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Hobby ADD Guy

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  • Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill: A SW: X-Wing Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (224)

    Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire.

    Joshua says: "The Wraiths Are Back"
    "Ended up being better than reading it."
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill?

    The Humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc's vocal inflections really sold the levity in the book. I started reading it an then listened a little and it was a totally different feel. So much of Star Wars is so serious and emotional, that I started the reading with the same approach. It's a good thing that I tried the Whispersync thing for audio! I've never been interested in anything rogue Squadron but I really like Marc Thompson, so I tried it. I glad because I was laughing out loud a lot. Now when I go back someday and read it, I'll know what the mood of the book is lighter.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh definitely


    Any additional comments?

    This book is like reading/listening to NCIS LA, The A Team, Sneakers (the movie), Mission impossible and GI Joe. It's very entertaining and of course doesn't take itself too seriously. Let me tell yo just this, the main character is a Gamorrean who speaks English and has been modified by experiments so he has a genius intellect and also can dance like a Chippendale. There, nuff said? I don't think there is a real lightsaber in the whole book. You'd have to know some things about the FOTJ series to totally get the plot though, the Lecersen conspiracy for instance, and the overall EU historical context.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1023)

    Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda.

    Karen says: "Unexpected and Enjoyable"
    "Science Fiction Star Wars Gluttony"
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    I really like this title. I'm not into the MMORPG but THis story was great! Apparently each character represents a type of character you can be in the game. They must have come to Sean Williams and said " Make a book with all these characters in it ... and he did.

    All the motivations were believable and totally relateable to real life in some way. The Sith, the Jedi, the Republic Army, the Imperials ... it's all there and every character is believable and has a definite stake in the outcome of the story.

    The hex battle and the invasion at the end were just great adrenaline moments and made me want to listen again. I don't think they'd be as powerful if you just read it. Anything with a space-jump in it is OK in my book. And the Apprentice Swap part would have mad a good reality TV show.

    This is a great book to jump on to if you don't know much EU history and hate the prequels. It is a stand-alone story that only requires you to know what the force is and what lightsabers do. You can just listen and learn and enjoy the ride.

    Marc Thompson of course did a great job of making all the characters discernable and separate. I can't get enough of this guys narration, and aside from Daniel Davis I'm not sure anyone else should be allowed to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (521)

    After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

    Kir Kanos TN says: "This Series has Potential, but off to a slow start"
    "A Good start"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    Marc Thompson, the music and sound effects always add something to it. I read the ebook before so I'd forgotten most of what I read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'll always be a Luke/Leia/Han/Lando fan, but Jag is becoming Cool and Jaina is rising to prominence. Interestingly enough, the young versions of the rogues and the Darkmeld folks are in "Scoundrels" and having just read that book and then listening to this one was quite a rewarding thing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sending off scene where everyone says good bye to Luke. Choked up. Just sayin.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Didn't laugh or cry, but I did get that guttural response to injustice. That "are you kidding me?" feeling when the Jedi are getting persecuted. That is different for a SW book! This is not for the Happy-story-only crowd.


    Any additional comments?

    SW books is like reading about people I grew up with. Sounds sappy but that's why I keep coming back.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (938)

    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
    "Vintage Kempage"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Emotional, Suspenseful


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived to and why?

    Star Wars Crosscurrent


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

    Not very many to choose from. There was a really evil guy, a underdog hero, and a headstrong female jedi. He could have replaced Darth anybody, Jag and Jaina for the Character voices and I would have been happy. All the ones that were radically out of the norm were some of the incidental side characters.


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

    Decieved. He he.


    Any additional comments?

    Kemp is really good at the good-guy-getting-chased-by-bad-guy-while-trying-to-accomplish-a-mission. There's an obvious challenge and a hidden danger constantly on the approach...and then worlds collide. In PSK's books are definitely grey as opposed to having a black and white, good and evil struggle. The "dark hero" of this book has too much light him and does un-sith-like things to accomplish his goal. The 'good guys' in the book are either doing the wrong thing for the right reason or just totally forsaking what they've been taught to avenge the teacher. The endings are usually happy but tainted somehow. After reading or listening to this book, you'll be asking yourself "What would I have done?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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