This was my first audible book and I think I chose wisely. Revan is my favorite star wars character and I enjoyed hearing what happened to him after the game "Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic" try it out. It is now on android. But this audiobook has a great story and storytelling, the narrator did well with the voices and the background music and sound effects were awesome. Other than price I would say to definitely get this one, I got it for free for my first book on audible, but I'm sure there are other coupons you can find and use. Awesome book though.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan is a lackluster and forgettable title, weak in both writing and narration. Written to bridge the gap between Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel, Revan lacks both the excellent writing and gripping plot of the game that started the Old Republic franchise.
The story starts out dull, alternating between boring action scenes involving a Sith that we know too little to care about, and boring dialog scenes with titular character Revan. If you can force your way through the first few hours, you'll find that the story starts to pick up and get interesting, but the beginning is a true slog. The writing is amateurish; much of the prose is in passive voice, lending a dull and disconnected tone to the story. We are given too little context, too little background on the characters, and exposition is given in long and droning historical summaries occasionally scattered throughout the story. The "show-not-tell" principle or writing is studiously ignored whenever backstory is discussed.
An unfortunately large portion of the story is focused on the Sith Lord Scourge, for whom we only receive a brief introduction. Scourge has almost no personal motivation and is not an interesting or compelling character in the slightest. Tasked with unravelling a plot to murder a high-ranking Sith, he spends most of his time following orders, and never thinks about anything more substantial than whether the people around him are plotting against him. Even though we know the importance of his role will become clear later, if the author doesn't have anything interesting for him to think or say or do in the first half of the book, he shouldn't do anything.
No, his writing is too low-quality, probably directed at young-adult audiences
If you've ever listened to Marc Thompson narrate a Timothy Zahn novel, you know that he is generally fantastic at his job. Thompson has provided some of the most gripping performances in the history of audiobooks, and is capable of an almost overwhelmingly impressive litany of character voices. He does good impressions of many of the core Star Wars cast, and normally makes his narration exciting and difficult to put away.
However, Thompson's performance in Revan is lackluster and disappointing, and I suspect that he was offered a lower payment than usual for his work this time around. He tends to drone on; even in action scenes where he would normally adopt excited and dramatic tones to emphasize the tension, he speaks in an almost monotone as if the characters were doing chores. The characters are mostly flat and lifeless, expressing no range of emotion.
Worst of all, Thompson has seemingly never played through Knights of the Old Republic. He misprounounces some names (Bas-steel-uh, the ee-bawn hawk) and seems to have made no effort to match the character voices from the game. If you've played through the original games and remember the excellent vocal performances, you'll find his voices for Canderous and Bastilla downright painful. His Bastilla is particularly bad - Thompson doesn't have the best voice for females, so he tends to use soft voices even for strong women. Bastilla's hard edge and sharp tone are lost, replaced with a soft and simpering tone that bears too much resemblance to whiny Imperial officers from Thompson's other performances.
Luckily Revan himself wasn't really voiced in KotOR, so Thompson's voice for him doesn't contradict anything from the game. Thompson's Revan voice is just a deeper version of his Luke Skywalker voice, but the soft-spoken nature of this deep-Luke voice is forgettable and doesn't seem fitting for a character as strong and prominent as Revan.
I spent most of the book alternating between disappointing at the writing and grimacing at Thompson's inaccurate voices for characters from KotOR. Overall I regret picking up this title and would not recommend it for anyone who has played the games.
Alright story but that ending is not what I wanted and it bothered me to see a character I care so much about not have a good resolution and just there to be a set up for a game