To make his biggest score, Han's ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can't do this job solo.
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?
That's what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han's less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba - and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy's most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers...or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both - including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike - and pull off the heist of the century - it's Solo's scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?
©2012 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Tim Zahn is a great writer.....and totally tuned into the Star Wars Universe!
The recently written AudioPlay "Smuggler's Gambit" , or the cheesy but entertaining full cast audio play "Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell", written by the late Brian Daley.
Marc Thompson is an amazing multi-voice actor! Often, while listening, I couldn't tell if it was him alone, or if there were other actors helping him......
No extreme reaction......just a great, entertaining story.....
Star Wars: Scoundrels is one of my new favorite audiobooks. I've never read or listened to any Expanded Universe stories before, even though I'm a big Star Wars fan, so this was a new adventure for me. And I'm really glad I decided to check this out when I was looking for something light and fun to listen to.
The story is not even very original, but it's still pretty cool. It's a heist story starring Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando. They've assembled a team to pull off a big con job. It's sort of like Ocean's 11 in a galaxy far, far away. It's set between Episodes IV & V, so there are references to Luke, Leia and some of the other characters. The story still has a lot of action and a few twists that really kept me intrigued.
I also really enjoyed Marc Thompson's performance and all the sound effects. It really brought me into the Star Wars universe. Marc's take on Han and Lando were especially great!
Passive reader who likes sci-fi....
YES!!!... this is a great in between story that just enough ties to the existin time line to make it relevant but still its own story. Also the twist at the end.... Inger you Kyser Soze you......
The nods to "Indiana" Jone and "The Usual Suspects"
The vault break in that is the nod to Indiana Jones
This is why I love the Star Wars Universe... They can take an existing story formate and still find ways to make me geek out at the end.
Suspenseful. Fun. Characterization.
I liked getting background on a lot of characters that are known, not just in the original trilogy, but from the Expanded Universe after Return of the Jedi. I liked getting more in-depth characterization on Lando and Han Solo and what they were like when not helping the Rebels.
I think any scene with Lando was my favorite. I liked his suave personality and he had an arrogance and charm about him like you see in Empire Strikes Back.
Marc Thompson has to be the best narrator of Star Wars fiction. He is able to pull off so many different types of voices - men, women, droids, aliens - and all to perfection. His styling for Lando exudes a similar tone to Billy Dee Williams and his Han Solo, while not a replica of Harrison Ford, still gives off the gruffness of his voice. I also think that the sound effects enhance every Star Wars story. Some people might not like it, but I think it's nice to hear an explosion rather than just hearing that something exploded. It draws me into the story more.
Good as sequels.
Of course, when I listened to the story i was brought back the the time when i watched the sequels.
of course the scene at the end.
erase the prequels from your mind and replace them with this novel.
This book is great for many reasons. I love the fact that this is a Star Wars book and there are no Jedi. I also love that it is a tribute to Ocean's 11 (1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford). I was not expecting the ending as well. I knew something was up, and almost picked up on it, but dismissed the idea. I was wrong, and I loved it. This is will always be one of my most memorable Star Wars books.
I am also becoming a huge fan of Marc Thompson. He is terrific when it comes to conveying physical and emotional sensations. You really feel what the character is going through when you listen to Marc read.
I bought this book based on reviews at Audible and my love of Star Wars. As a kid I read the novelizations and Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind's Eye, which were all great.
Timothy Zhan does a good job of adding depth to the Star Wars universe and giving us a little more insight into the relationships between Han, Chewbacca, and Lando.
Marc Thompson does a great job with the narration. He gives Han a voice that is about half way between Harrison Ford and Patrick Warburton as The Tick. I really like it.
Overall it is not a very "Epic" story, it is more of a peek into the lives of Han, Chewbacca and Lando. It is limited by the Star Wars canon and does a very good job within those limitations.
Zahn and Thompson make a duo. A good story with a good performance to back it. I have always enjoyed what Zahn has brought to the Star Wars galaxy. This one did not let me down. Classic Star Wars suspense with some twists and turns along the way.
The crafting of the story by Timothy Zahn...he knows how to keep you reading/listening to see what happens next.
Lando...he was a great front man for the group and a quick thinker.
Chewie...joking...he does all the characters very well...but my favorite goes to Han Solo...although his evil characterization voices were awesome.
Oceans 11 meets Star Wars
A different author.
It was boring, very slow paced, and predictable.
The narrator was great. He did Han Solo perfectly, and Lando was right one the money too.
The final scene was pathetic.
The narrator was great and sound and production values were amazing, too bad the story was so bad.
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