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.
Han Solo's Eleven
Mark Thompson does an excellent performance on all his characters, but my favourite was Lando Calrissian, as he sounded 100% like Carl Weathers including the accent and everything.
An excellent and exciting story full of twists! I think I'm going to listen to it a 3rd time as well. :-)
Fun, exciting, action packed
Marc is the voice that brings a book to life and paints a piece of Art
You just cannot go wrong with Zahn
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
I was born in 1977, the year of Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back was the first movie I saw in theaters, and I’ve been a would-be Jedi ever since. When Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire series came out, I ate up every page of those books, and I read many of the subsequent books. But around the time the New Jedi Order came out, I got burned out on the Expanded Universe books.
Fast forward to Disney buying Lucasfilm, and (completely coincidentally) Zahn writing a standalone Han Solo’s 11 novel. I’d read exactly one SW book in the past decade (the ridiculously fun Death Troopers), so as soon as I heard about this one, I wanted to check it out. I thought it’d be the perfect book to get back into SW – one that wouldn’t be overly bogged down by the Expanded Universe continuity, and that would be good old comfort food.
It wasn’t bogged down with continuity, but it wasn’t too much fun, either. Scoundrels is a “Heist” novel, starring our favorite rogues from the SW galaxy: in particular Han Solo, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian. This is the biggest problem with the book: there are too many players, and not enough of our favorite scoundresl. Han Solo is the mastermind of the heist, and thus – he oversees it all and doesn’t do as much as the rest of the players until the very end. Chewie does even less. As the frontman Lando’s part is thankfully bigger, but most of the rest of the action falls to characters Zahn created for this book (and a couple pre-existing EU characters), which is a shame. In a book with Han, Chewie, and Lando in an Imperial line-up on the cover, you want Chewie, Lando, and especially Han to steal the show, if not the prize.
My suspension of disbelief was blown pretty early on (and yes, it was set to Anakin midichlorian levels of “High” to begin with) when the characters didn’t ask some basic questions about their marks or the job itself, I was disappointed. It might have been forgivable if the pace of the book didn’t feel so slow. Perhaps it’s my own nostalgia speaking, but it just didn’t work as well as Zahn’s other Star Wars books. It took too long, and I didn’t find a lot of the rest of the team to be very entertaining or developed considering how much time we spent in their heads.
There is some entertainment value – Zahn introduces Han in a scene where someone else shoots first, and Han and Chewie turn the tables. There are some fun twists (especially at the end). And once the action does pick up (about halfway through the book), things become more fun. It just took so long to get to that point – I was literally looking up Star Wars fanfic waiting for the good stuff to kick in. But it takes a looooooong time, and Han Solo just doesn’t do enough.
Marc Thompson has a knack for narrating Star Wars, apparently. His Han Solo is flawless, which is a necessity for a book that’s supposedly about him, and his Lando is pretty good too. (His Chewabacca is INCREDIBLE. (What? It was soundbytes from the movies? NO, SIR, I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT.) The production is punctuated by sound effects and the occasional John Williams score, which was much more distracting than the other SW book I’d listened to. Thompson sometimes overplays his line-to-line delivery as well, but I’m not sure I can really fault him for the pace.
I probably will go back and revisit Heir to the Empire at some point, as well as A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy (oh, for an UNABRIDGED AUDIO VERSION!), but overall, it felt like the only thing heisted was my time.
(Originally published at the AudioBookaneers)
I'm having a bromance with coffee!
Marc Thompson!! He always brings the Star Wars universe to life with his narration. The story was great as well. Think of it as Oceans 11 meets Star Wars.
I liked the scene when the safe was rolling through the streets.
His first person voice impersonations are spot on! Especially when it comes to Han and Lando.
I wouldn't say that the book moved me.
Great book for Star Wars fans. As with many of the Star Wars books, there are great sound effects and music to provide the listener with a more cinematic experience.
If you've read any other of Zahn's books, this is pretty comparable. The Thrawn Trilogy and Outbound flight are still my favorites by him, but if you enjoyed other things by him, you'll enjoy this.
The voices are pretty well done - especially Han and Winter. He's very understandable and has a good cadence.
This book takes place in between episode 4 and episode 5. Zahn does a good job of writing within the restriction of keeping previous plots in tact, while keeping the story suspenseful.
I loved the Thrawn books and the Hand of Thrawn books and every other Zahn book this one was just bizarre and had no connection with any of his prior books I was very disappointed it felt like a bad RP game
yes everything else he has written in the universe was great
all of the m Marc Thompson is the best narrator ever for star wars
Zahn please go back to what you do best not a one trick pony of a story