A mission to uncover an illegal missile factory on the planet Adumar ends in a violent ambush from which Jedi Knight Jacen Solo and his protégé and cousin, Ben Skywalker, narrowly escape. It's the most alarming evidence yet that sparks of political unrest are threatening to ignite a total rebellion.
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"Fans of the Star Wars universe will be impressed by Allston's deft handling of the complicated issues raised in the novel, particularly how yesterday's rebels fill their roles as leaders. The novel boasts a shocking ending, one guaranteed to hook readers for the duration of the series." (Booklist)
Very well done for a Star Wars audiobook. Even though it is abridged, the 6 hour run-time leaves enough material to make this audiobook entertaining. That said, you can still notice gaps where, I assume, material was cut out for the abridgement. This can be annoying after a while. I won't beat around the bush, I loathe any abridgement and I would encourage people to complain to the publisher so that they will begin releasing unabridged versions of these books. Other than that, this book was excellent. Marc Thompson is one of the most talented narrators that I have heard. It is a pleasure to listen to him. The different character voices that he assumes throughout the book are executed flawlessly and I had to keep reminding myself that it was the same person speaking. The writing, sound production, and music were all top notch. I would give this 5 stars if not for the abridgement.
One last thing, stay away from any of the star wars audiobooks that are less than 6 hours in length. They are so butchered by the abridgements, that they are not worth your time or money. Quite a few of these are narrated by Anthony Heald and he is just plain awful. I found this out the hard way. Just remember, Anthony Heald = extremely poor narration. Jonathan Davis = Extremely good narration. Marc Thompson = Outstanding narration.
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Wow, this is the first time abridging a book has resulted in it being completely incomprehensible. The reading jumps from scene to scene leaving out details that would have explained why the characters are now in this new location. I could barely make it through the first hour of this one before demanding a refund.
Please replace this one with an unabridged version.
The reader was good and they added some cool sound effects and of course Star Wars theme music. So no fault of the performers.
The opposite. Put scenes back until a comprehensible story emerges. Here's an idea: It's not that long a book. How about putting it all back?
It seems that every Star Wars book is abridged and sound effects added, and this is no exception.
I have a well worn copy of this book that I've read at least 10 times, and my son has read as many times. So I thought I'd get the audible to listen to on a motorcycle ride.
The sound effects were much louder than the reading and became almost painful when they would BLARE in my helmet unexpectedly.
The story was so chopped up that if I hadn't read the book, I wouldn't have known why somethings were happening.
I won't be wasting my money on any more abridged Star Wars books.
i love too read and have people read to me...
i, like many many other people, have been a huge star wars fan since i can remember. the sound effects and Marc Thompson narration really bring the feel of the universe into you headphones!
The introduction of Lumiya into the story and how she is a character from the old school SW comics. Very clever!
different voices for different characters and he puts emotion and feeling into his reading.
better than episodes 1,2,and 3...
it's a bummer that this is an abridged recording but having read the actual hard copy book i know that the story doesn't suffer much.
I've been a huge Star Wars fan since I was kid and saw the original movie for a friend's birthday party on May 29, 1977, but I don't think I'll be buying any more SW books...
A) The abridged versions are terrible. A big part of the SW universe is the description, most of which is cut out in the abridgement.
2) The current and future books are all in nine-or-ten part series. It seems like the authors and publishers are just stringing the readers along... A single story from beginning to end costs well over $100.
Yes, because it sets up so much for all the books that follow in this era of Star Wars.
Leia Organia-Solo, because it makes her decide between to follow Han who sides with Corellia or the G.A. which as a Jedi she must follow.
Yes, not bad considering that this is first Star Wars book.
When Jacien began to turn to the dark side.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Marc does a great job reading star wars books. I would of like to listen to the books before this series
The ending of what Jacen does. I guess you could say it was expected but who would of thought he would of done that.
Yes this one was good but not as good as the thrawn series he just complete his best work ever.
Nope it was a very good book but not as good as others. I never wanted to not finish the book but I was in no hurry to do so either.
Audible has made it possible for me to get into Star Wars novels again! I stopped reading Star Wars novels because it became to hard for me to follow what was going on. But when someone's reading the novel to you, it makes the exerience much more enjoyable.
Overall, I like the direction that this novel goes. Jacen's overconfidence in his abilities is very apparent, but not so much that it makes his character one sided. The struggle of the Corellians, and Han's dedication to his homeworld, gives the story an interesting twist, and the tie in's from past novels and material gives this Expanded Universe great depth. The only thing about the plot that I found confusing was how willing Jacen was to listen to Lumiya and except what she had to say.
The only other real detractor, which everyone seems to agree upon, is the abridgement of the story. It makes things choppy and hard to follow sometimes.
Overall though, a great story, worth the listen.
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the star wars expanded universe is the most detailed gripping group of stories that takes your most beloved characters from starwars and the authors keep the universe alive in our minds with these great well written series.
It has to be Jacen solo because of his traumatic experiences in the last series of books he has been through so much and with little support from the jedi order and his fear of what might be could turn him towards the dark side.
Marc has voiced a lot of the starwars books and is by far the best i have ever heard.
when jacen killed the the other jedi to save himself form having to fight luke
Audible is the only place for me, the best quality books by great authors that transport you to another world for just a while and is always there when you need it.
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