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Joakim

Lund, Sweden | Member Since 2010

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  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (600)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "One of the best of Star Wars"
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    The Darth Bane trilogy finishes with the maximum peak and a brilliant end to a long and well told story.
    All the necessary ingredients are included and you cannot get disappointed . The Sith get at last their complete picture and the dark side turns to you. Reject it but not the novel which is the second best of them all....

    Joakim - the 66th installment that I have read of this galactic epic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rule of Two: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (639)

    In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes.

    Edward says: "The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!"
    "Almost there but missed the target!"
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    The Rule of Two is a very good Star Wars installment following the pattern of the Old Republic series. The Sith dominate but the Jedi are there trying and prying.
    The author succeeds in creating the ever so lasting magic Star Wars atmosphere but despite all odds in favour for the story-line the final steps of the race stumble and you ask why and how could nobody see that big flaw.
    The author does not clinch it and I was ripped apart by this galactic big mistake...
    I hope the third part of the trilogy will make up for the flaw of Rule of Two. The first episode Path of Destruction does not show any such story deficiencies but on the other hand there are no such climaxes as the Rule of Two offers when the "big fight" is on. That one makes up for all of your money purchasing this great listen.
    On my 64-long Star Wars chart The Rule of Two is found on place 15. Not too bad, I believe.
    Joakim - the Swedish book worm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (847)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Old Republic super league of Star Wars"
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    Once again the Old Republic series is the best of the Expanded universe of the Star Wars. The story is revealing and explanatory in all respects.
    The characters are very much alive and attract the reader/listener all the way to the final moments where you at last find your breath again.
    It is simply a great way of escaping the monotony of everyday life. Leave planet Earth and go deep into that galaxy far, far away a long time ago...
    Joakim Vasiliadis - who has now read his 64th Star Wars novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Approaching Storm

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    On the strategic planet Ansion, a powerful faction is on the verge of joining the secessionist movement. At the Chancellor's request, the Jedi Council sends Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawans, Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, to stabilize the planet's population. To succeed, the Jedi will have to fulfill near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies - stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the mission fail.

    Joakim says: "The Approaching Storm is below average"
    "The Approaching Storm is below average"
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    The Approaching Storm was promising and could have been so much better if Mark Thompson had narrated it. I would also like to have learnt more about young Skywalker and his development of psyche.
    The planet descriptions of Ansion are the better part of the novel and some new characters, natives of Ansion, are also contributing to the positive elements of the book.
    The dialogue is not well written and the main story-line is sometimes artificial and "too much" of "too little"..
    I like the framework of the story. It fits well to the rest of the movie prequel but is not fully worked out.
    This was my 58th Star Wars novel and if you want something from the top of the table of Star Wars, go for the Old Republic novels, such as Deceived and Revan.
    Fate of the Jedi requires that you follow the whole series (18 novels) with the soon grande finale Apocalypse being the best....
    Joakim V. - Swedens's number one star Wars fanatic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: No Prisoners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    The Clone Wars rage on. As insurgent Separatists fight furiously to wrest control of the galaxy from the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine cunningly manipulates both sides for his own sinister purposes.

    john says: "Another full length and it was enjoyable"
    "No prisoners - not bad at all!"
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    Star Wars The Clone Wars No Prisoners is getting better towards the end of the novel. It offers a very well written analysis of Anakin's dilemma with his attachment and marriage to Padme. Jedi master Altus is my favourite character and a copy of Qui Gon Jin. It gives a new spectrum of the jedi order and not only the dogmatic side of the orthodox Yoda-party.
    The narrator is not a Mark Thompson but he is better than the others.
    Music and sound effects are up to date and well balanced.
    The story is not at all like masterpieces such as The Old Republic Revan or like Fate of the Jedi but absolutely worth your time.
    The movie tagline would go as folows: "War is always wrong".
    Enjoy!
    Joakim V. from Sweden - I have read 48 Star Wars novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1144)

    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
    "Another jewel among the Old Republics"
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    This novel did not disappoint at all. On the contrary it offered high value entertainment and great Star Wars experience. The magic is here, the suspense at its best and the portrayal of dynamic characters omniscient. The power of the dark side is well balanced by the harmonious light side. The structure of the plot is similar to a tennis tournement where the champions are fighting their way to the grande finale where everything will be decided. That is what I expect from a complete work of Star Wars.
    Joakim Vasiliadis

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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