The sound effects in the background made me on edge and stressed and I did not know how badly it was effecting me until after stop listening to it. It is a fun story and great adventure but I can not finish it because of the sounds in the background.
I love timothy zahn read him for years! But i will listen very careful to the sample before buying any more Star Wars books.
the narrator was fine
please please no sound effects through the whole book it really took away from the book.
Star Wars fans, you know how you have questions about the gaps in the SW storyline...well, some of your questions are herein answered. Have you ever wondered what Han and Chewbacca were up to between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back? Well, here are a few of the answers. Want to know why the Hutts hate Mr. Solo so much? This might help. Want to know why Lando wants to drop kick Han and Chewie into a Bantha pit covered in Sarlaac slime? This story might shed light on that.
The narrator was very good. He was able to VERY distinctly voice the numerous characters and there was never any doubt that he knew how Han, Lando and Chewie should sound. That was great. If you get the cadence of a main character's voice wrong, you will loose your audience quickly, but not here.
The story was fun, and intriguing. It had enough mystery to keep me guessing, but enough of "cannon" Star Wars to link the movies to what I was hearing. I was pleased with how fun the story was and I am glad I bought it. It will be a welcome addition to my listening library and I will recommend it friends.
Better than average.
The obvious comparison (albeit a movie rather than book): Oceans 11.
Overall Marc did a great job, especially considering just how many characters were involved with the central plot, including several female characters and same-species / same-organization aliens who he managed to still give distinct voices. My only (minor) criticism would be his performances of Han and Lando. Han's tone came off as too consistently annoyed (a character trait of Han's, but over-used in this case I think). And Lando sounded more like a bad parody of Billy Dee Williams. But overall still an impressive performance, all things considered.
One moment gave me a truly unexpected reaction, a moment I definitely was not expecting. I wouldn't dare explain further for respect of spoilers. :)
If you're looking for a Star Wars book with lasting implications to the fabric of the overall saga, this ain't it. It's more so what I would call "Star Wars junk food" --- it's fun to ingest, but at the end of the day the substance doesn't add to the ultimate story. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's like the difference between a Summer popcorn flick compared to an Oscar-winning film. If you want substance, go for "Darth Plagueis". If you want a fun story you don't mind forgetting exists next time you watch the films, "Scoundrels" is right up your alley.
Sound, voices, atmosphere
Yes even though I broke it up into a couple of sittings. It was as compelling as a movie for me, the characters and settings were beautifully done and the atmosphere of events came to life.
I didn't read the print. I am all about the audio performances now. I find that the unabridged audio versions narrated by Marc Thompson are amazing. Second only to the original trilogy.
Best EU ending I can think of.
Lando, it was great seein the him and Han Solo not trusting each other and how it plays out.
The last couple of minutes, when the story revealed.
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.