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Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal Audiobook

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal

Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, has unified the Jedi order into a cohesive group of powerful knights. But as the new era begins, honor and duty will collide with friendship and blood ties. The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of an explosive conflict, with potentially devastating repercussions for both families, for the Jedi order, and for the entire galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, has unified the Jedi order into a cohesive group of powerful knights. But as the new era begins, honor and duty will collide with friendship and blood ties. The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of an explosive conflict, with potentially devastating repercussions for both families, for the Jedi order, and for the entire galaxy.

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    T. Mcpherson Illinois 01-27-09
    T. Mcpherson Illinois 01-27-09 Listener Since 2008

    csjt04

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    "Very well done! Worth a listen!"

    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.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 12-17-12
    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "Abridged to death!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Aaron Allston’s story?

    The reader was good and they added some cool sound effects and of course Star Wars theme music. So no fault of the performers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Thompson?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

    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?


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Chadwick 08-02-15
    Chadwick 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hack, cut, slash."
    What disappointed you about Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal?

    A lot of hacking, cutting, to many holes, I felt as I was tossed under a bus.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop hacking and slashing books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Colorado Springs, CO, USA 12-08-08
    Clay Colorado Springs, CO, USA 12-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Too abridged"

    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.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 11-18-09
    Neil 11-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "No More Abridged Books"

    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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 08-13-12
    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

    i love too read and have people read to me...

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    "Great start to a great series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    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!


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

    The introduction of Lumiya into the story and how she is a character from the old school SW comics. Very clever!


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

    different voices for different characters and he puts emotion and feeling into his reading.


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

    better than episodes 1,2,and 3...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike new britain, CT, USA 06-25-08
    Mike new britain, CT, USA 06-25-08
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    "Great star wars book!"

    Tells the tail after return of the jedi, awsome storyline!! A++++ Book will listen to it again!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Henrik 01-08-16
    Henrik 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Review for the entire series of books"

    The bad:
    -This entire series of 9 books feels drawn out, and the times you feel like its exciting are few.
    For the most part i could guess what was going to happen and how it would end.
    -The badguy feels weak, and i feel they made up reasons for other characters not to simply kill the bad guy several times just so they could sell more books.

    +they have lots of well done spacebattles, war tactics and strategys, and alliance makings and breakings. so if you like that kind of stuff you can enjoy alot of the parts in this series.

    Overall i feel like this series is not worth buying. had it been a shorter series 1-3 books it would have been a must buy. but when you have to buy 9 books its just too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bashir 12-30-15
    Bashir 12-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "AJ 1022"

    Great book love the story kept me very entertained characters were on point nothing bad to say about this book

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    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 09-08-15
    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance weak story...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, there are alot of other books in this universe that are FAR more interesting. It's good for the true nerd.


    If you’ve listened to books by Aaron Allston before, how does this one compare?

    I prefer the "Legacy Of The Force" books over this series. It focuses on the outcomes of this, and has a far more interesting premise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILERS* There is a really cool phantom over light years fight that happens.


    Was Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #1: Betrayal worth the listening time?

    It was well delivered by the performer but it very much a book one. You know alot of things are being set up for later books.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd check out The Old Republic series before this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • paul
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    "Starwars book review"
    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc has voiced a lot of the starwars books and is by far the best i have ever heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when jacen killed the the other jedi to save himself form having to fight luke


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • flying_fin
    1/16/16
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    "Dreadful story, good production and performance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is just risible. Utter trash.


    Any additional comments?

    As with most of these Star Wars books they are made more enjoyable by the use of familiar sound effects etc. But there was no saving this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steafan McKenna
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    "abridged - I want more."

    felt like a lot of important stuff was left out. disappointed, still a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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