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Catalyst (Star Wars) Audiobook

Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

©2016 James Luceno (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    Gator owasso, OK, United States 12-02-16
    Gator owasso, OK, United States 12-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring story with zero action. Great Narrator"
    Would you try another book from James Luceno and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Yes and Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Luceno again?

    I own 5 books written by James Luceno. I was surprised that this one was so dull.


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

    He's one of the best. I have several of his books and he always does a great job of making the characters distinguishable and fun to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, this is a story that could be summed up in a few minutes. I own nearly every Star Wars book that audible offers. I appreciate a good back story as much as the next guy...but this was just a long drawn out story with no action. I was disappointed that nothing ever really happened.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    cpmedic 11-27-16
    cpmedic 11-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Storyline was very boring and drawn out."

    The storyline was very slow and drawn out. I am a huge Star Wars fan but did not care for this story at all. It was a very boring book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best new canon book yet."

    This book and the performance are amazing. Hands down the best new Canon book written. Sooooo much better than the awful Aftermath series. Hire Luceno to do more Star Wars! He's right up there with Zahn!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John A. Chad Michigan 11-29-16
    John A. Chad Michigan 11-29-16

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    "A while Lotta nothing."

    This wasn't a bad book, but it was about nearly nothing. Decent character development and an OK flow, just I did not find it interesting at all. James Lucerno wrote my absolute favorite Star Wars book ever, Darth Plagius, but this one seemed like it was a concept pushed on him to act as backstory to the Rogue One movie.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Marano 12-02-16
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    "This is what a SW novel is!"

    These post Disney books have been horrendous to date. Fortunately, Disney must have had a moment of clarity and teamed again with Luceno and Davis to release a Star Wars masterpiece! Luceno is absolutely impeccable at created parallel story lines! He has done it again. Perfectly perfectly molded Catalyst into the SW timeline and brought back so much of what we've been missing in the realm of SE novels. And having Davis narrate only added to this great story! Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandro Rengifo 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read before seeing Rogue One"

    My first audio book experience could not have been any better. The narration and imagery was as if I was watching a Star Wars movie

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Acts238preacher 11-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a Story!"

    James Luceno does a great job of weaving lines between the books Tarkin, Lords of the Sith, and the show Clone Wars and filling in gaps. I do have questions concerning the crystals and the timeline of the Death Star, but those are trivial. The story is told well. Mr. Davis always does an amazing job with voices, tone and inflection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Probus 11-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Story!"
    What did you love best about Catalyst (Star Wars)?

    My favorite part of this novel is the interaction between Tarkin and Krennic. Orson Krennic is a snake who even tries to manipulate and betray fellow Imperial Officers.


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

    I would say Tarkin would be the one I could compare it with. It isn't just like the book, but James Luceno wrote that novel as well. You can really hear Tarkin coming out in these books.


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

    He does a great job at making a definite distinction between the character voices. That can be a difficult thing to accomplish well. I could see actors that we know are going to be in Rogue One when he did those characters.


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

    Absolutely! That would be a serious session at 11 hours and some change. It was one that I really looked forward to listening to. I finished it about as fast as I did Bloodline, and that was another Star Wars novel I didn't want to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't an essential novel for Rogue One, but it will absolutely enhance the movie going experience. Especially, since I know what all took place leading up to the events in the movie. It also enriches the experience when one watches A New Hope. That backstory makes one think deeper about the events in the original trilogy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pastor J 12-02-16
    Pastor J 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good to meet a new family!"

    Excellent writing and performance. Great story in preparation for the new film! Started off a little slow and at times seemed verbose. However very important information regarding Khyber crystals and other important plot points. Also it was good to meet the Erso family and other new characters, as well as the connections to existing characters such as Tarkin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IGE 12-02-16
    IGE 12-02-16
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    "love it..great reader"

    love the story and can not wait to see the movie. Jonathan Davis was fantastic!!! my favorite reader..hope he will do more star wars stories in the future

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris Gordon
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    11/16/16
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    "Fantastic prequel brilliantly delivered"

    Very happy I bought this. I had listened to one of the x Wing series and disappointed. That cannot be said for this. The story is brilliant and leads up to Rogue One. Now when I watch it I'll have that backstory understanding. Unlike some, this is brilliantly read and produced and has me gripped. Highly recommend this!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The builder
    11/19/16
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    "Ok, not great but OK."

    The book is meant to be the backstory behind the new film rogue one, it definitely does that. It introduces all the characters and their back stories, but it's main story line is a bit weak.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T Parks
    12/9/16
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    "To be honest, I thought it was mundane"
    If you could sum up Catalyst (Star Wars) in three words, what would they be?

    Mundane, laborious, unexciting


    What will your next listen be?

    Alan Partridge Nomad


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is far the best of the SW narrators. I'm a huge fan of his.


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

    Not one


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the rivalry between Tarkin and Krennic, but I found the story lacking in pace and excitement and the Ersos pretty dull and one-dimensional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
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    12/9/16
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    "Boring story, really annoying sound effects"

    Not sure if this is aimed at children but the annoying sound effects and background noises just made a dreadfully boring story equally irritating!! Avoid

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    12/9/16
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    "Don't get your hopes up"

    I really struggled with this book I just didn't find it very engaging but felt I had to read it to get ready for rogue one it does flesh out the the new characters but not in a interesting way I found the best bits were when we were finding out a bit of history on the Death Stars troubled construction this book could of been so much more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/8/16
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    "Great Narration"

    This is my first Star Wars novel and I loved it. It has made me more eager for the movie , if that was possible. Jonathan Banks did a great job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AlexB
    12/8/16
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    "Painfully drawn-out backstory"
    What disappointed you about Catalyst (Star Wars)?

    A brief story drawn out into 12 painfully long hours


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Luceno again?

    Not likely


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

    No issues with JD, but rather all the ridiculous background noises.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victor
    12/7/16
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    "bloody fantastic"

    fantastic must listen before seeing rogue one highly recommended........by me.............what you waiting for do it now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    12/7/16
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    "A long listen for very little..."

    Great performance as always from the cast yet it feels that the story is lacking. This seems to be a trend with the new wave of Star Wars books - a long listen for very little. While it provides a useful background to the upcoming film many of the characters involved lack depth / personality. The crux of the story could have been told in half the time with a far richer set of character development. Perhaps after the film it will make more sense? Would be very disappointed if I had paid full price for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jonathan
    12/7/16
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    "Not Good"

    Confusing and hard to follow. Felt myself losing interest throughout and when I would start to get interested Id get confused again. Only reason I gave it a star was I enjoyed the sound effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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