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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly, Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, along with their children, are thrust again into battle. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself, may not be enough.

    Temporal Singularity says: "Anthony Heald's reading is slow torture."
    "A good book ruined by bad narration."
    What would have made Star Wars better?

    I've read this book in paperback before, and rather enjoyed the story. There is certainly nothing wrong with the book itself, as I was excited to listen to it this time to relive the memories. But the narrator, Anthony Heald, has a terrible performance in this book, not putting any effort into the characters' voices and making terrible sounds with his mouth, as well as reading at a very awkward pace. Not having him try and match the characters' voices in the films was okay, but the pace of reading in this book was so clumsy that I couldn't wait to get through it, so I could find a book with a better narrator. The timing in several of the sentences he reads totally changes the mood and feel of the story, and ruins some of the most emotional parts in Star Wars novel history. Save your money or credits, this narrator ruins a great story.

    What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

    Pace of reading was too fast many times, and too slow in all the wrong parts. Reader didn't bother to even try mimicking character voices. Reader smacks mouth in annoying and awkward clicking sounds.

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

    I would have cut Anthony Heald and given the part to Marc Thompson.

    Any additional comments?

    These older books would be nice to have redone with the quality of later books narrated by Marc Thompson. I listened to those in a matter of weeks, and would gladly listen to more if they were as well performed by those later Random House Audio presentations.

    8 of 8 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

    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.

    Geir says: "The force is truly with this audiobook"
    "An okay story brought to new life by Marc Thompson"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the performance of Marc Thompson. Though the story was fairly interesting, it lacked the quality that many of the other more experienced writers of Star Wars novels bring to the table. The characters lacked some depth, and the fact that we won't see these characters in future books made them lack much development. But Marc Thompson's performance truly adds a new life to the book, making you feel for the characters on a deeper level than simply reading and adding more realism to the story.

    Would you recommend Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the audiobook, sure. But I would recommend other books before this one, unless you, like myself, have been flying through all of the Star Wars audiobooks like a madman. For the book itself, no. But if you like listening, and just can't get enough of Star Wars adventures, this will do nicely

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

    I have listened to most of Marc Thompson's Star Wars novels now, and this does not disappoint. This must have been more difficult, however, for at the time of production he had no reference to the voices of the characters. Even still, his voice acting is incredible, and he distinctly and definitely brings to life all the characters he portrays. Excellent work as always, Marc Thompson.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly. There were a few parts that moved me some I suppose, but most times it could have been built up better, or left more mysterious. Not that this book will make you feel nothing, but there's no big surprises like you have in novels by Timothy Zahn.

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