But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for...and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor's ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader. In turn, the Dark Lord has groomed a lethal apprentice entrusted with a top-secret mission: to comb the galaxy and dispatch the last of his masters' enemies, thereby punctuating the dark side's victory with the Jedi's doom.
Since childhood, Vader's nameless agent has known only the cold, mercenary creed of the Sith. But his future beckons with the ultimate promise: to stand beside the only father he has ever known, with the galaxy at their feet. It is a destiny he can realize only by rising to the greatest challenge of his discipleship: destroying Emperor Palpatine.
The apprentice's journeys will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy. And he will be tested as never before - by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name...and changing his destiny.
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After listening to this audiobook, I was very pleased with the quality of the audiobook itself. It was clear and had some terrific sound effects making this listen very enjoyable. What makes this audiobook even more astounding is the level in which Williams wrote this story. It was moving and energetic making it very difficult to stop listening. I give this a five-star rating.
Star Wars fan
I'm impressed by the quality of Randomhouse Star Wars productions and this one is not the exception. Though the story may not be as fantastic as other tales in the same universe, is a compelling one and well written.
But it is the great narration by Jonathan Davis that made me keep listening through the audio book... it certainly is a pleasure. Consider having this book in your library.
I listened to this book on the way down to Florida from Virginia before I played the X-Box 360 version of the game. If I hadn't, I would have felt the game was sub-par. The story given in the game is nowhere near as complete and epic as the audiobook/book. Now that I have heard the story, though, playing the game is very fun. The game's cutscenes are very short on dialogue and story, but the gameplay, ironically, is what feels most like the book I listened to.
My suggestion is to listen to or read the book before you play the game. You will enjoy the game a lot more if you do.
Star Wars out did themselves with this book. It is very exciting and I was so glad to see a character from Star Wars a New hope presented in this book. It gives new insight to how the Rebellion waas born and where they got their symbol for the rebel alliance This book is a must to buy and I hope the game is as good as the book.
If you are a star wars fan this is a must read. The story takes place between Revenge of the sith and A new hope. It ties up a few loose ends between the movies. Also a good stand alone story if you have never watched the movies. Just all around good writing. A very entertaining story. Jonathan Davis does and excellent job of narrating to boot. I really enjoyed this book.
I will try to give my thoughts and opinions on this book without giving away anything that could spoil the book for anyone.
What I liked about this book; I like the building of the characters and their relationships with each other. I liked the struggles and victories and yes loses various characters experienced. I enjoyed how the plots between story and character steadily moved forward.
What I did not like about the book; I did not like how Vader was portrayed concerning his ability and place within the force. I would have liked the book to have been unabridged.
I have read the reviews concerning the second book, but I want to know how the events play out with Starkiller and Juno and Starkiller and Vader and if the plot accurately portrays Vader closely to the story lines some of us knew and loved as children.
I heard about the game and thought I might give the audiobook a listen to get more insight to Darth Vader's secret apprentice. The book is very good and the narration is pretty good as well. It's a great compliment to the recently released video game.
It's a good listen and the narrator does an admirable job. I only had 1 issue with the voice acting and that was of Juno. Obviously a male trying to sound timid and feminine doesn't work well. I almost cringed every time Juno had dialog.
The story had a lot of potential. Yes it abridged and I have not read the book, so maybe there's more to it. Obviously after Episode III and before Episode IV, there's a whole lot missing. This book tries to bridge it and succeeds in some places and fails in others. The premise and story probably should have been a Trilogy itself to sort out the missing pieces and questions between III & IV. But, as is, The Force Unleashed is a decent listen and and intriguing view from the dark side and other Jedi Knights.
This was quite an enjoyable listen. The performance was dramatic. Perfect combination of sound effects and sound tracks from the original series. The story was unique and enjoyable. I found it hard for me to put down.
The fact that this is the 3rd time I have listened to this production and that I have read the novel should tell you how much I love it. It has great character development, characters you care about, and action all the way. This story may or may not be canon but it fits perfectly within the movie narratives. I only wish that it would have been the full version and not abridged. PS: it totally makes me play the game every time!
"As good as it gets...considering it's abridged!"
Yes, this has become part of the Star Wars "canon" and there are some nice little nods to the original trilogy.
I'd rather not spoil it :D
Voice acting was great :) Female voices are a little weak, but they're hard for a guy to do. The rest of the voice work was good.
Unfortunately not. I would like to point out, I have now listened to the Force Unleashed 2 which is not abridged and the whole story is much better. I believe that the love interest story would have been much better had they not released this as an abridged version.
If you have the time to read the novel, I would suggest that for a fuller experience. If you can only enjoy books while driving nowadays, this will do :)
The love story lacked so much substance, but the second book did convey more emotion. I think I was only aware of the love interest because I was expecting it from the beginning.
I wish people would stop butchering books to save a few pennies ;)
"Good production of an average story."
There is much to enjoy here for Star Wars fans. The addition of an array of familiar sound effects and the John Williams score raises what is after all, a novelisation of a video game to new heights. The story itself is quite shallow, jumping as it does from one battle scene to the next with barely a thought given to characterisation.
I can't wait for the sequel!
Very exiting. I recommend this to any fan of star wars.
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