The story starts out realllly slow with too much setup in my opinion.
Loved it. They closed the loop masterfully- I just wish the loop was smaller.
The Narrator did great, especially with the Mandalorian.
Yes, it was very hard for the entire first part. I kept putting it down and up eventually to get to the 2nd file and fell in love with the story.
Its worth buying it, just be aware of the slow start.
Not really. I didn't particularly enjoy the story and felt that there were some major plot holes.
The reader was ok - my wife read this book and I listened to it. Our opinions of some of the characters' personalities was wildly different - we eventually realized that it's because Thompson adds a lot of personality through his voice. For some characters, it really complimented what was written... but the Sith spy's voice reminded me strongly of LaMarche's Kif voice from Futurama. As such, I found the character whiny and annoying, whereas my wife found him heroic in his struggle to maintain his morals despite his roll with the Sith.
This story had 2 major plot issues in my opinion. Firstly, it takes place thousands of years before the movies and yet the technology is significantly more advanced than we saw in the movies. My other issue is with the Jedi's morality - at one point, he's breaking into a Hutt's palace, literally trespassing in the home of a paranoid crime lord. The security force finds him and he remorselessly slaughters them, disregarding them as simply being gamorian. I was taken aback at the Jedi's inconsistent disregard for life in this story.
Well... The sound effects were pretty cool.
The part that sucked the least was when Darth whatshisname was gobbled up by the hexes. He needed to be eaten. His character was super weak anyway. If Maul tried to countermand so many of Sideus' orders, Obi-wan wouldn't have ever had the chance to bisect him like he did.
What I liked least about the book was the first 80 percent of it. It didn't really get Good until the end. There just wasn't any real plot. Who wants to read an entire book about trying to steal a crappy piece of tech from the hutts? I was waiting for the real story to begin. This book is proof that the name Star Wars will get anything on a best seller list. The golden ticket of literature.
Weak characters. Lame plot. Mediocre storytelling. Wall to wall cliches.
Grand master Shan was pretty cool. Proof that the author has something going on, he just needs to dig down and try harder with the rest.
Sure, make it a movie...
GM Shan - Big Bird.
The Jedi apprentice - Elmo.
Darth Kratos - Pee wee Herman.
The sith apprentice - Rosanne Barr.
Get the idea?
The entire book wasn't absolute rubbish, just most of it. There are parts that were not bad. When Sean Williams learns to
Not much more to say, the story is epic, it starts off slow yes but that's because it has to introduce a few characters at first but when the story starts to climb it never stops until the end...
Marc Thompson is a gift to the Star Wars fandom, his performance is flawless, the fact that he has done dozens of Star Wars audiobooks makes me wanna read them all...
The performance by Marc Thompson makes this piece work. The story is great, in the tradition of Shadows of the Empire: multiple characters who eventually meet up in a mesh of insanity. Very entertaining novel for any Star Wars fan. Great narration!
Probably Axe, the female Sith apprentice. She is so conflicted throughout the piece and ultimately must choose between her mother and the Sith. However, Jet Nebula and Strider, the Mandolorian, are also intriguing. I hope to follow all the character's exploits in future novels.
Marc Thompson's voice acting is impeccable. At one point I had to pause the audio to check and see if someone else was brought in to play the part of a female character and an alien character. He nailed the performance. I loved the story, but Marc Thompson really made this one come alive for me. This was a great first listen for me as a audible member. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy having the novel just read to me; then I realized that Marc Thompson wasn't reading it to me--he was acting out each individual's part in such detail that the character's, as well as their individual voices, live on in my mind. Thanks so much, Marc!
Mysterious cargo on auction from a Hutt, an inquisitive Imperial double agent, former Black Talon exile, a cunning Jedi padawan, a scruffy looking smuggler, and a Sith apprentice = nonstop action in the time of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Yes, it's a fun adventure following several different archetypical Star Wars characters. People enjoying the Old Republic game.
Nothing in particular jumps out, but it does seem well in the long tradition of a bunch of heroes and villains running around and shooting lasers.
Great performance, particularly for the wide number of voices and even species. The production values with the variety of sound effects actually added more depth than I would have expected. I wasn't crazy about his Satele Shan voice, but other than that, very impressive.
While the book was enjoyable, I don't think I would really call it
Juggling the 7 or so main characters got a little distracting at times, but overall it kept things moving. While certain parts tended to get a little over-dramatic, it ended up feeling well within what I would expect from Star Wars.
As a fan of the Knights of the Old Republic video games I was hoping for a more Lucas-free story. However the author seems to take his cues from the movie prequels. Keep in mind that he may have access to story information not available to the rest of us from the upcoming MMO, so I can't judge too harshly on this point.
However the story is an attempt to bring the empire, the republic, and mercenaries into the same story to work together against a threat to the galaxy. While this might be an interesting quest in a game, it certainly isn't epic and has a hard time carrying the book.
The fact that the story is ultimately inconsequential to the Star Wars universe is also another reason it's hard to recommend this book.
Botton Line: If you like Star Wars, you'll make it through this story and you may even enjoy it. But if you're a fan of the two KOTOR games, you might have some problems with it.
The story was great, the voices are excellent. Most of the sound effects are good and in place.
SOME spots had sound effect loops that kept going... For example in part 2 around 50 mins in, some missiles fire at a ship - and a sound effect loop goes on for about 5 minutes or more of lasers and explosions, even when the narrator says "no more missiles appeared to be fired", the effect loop kept going. I actually had to skip a few mins ahead and missed some of the story because I couldn't listen to the story with such out of place effects.
Minimize the sound effects! That's what IMAGINATION is for!
The audio book was excellent. The narrator, Marc Thompson, did an amazing job with this audio book and others! I have listened to many audiobooks, and this guy makes his work come alive. His studio puts some amazing B.G.M., sound effects, voices, etc. into their books! This is an absolute listen.
I have been a fan of the Star Wars as long as I can remember but this book just never caught my interest. The characters were flat and forgetable. The plot was pretty thin as well.