I teach high school physics and read/listen to books in my free time. My favorite genres are history, sci fi, fantasy, and science writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ocean's 11 feel of this story. It was a lot of fun. There was a whole lot of characters and the narrator did a great job of making them come to life.
The book is not going to change you view on life, but if your looking for a good book to listen to on a road trip this will keep you well entertained on your drive.
The narrator was terrible. The voice he did for the "Lord" at the beginning was so grating, I hate to stop listening.
Zahn is great, so yes.
Better narrator or stop the narrator from doing such an over the top fey British voice. It would be better for a cartoon or something...
i would say it was in the middle
The ending was the weakest part
Marc does an amazing Han Solo and Lando
I really liked the Oceans Eleven approach on this book, I just wish the ending would have been stronger. It ended on a weak note and felt rushed.
Getting to relive some of the nostalgia from my youth. I love these characters!
No spoiler, but man... what a twist!
All of the voices! Occasionally Han would sound like one of the other characters, but his performance is very versatile and authentic to the Star Wars Universe overall.
While the background ambiances and sounds add to the general Star Wars vibe, it does sound pretty awkward when listening at 2X and 3X speeds.
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Tim Zahn is a great writer.....and totally tuned into the Star Wars Universe!
The recently written AudioPlay "Smuggler's Gambit" , or the cheesy but entertaining full cast audio play "Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell", written by the late Brian Daley.
Marc Thompson is an amazing multi-voice actor! Often, while listening, I couldn't tell if it was him alone, or if there were other actors helping him......
No extreme reaction......just a great, entertaining story.....
Star Wars: Scoundrels is one of my new favorite audiobooks. I've never read or listened to any Expanded Universe stories before, even though I'm a big Star Wars fan, so this was a new adventure for me. And I'm really glad I decided to check this out when I was looking for something light and fun to listen to.
The story is not even very original, but it's still pretty cool. It's a heist story starring Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando. They've assembled a team to pull off a big con job. It's sort of like Ocean's 11 in a galaxy far, far away. It's set between Episodes IV & V, so there are references to Luke, Leia and some of the other characters. The story still has a lot of action and a few twists that really kept me intrigued.
I also really enjoyed Marc Thompson's performance and all the sound effects. It really brought me into the Star Wars universe. Marc's take on Han and Lando were especially great!
Passive reader who likes sci-fi....
YES!!!... this is a great in between story that just enough ties to the existin time line to make it relevant but still its own story. Also the twist at the end.... Inger you Kyser Soze you......
The nods to "Indiana" Jone and "The Usual Suspects"
The vault break in that is the nod to Indiana Jones
This is why I love the Star Wars Universe... They can take an existing story formate and still find ways to make me geek out at the end.
Suspenseful. Fun. Characterization.
I liked getting background on a lot of characters that are known, not just in the original trilogy, but from the Expanded Universe after Return of the Jedi. I liked getting more in-depth characterization on Lando and Han Solo and what they were like when not helping the Rebels.
I think any scene with Lando was my favorite. I liked his suave personality and he had an arrogance and charm about him like you see in Empire Strikes Back.
Marc Thompson has to be the best narrator of Star Wars fiction. He is able to pull off so many different types of voices - men, women, droids, aliens - and all to perfection. His styling for Lando exudes a similar tone to Billy Dee Williams and his Han Solo, while not a replica of Harrison Ford, still gives off the gruffness of his voice. I also think that the sound effects enhance every Star Wars story. Some people might not like it, but I think it's nice to hear an explosion rather than just hearing that something exploded. It draws me into the story more.
Good as sequels.
Of course, when I listened to the story i was brought back the the time when i watched the sequels.
of course the scene at the end.
erase the prequels from your mind and replace them with this novel.
This book is great for many reasons. I love the fact that this is a Star Wars book and there are no Jedi. I also love that it is a tribute to Ocean's 11 (1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford). I was not expecting the ending as well. I knew something was up, and almost picked up on it, but dismissed the idea. I was wrong, and I loved it. This is will always be one of my most memorable Star Wars books.
I am also becoming a huge fan of Marc Thompson. He is terrific when it comes to conveying physical and emotional sensations. You really feel what the character is going through when you listen to Marc read.