While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one.
On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself.
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The guy has awesome voices that make the story WAY more enjoyable.
I absolutely hated the narrator.
I guess i was spoiled the last few books i listened to were read by Marc Tompson.\
He should read EVERY Star Wars book.
Yep, I'm that jerk that is going to review a book after the first 10 minutes. I would wait, but I'm done with it. I just revived my interest in Star Wars by re-upping my Old Republic game subscription and read the Thrawn Trilogy expertly narrated by Marc Thompson. His voice acting was exception and the story was compelling. I devoured them and moved onto the next books (chronologically according to Wookiepedia) in the series.
And I'm heart broken. Mr Anderson has made Han Solo sound like an idiot with the line "before they turn us into Space Meat!".. I almost gave up right there. But Anthony Heald, whose voice is remarkable, is now mispronouncing important names (Han and Corruscant both were teeth grindingly annoying).
So yeah, 10 minutes in and I give up. It is the first time in 6 years that I've been so disppointed by both the narrator and the story that I haven't just looked at the good and ignored (or grimaced thru) the bad. I doubt I will do any of the other Star Wars novels except those that have the Zahn / Thompson combo.
the voice of the narrator was very different from the other star wars books i have gotten from audible. The way Anthony Heald does the voices and reads the book and the pronouncement of names makes me think that he has never seen a starwars movie in his life. it was very difficult to listen to and not be distracted by the performance. I nearly turned it off after the first 10 minutes. It is like John Lovitz is reading star wars.
This was the first abridged audiobook that I'd ever listened to. Never again. The story felt very disjointed and choppy. There was clearly more to be told, but I wasn't privy to it through this retelling of the story. It was disappointing overall, and I will never buy another abridged audiobook again.
there was no distention between characters they all sounded the same which made it hard to listen to.
I am only 45 mins into this book and I want to put it down. Due to the Narrator, But in order to now what happened to all the characters I have to continue
The abridgement sounded like it was SO compressed. I know that that is the point, but it took SO much away from the story.
This series of books is one of the best from the Star Wars cannon.
It depends. This Narrator wasn't too good with this title, but I'd be willing to give him another try I guess.
Nothing. I would have added a ton more. Basically, I was expecting this to be more like the book. Other abridgements I have listened too have basically turned a full book into a 2 hour version, but this was not the case here. It was butchered.
Don't Listen to it. Read it. Much better. Don't want to? Forget about it. Just not worth it in this case. Try another series.
A definitive NO!
it made me wince in agony at the horrible reading and terrible impressions, the reader frequently miss-pronounced locations such as Corascant, Yavin and names like Mara Jade and more. Not to mention the style and flare which he uses to try and impersonate Han Solo is gaudy and horrible and nothing at all like that of the movies, it is obvious the reader has never even watched a single one of the Movies. and the impersonation of admiral Ackbar is absolutely HORRIBLE. whiny and high pitch is exactly opposite of the movies.
its sad to hear such a horrible reading of such a great book. and i hope they go through with a second recording with a better reader.
They misuse many of the sound effects to the point were I just took off my headphones. The series lacked depth to their dialog it just felt like they could have done a better job with the same story. I don't this one is on par with the many other star wars books.
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I got my Audible.com membership & started listening to the newest Star Wars novels when a glaucoma surgery was going to keep me from reading for a month.
The newest versions are superbly engaging. They are also unabridged so lots of ideas as well as extra back story about the Star Wars universe comes out.
Still, I liked the story and it is interesting to hear even the abridged version as this is the background for all of the later novels I have been listening to for the last few months.
I recommend these recordings though mostly because they are no unabridged versions.
Yes. Lots of fun for those of us who want to continue the on-going saga and learn more about the philosophy of the Force.
Mostly. I always knew who was who.
Listening to it like it was another movie. sound effects, characters.
the continuation of the saga is so good.
yes, but really wish it was unabridged.
need to make abridged and unabridged version
"My First exposure to the Extended Universe"
I have always loved the star wars universe, but never read any of the books. Now that I commute a lot more, I said I would try out the novels, and on recommendation from a friend, started with the Jedi Academy trilogy. Unfortunately they are abridged and entirely too short for a commute run (I blitzed through the 3 books in less than a week). It is a shame that they did not record the unabridged versions.
The story, as a trilogy however, is brilliant! I felt the tone and the themes from the movies were spot on and overall really enjoyed them.
I only have one real criticism of the narrator, and that is the way he pronounces Courscant. He does it as: "Kouriskant". With a hard "K" sound in the middle (instead of kɔɹəsɑnt) , which made me cry with anguish every time he said it. Multiple iterations of it in the one sentence is terribly jarring.
But that, and the abridged runtime are all I can give out about. I would recommend.
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