Yep, I'm that jerk that is going to review a book after the first 10 minutes. I would wait, but I'm done with it. I just revived my interest in Star Wars by re-upping my Old Republic game subscription and read the Thrawn Trilogy expertly narrated by Marc Thompson. His voice acting was exception and the story was compelling. I devoured them and moved onto the next books (chronologically according to Wookiepedia) in the series.
And I'm heart broken. Mr Anderson has made Han Solo sound like an idiot with the line "before they turn us into Space Meat!".. I almost gave up right there. But Anthony Heald, whose voice is remarkable, is now mispronouncing important names (Han and Corruscant both were teeth grindingly annoying).
So yeah, 10 minutes in and I give up. It is the first time in 6 years that I've been so disppointed by both the narrator and the story that I haven't just looked at the good and ignored (or grimaced thru) the bad. I doubt I will do any of the other Star Wars novels except those that have the Zahn / Thompson combo.
I rarely rate anything with 5 stars. I'm a harsh judge and enjoy tearing apart movies and shows for the joy and intellectual exercise. Because of this, I wanted to jump on and review this book before I had a chance to see flaws.
It isn't absolutely perfect, but the combination of the original story, what John Scalzi did with it, and Wil Wheaton's performance made this one of my favorite stories ever. I nearly cried at the end. It is always enjoyable when a book can elicit such a response from someone. The power of the telling and story were... well, wow.
Thank you to the creatives and production team for making a great experience.
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