the story wasn't bad but the narrator sounds like he's never seen the movies. pronouncing almost every name incorrectly made it hard to love. not only that but it was read so fast I lost track of the story a few times.
If it was full length. There really needs to be a clear designation that the reading is abridged. For my part, I should have looked at the "length" and that would have told me what I needed to know. I never want abridged versions of any book.
If there would have been a better attempt to speak in the voice of the main characters. We know Luke, Han, Leia and Lando too well not to have this. The Thrawn trilogy did this well for all the main characters except Leia, imo. Barring multiple readers doing specific roles, the reader needs to convey the recognizable spirit of these beloved characters to be successful.
The characters did not feel like the characters I know. The Thrawn trilogy did a much better job.
Anthony's pacing is good and his voice is pleasant, i suspect I would not be deterred from getting an audio book because he is the narrator.
This series of stories are very short and not as in-depth as other novels. While the stories aren't bad, they don't paint complete images. However, to be fair to the author, I believe this was due - in some small part - to the Narration, which I will expand upon in that section.
I'm unfamiliar with Anthony Heald's other works, I'm sure he's a competent reader, and in some other genres he's probably quite entertaining.
In this series however, I expect my narrator to at least be familiar with the movies and characters. It seemed as though Mr Heald has never seen Star Wars. ANY Star Wars movie for that matter. His continuous mispronunciation of known worlds and objects, combined with the use of voices completely unfitting of the characters, is like being punched in the face every five minutes. It throws you completely out of the story. Which is difficult to get into in the first place.
I understand that not everyone can do voice acting, and I don't expect that from my narrators. But I do expect that they have a little clue about the characters they are mimicking (IF the characters have been previously established in popular culture) instead of just making up something completely different and not even in the same ballpark. You'd be surprised how forgiving our imaginations are, if you at least try. In all actuality, I'd have preferred he just read it in monotone.
Mr. Heald, I'm sorry if this hurts your feelings. But Star Wars is not your forte. And that's okay. Just don't do any more of them. Please.
The series needs to be redone using a narrator more familiar with the original content.
I"m sorry, I don't normally leave negative reviews, but I have two more books in this series to go, and I am not looking forward to them.
They misuse many of the sound effects to the point were I just took off my headphones. The series lacked depth to their dialog it just felt like they could have done a better job with the same story. I don't this one is on par with the many other star wars books.
Philosopher, mindfulness practitioner, lover of sci-fi/fantasy, class literature, history, and philosophy.
I got my Audible.com membership & started listening to the newest Star Wars novels when a glaucoma surgery was going to keep me from reading for a month.
The newest versions are superbly engaging. They are also unabridged so lots of ideas as well as extra back story about the Star Wars universe comes out.
Still, I liked the story and it is interesting to hear even the abridged version as this is the background for all of the later novels I have been listening to for the last few months.
I recommend these recordings though mostly because they are no unabridged versions.
Yes. Lots of fun for those of us who want to continue the on-going saga and learn more about the philosophy of the Force.
Mostly. I always knew who was who.
Listening to it like it was another movie. sound effects, characters.
the continuation of the saga is so good.
yes, but really wish it was unabridged.
need to make abridged and unabridged version
The whole Jedi Academy Trilogy is wonderful and highly recommend it for anyone searching for some old story lines while we wait for the end of Fate of the Jedi series!
There has been several mentions in later books as to what happens at Kessell- and it was interesting to go back and relive it.
The narration does an excellent job of bringing the fear that Han has as he stumbles through the darkness in the spice mines