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
I've listened to quite a few sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks, none of them from the Star Wars universe. I grew up watching and loving most of the movies (and movie offshoots) and characters. Although I am a nerdy sci-fi guy, I would not classify myself in the same 'Galaxy' as some of the more hardcore Star Wars aficionados. I normally wait to buy books with plenty of positive reviews and do not take a ton of chances on unreviewed books. With that said, I absolutely loved this book.
The author retained the imagery of the original movies as my mind's eye had seen them. I did a little research on his other audiobooks and saw a very positive trend, most of his other books are above 4 stars with plenty of reviews. He definitely has a lot of experience in the Star Wars universe as well.
The voice acting was GREAT! Especially, Han's voice (his inflection and canter was spot on). The production with the background noise was not overwhelming and definitely helped in setting the atmosphere and storytelling.
If you are new to the Star Wars audiobook universe, I would highly recommend you take a chance on these scruffy nerf herders.
Marc Thompson is incredible at duplicating existing accents and creating new ones in the Star Wars books. His voice inflections combined with the great sound effects make the experience itself of listening to the book the most enjoyable thing about the book. I almost can't afford to drive while listening to his books because I end up so absorbed in the narration that I miss turns!
As far as this book specifically goes, I appreciated the twists and turns and unpredictability of the storyline. For being a single book detached from any other particular Star Wars storyline, it was well-developed, well-executed, and wrapped up completely at the end. There's nothing I hate more than loose ends at the end of an otherwise great book. This one has none of them.
For me, it was the last couple of minutes of dialog of the story. Definitely not what was expected, but it made sense and did a good job of tying everything together.
I've read many Star Wars books that takes place before, during and after the legendary first 3 films. Yeah, sure, the entire 6 film collection that will eventually include more and more SW films. I'm a fan, just like you.
Story had the potential to be so much more but it simply falls flat. Zahn spent too much time on minutiae. There are some characters but too much details on safes, weapons, etc. The background story between Solo and Lando was interesting and it could have been expanded. Chewy was pretty much playing the background well I guess that's his position. The twist in the end simply made me chuckle. "Ok, yeah," I thought with a chuckle.
The performance was great! The voices, the ambiant background noise, the crowds, the different accents. Lucas Books produce top-notch material.
Ages ago, before audio books, I had read Timothy Zahn's Star Wars trilogy on the recommendation of a friend. Seeing this title, and reading the reviews, prompted me to try it, partly because I trust Zahn to write a good tale that isn't jarring with the Star Wars universe that -I- grew up with (pre Episode I, tyvm).
I was not disappointed. The narration was just fabulous, with all the different voices, giving what was already a fun, interesting story greater scope and depth. I think fans of 'heist' stories will enjoy it regardless of their interest in the Star Wars setting (or lack of interest, gasp!) because you don't /really/ have to be a fan or know much to feel involved in the story. Being a fan just makes the little 'easter eggs' more fun. :)
The ending was unexpected, which is always fun! A thoroughly enjoyable listen all around.
I would definitely try another from Timothy Zahn, his detailed use of descriptive language really paints a vivid mental picture.
I actually laughed out loud at a couple of moments in the book.
While I enjoyed the book overall, and the performance was top-notch which, the ending felt rushed, and in my opinion didn't have as satisfying a payoff as I was hoping for after such a long albeit very good build up.I love a good heist novel, but like a good heist movie, the last quarter should be the execution. I get that there can only be so much time spent in the actual execution of the heist, but well... you can make up your own mind, I don't want to give anything away. Plus, it's a personal preference thing.
Let the Wookiee win.
The production values on these Star Wars audiobooks greatly enhance the books and these are in many ways radio dramas rather than audiobooks. The music, the sound effects, everything comes together in a fantastic audio presentation.
As far as production is concerned, any other Star Wars audiobook, as for content, Oceans 11.
I gotta pick one? Marc is so incredibly good and gives nuanced performances for each character. I gotta say though, the first time I heard Lando speak all I could hear was, "It's just me, Billy Dee." So cool
1 Uncrackable Vault, 11 Scoundrels. 150 Million Credits. Ready To Win Big?
Just hurry up and buy it!
Scoundrels is a heist story and it never becomes more than a story about a group of individuals planning and executing a heist. The story is well written, but there is no character development and the twist that occured at the end of the book did not seem plausible to me.
I was really looking forward to something different with this one. But being as this is from Timothy Zahn, who has written so many other Star Wars books, I guess I should have known better.
