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
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.
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.
The first, sort of, action scene where Theron steals the Black Cipher. It was a really fun part of the book.
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.
Star Wars meets 007 in this action adventure!
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!
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.
I don't play KotOR, so the other books in this series didn't make much sense to me. I never got attached to the characters or their stories, putting the stories into historical context was difficult, and I ended up returning them (all but Revan, which was also written by Karpyshyn). As a stand-alone story, I love this book! Quirky characters, witty banter, intra-galactic espionage, and an excellent pace. It's not the Bane trilogy, but I still love this book, and listen to it whenever I have a afternoon that needs filling (Bane is my favorite star wars trilogy, but it's a weekend project).
I would for the excellent narration.
Where the connection between the son and the parent is revealed.
I have. Just as good as his last ones.
Any Star Wars fans should check out Marc Thompson's narrations.
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.
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'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.
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.
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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I would recommend this audiobook to a friend! It was an enjoyable listen! Kind of predictable, yet entertaining! Drew rocks as a writer!
Marc Thompson could make even 'the Cleansed' an interesting listen!
Listened to it during the entire day at work.....
This book series is based on a game so, gamers maybe? Gamers with really low expectations.
Looking forward to Tim Zahn's Scoundrels
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.
Disappointment. I really wanted to like this one.
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.
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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