I'm a long time Star Wars fan. When you throw an expanded universe at me I want to resist but so far I've been impressed and this first story in this series is no different. Well done and I'm impressed by the writing. It's easy to see the characters in these stories. I'll be downloading the next book immediately.
This story only lines up with the original Star Wars trilogy, being written and released before the prequels. The story and direction this story took was a better compared to the current canon. And this story fit better with the original trilogy. Even now that the cannon is getting back on it's feet after the failure and not very good stories of the prequels and the Clone Wars, with stories like the Force Awakens, Rebels, and Rogue One, these stories aren't the best. Don't get me wrong, they are awesome stories, but they seem to always have a feel of trying to redeem the prequels and the Clone Wars and trying to keep the audience guessing who is connected to whom. While this story line goes in a different direction that just feels right, has a good story, and isn't trying to have another agenda. This story also explains thing from the original trilogy that the cannon tried to explain but didn't do a go job in ways that make a lot more sense.
The performance of this Book was fantastic! Marc Thompson, being a professional voice actor for animes and other cartoons, does very good voices for all the characters. And sound effects and music was added to make the experience that much better. I could see the story as a movie in my head thanks to good writing and performance.
Best audible credit I ever spent!!
The Wookie that speaks English was the hardest thing I've ever had to listen to. In fact I skipped ahead and was totally ok missing part of the book just to not hear it. It was horrible. How could a narrator think taking like that is ok. ? You'll see. And you won't want to hear it.
Between Marc Thompson's absolutely perfect voice for all the characters in the book, and the tons of official Star Wars sound clips and musical scores that he plays throughout, this made for an experience rivaling watching the movies.
Some quotes were recycled from the original trilogy, which is a bit trite. Otherwise, the story is incredible, and the villains are breathtakingly well-written.
This is the Episode VII we deserved!
What are producers thinking when they drown out story narration with sound effects? I can't listen to this through all the noise going on. Total disappointment/disaster. I thought it would stop as the story progressed, as it usually does (seriously, producers...noise over the top of narration even for a few introductory minutes is NOT appreciated), but it seems they have made this part of the story = FAIL. It would be nice if this is going to become a trend, that the book be labeled as a theatrical type performance rather than an audiobook which, in my opinion, it no longer is when these annoying sound effects are added.
This book was extremely well developed and Marc Thompson does a great job of bringing the characters to life. It is an excellent production with music and sound effects added in as well. This was my first listen to an audiobook and, I can confidently say, it won't be my last.