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david

NEW LENOX, IL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (473)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    Cam T. says: "The Rerelease surpasses the Original"
    "one word: awesome!"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 again? Why?

    I've listened to it 3 times. its a great story.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to and why?

    it's a classic zahn story, great plot, written greatly


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

    he voices characters well


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

    no clue.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (295)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "it's the art of war."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    listening to books is better than crap radio stations


    What did you like best about this story?

    not really a best part, if you are reading this, you probably heard of this book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    kinda hokey narration, didnt dig it too much


    Do you think The Art of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    um... the author died in 496BC... no, a follow-up book would suck.


    Any additional comments?

    great "between the lines" concepts. teaches morals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn, Book 2: Vision of the Future

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of the New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one last play for victory. Having implicated the Bothans in the genocide of the Caamas, they now plan an attack on Han and Leia that is also to be blamed on the Bothans. If they are successful, the New Republic will be torn asunder.

    David says: "Too Much Left Out"
    "I dont like abridged books too much"
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    Would you try another book from Timothy Zahn and/or Anthony Heald?

    I bought the unabridged version of this when it became available. I'm not a fan of anthony Heald though, marc thompson does a much better job


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    most interesting - mara and luke hook up. Least interesting - the annoyances of abridgement.


    What aspect of Anthony Heald’s performance would you have changed?

    he doesnt differentiate the characters well, makes them all sound like senior citizens with whiny accent.


    Could you see Star Wars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    this should be episode 10-11, depending on how the movie goes by the books


    Any additional comments?

    I am listening to the unabridged version of this now. I HATE abridged versions

    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
    (2496)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2367)

    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!"
    "one word: awesome!"
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    THE WHOLE BOOK


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to and why?

    if you read other zahn books, its like that. if you are new to star wars books, it immerses you into the book - feels like you are watching a movie


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

    he voices characters well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it's a long book, dont have that much free time


    Any additional comments?

    great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1355)

    The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.

    Tyler says: "Marc Thompson Delivers Again!"
    "one word: awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Dark Force Rising the most enjoyable?

    the plot, the action, the way marc thompson read it


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Dark Force Rising to and why?

    any of zahn's other starwars books, they're all great


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    he voices the characters really, really good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    if I had that much free time, yes


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT STORY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1247)

    Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

    Ron says: "UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all."
    "GREAT!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes! it's an awesome end to an awesome trilogy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command?

    too many to list


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

    yes - Marc Thompson is great at voicing characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    if I could, I would.


    Any additional comments?

    get this book (well, get the other 2 in the thrawn trilogy first)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Outbound Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters and 12 Jedi Knights, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds. But the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

    Preston says: "Great story, enlightening for fans.HATE ABRIDGED"
    "would love to listen to the unabridged version"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, tons of action. Nice, thick plot.


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

    any of Zahn's other books.


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

    not sure...


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

    when Thrawn destroyed outbound flight


    Any additional comments?

    would have liked the unabridged version, but that's not available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1281)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "good buildup to episode I"
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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    its mostly politics


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    when palpatine killed plagueis


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

    I dont have much personal time while not driving. audiobooks allow me to enjoy the story, yet still concentrate on driving


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    nope. its much too long


    Any additional comments?

    there's more politics, and less action. But it does go into how palpatine got into politics and became a sith as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Troy says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "it's good, takes awhile to build up the plot thoug"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yeah, I would. it fills in the timeline right before the movie episode IV. I like it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kenobi?

    when obi-wan tells Annileen about Orrin's true demeanor (dont want to spoil it)


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

    I dont have time to read, I listen in my car. So it makes the intake of the story possible, I guess.


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

    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    it's a good story, just takes awhile to build the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiance: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses.

    Jacen says: "Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn"
    "action packed"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Allegiance: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    I drive a lot, and have 3 kids 10 and under, don't have much time to actually read the books, but have nothing but time in my car to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Allegiance: Star Wars?

    the whole book is memorable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many favorites, it's a really good book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I listen in my car, so only listen to 1.5 hours at a time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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