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Brandon

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ELKTON, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (189)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    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.

    Roy says: "Don't waste your time"
    "Might not be what you expect but still a good book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but listening to audiobooks let me get through more titles than reading the print editions because I can listen while doing other things like driving, working, etc.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars to and why?

    Star Wars The Clone Wars because it is the next book in the series, at least I believe it is.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narration was pretty good, not the best I've heard but not the worst either. Some of the characters sounded close to their counterparts on the animated series.


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

    The Cloud of the Sith


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of comments about this book saying it was dull and it talked too much about feelings and I think the reason a lot of people say this is they might have expected this book to be about Anakin and Snips. It is not, they make cameo appearances (and if you watch the TV series there is something that Anakin and Snips are off doing that was an episode while the main story is going on) but the story is mainly about Obi Wan.

    The pacing is a bit off as it is a bit slow to start, an abridged version of this book might be better for some people, but I loved listening to the backstory and character developments. We learn how a lot of these characters end up personality wise, it's interesting to see how they get there.

    There is a lot about feelings in this book and it is interesting to see how the Jedi struggle with attachment and how the teachings of the Jedi to not keep attachments IMO is not right (while at the same time not being completely wrong if that makes any sense).

    If you liked The Clone Wars I believe you will like this one. There may not be as much action but as far as I'm concerned definitely not boring, I breezed through this book rather quickly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals.

    A User says: "Much better than the movie"
    "Just Like The Movie!!"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes it was an engaging story with a good performance by the narrator, the audiobook was just like the movie which can be good or bad depending on the individual. A good amount of action as well, you will not get bored with this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Anakin has to help a Hutt who he hates stemming from his time as a slave. And how his new padawan tries to prod him for information about his past.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have listened to some of the other TCW books and he narrates them as well and he is just as good in this one as the others,


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to start your journey reading TCW books, I'm finding this whole series enjoyable, tho I loved the animated series, tho this seems to make a fork in the expanded universe as well as the movies and I wonder how it will be reconciled into the timeline, if it will be at all. I think the author does a good job of making you care about the characters, but that may have been because I love to watch the series so much. If you like the series then I encourage you to listen to this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (850)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Timothy Zahn delivers again"
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    Where does Scoundrels: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since most of my library is Star Wars and I joined Audible to listen to Star Wars I will only compare it to them. I would put this one 4th on my list behind the Thrawn Trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The oceans eleven feel that the story had, Han had to recruit all these different smugglers and criminals to pull off this big heist. How all the different characters had different reasons for being there and how they all seem to have consciences and feelings about each other, not some soulless characters that you don't care about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really want to give the story away but my favorite scenes are them putting their plan into action.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction but I greatly enjoyed it and would be interested hearing more from this writing/reading tandem that seems to do so well together.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like any of the author's other books you will like this one, and twice as much if you're a Han Solo fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (2747)
    Story
    (2761)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "A Great Start to an Outstanding Trilogy"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Definitely, the way all the characters are introduced and all the conflicts are set in motion in this first book make you thirst for more and want to immediately get the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thrawn, because he is so smart and the way he sets everything up, like he can never fail. He's always a step ahead of everyone.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    I love all of Marc Thompson's performances, from the voices to the emotion he puts into reading the book helps with immersion into the universe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

    Mark says: "The Force Lives!"
    "Great Story!!"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes definitely, I'm new to audible and the star wars books as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, I've always been interested in Anakin's turn to the dark side and how it happened, and if you are the same I encourage you to get this book, you will not be disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The production was top notch, adding sound effects and a score really is a nice touch and the reader was good as well, keeping me engaged with his style. If you ever wanted to know the details of Anakin's turn to the dark side this is the book for you.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Definitely Shryne, listening to how he wrestled with the force and himself ... I don't want to go too much into to it as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.


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

    No I just really enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in the events between Episode 3 and Episode 4 of the Star Wars Saga then this is a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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