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I would indeed listen to Scoundrels again. It was amazingly written by Timothy Zahn and well voiced by Marc Thompson. The addition of music and sound effects really enhanced the listening experience.
I can't specifically think of any other books I'd compare this book to, but I would say it is one of Zahn's best Star Wars novels.
It is a toss up between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. He really capture both characters voices and mannerisms very well.
Ocean's 11 Meets Star Wars
I can not recommend this book to Star Wars fans enough. Even fans of heists in general might enjoy this book.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
Han Solo And Lando teaming up like Reservoir Dogs.
Han running a Big Con!
Marc Thompson should redo all the Star Wars Audio Books starting with the New Jedi Order. This time make it unabridged.
I was really looking forward to something different with this one. But being as this is from Timothy Zahn, who has written so many other Star Wars books, I guess I should have known better.
I wanted a gritty, hard-edged book about life in the underground and the adventures of our favorite smugglers. What I got, instead, was a book that tries to be like an "Ocean's Eleven" meets Star Wars, where a hand-picked team by Han Solo seeks to break into the vault of a crime lord and steal a fortune. The book falls short on several accounts, though.
We just recently had a book similar to this - Aaron Allston's "Mercy Kill". In fact, these books are TOO similar to be coming out so close together. Unlike "Mercy Kill" and "Ocean's Eleven", however, this book has virtually no humor. That's one problem. Another problem is that the book simply isn't as interesting as Oceans. The book takes place in one location, an unremarkable setting an an unremarkable system, featuring a large cast of characters that simply aren't as developed as they need to be. Even Han, Lando and Chewie are not really "main" characters, but just part of the cast.
Other things I didn't like? I don't care much for Black Sun and didn't care reading another book featuring them. Plus, all the same tropes and stereotypes of all the other modern-day Star Wars books are getting old by now. The sanitized world of Star Wars, where nothing really bad happens to anyone and the good guys never fire first, feels so out of touch with reality today, not to mention other literature. In fact, there was almost no shootouts or good action scenes in the book at all. We all know how much of a crack shot Han and Chewie are, yet Han doesn't even get to fire a shot that I remember. Most of the good guys don't even carry weapons at all! They just feel extremely helpless throughout the novel, and all this feels contrived to make them utilize unnecessary spy and thievery gadgets.
Furthermore, my problems with the Audiobook are as follows:
I did get tired of the same melodramatic Star Wars music playing during tense scenes, even a disagreement between characters or a dispatch of a would-be-robber. The problem is, these are not original music tracks, but rather music from the movies, which have scenes and memories from the films already attached to them. As a result, you end up with this clash of images in your head: both the original films' scenes, plus what you're currently listening to. In addition, the choices of music tracks are not always appropriate to the scene in the book.
I also don't like the narrator's forced grunts and inflections during the action when characters expend effort. It just throws me out of the story, most times.
I'm still waiting for a mature Star Wars book. I just don't think we'll get one from any of the established authors so far.
The awesome Narrator
Lets be cool
This book was a very enjoyable book and to follow along with the audio provided a next level experience for me
Fantastic adventure that exisits within the larger Star Wars Universe without being held back by previous (and mostly bad) EU stories. Marc Thompson is always a treat.
It's a blatant oceans eleven homage, but really well done. Han and Lando in top form, with many callbacks to other Zahn and EU characters.
I loved it. Ocean 11 meets Star Wars this story contains all the loops turns and humor from the classic Rat Pack film with a Lucasfilm flare. too bad Disney won't count this as canon