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Annihilation: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Book 4 | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Annihilation: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Book 4

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy. But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood.
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Based on the epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts.

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.

But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal - which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark-side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die.

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Kurt Stamford, CT 07-17-13
    Kurt Stamford, CT 07-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excelent Story and another great Old Republic book"

    First let me point out that I was completely unprepared for such an outstanding production from an audiobook. My typical read/listen is more of a Michael Crichton or J.R.R. Tolkien book which is usually simply read aloud and I had not expected the accompanying sound effects, music, or voice narration to all come together and blow me away. I lost track of the hours just waiting for a chance to continue listening to the story.

    Marc Thompson is by far the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. While the production team may or may not have enhanced the voice for certain characters, Marc's pace and even narration will make you forget that you are in fact listening to a person reading a story, something that some other narrators make you only painfully too aware of (odd sounds, limited tone for multiple characters, annoying voice, etc.)

    As for the story, if you have seen other comments about the story being average or anything short of excellent, ignore them. Take the story for what it's meant to be, an action-packed adventure by a highly adept intelligence agent set in a galactic universe. If you want to be entertained then this story more than just does the trick.

    To address the Star Wars specifics about this book, it was interesting to hear about a non-Jedi as the main character since sometimes reading / hearing every other word be the "Force" gets repetitive... not that I mind because I love hearing that!!! This book focuses more on the supporting elements / figures of the Republics infrastructure with just enough Jedi / Sith involvement to make you realize that the force is very strong with this book!!

    Since my discovery of this book I have worked back through all the Old Republic books and am now listening to the Thrawn Trilogy; the one constant I appreciate aside from the excellent story line is of course Marc Thompson narrations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin JOLIET, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Kevin JOLIET, IL, United States 03-04-13
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    "Best Star Wars I have ever read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Annihilation to be better than the print version?

    At this time, I have both read this book and listened to it. I love the different accents Marc Thompson gives the characters. I think I do like the audio version more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

    The first, sort of, action scene where Theron steals the Black Cipher. It was a really fun part of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    While my favorite character is Theron (how can he not be!? He's the son of the 2 most freaking awesome characters ever!!!), I love the way Thompson preformed Teff'ith. I love her accent and the way he makes her sound. Not much different from the way I read her, but definitely gives more life to the character.


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

    Star Wars meets 007 in this action adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is the best Star Wars I have ever read. It was extremely fast paced and was filled with both intense action and some family drama. I suppose I am used to reading a series, but this book just blows every other single Star Wars book out of the park!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 02-13-13
    Amazon Customer Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So much potential....so much rehash."

    It pains me to give a mediocre review to any Sci Fi series, especially that of Star Wars, and such a rich and deep plot period of the Old Republic.

    Whereas the the other previous titles tied to this era stood out, I really felt as if Annihilation was just a retread of so many story telling cliches and could have been told in any genre...just change the character names and setting and you've heard this tale 100x before.

    There were two exceptions to my review, however. First, narrator Marc Thompson does a really nice job of playing so many voices. He really has a distinct take on the dozens of characters within this story which I think is amazing. Although, once in a while he does tend to get a little to over-the-top and emotionally frenzied during climatic or action packed sequences. Second, the only really interesting parts to me where that with Darth Karrid and her role on her capital ship, the Ascendent Spear.

    Truthfully, I would have liked to have had the author focus more on Karrid and her ship and make that a story onto itself. It would have been much more interesting and ominous than the other predictible elements.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 03-10-14
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The adventure continues."
    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    I would for the excellent narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

    Where the connection between the son and the parent is revealed.


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

    I have. Just as good as his last ones.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Star Wars fans should check out Marc Thompson's narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Breda, Netherlands 02-10-14
    Erik Breda, Netherlands 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Performance, good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Annihilation to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know as I haven't read the print version. If I will ever get the print version I will have the voices of Marc Thompson in my head when reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part for me was how Theron and Gnost-Dural worked so well together with their respective talents, their characters worked great off each other and you could feel the mutual respect and trust they had for each other.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    What's not to like. This man is talented. He gives everyone a distinctive voice and I especially like the way he portrays female characters. It's incredible how natural they sound. I'd loved one part where Gnost-Dural pretends to be a Sith lord and he goes even lower with his voice, especially with the music it felt like Darth Vader.


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

    Yes, this is a definitely a book I could sit through in one sitting. I have listened to it three times now and it doesn't get boring. It also gives you a chance to pay more attention to other small things.


    Any additional comments?

    There is one bug where a small part of the book is repeated (like three sentences or so).Also, the villain wasn't that interesting. But I guess that's personal preference.

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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-12-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    "The Old Republic is Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend! It was an enjoyable listen! Kind of predictable, yet entertaining! Drew rocks as a writer!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

    The ending........


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

    Marc Thompson could make even 'the Cleansed' an interesting listen!


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

    Listened to it during the entire day at work.....


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    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 04-04-13
    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Excellent Star Wars Storyline"
    What made the experience of listening to Annihilation the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy the way Marc Thompson brings the Star Wars Charactures alive. Each voice is different and very distinict. The story was very well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

    When the supreme commander revealed he was the father.


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

    The GREAT voices of each characters, and he never forgets the voices he has used for each individual character.


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

    No


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    Jacen Victoria, BC 01-14-13
    Jacen Victoria, BC 01-14-13
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    "Skip this one if you like a coherant story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book series is based on a game so, gamers maybe? Gamers with really low expectations.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Looking forward to Tim Zahn's Scoundrels


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Usually I really love Marc Thompson. He's one of the best in the business but I thought he made the thin cartoonish characters sound even more cartoonish. I don't blame him though. It must have been pretty tough trying to make any of this dialogue sound believable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I really wanted to like this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Just this. Each Drew Karpyshyn book seems worse than the last. The Bane books were great fun. Revan was uneven but endurable. Annihilation was just all over the place and had an unlikable lead character. It's very hard to care about a Star Wars book when you don't like the protagonist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 01-08-13
    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011

    GMo

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    "Another "Superweapon" story is not a bad thing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Annihilation the most enjoyable?

    Marc Thompson's narration is fantastic as always! The story was actually very entertaining at times it feels like James Bond in the Star Wars universe. I really liked the espionage of Theron


    What other book might you compare Annihilation to and why?

    It's similar to all the Old Republic novels in its feel. Makes me want to jump back on the MMO ASAP!


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

    His voices are truly incredible. It's hard to believe it all comes from the same man! He is very enthusiastic in his reading and actually acts out the dialogue. I believe what I am hearing and that's the mark of a great narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad RAPID CITY, SD, United States 01-02-13
    Brad RAPID CITY, SD, United States 01-02-13
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    "Good continuation to the TOR saga"
    Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

    i thought the story was a little cliché when it came Therons parent(s) but i recommend it anyway.


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

    Marc Thompson is a VERY GOOD narrator. emphasizing the right situation and i am pleased that he continues to deliver.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Really interesting."

    It was my first audiobook ever. I was quite worried that listening to someone else reading the book for me would be annoying. However, Marc Thompson did a great job. The only thing that felt a little bit awkward at first, was the fact that the same male narrator was doing female voices, however it didn't spoil the fun. I don't have any comparison, but solely from my first experience I must say that Mr Thompson did a really awesome work.



    Karpyshyn reactivated my interest in Star Wars universe. On few occasions I had to stand up while the intensive action was taking place. Every Star Wars fan should either listen or read this book.

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