Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.
But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive - and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire...if they find out her true identity.
Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death - or embrace it - to keep the rebellion alive.
©2013 Martha Wells (P)2013 Random House Audio
Good book, but the Audiobook felt inconsistent with the usual high quality of Star Wars audiobooks.
Overall, I loved the exploration of a time period which is often not dealt with in Star Wars novels. The personal struggles and guilt within Leia were well written.
Probably not - this is the first audio book I have ever considered looking for a print version instead. The narrator's voice is pleasant, and the narration aspects were good - but when doing characters' dialogue, it was difficult to distinguish between characters. It really detracted from my ability to feel involved in the story. And all the men sounded as if it was an impression of Rosie O'Donnell after 40 cigarettes. For many books, I am sure she would be great, but it really didn't work here.
Not especially, but that's fine. I like to break the books up and listen to them on my drive to work.
I have no earthly idea.
Yes, but I can't due to my busy schedule.
Great Book, very entertaining, and brings a new light to the destruction of a certain planet and Leia Organa. I love the why they had written the characters Han and Leia, but their interactions seemed... odd and not in the odd way it should; uncomfortable, skirting around these feelings they've got, etc. No this just felt... well odd. Aside from that the characters were well written and the plot was interesting and drew you in but... the narrator isn't perfect.
Now I don't know if it's something to do with vocal depth or not but all of January LaVoy's men sounded like she was doing one of the those random deep voice impressions of someone. Again I'm not sure if it's just me or maybe the Narrator isn't the best choice for a female narrator but I don't see Marc's or Johnathan's female characters as those random high voiced interpretations. Maybe it's harder to make a deeper voice than a higher voice? I'm not sure.
In the end, though, i had fun with this book, it was interesting, it drew me in, and the overarching story was once you reach the end ties together. I will suggest this to any and all Star Wars fans!
I have been a fan of the expanded universe from the very start - graphic novels, short stories, books, whatever I could get my hands on. I'm oldschool though and I really do like the adventures of Leia, Han and Luke the best and this is a nice look into Leia's world.
As I started this book I was a little put off by the narrator - that being said, I think she does a fantastic job. Ok, granted she is not Marc Thompson but...I think that's the point - this is a book about Leia, not Han, not Lando - Leia and some other very prominent female characters and January Lavoy does an excellent job on every single one. I also think she does a pretty good job of Han and Luke (C3P0 was a little weak but not really distracting)- I would recommend she not try Lando though, that guy is just too smooth.
This book isn't all space battles and shoot-em-up, although it has plenty of that too. Instead I enjoyed getting into Leia's mind, behind the self-assured mask a bit. I would have liked to go even deeper but this was a nice change of pace. Wells does a good job of setting the foundation for the Leia and the woman/jedi she later becomes.
Let your prejudices go - no it's not Thompson, get over it. Let Wells and Lavoy take you into Leia's world.
No! Hard to get into when the narrator is so bad! Story is ok....
Return the book!
Loved being able to see another side of Star Wars without the Dark and Light side in conflict over sabres. Gave great background to Leia's and Han's story. loved it!
This story is just lame. I like the time frame it's told in, but the story itself just falls flat.
It could have been better
I like the tones she uses.
Not in the least. But as a star wars fans....
Don't spend money on it. Use a credit if you must.
The narrator does a poor job with male voices. The story is good but doesn't add anything of value to the whole star wars picture, this didn't shed any light on characters or reveal missing knowledge, but it was entertaining.
Nothing against female readers however this book should be read by a guy good book though I probably wouldn't recommend
Best – The general story line was good, though a little contrived in places.
Least – character development
Clearly the author intended to include a strong female presence in the leadership of the various entities: The Rebel Alliance, the pirates, the spacers. Unfortunately, this was more painful than it should have been. I don’t know if it was the performer or the author that failed.
The performer lacks credible male voices. Frequently could not tell the gender of the character until a pronoun (he/she) was used. Luke Skywalker came off as a 10 year old child while Solo was unemotional and flat. None of his sarcastic expression was heard.
I will listen again, just to discover whether my issue is with the author or the performer or both. That way I may be able to give one of them a second chance.
Where is Marc Thompson? He needs to perform all of the star wars texts.
I enjoyed this book. It's a good in-between story of Han and Leia between A New Hope and Empire strikes back, The characters we know are in character and the new ones are engaging a well told adventure story.
My Quibble and why "narration" was only two stars, Apologies to January LaVoy, who did a good job, but the audio version comes complete with blaster fire (and other special effect sounds). I don't need blaster fire sounds, that's what my imagination is for.
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