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Kevin

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  • Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1: Jedi Search

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one.

    Cade says: "Bad way to ruin a good book."
    "Great book, but sloppily abridged."
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    What disappointed you about Star Wars?

    The abridgement sounded like it was SO compressed. I know that that is the point, but it took SO much away from the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series of books is one of the best from the Star Wars cannon.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Heald’s performances?

    It depends. This Narrator wasn't too good with this title, but I'd be willing to give him another try I guess.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

    Nothing. I would have added a ton more. Basically, I was expecting this to be more like the book. Other abridgements I have listened too have basically turned a full book into a 2 hour version, but this was not the case here. It was butchered.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't Listen to it. Read it. Much better. Don't want to? Forget about it. Just not worth it in this case. Try another series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy. But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood.

    Kurt says: "Excelent Story and another great Old Republic book"
    "Best Star Wars I have ever read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Annihilation to be better than the print version?

    At this time, I have both read this book and listened to it. I love the different accents Marc Thompson gives the characters. I think I do like the audio version more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

    The first, sort of, action scene where Theron steals the Black Cipher. It was a really fun part of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    While my favorite character is Theron (how can he not be!? He's the son of the 2 most freaking awesome characters ever!!!), I love the way Thompson preformed Teff'ith. I love her accent and the way he makes her sound. Not much different from the way I read her, but definitely gives more life to the character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Star Wars meets 007 in this action adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is the best Star Wars I have ever read. It was extremely fast paced and was filled with both intense action and some family drama. I suppose I am used to reading a series, but this book just blows every other single Star Wars book out of the park!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (384)

    What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mindwalkers to transcend their own bodies and speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their very lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the odds to destroy them. And now the death squad’s sole survivor, Sith apprentice Vestara Khai, has summoned an entire fleet of Sith frigates to engage the embattled father and son.

    Anthony says: "A fun listen!"
    "Amazing! Best One Yet!"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies?

    This is where the story of Fate of the Jedi really picks up! No more seemingly random side-stories! It is a very intense story and is my favorite Star Wars so far!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vestara Khai. She reminds me so much of Mara Jade. I love how Golden portrays the character here. I don't want to ruin anything, but I think she will be the most important character in this series. I can't wait to see how her story turns out.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Hmmm. I liked the way Thompson portrays Ben. He really gets the whole adolescent thing. I also, strangely, like the minor character Wynn Dorvan. There is a twist with that character in this book and I loved how it was done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "This is when everything changes" or something along those lines, cause this seems to be the pinnacle point in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. LOVE IT! I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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