I wanted a gritty, hard-edged book about life in the underground and the adventures of our favorite smugglers. What I got, instead, was a book that tries to be like an "Ocean's Eleven" meets Star Wars, where a hand-picked team by Han Solo seeks to break into the vault of a crime lord and steal a fortune. The book falls short on several accounts, though.
We just recently had a book similar to this - Aaron Allston's "Mercy Kill". In fact, these books are TOO similar to be coming out so close together. Unlike "Mercy Kill" and "Ocean's Eleven", however, this book has virtually no humor. That's one problem. Another problem is that the book simply isn't as interesting as Oceans. The book takes place in one location, an unremarkable setting an an unremarkable system, featuring a large cast of characters that simply aren't as developed as they need to be. Even Han, Lando and Chewie are not really "main" characters, but just part of the cast.
Other things I didn't like? I don't care much for Black Sun and didn't care reading another book featuring them. Plus, all the same tropes and stereotypes of all the other modern-day Star Wars books are getting old by now. The sanitized world of Star Wars, where nothing really bad happens to anyone and the good guys never fire first, feels so out of touch with reality today, not to mention other literature. In fact, there was almost no shootouts or good action scenes in the book at all. We all know how much of a crack shot Han and Chewie are, yet Han doesn't even get to fire a shot that I remember. Most of the good guys don't even carry weapons at all! They just feel extremely helpless throughout the novel, and all this feels contrived to make them utilize unnecessary spy and thievery gadgets.
Furthermore, my problems with the Audiobook are as follows:
I did get tired of the same melodramatic Star Wars music playing during tense scenes, even a disagreement between characters or a dispatch of a would-be-robber. The problem is, these are not original music tracks, but rather music from the movies, which have scenes and memories from the films already attached to them. As a result, you end up with this clash of images in your head: both the original films' scenes, plus what you're currently listening to. In addition, the choices of music tracks are not always appropriate to the scene in the book.
I also don't like the narrator's forced grunts and inflections during the action when characters expend effort. It just throws me out of the story, most times.
I'm still waiting for a mature Star Wars book. I just don't think we'll get one from any of the established authors so far.
It was a good yarn on it's own, add Han Solo, Lando, Chewbacca, and a cast of others that you may or may not have encountered before in the Star Wars universe, and you have sci-fi gold!
There isn't really any one thing that I like, it was overall an awesome book.
Marc Thompson is an AMAZING narrator, his use of voice and his prose is SPOT on. He should read every Star Wars book.
Buy this book
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
I would indeed listen to Scoundrels again. It was amazingly written by Timothy Zahn and well voiced by Marc Thompson. The addition of music and sound effects really enhanced the listening experience.
I can't specifically think of any other books I'd compare this book to, but I would say it is one of Zahn's best Star Wars novels.
It is a toss up between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. He really capture both characters voices and mannerisms very well.
Ocean's 11 Meets Star Wars
I can not recommend this book to Star Wars fans enough. Even fans of heists in general might enjoy this book.
"A good crime caper!"
It ranks quite high up against some of the other audiobooks I've listened to.
The ending has a fantastic and unlikely twist which makes you smile.
This compares very well with his other work, good characterisation although with so many it can get confusing, especially if you take an extended break from the book.
Han Solo puts Danny Ocean to shame in this crime caper with a twist......
Very good and suprising book where the plot constantly changes and evolves with a great if suprising ending.
"Cool Dudes of Star Wars Hists"
A good book well written. Voice acting is good to. But don't expect too much in the way of the force..
As always perfect
Scoundrels have their day.
"Scoundrels: Star Wars"
Yet another thrilling advancer by Timothy Zahn, possibly the best star wars righter on the shelves.
Scoundrels is a suspenseful action packed advancer that follows Han, Chewie, Lando and a bunch of their scoundrel misfit friends as they pool of a job in the more seedier, criminal world of the star was universe. This book shows us a side of the star wars universe we don't often get to see.
Plus there is some one you will never see him coming ;)
"At last another Star Wars novel from Timothy Zahn"
I was so happy to see this book. I have be listening and reading Timothy Zahn since "Heir to the Empire"
I was not disappointed everything you would expect from a cracking Star Wars novel is here. Weather you are a seasoned Star Wars fan or new to it. Please listen as you will not be disappointed.
In short this book is well written, well spoken, but alas I still find one or two quibbles to pick over.
1-We jump from one plot to the next, before it all comes together in the greater scheme of things. Can be a touch confusing at times.
2-Han Solo...is Adam West? I keep expecting the rouge to exclaim "Quick Chewie, to the Bat Mobile!"
Like I said, two tiny quibbles. If you liked Mercy Kill, and if you enjoy a full cast reading of a book with a talented orator solo reading it, get this book.
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