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Razor's Edge Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    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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    Joey 07-15-15
    Joey 07-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it was great starwars read


    What other book might you compare Razor's Edge to and why?

    dont read much


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    han solo cause hes amazing


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    great book

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

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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.

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    Trent Taylor 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!"
    What disappointed you about Razor's Edge?

    The book itself is great, but read it instead of listening to the audio book. Marc Thompson and others that read Star Wars books are generally great. However, after going through literally dozens of Star Wars audio books, this is the first one I couldn't listen to. I couldn't make it through the first chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES! To the point I actually couldn't listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SEAN 05-27-15
    SEAN 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Rich in Depth and Texture"
    Where does Razor's Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A true giant of a sleeper. At first I thought this book would be a vanilla, one I would have to work my way through to get to what appeared to be the better book of the series, based on reviews. I was pleasantly surprised how wrong I was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As the book cover makes no qualms of showing, this is primarily Leia's story. So teaming up Martha Wells and January LaVoy seemed only logical. Actually it was brilliant. Although there are many female characters I grew to love and hate, my favorite is January who brought them all to life.


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

    My favorite Star Wars book to date is Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, read by Daniel Davis. Daniel's rich and deep tones are hard to compare with, so at first January's voice took time to warm up to, however, as Martha's rich tapestry of sights, sounds and smells brought the story to life in a way no other Star Wars book has, January's voice became as natural in male voice and wookie as the strongest female characters.


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

    I listen to books during long commutes and this is one I am sure to listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn may be the hallmark of all Star Wars expanded universe novels, and Darth Plagueis incomparable in Daniel's delivery, Razor's Edge is now one of my very favorite stories in the Star Wars universe. It may not have shaken the heavens, but it did forever alter the stars of my Star Wars love affair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 04-11-15
    Tyler 04-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but narration is lacking"

    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.

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    Chris prairie du sac, WI, United States 02-24-15
    Chris prairie du sac, WI, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book"

    Nothing against female readers however this book should be read by a guy good book though I probably wouldn't recommend

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    DaveGluth Corona, CA, United States 01-31-15
    DaveGluth Corona, CA, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reading Tyme 08-10-14

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    "a good book, doesn't need the special effects"

    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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