1992, computer science student, wish there were more video game adaption audiobooks...
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.
I found this to be pretty lame, and I've found every other Star Wars book to be at least pretty good.
This was filled with recycled BS from pretty much any Star Wars book and had no originality at all. This started out pretty slow, but I gave it a chance. The characters were pretty thin and the story was not that good.
The whole, "I'm going to switch you Sith Saber/Jedi Padawan to switch to the ______ side was painful to have to hear.
I loved the Old Republic video games, The Darth Bane books and have loved all the New Jedi Order books and onward, but this book just sucked. I will give the other books a chance, because I am hoping to find something worth while out of this time line.
I was not aware that this book has background sound effects that can be very distracting. While I understand that the producer's wanted to add texture to this book reading with music and explosions, it can drive you crazy at times. For example, the opening dialogue has background noises that sound like you are in a droning aircraft cabin with a distant microwave beeping at you every few seconds. I almost deleted the entire book right then.