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