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Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi | [Tim Lebbon]

Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.
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On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key - risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved - and whose life she must now fear.

©2013 Tim Lebbon (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Pasqual United States 05-21-13
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    "Good but not great."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have used Marc Thompson instead.


    Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did alight. She's no Marc Thompson though. And to all the people who keep stating she's saying Jedi wrong.. She's not! It's spelled and pronounce different in this book.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AnthroGal West Lafayette, IN, United States 05-30-13
    AnthroGal West Lafayette, IN, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late"

    What, no Marc Thompson?!? He pretty much makes or breaks any SW audiobook. He's like that familiar security blanket. And he's dang good.

    But so was January LaVoy. Though she's no Marc Thompson, she rises to the challenge and exceeded my expectations, and quite frankly, I enjoyed her more than other non-Marc Thompson SW narrators. Not only that, it was fitting to have a female narrator with a novel that featured a female Jed'aii front and center.

    Now, the story. I've been quite disappointed with the direction of SW novels as of late. Not enough to turn me away completely, but I think the quality of the stuff coming out lately has not been as great, the overarching story arcs/time frames (The Old Republic, namely) has been lacking for me.

    This has revived my interest. This story is extremely interesting and opened up a whole new door in the SW universe. I still have some unanswered questions on the background (maybe I should read the comic book series) but perhaps as this period in the SW canon becomes more developed (here's hoping...) the answers will become more apparent. But there is a lot of potential in this time period that I am hoping for more to come out...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacen 05-19-13
    Jacen 05-19-13
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    "Sharp writing and a great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Void: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    Tim Lebbon's world building and prose. The man can write this stuff!


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

    The whole thing was so good that I can't really select one moment. And I really can't say that about too many recent Star Wars novels.


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

    Nope. She was pretty good. I enjoyed hearing a woman's voice in a Star Wars book with a female protagonist. Marc Thompson is pure awesome and all but this was a nice change. I felt January made it easier to feel like we were inside Lanoree's head.


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

    The climax of the novel was very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Lebbon does an outstanding job inter-cutting a flashback of Lanoree's Je'daii training with her brother, Dal, and her pursuit of him 9 years later. It gave the novel a balance and depth that it wouldn't have had had Lebbon simply stuck with the chase and nothing but. It also serves to explain the differences between the modern Jedi and the ancient Je'daii.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Fredonia, NY, USA 05-15-13
    Thomas Fredonia, NY, USA 05-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not read by Marc Thompson, still very good"
    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    I was originally dubious about January LaVoy narrating this over Marc Thompson (who I love), but she really pulls you into the book as much as Marc does for me. Good choice!


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Jackson 07-16-13
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    "Good Story and Important Jedi Origin History"

    Finding out details of Jedi History and details about Tython the planet with the earliest Jedi temples was really interesting. Also how the Jedi "Rangers" operated was cool. I am glad to recommend this book

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    Larry 06-24-13
    Larry 06-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the most irrelevant Star Wars books every."

    The whole back ground story is hard to understand. Somehow they are trapped in this system with multiple inhabitable worlds with multiple species and no faster than light to get out. They do mention an arrival event 10,000 years before, but there is no explanation. The Jedi (Je'edi) are supposed to be balanced between light and dark and carry real swords that somehow still deflect blaster bolts. The whole story is sister versus brother (been there done that) one being strong in the force and one running away from it. It was hard to care about any of the characters, they all kept doing stupid out of character things. It was like they had a story they needed to sell and the only way they figured it would, was to put it in a Star Wars universe, so they threw one together and didn't explain anything or tie it in to anything else. I guess now that Lucas is out of the picture, they can do anything they want.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    "Love Star Wars!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    However, this audiobook was kinda......dry! Story was very predictable......audio narrator was.....ok. But, was hoping for something more "intense" about the early Jed'ia....


    Do you think Into the Void: Star Wars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes......follow up! Or, write another Pre-Jedi series......


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Atlanta, GA, United States 06-05-13
    John Atlanta, GA, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Conflicted"

    First I want to say that I am conflicted on any new EU Star Wars books that are coming out after the Disney buyout. We really don't know if they are signed off on or what the deal is.

    The Good: January LaVoy was a awesome choice for the Voice acting for the book, and she will melt your ears with her awesome voice. I would love for her to do more SW novels.

    * These Je'daii are not your Jedi you know and love. They show there arrogance in the story and how they cross the line, but that is all the matter of perspective right?
    *Some what graphic in fight scenes, this could be a bad also for a SW novel.

    The Bad: Just about everything else about the book.

