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
I was disappointed by the story and the narrator.
I'm not sexist in the slightest but I found it odd that in the first few chapters of the book we ran into more women serving in the rebellion than in all the movies combined AND they all happened to be on the same ship at the same time.
Her female voices were all pretty much the same and her male voices were lower pitched versions of her female voices and all were pretty much the same as her narrating voice. I had a hard time distinguishing narration and dialogue.
I cannot suggest a character to cut from the Razor's Edge because I was not able to finish the book.
I was not able to finish the book due to the narration. If I had a physical copy, I could push through my misgivings about the story but not with this narrator.
One written by Ms Wells perhaps; but not one narrated by Ms LaVoy
Narration was weak, lacking the performance I have grown acustom to as a result of listening to dozens of Marc Thompson narrations. Instead of dialog between the characters, there is this clumsy "he said", "she replied" without any real need or adding flavor to the text. Other narrations just gave the voice without the needless text unless it added flavor or context to what was said. Han Solo making his witty retorts doesn't require a "he said" before it.
The story kept my interest, but it took hours to get past my dissatisfaction with the narration performance. I am happy to see the second book in the series has Mr. Thompson back at the microphone.
The time period is great, so the reader get's to know what happened between the movies, how the rebels got to where they did. Also exploring the pirate faction is something I enjoyed which is missing from the movies.
Marc Thompson or Jonathan Davis.
January is good in the narrative but just doesn't have the voice and / or the experience to properly do different characters. She delivers an OK performance on the voices but for me Marc Thompson is the king of Star Wars audiobooks.
One of the few books I wish I'd read via the text version. They did a great job of trying to match the voices of the main characters with those in the movies, but I could hear an echo in my head in the proper voices. Reading the text would have given me the experience of hearing it with the real (if imagined) voices.
Still, a fun book and well done. Loved the sound effects. :)
for me the book was good. however the reader just seems to put me off the book i really have to work hard to finish it. like i said i like the book.
She is TERRIBLE at doing character voices. Great third person narration.
January LaVoy does wonderful third person narration. I think she is just a good as Mark Thompson. Her attempts at first person voices we're horrible and distracting. Gave up after four chapters. Going to read the book instead.
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Princess Leia Organa
a lot of the other Han and Leia books.
Makes me feel like Leia is saying it.
Han and Leia Strike Back.
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.
This story is a fast paced duel between Leia and her enemies no doubts on that and the building tension between Han and Leia is really fun. Neither one knows how to handle the other. An all around good story. I do wish the maybe last third was a little more in depth making a longer story but staying with the depth of the 1st half . I did the audiobook and January LaVoy is an excellent story teller. I wasn't sure about her voice for Han Solo but I gave it a chance and after awhile I was into it, I would love to hear a story with LaVoy voicing the Female Characters and Marc Thompson doing the male, and they can split everything that doesn't fit under male or female. anyway defiantly recommend this book. creative and well written.
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