While another great performance by Mark Thompson, the story feels like it lacks a portion of the Star Wars magic that draws a reader in. An entertaining story, one that is well-written and performed even better, but it nevertheless leaves you with an odd feeling at it's conclusion. One that carries a strange emptiness with it, like if you had a familiar dish served to you with a few new ingredients that were rather pleasant but one of your favorite ingredients was missing.
Characters in this story that should have had more impact seemed to be left on the sidelines, but aside from that this was a very good listen.
Not my first reccommendation, though.
This was the fourth book in the Old Republic series that I've read/listened to. I read Annihilation before this one. While this book is not a Whisper sync book, I read it while listening to the audio book version. This really improves the reading experience and the audio version was an excellent production, read by Marc Thompson, who is excellent at character voices, with great sound effects. I like this book better than Deceived. It started out a bit slow, since there were so many characters to introduce, but once the real action started it became more interesting. By the end of the book I felt like I had gotten to know most of them better. I think Sean Williams handled a difficult narrative well, there were many twists and turns and changed viewpoints by the end of the book. This book had a lot of ground to cover and there were payoffs at the end. I realize some may find this book confusing. To me, it makes it much easier to follow listening while you read along, particularly with Star Wars books, since the production values on the audio are so good. A much better book than I expected.
The audio featured lots of sound bits, effects, and even classic star wars music as the background to the narration. Each character in the book was given their own voice during diologue from the narrator, which I find as a nice touch. The book itself is a bit lengthy and at times it could be hard to follow, mainly in the early stages when a large amount of characters are being intriduced. (This was where the individual voices given by the narrator help.) The book, like many star wars books, flows between the individual stories of many characters that eventually intertwine making the larger story more clear. The ending of the story like many others, leaves cliff hangers as to what happens to each character after the end of the book. I think this is where the book looses a point, because I really only felt interested in reading on about 2 or 3 of the characters, instead of all of the remaining. Overall the book is well written and holds on to your attention well, especially from the end of part one on to the end.
First, Mark Thompson's narration is impeccable. I love listening to him and would probably love any book that he narrates. Having said that I wasn't sure if I'd like these books because they were in the Old Republic-but I'm starting to really like the story arc