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Bryan

San Jose, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1496)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Outstanding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I haven't always been a fan of Luceno's work in the past, but this is easily one of the best stories to come out of the EU. The narration is spot-on perfect. This book deserves to be canonized as one of the upcoming spin-off movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (613)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "Kenobi's not in it much, but still great"
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    I love and hate Star Wars books and am the biggest critic of the SW genre you'll come across. I was initially looking forward to "Kenobi" because Miller hasn't written much SW and I was eager to see what he could do; so many of the other SW writers have turned out to be huge disappointments. Then I found out Kenobi's not in much of the book so I just took it off my wishlist in disgust.

    For some reason I changed my mind and I'm glad I did. It's true, Kenobi's not in this book much and that's strange for a book titled "Kenobi." But the writing is very, very good. It flows easily and the dialogue's great -- not like most Star Wars books. It feels like a western. It's very Star Wars. The Sandpeople get fleshed out and I thought that'd be boring, but it wasn't. An outstanding effort. John Jackson Miller, Paul Kemp, Karen Traviss. You can't go wrong with those SW authors if you're looking for deeper stories than those put out by the usual SW stable of writers. I'll definitely be looking for more of Miller's work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    The Clone Wars have exploded across the galaxy as Republic forces and Separatists struggle to gain the upper hand. But while the Jedi generals work tirelessly to defeat Count Dooku and his rebels, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is hatching his own dark plans. The Separatists have launched a sneak attack on Coruscant. Obi-Wan Kenobi, wounded in battle, insists that Anakin Skywalker and his rookie Padawan, Ahsoka, leave on a risky mission against General Grievous.

    Bryan says: "Unforgiveably dull"
    "Unforgiveably dull"
    Overall

    First, the good: there are one or two good moments in the beginning of this book. The bad: after those good moments, the story plummets and is just mind-numbingly dull for the next 10 hours. Characterizations of Obi-wan and Organa are awful, the story creeps along and the only things that kept me listening to the entire book were (1) I was at work anyway, (2) it's still Star Wars, and (3) I hoped it would get better. Unfortunately, it's just no good at all.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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