Just like many I am looking forward to the upcoming online game. The desire to submerge into this universe influenced my decision to check this audio book out.
Now that I have enjoyed this book I think I can say with confidence that it is a good read for any Star Wars fan. I believe the story stands on its own quite well and I think everyone should consider book for their library. Even if you have little interest in the game.
The plot and dynamics of this book are engaging and the reader is easy to follow.
The only negative remark is that the ambient transitions are overpowering and need to be less prominent.
Other then that I really enjoyed this book and wish there where more with these characters.
I actually own the hard back and it was so good i decided to get the audio version as well. The story starts off a little slow.. of course it has to introduce characters and what not. but when it picks up.. it just keeps going. I love the relationship between the Darth Chratis and Ax as well as the Jedi master and her apprentice. All the main characters in this book are great. They each have their own personality and I love how they relate to each other. Definitely a good read / listen. I can't wait for Sean's next book The Force Unleashed 2 to come out. Last note, If you are a Star Wars fan then you should definitely get this book. If you're not a fan...well I think you should pick it up and give it a shot anyways.
I bought a book and couldn't read it so slow it was. Then I bought audio-book and already on chapter 11. This is definitely one of the slow ones and I bet I wouldn't ever finish it by just reading the book. There is a lot of characters in this book and everyone is going after this sindzia. And the author gives a bit of story and biography of every character. I think that its a bit boring-slow for me because book has so many characters and only few of them stand out - Jedi, his companion and the Sith.
Its a great audible book and I am glad its unabridged. But there are so many character that narrator fails to differentiate some of them sometimes. Marc Thompson is definitely doing great job, but I'd rather prefer a woman voicing over female characters.
Because the story is pretty slow I give this 4 stars. Other than that everything is great. All the background sounds, blaster fire and lightsaber sounds are all great and fitting. And Dramatization is pretty good as well. Marc's "thousands voices" really does a great job here differentiating male characters, but as I've said already I wish there was a woman behind female characters.
This book started out very slowly and I almost (for the first time ever) decided to not listen to all of an audio book. Towards the end of the first part of the audio book it picks up a little but still not enough. There just isn't much of a story here.
no story starts to really drag 1/2 way through
ok nothing amazing
3 way fight jedi mando and sith
good as a primer but sadly lacking as a stand alone
Ax. The inner struggle of the Sith was a constant battle that found you rooting for a switch-a-roo.
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?
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.
Great voices for everyone. His female voices are so natural I am not even aware that a man is doing them.
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.
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.
An airsoft guy for 6 years!
Definitely the performance of Marc Thompson. Though the story was fairly interesting, it lacked the quality that many of the other more experienced writers of Star Wars novels bring to the table. The characters lacked some depth, and the fact that we won't see these characters in future books made them lack much development. But Marc Thompson's performance truly adds a new life to the book, making you feel for the characters on a deeper level than simply reading and adding more realism to the story.
For the audiobook, sure. But I would recommend other books before this one, unless you, like myself, have been flying through all of the Star Wars audiobooks like a madman. For the book itself, no. But if you like listening, and just can't get enough of Star Wars adventures, this will do nicely
I have listened to most of Marc Thompson's Star Wars novels now, and this does not disappoint. This must have been more difficult, however, for at the time of production he had no reference to the voices of the characters. Even still, his voice acting is incredible, and he distinctly and definitely brings to life all the characters he portrays. Excellent work as always, Marc Thompson.
Not particularly. There were a few parts that moved me some I suppose, but most times it could have been built up better, or left more mysterious. Not that this book will make you feel nothing, but there's no big surprises like you have in novels by Timothy Zahn.
After finishing the audio book, I thought it was pretty good, not great. But the performance (narration/timing and sound effects) really makes the story re-readable. Love that it's a story centered around characters in the star wars canon yet you wouldn't have to know much about the star wars universe to jump into the story. A mysterious non-sith "villain" and a very interesting setting for the climactic battle make it well worth a credit for fans of star wars or other works/games set in the old republic.