I haven't read the print version but I loved the book, was well written, entertaining and fun to listen too.
Bink, because of her abilities, and cleverness.
When Lando Arrived
I'm 52 and enjoy sifi, history, funny romance, fantasy type books. I give my views as to how a book is based on my emotions.
Nothing against the Narrator, Thompson is the best for Star Wars, but seemed the story was less then I expected. It was ok to listen too.
Childe of Discordia and a true Mando'ade at heart.
The story is pretty good along the lines of other non-series stories. While it was a bit slow through out the story, it's still good reading/listening.
The most memorable moment for me was when the link between Han, Leia and the introduction of Winter into the storyline.
Marc Thompson's voice never fails to produce a rich variety of believable voices the truly help breathe life into the characters.
There's a point when you realize the roots and depths of the rocky relationship between Han and Lando.
Good story in keeping with the new direction the Star Wars Universe is going to take (in the movies atleast) of going back to the root stories and histories of the main characters.
The sound effects in the background made me on edge and stressed and I did not know how badly it was effecting me until after stop listening to it. It is a fun story and great adventure but I can not finish it because of the sounds in the background.
I love timothy zahn read him for years! But i will listen very careful to the sample before buying any more Star Wars books.
the narrator was fine
please please no sound effects through the whole book it really took away from the book.
Star Wars fans, you know how you have questions about the gaps in the SW storyline...well, some of your questions are herein answered. Have you ever wondered what Han and Chewbacca were up to between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back? Well, here are a few of the answers. Want to know why the Hutts hate Mr. Solo so much? This might help. Want to know why Lando wants to drop kick Han and Chewie into a Bantha pit covered in Sarlaac slime? This story might shed light on that.
The narrator was very good. He was able to VERY distinctly voice the numerous characters and there was never any doubt that he knew how Han, Lando and Chewie should sound. That was great. If you get the cadence of a main character's voice wrong, you will loose your audience quickly, but not here.
The story was fun, and intriguing. It had enough mystery to keep me guessing, but enough of "cannon" Star Wars to link the movies to what I was hearing. I was pleased with how fun the story was and I am glad I bought it. It will be a welcome addition to my listening library and I will recommend it friends.
Better than average.
The obvious comparison (albeit a movie rather than book): Oceans 11.
Overall Marc did a great job, especially considering just how many characters were involved with the central plot, including several female characters and same-species / same-organization aliens who he managed to still give distinct voices. My only (minor) criticism would be his performances of Han and Lando. Han's tone came off as too consistently annoyed (a character trait of Han's, but over-used in this case I think). And Lando sounded more like a bad parody of Billy Dee Williams. But overall still an impressive performance, all things considered.
One moment gave me a truly unexpected reaction, a moment I definitely was not expecting. I wouldn't dare explain further for respect of spoilers. :)
If you're looking for a Star Wars book with lasting implications to the fabric of the overall saga, this ain't it. It's more so what I would call "Star Wars junk food" --- it's fun to ingest, but at the end of the day the substance doesn't add to the ultimate story. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's like the difference between a Summer popcorn flick compared to an Oscar-winning film. If you want substance, go for "Darth Plagueis". If you want a fun story you don't mind forgetting exists next time you watch the films, "Scoundrels" is right up your alley.
Sound, voices, atmosphere
Yes even though I broke it up into a couple of sittings. It was as compelling as a movie for me, the characters and settings were beautifully done and the atmosphere of events came to life.
I didn't read the print. I am all about the audio performances now. I find that the unabridged audio versions narrated by Marc Thompson are amazing. Second only to the original trilogy.
Best EU ending I can think of.
Lando, it was great seein the him and Han Solo not trusting each other and how it plays out.
The last couple of minutes, when the story revealed.