent mispronunciation of names and places.
Narrator needs to learn what commas are for! He read way to fast and ran sentences together. His attempts to do voices was very poor and the whole thing felt like he was rushing to get through! Also most of the names were not pernounced correctly.
Story was good just performance and Narrator was horrable also I like to read along with a book but thus is an abridged version so a lot of stuff was missing. All in all very disappointed .