Listening on the run : )
This book was really great and I was sad to reach the ending, as great as it was. The beginning was somewhat slow and it was a little difficult to keep all the characters straight at first but they eventually settled into place. The narrator and sound effects where excellent and I don't think a book of this sort could get much better than this one!
The scoundrels always seem to be jumping from one scheme to another, barely keeping up with costs and ahead of the law. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a score causes Han and Chewie to pull together the best of the worst they can find to pull it off. The group has to break into an impenetrable fortress and get out with their lives and the loot! Things go right and things go awry, so they've got to play it loose. Twists and turns abound with a well known helment sneaking in at the end.
A great listen!
I was disappointed. Han Solo is the character that allowed me to fall in love with Star Wars. The Brian Daley novels were fun and exciting reads. The stories were well plotted, characters were interesting, and they gave me a sense of the world beyond the films.
I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, I just never cared about anything that was happening. The idea of a heist story is great. The assembled cast of characters was promising, and the reveal about a certain character was fun but the story was poorly paced, the action was lack luster, and there was no arc for any other characters. While the characters had some great chemistry, there were few moments when they got to spark. Chewbacca and Han are woefully underutilized, and they are the main draw.
If you want to hang with some real scoundrels, check out Brian Daley's Han Solo novels or watch Michael Mann's "Heat."
Zahn some how writes great books that happen to be Star Wars books. But he is also able to capture the Star Wars feel like it could be on the screen. Voices were great as well. Some of the sound effects could be Jaring but by the second or third chapter they became part of the backdrop. Fun book I would buy more.
To me it seemed like Oceans 11 meets Star Wars.
Both Han and Lando are spot on.
Its Star Wars. Great little space romp.
More Unabridged Zahn would be great.
Great to revisit classic characters!
Fun to see a heist story carried out in the Star Wars universe.
The characters, sound effects, and story line was high quality and intriguing. Felt like you was in the same room as the action. Sound effects were an added bonus to the book and did not over power the storyline. Very easy listen. The voices for Han and Landu were spot on. The twist at the end...well, lets just say-OMG-love it:) Cannot wait to listen to more.
Although, Marc did a spot on Han-I loved the smoothness and swagger of Landu voice.
The aha twist at the end with Injur
MORE, MORE, MORE
In the top 9%, I only bought one book that I can't stand. Didn't even listen to it, couldn't get passed the first chapter. I don't like to give reviews on books I don't like, I don't even like to review books that I've read but can't remember much about them.
This book was very good, the reader came very close to sounding like the characters from the movie. The writer stayed with the attitudes of the characters. It was easy to get into the whole thing because of the movies.
One of the last, BoboFet finds out he was outwitted. There I gave away one of the plot twists. See what happens when you wont more than I wont to give?
If you are a fan of Star Wars EU this is an easy recommendation. It also fits within the Ep 4/5/6 time frame so even if you don't haven't read (or listened to) a lot of other books, this is a great start into the world of Star Wars books
I tried to, it's long but goes by fast. It would make a great 3 day weekend listen.
The added sound effects
Overall the general vocal evaluation of the actual characters
Prequel to the Sequel
Marc Thompson's narration is outstanding. He continues to make a large cast of characters distinguishable. You know who Han or Lando or any other character immediately by just the voice.
It fairs favorably to the Heir to the Empire series. The story itself is not as encompassing as that series but you get a good feel for the Star Wars universe.