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 didn't read the print. I am all about the audio performances now. I find that the unabridged audio versions narrated by Marc Thompson are amazing. Second only to the original trilogy.
Best EU ending I can think of.
Lando, it was great seein the him and Han Solo not trusting each other and how it plays out.
The last couple of minutes, when the story revealed.
I teach high school physics and read/listen to books in my free time. My favorite genres are history, sci fi, fantasy, and science writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ocean's 11 feel of this story. It was a lot of fun. There was a whole lot of characters and the narrator did a great job of making them come to life.
The book is not going to change you view on life, but if your looking for a good book to listen to on a road trip this will keep you well entertained on your drive.
The narrator was terrible. The voice he did for the "Lord" at the beginning was so grating, I hate to stop listening.
Zahn is great, so yes.
Better narrator or stop the narrator from doing such an over the top fey British voice. It would be better for a cartoon or something...
i would say it was in the middle
The ending was the weakest part
Marc does an amazing Han Solo and Lando
I really liked the Oceans Eleven approach on this book, I just wish the ending would have been stronger. It ended on a weak note and felt rushed.
Getting to relive some of the nostalgia from my youth. I love these characters!
No spoiler, but man... what a twist!
All of the voices! Occasionally Han would sound like one of the other characters, but his performance is very versatile and authentic to the Star Wars Universe overall.
While the background ambiances and sounds add to the general Star Wars vibe, it does sound pretty awkward when listening at 2X and 3X speeds.
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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.
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.
"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.
"Not one of Zahn's finest"
If it wasn't for the narration of Marc Thompson I wouldn't have finished this book. He does a fair impression of Han and Lando - though I don't think Chewie was his handy work ;)
The story itself is a mess, it feels like it's trying to be something it isn't (oceans 11 or oceans 1138). It gets bogged down in mundane narratives which add nothing to the story, like describing action sequences in 'holovids', and makes the story painfully slow paced in places.
But when it does come to life (which is about 20% of the overall book) it is quite an enjoyable experience
"For me it's just ok."
Over complicated plot. Slow story.
New Characters introduced didn't really hold my interest.
On the positive side there are some great sound effects and impersonations by the narrator..
Struggling to finish this I'm afraid.I have managed to get over half way.
pretty slow to start but worth going all the way to the end, picks up the pace
What did I like best? the idea...Least the execution.
Off the back of the euphoria of The Force Awakens, I made the mistake of buying two at the same time. I probably wont buy a third,
No, He does a passable Harrison Ford and if he is the voice of Chewie, then his wookie is fluent.
I started so I will finish. I listen to it in the car, so it is fine for that. it is light, fairly straight forward and not very challenging.
It often feels that this novel was retro fitted into the Star Wars universe. When you read any book, especially a fantasy book you need to believe that the world you are reading about and the characters are real. This is called Suspension of Disbelief. The job of the author is to create a world that is internally consistent and seamless. This is neither internally consistent nor is it Seamless. I was quite enjoying the book, set as all Star Wars stories are "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away".... My suspension of disbelief came crashing down when two of the characters went off to play pool. From that point on every little inconsistency jarred. Sorry, I do realise how petty that sounds, but its like seeing that sports car in the background of the chariot race in Ben Hur...it totally shatters the illusion.
"Another fun adventure in a galaxy far far away"
A fun adventure featuring a wide and varied cast of characters. A good caper but perhaps there's too much going on at times making it not so easy to track plot lines and characters that you've only met here for the first time. If this is no longer part of the canon it doesn't stop it being an entertaining visit to the old Star Wars universe.
Felt a bit like oceans 11 but in a starwars way. Good twist at the end though.
"Good as always"
Good as always from Zhan without too much trying to shoe horn in his own characters from other books
well read by Thompson too his Han is one of the best
"Really good fun"
Good use of voices and sound effects gave the story some atmosphere without being over the top.
Really good fun. Quite long but an easy enough story meant you could keep track over several sittings. I never got bored. There is no long rambling narrative. Just a good heist caper. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Star Wars.
"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.
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