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Razor's Edge Audiobook

Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Rich 11-12-13
    Rich 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lame story"
    What did you like best about Razor's Edge? What did you like least?

    This story is just lame. I like the time frame it's told in, but the story itself just falls flat.


    What was most disappointing about Martha Wells’s story?

    It could have been better


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

    I like the tones she uses.


    Was Razor's Edge worth the listening time?

    Not in the least. But as a star wars fans....


    Any additional comments?

    Don't spend money on it. Use a credit if you must.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gator owasso, OK, United States 11-05-13
    Gator owasso, OK, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feels like a dollar store version of Star Wars"
    What disappointed you about Razor's Edge?

    The story itself was pretty slow, but I couldn't get past way the narrator did the voices for the male characters...especially the main characters. You get used to quality in the Star Wars novels and this one felt and sounded like a generic knock off version.


    What could Martha Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A more exciting story line would have been good. This one was very slow. She also used several instances of profanity and innuendo in the book that don't fit well in Star Wars titles. I guess you get used to a certain level of quality and it just wasn't here in this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    Anyone. You get used to quality like Marc Thompson who actually sounds like the characters from the Star Wars movies. This book sounded more like the movie "The Ringer" with Johnny Knoxville. I just kept imagining Han Solo saying " Hi my name is Glenn...guess how many fingers I have"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I have nearly all of the Star Wars titles in my library and this one was actually painful to listen to.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DaveGluth Corona, CA, United States 01-31-15
    DaveGluth Corona, CA, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sorry January - this was a poor performance"
    What did you like best about Razor's Edge? What did you like least?

    Best – The general story line was good, though a little contrived in places.
    Least – character development
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was Razor's Edge worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is Marc Thompson? He needs to perform all of the star wars texts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Onalaska, Tx, United States 10-29-13
    Russell Onalaska, Tx, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not her again."
    What would have made Razor's Edge better?

    Mostly a different narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure. The narrator was so bad I couldn't tell if the story was bad or not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of January LaVoy’s performances?

    Not if I can help it. This is the second one by her and she really ruins the story. So even if the story was the best in the world I wouldn't know.


    What character would you cut from Razor's Edge?

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I really dont know if the writer was a good writer or not the narrator butchered the story. The story seemed OK but in not sure.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Scaggs Dallas, TX 04-01-16
    Kyle Scaggs Dallas, TX 04-01-16 Listener Since 2007

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    "Meh."

    I enjoyed Luke not being a full Jedi, but the story as a whole was a little boring and didn't really spark my interest or imagination. The reader was fine I guess. Many of the characters sounded similar to me. But I might be an inner sexist or something because I usually don't enjoy audiobooks with a female voice actor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Characters Are All Wrong"

    I have a lot of gripes with this book but since Leia is obviously the main character we'll focus on what they did to her.

    What append to the Princess Leia that grabbed a blaster and started shooting stormtroopers? What happened to the Princess Leia that was ready to let Chewy kill Lando because he betrayed them? What happened to the Princess Leia that strangled Jabba the Hutt with a chain? What happened to the Princess Leia that killed two stormtroopers after being shot in the arm?

    In this book, the strong Princess Leia we all know and love is sadly absent. We get a Leia that is forced into command because there was nobody else left instead of the take charge Leia that bossed people around even when she had no authority. This Leia thinks you can come to an understanding with a pirate chief... A PIRATE CHIEF.

    If I go any further, I'll be getting into real spoilers; so all I'll say is Razor's Edge is probably the worst Star Wars book I've ever listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IamHanSolo! North Hollywood 10-27-15
    IamHanSolo! North Hollywood 10-27-15
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    "Great story, meh reader."

    I loved the story, but the narrator was so blah... No excitement or much vocal inflection. Bueler... Bueler... Bueler...

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    Lee 10-26-15
    Lee 10-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "narrator :\"

    narrator has one voice for every character that makes following and understanding this stroy hard to follow.

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    Qfrewing 06-26-15
    Qfrewing 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, but female narration left it wanting"

    The story was good, but the narrator's voices were not varied enough to distinguish between characters. The male voices did not sound male at all, and the females all sounded angry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wireball 06-24-15
    Wireball 06-24-15 Member Since 2011

    Wireball

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    "Un-subtle; telegraphs the story. Still interesting"

    A lot of reiteration on Checkov's Gun-type stuff. Yes, we get it, you're calling our attention to something. Also, a certain crew that turned to piracy - it was hard to believe their motivations. Suspension of disbelief was a bit difficult at certain points, in other words. Still, enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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