I found the "Ocean's 11"-style story to be an interesting direction for some of my favorite Star Wars characters. Unfortunately the book gets bogged down in way too much minutiae and spends an inordinate amount of time developing a cast of secondary characters that are no where near as interesting as the main characters that drove me to the book in the first place.
In the Star Wars series my next book will be John Jackson Miller's Kenobi.
He develops nuanced personalities beyond the printed page. He also brings the characters from the movies to life in surprising ways. If I didn't know any better I would have sworn that Audible hired Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford to reprise their roles.
Absolutely not and further more if they did I wouldn't be inclined to watch it.
I'm a fan of Timothy Zahn's writing, both Star Wars and his own original material. This unfortunately was not representative of his better work. For his better work I would recommend any of his Thrawn books or his Conqueror's trilogy.
I would definitely listen to it again. This was my first audio book and I was impressed by the quality. I wasn't expecting the sound effects, music and voice acting (impressive that it was all done by one person.)
I am however a big fan of Timothy Zahn having read many, if not all his star wars books.
The story was great, very entertaining from start to finish. The last 1 minute of the story was awesome, I didn't expect it. It gives the excitement that comes from seeing different parts of the star wars universe come together.
Again, my first audio book; I thought his performance was awesome.
They are going All In.
lol, probably could come up with something better
Get it, it's worth it.
I would recommend for sure. It has a great way of sucking you in to the story and can often keep you awake some nights Just because you just want to know what will happen next.
The great way the story is written, It always keep you exited and there is no boring moments.
I like he's way of impersonating the characters, Its very convincing how he does it.he also does great reading when a moment intensifies, the way he reads in the quick and action filled moments always keeps you exited .
I really was never wanted to put it down, as i said some sleepless nights just because i wanted more.
It may have little slow start but it pays off. The story is great written and i say its a must for all Star Wars fans.
First of all I must say that Marc Thompson is a brilliant narrator. His tones & inflections as well as his multiple voices make you think that there are multiple actors voicing this book. Secondly, Timothy Zahn does it again with his superb writing style. He has knack for imagery & intrigue. This particular story has a plot line that twists & turns and leaves you guessing throughout the book. One of his finest works that I have ever read or heard. A must for all fans of Star Wars.
I don't know if I can give the details of the most memorable moment. The book is like a mystery, crime mob, "Oceans Eleven" type of drama with the Star Wars flair. To tell of the moments would spoil the surprise.You just got to experience it for yourself.
Not one but two for me Villacher & Lando.
"Oceans Eleven" in a galaxy far, far away...
I say again, this is a must listen or read for the true Star Wars fan.
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
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.