Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
While not the best of Zahn's Star Wars books it is a good story, strong portrayal and fun listen. The narrator does a nice job with the story and the characters. It's a quick read and worth the time.
Before I go any further, I just want to say that it's fun having Ocean's Eleven done Star Wars-style. Refreshing!
Anyway, I think that sums up the basic plot. Han Solo gets hired for a heist, he gets a crew together, a bunch of stuff goes wrong, and they try to steal a whole bunch of credits so they can all retire and live peacefully for a really long time. Sounds simple.
It's not. Timothy Zahn adds a whole bunch of layers to the mix, and makes the whole idea much more interesting. The story takes place shortly after Star Wars: A New Hope, so we know that the three main characters (Han, Chewie and Lando) come through alive, but the book is so tense and well-written that you start having to reassure yourself once in a while. New characters are fun and interesting, while old characters (Lando!!) are spot-on.
I was a little concerned when I learned that Marc Thompson was the narrator--I'd listened to his reading of Fatal Alliance, and...well, let's just say that I was less than impressed. But he must have been practicing. Maybe it was the writing or characterization in Fatal Alliance that made the performance seem lacking, but Thompson is in fine form for Star Wars: Scoundrels. There are probably in excess of 20 characters in the book, and each one of them had an individualized voice that was immediately recognizeable (save for a pair of twins).
It was definitely a great production. Complete with voices that sounded like characters and audio effects to make it far more real compared to most audiobooks I've read.
Voices for Han and Lando were really good. Those two were great
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The ending, awesome twist. Won't spoil it.
Made me laugh.
Where does one start? The story, the new characters, the voices of our most loved 'old' characters? The plot itself would be stellar without the added incentive of the old friends & scoundrels like Han Solo, Chewie & Lando. The spectacular story that leads one into the Star Wars space/time & allows one to abandon rational thinking for some good old fashioned fun.
The rescue of Lando from the warehouse. The precisely detailed, hughly elaborate plan is exactly in keeping with Solo's schemes with the normal nail-biting margin for error.
Has to be Han Solo. in some of the sceens i could imagine every facial expression. Bink - what a gal! and Chewie is his normal inimitable self.
Star Wars Soundrels - the rag-tag reunion
Cannot wait for more. I believe that this 'book' would not have been half as exciting in print. I received this as a gift which makes it doubly special.
As others have said ... not your typical Star Wars story ... really Ocean's 11 meets Star Wars. But it captures the spirit of the original movies and I really enjoyed it.
Marc Thompson is an amazing narrator. He brings all the characters to life. Excellent job!
avid reader and busy mother of twins
I don't know. Have not read the print version.
It felt like I was listening to a movie instead of a book narration. The different voices, the music and the sound effects added a lot of dimension to the story. It was a great experience!
The plot was a little slow at first, but I got into it fairly quickly. I think Zahn was trying to create a star wars / Ocean 11 story here (with a slightly different take), and it worked out quite well (Could this be one of the potential movie plots?). Zahn has always been a great author for me so I did not hesitate on getting this one and it certainly did not let me down. Love the character set, even if there wasn't a ton of character development, it was more of an action novel than something more deep and of course Marc Thompson does a flawless job with the narration. I was very impressed with how he did his voice of Winter IDENTICAL to the voice he did with her in the Thrawn Trilogy. That speaks of how professional and talented he is. There were a lot of voices in this book to create and he made them all very unique and easy to figure out who is saying what. Truly an amazing narrator. Keep them coming Marc!
The voice acting was amazing... Lando, Han were dead on. Story was good too!
This quality of this audio performance was the best I have experienced in an audio book. There was background music and special effects threw the entire book. It actually scared me the first time I started up the book when I was walking my dog at night. There was a part with blaster fire and I really thought something had exploded somewhere. My dog just looked at me like I was crazy.