I got this book because I am a fan (not quite a fanatic) of the original trilogy of films and I am quietly tolerant of the second trilogy. But the number of books that are part of the Star Wars universe is overwhelming in number and uneven in quality. This though is the gold standard of spinoffs. At least until the newest film came out if you are a fan of all things Jedi, this is the book for you. The story itself by Timothy Zahn is a good, solid Star Wars story. What makes this one of my favorite Audible purchases (I have hundreds of Audible books), is the marriage of a fine tale with a perfect narrator. Marc Thompson's narration is flawless. Absolutely flawless. I rarely listen to a book, much less a trilogy, a second time. This is an exception. Thompson's reading of a wondrous tale transported me back to that feeling of wonder I had on seeing Lucas's original classic when I was a nerdy fourteen year old new to Southern California. Enjoy!
I've really gotten into audio books recently and am happy to share my thoughts on what I've listened to with other listeners.
Since this was my first jump into the expanded universe there really wasn't a single moment that stood out to me. What impressed me most was getting the whole crew; Luke, Chewy, Han, Leia, Lando, the droids...it all felt so natural! I can't wait to listen to more to be honest!
Marc has a terrific range of voices and makes it very clear who each character is by giving them a unique voice. He even does alien well! His performance really sealed the deal on this being a great audio book and series as I wrote this right after listening to the third book and his performance is great throughout all three.
Yes, though I couldn't! I would have gladly listened to the entire series in a sitting if I could.
If you want a good starting point for the Expanded Universe then this series is for you. Zahn spins a good tale that has all the hallmarks that have made Star Wars such a captivating story for all of these years!
great to listen too. Great story telling and fluid. Voice characterization was well done
predictable and satisfying
his voice timing and pace provided a perspective and approach that added to the richness of the story
...and as good as the original trilogy. Goes without saying that it is light years better than the prequel movies. If you are a Star Wars fan, this series is a must read.
Having never read this before it was good getting a story set after Return of the Jedi. Thrawne is interesting so far. The political situation I'm so so on but will see how it plays out. TFA has peaked my interest in going back to stuff I never read and this being the first book is a nice start.