    *It's to short for such a huge opening of a new timeline of the universe.
    *The whole talking in first person and present tense format is a bit annoying.
    * Introduction of profanity in a cleaver way, you will get the picture.
    *The main character seems kind of off or just boring. Maybe I am being to critical of her, she does love to threaten just about everyone with death that she runs into.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    chris 09-08-14
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    "Good, intersting & Jedi isn't mispronounced"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story that holds your interest.
    A different interesting view on the Force, it's use & users [I.E. their are no Jedi or Sith].
    The flash backs break up the monotony.

    And if you really think about it: you can see where how the Force is used here by good people, it could be dangerious & even evil.


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

    No... Men & women sound pretty good, i'd give her a 4 - 4.5. Voices do meld together a slight bit thow.

    Jedi isn't mispronounced, its spelled Je'dali & they ARE NOT Jedi :}


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    Amazon Customer 06-29-14 Member Since 2003
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    "the beginnings"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Void: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    awesome, a series about the beginning. My only question is "When is book two coming out?"


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

    It is different to see the Jedi with a metal sword and to see the Jedi and Sith together. Also, to see a different philosophy of the Jedi. I wonder who that ship from out of their part of the Galaxy is.


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

    she's a good reader, who helps make the characters real.


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

    Into the Void is a good one.


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  • Darren
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    "a very clever story"
    Where does Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    mid to high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i can't say that i have a favourite character, but they are significantly different to the shall we say modern day Jedi.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    January is a new reader for the Star Wars extended universe. it's fitting that she reads a book set in a time when there are none of the usual characters you would expect to see in a star wars story. I would have to compare this story with another story where January reads with well known characters in it.


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

    yes but i found it quite hard going at first so i had to spread it over multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    this story is definitely worth a read. especially when you look at the attitudes to the light and dark sides of the force from then and make coparisons to the republic and beyond era's. most interesting indeed.

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  • Chainzz
    Balnarring, Australia
    8/27/13
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    "Sadly lacking as a Star Wars book story wise"
    What disappointed you about Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

    This book is just rather badly written. It also takes bits from the Star Wars universe witch weren’t around at this time throwing caos to the Star Wars Cano.
    Characters are sadly lacking in depth and personality.

    it sad as an avid Star Wars fan both films and expanded universe this pre Jedi error is ripe for exploring with less restrictions compared to the rest of the books as not much has been written about this particular time in the Star Wars vers.
    Tim Lebbon had endless possibilities before him and yet he chose this drivel to present to us the reader. I much prefer the comic series of dawn of the Jedi. Sadly this is in my mind the Weakest of all the Star Wars books that I have had the pleasure to read & listen to
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    What was most disappointing about Tim Lebbon’s story?

    it was porly written, Characters were lacking in substens and the 2 that i found my self wanting to actualy know about seemed like foot notes who both end up dead.
    over all i felt rather detached from the story.
    Also the "bad guy" wasn’t bad in actual fact I kind of wish he had killed our main character Lanoree Brock and at the same time wipe the Jedi out as in this story there is little to like about them. All I can say thank got this wasn’t the first of the films other wise the Star Wars we all love would not be around


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the only bites i realy enjoyed were the bref bit with Tre or Dal


    What character would you cut from Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

    Ok so Tre, I wouldn’t cut this character even thaw they seemed almost pointless to the story arc witch is sad as Tre was the most interesting character in the hole story apart from Lanoree's brother Dal, despite the lack of character work. Tim Lebbon does virtually nothing with Tre just puts him slightly in the for ground only to kill both Tre & Dal off, yet as I said before this character was the most interesting and could have had so much done to them. It seams a rall shame.


    Any additional comments?

    As a big fan of the Star Wars universe and all expanded universe I have to say I as rather disappointed by this tail. The characters were lacking as was the story. much prefer the comic version. It’s a shame as Tim Lebbon had a Compleat new slate to work from so he could have taken it almost any were instead we got this drab excuse for a Star Wars tail

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kristian
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "As usual - Outstanding!"
    What did you like most about Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

    I was a bit dubious downloading this as it was book 2 - but as with most of these books you dont miss out too much! I am looking forward to Book 1 being released here but this doesnt detract from this outstanding story! set before pretty much any of the star wars books out there it is a more - human- version of star wars. Outstanding story read perfectly by the author with the usual mix of star wars sound effects and musical scores - I highly recommend this!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

    Listening to the differences in the early jedi philosophies - very different and interesting.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    First time I have listened to this reader but she was very good!


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

    yes if I could have I would have (much like all the star wars ones)


    Any additional comments?

    I would like book 1 to be released here but love book 2 as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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