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S. Carter

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  • 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
    (681)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (400)

    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!"
    "Good read, if you can figure everything out"
    Overall

    It can be a little confusing, since the synopsis provided (Luke/Ben + Sith) isn't the only story going on here. Multiple, unconnected storylines about Jedi, slavery, media bias, romance and political scheming by dozens of characters on multiple planets make for a jumble. There are also a lot of references to past events which are not fully explained, so one can't just pick this up without being a little put off by the backstory one should have already read. Still a decent piece of work, tho.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun"
    "A little better than most Sith-based tales"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Generally speaking, any Star Wars book with "Darth" In the title is going to be 60% about Jedi or regular humans; just shy of false advertising. This one's a bit better, incorporating Maul, Sidious and Plagueis with just enough chicanery from the norms to make their exploits interesting. To be honest, I was expecting more from a premise of Maul surrounded by murderers and cutthroats... but the story did its job.

    0 of 0 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
    (1183)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1112)

    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?"
    "Get to the point?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan? What did you like least?

    This was an excellent performance of a terrible story. It reminded me of The Phantom Menace, which required viewers to sit through two and a half hours of meetings, talking, politics, and mind-numbing backstory just to get to five minutes of cool stuff.

    I kept waiting for the author to get to some decent red meat, but as is usually the case in Star Wars novels they put a dramatic image of a Sith warrior on the cover of a book that drones on and on about Jedi and forced, bland descriptions of softcore relationship tension between them, instead.


    What could Drew Karpyshyn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If you're going to write a book about a Sith character, don't spend 60-70% of the text on Jedi.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding vocal performance across a wide range of speech patterns, accents and tonal differences. Thompson did a great job with some poor material.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Red Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans - and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality. Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps - young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff - Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants....

    Thomas says: "Below Average for a Star Wars book"
    "More zombies"
    Overall

    First of all, John Glover does an EXCELLENT job as narrator. He has a strong voice that emotes well without getting ostentatious or repetitive. I particularly enjoyed the neti (a tree-like creature), a fringe character whose speech changed dramatically after a critical turning point in the story.

    The problem is that the whole zombie apocalypse thing has just about run its course, and this story is not materially different from Schreiber's previous Star Wars novel, Death Troopers. The characters aren't that engaging and seem wooden, with little bits of background thrown in here and there but not early or deep enough in the story to make the reader/listener care about what happens to them. That one character's introduction is a direct lift off a seminal line from the film "Taken" [okay, Liam Neeson played a Jedi, I get the joke] didn't help, either.

    Overall a decent, if redundant, horror slice well played by a veteran audiobook performer, but nothing to write home about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (380)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Emo Porn!"
    Overall

    I had to stop before I was halfway through this one: innocent young girls, cruelly and pointlessly victimized by ugly and coarse men; women struggling valiantly to protect themselves and their beloved sisters in an unjust world; a miracle babe, born with a heart-shaped birthmark on its wrist; a handsome young farmboy working his way through college, surrounded by (all male) hypocrites who hide behind their pedigrees. You need hip-waders. This is what we call "emotional pornography," like a Lifetime TV movie.

    That said, the narration is well done, particularly when the reader switches accents. That's the book's one saving grace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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