I bought this book based on reviews at Audible and my love of Star Wars. As a kid I read the novelizations and Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind's Eye, which were all great.
Timothy Zhan does a good job of adding depth to the Star Wars universe and giving us a little more insight into the relationships between Han, Chewbacca, and Lando.
Marc Thompson does a great job with the narration. He gives Han a voice that is about half way between Harrison Ford and Patrick Warburton as The Tick. I really like it.
Overall it is not a very "Epic" story, it is more of a peek into the lives of Han, Chewbacca and Lando. It is limited by the Star Wars canon and does a very good job within those limitations.
Zahn and Thompson make a duo. A good story with a good performance to back it. I have always enjoyed what Zahn has brought to the Star Wars galaxy. This one did not let me down. Classic Star Wars suspense with some twists and turns along the way.
The crafting of the story by Timothy Zahn...he knows how to keep you reading/listening to see what happens next.
Lando...he was a great front man for the group and a quick thinker.
Chewie...joking...he does all the characters very well...but my favorite goes to Han Solo...although his evil characterization voices were awesome.
Oceans 11 meets Star Wars
A different author.
It was boring, very slow paced, and predictable.
The narrator was great. He did Han Solo perfectly, and Lando was right one the money too.
The final scene was pathetic.
The narrator was great and sound and production values were amazing, too bad the story was so bad.
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!