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.
The narrator excelled in his ability to bring the Star Wars Universe to life. Well done.
I haven't listened to Marc Thompson before, but I sure hope to see hear him in the future.
I enjoyed listening to every second of this audiobook. The story is great with a twist that is new - at least to me - in this universe: Jedi and Sith, Smuggler and Headhunter all working toghether for the same goal.
I very much liked that basically all situations were presented from the perspective of more characters, which I find rare. Gives a fuller experience.
I don't have a favourite scene, but sure would like to try the 'Reactor core'. :)
I really like this title. I'm not into the MMORPG but THis story was great! Apparently each character represents a type of character you can be in the game. They must have come to Sean Williams and said " Make a book with all these characters in it ... and he did.
All the motivations were believable and totally relateable to real life in some way. The Sith, the Jedi, the Republic Army, the Imperials ... it's all there and every character is believable and has a definite stake in the outcome of the story.
The hex battle and the invasion at the end were just great adrenaline moments and made me want to listen again. I don't think they'd be as powerful if you just read it. Anything with a space-jump in it is OK in my book. And the Apprentice Swap part would have mad a good reality TV show.
This is a great book to jump on to if you don't know much EU history and hate the prequels. It is a stand-alone story that only requires you to know what the force is and what lightsabers do. You can just listen and learn and enjoy the ride.
Marc Thompson of course did a great job of making all the characters discernable and separate. I can't get enough of this guys narration, and aside from Daniel Davis I'm not sure anyone else should be allowed to do it.
in very first top!
How engaging it was
The drop-out trooper or Jet nebula, thoes two were my favorites
oh yes! i couldn't tho due to the fact that I had to sleep :D
it's brilliant, amazing, I have no words really to describe it other than it's well worth it!
The narrator, Marc Thompson.
I'm a Star Wars fan, but didn't play the Old Republic video games, and only dabble into the non-movie stories when I have time. In order to get my fix I tried this Old Rebublic book, and eventually listened to the entire three series set. The story was engaging and action packed. Actually, I found all the stories in the Old Republic set to be this way. Granted, I personally found "Revan" to be a bit slower than "Fatal Alliance" and "Deception", but I can definitely recommend it for any type of Star Wars fan. And don't worry if you are a casual fan like me: there's plenty of detail to keep you up to speed on the characters so you won't feel lost. The highlight of these stories for me though, was the narrator, Marc Thompson. This was my introduction to his work, and I'm very impressed. In addition to his work, unlike many other audiobooks, the Star Wars audiobooks enhance the narration with sound effects. I feel this is particularly well-suited for these types of stories, because nothing makes you feel like you're there like the humming of a lightsaber coming to life, or some evil Sith speaking through a voice-enhanced mask.
Is Fatal Alliance the best Star Wars book in recent times? No. Is it the beginning of a fantastic new series? Possibly.
I can only speak for myself, but I found that Sean Williams's style grates on my brain sometimes. I understand that he's an Aussie, but a lot of the problems that it has don't have to do with Aussie-isms. How many people use the word "baroquely"? Twice. Not only that, but a lot of the events between fights seem to be muddled through. I've heard some say that this is so boring that it's boring. I won't go that far, but maybe he should stick with writing in tandem with another author. Action sequences were fairly good, but ended up being wordy. Other authors tend to write battles from a soldier-on-the-ground perspective, and the writing ends up quick and sometimes frantic. Williams's characters seem like they are taking notes on the battlefield so that they can write a detailed description after the fact.
I get it...the Jedi and Sith don't like each other. But I didn't get the feel that they hated each other. They just got finished with a war! In all, a lot of things could have been included in this book, which would have made it a whole lot better.
On the good side, it's a Star Wars book, and adds a lot to the Expanded Universe in a time period that was fairly empty before. I had a hard time really coming to care about the characters, but the overall story adds a certain color to the EU, which I really appreciate.
Marc Thompson was a fairly good reader, but for a couple of weird mistakes. One that continues to bother me was a mispronunciation of "short-lived." My wife noticed that one, too. Her comment was "Doesn't anybody listen to this before it gets published?" It's a good question, particularly since we've heard mistakes in other books. Regardless, the reader could add a lot of entertainment value to the book, but it just doesn't work for this one. I won't say he didn't do a good job. But as with most other things in this book, it could have been so, so much better.
I've not read the print version
It takes two opposing forces and joins them together against a more powerful enemy. That's always an interesting twist on a story.
His subtle voice inflections and tones of the voices bring life to the words in a way that simply reading the text won't do. His words seem to paint a picture of the scene around you.
I wouldn't spoil it for others but when a Sith Lord is forced to work together with a Jedi Apprentice to foil a foe the dynamics and manipulation were especially interesting.
As a huge fan of the KOTOR game for Xbox, I was very interested in reading more about "The Old Republic," however was disappointed when there were no characters from the games in this book. I would warn you not to be fooled by the fact that this is an "Old Republic" story and realize that the only meaning this carries is that the characters are completely detached from the usual Star Wars universe. After initial disappointment, I gave it a thorough listen twice and was not very impressed. I found the story boring at times and the plot rather uninteresting. I didn't even find the characters that interesting as they were cookie cutter jedi and sith, and a lot of the store revolved around droids which I found excruciating. The one positive for the book is that it is well narrated, and carries all of the "Star Wars" sound effects you would expect to hear from the movies.
Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!
I loved the story and the sound effects!
The smuggler was the best!
The inflection of tone was great!
A must see!
Wonderful listen! Can't wait to read the rest of this series! Thanks!