This was my first Star Wars audio book and it was surprisingly enjoyable. The sound effects and music clips were well-done, well-placed, and created stage-setting moods that augmented the experience nicely. The story is a fairly isolated episode, which means it likely has little influence on Star Wars canon, however the characters are so believable, the listener is left wanting future tie-ins with the overall Star Wars world. Additionally, the narrator is brilliant in his portrayal of the characters we already know, and he helps produce characters that are easy to identify with. Clearly he has put a great deal of planning into this production and it is so much more than an basic read-through.
Definitely a great book for any sci-fi fan.
Zahn is often noted for being the best author in the EU. Now, he tackles the heist genre, bringing his fair to the cunning treachery we expect of such stories. I highly recommend this one!
I love to read. I don't often talk about the ones I read but would love to change that.
Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven. The performance was superb. And captured the characters well. Would read another one like this
With all you favorite shady scoundrels from the Trilogy in a almost Oceans Eleven feel in another fascinating SW Expanded Universe by Timothy Zahn. Excellent narration by Marc Thompson, of course!
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
I'm a "new" Star Wars fan that still prefers Episodes IV, V & VI to the prequels. I remember seeing Star Wars as a kid but it wasn't until I was an adult that I re-discovered it, along with a love of science fiction.
I liked the look of this one, especially since Han Solo and Chewbacca are two of my favorite characters in the original movies. Scoundrels is set after A New Hope and before Empire Strikes Back. Han has survived the adventure of blowing up the Death Star and still on the run from Jabba the Hutt. When he is asks to take part in a great scheme, that will result in a lot of treasure. He puts together a eclectic team to help him, including his friend, Lando.
As with any adventure a lot goes wrong, and it was interesting to see how it unfolded. It was like the heist to end all heists and it reminded me of a science fiction version of Oceans Eleven, with a unbelievable twist at the end.
This is the first Star Wars book I've listened to. I previously read other Star Wars books and I really liked the narration. Marc Thompson does a great job, and at times I found it hard to believe that it wasn't Harrison Ford speaking as Han Solo.
This was a great audiobook for me to dip my toe into Star Wars on audio and I will definitely be back for more.
Too many books to "read", so no. But I would certainly recommend it!
I would have to say there were two.
Han running from the rolling safe and brandishing his electro-whip. Hard for that mental image not to stick! The other is the very end, the prologue, the big reveal....If you read it, you know what I mean!
He does an amazing job at doing the different voices. While I would have read the different characters with voices in my head, I certainly wouldn't have imagined Inger (or whatever it's spelled like) with that voice, yet, it fits perfectly.
Ocean's 11 meets Star Wars
A must read for any Star Wars fan!
Maybe - was a pretty solid story.
Bink - quite spunky!
Excellent job by Marc. Voices were spot on - and felt like you were listening to the audio of the actual actors.
I listened while in the car and at the gym - as often as I could - it did keep me coming back.
Overall - a solid story. Felt a lot like Ocean's 11 with Han playing Danny Ocean - and so forth. Parts were predictable - and parts were not - all in all - solid!
I did enjoy listening to this book, but it took a bit of getting used to. More on that below.
If you like The Great Train Robbery, Ocean's 11, and similar heist stories, this one is pretty good.
There were Star Wars sound effects and background noise throughout the narration. I get that it'd nice to create a real sense of ambiance, but it's tough listening to the book while listening to the whine of an airspeeder in the background, or hearing the same narrator play five characters in one conversation and then suddenly having Chewbacca growl loudly into your ears.
For the most part. This is not Timothy Zahn's best work -- it's a unique departure from usual Star Wars literature, and if you can get over the overt background effects and noise, it's a good read.
Best to listen to a sample first to ensure that you can actually live with the sound effects -- it's very distracting and probably ruined the first few hours that I listened to it.
Not sure if this is a common practice with Star Wars audiobooks as a whole, though.