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Scoundrels: Star Wars | [Timothy Zahn]

Scoundrels: Star Wars

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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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    lawrence ELLICOTT CITY, MD, United States 01-02-13
    lawrence ELLICOTT CITY, MD, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"

    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.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    A. T. Eernisse SC 01-03-13
    A. T. Eernisse SC 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing story and the usual amazing narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Scoundrels: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    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.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 03-04-13
    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Story is Simply OK, the performance is great"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Shenandoah Junction, WV, United States 01-23-13
    Alicia Shenandoah Junction, WV, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2004
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    "So much fun!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-29-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "More Star Wars Goodness."
    Where does Scoundrels: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is above average. It is great for nostalgia. That being said, it isn't Timothy Zahns best work by a long shot.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as expected.


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

    He IS the voice of the Star Wars universe. Someone out there may be able to do better but he/she has not shown up yet. He makes the books far better than the written prose and this one is no different.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Start Wars book 4.5


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun listen that I could enjoy with my young daughter. The Narrartor is one of the best and the technical aspects for Star Wars books are always top notch. The stories are not deep, if fact they are thin and extremely predictable but they get the job done.There won't be any real shocks or surprises but it is a fun visit with old friends and I liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Strathmore, AB, Canada 03-23-13
    Tim Strathmore, AB, Canada 03-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Unexpectedly fun"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy Zahn? Why or why not?

    I would definitely try another from Timothy Zahn, his detailed use of descriptive language really paints a vivid mental picture.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually laughed out loud at a couple of moments in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Australia 02-05-13
    Bradley Australia 02-05-13

    Let the Wookiee win.

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    "Timothy Zahn.. 'nuff said."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scoundrels: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Scoundrels: Star Wars to and why?

    As far as production is concerned, any other Star Wars audiobook, as for content, Oceans 11.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    1 Uncrackable Vault, 11 Scoundrels. 150 Million Credits. Ready To Win Big?


    Any additional comments?

    Just hurry up and buy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 02-01-13
    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Scoundrels, One Too Many Twists"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean M Cook St Louis, Mo. 01-09-13
    Sean M Cook St Louis, Mo. 01-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "SOLO'S 11"
    What made the experience of listening to Scoundrels: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There isn't really any one thing that I like, it was overall an awesome book.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Thompson is an AMAZING narrator, his use of voice and his prose is SPOT on. He should read every Star Wars book.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bentley United States 01-07-13
    M. Bentley United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012

    A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.

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    "Ocean's 11 meets Star Wars"
    Would you listen to Scoundrels: Star Wars again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Scoundrels: Star Wars to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    It is a toss up between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. He really capture both characters voices and mannerisms very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ocean's 11 Meets Star Wars


    Any additional comments?

    I can not recommend this book to Star Wars fans enough. Even fans of heists in general might enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • James
    portarlington, Ireland
    11/18/13
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    "Cool Dudes of Star Wars Hists"
    Where does Scoundrels: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good book well written. Voice acting is good to. But don't expect too much in the way of the force..


    What other book might you compare Scoundrels: Star Wars to, and why?

    Mercy Kill


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    As always perfect


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Scoundrels have their day.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. W. Wells
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    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Bourne, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Pow!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    bexley, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A good crime caper!"
    Where does Scoundrels: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks quite high up against some of the other audiobooks I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    The ending has a fantastic and unlikely twist which makes you smile.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Han Solo puts Danny Ocean to shame in this crime caper with a twist......


    Any additional comments?

    Very good and suprising book where the plot constantly changes and evolves with a great if suprising ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chainzz
    Balnarring, Australia
    4/14/13
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    "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 ;)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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