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
the story was only so so and it was made much less enjoyable by the narrator. She fails to use discernable voices for the characters so it is difficult to follow who is talking.
I had hoped for better. Story was a bit like playing chess. Slow most of the time with an occasional interesting turn.
I'm returning this book. The narration is monotone and flat. I can hear all the words clearly but that's not the mark of a good storyteller. And for the reviewers who don't like the narration, it's not because she is female. It's about her work not her gender. Check out Kate Mulgrew for killer narrator skills
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 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.
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.
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"
No. I have nearly all of the Star Wars titles in my library and this one was actually painful to listen to.
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.
Mostly a different narrator.
Not sure. The narrator was so bad I couldn't tell if the story was bad or not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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