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Marc Thompson is the only one who should be narrating the Star Wars books. His descriptions and the emotion he puts into his reading makes you feel it as if you are there.
Listening to Anthony Heald's narration is painful. The combination of his horrible accents, and the disgusting sounds that come from the inside of his mouth (clicking and sloshing saliva), I cringe when I listen to him.
Audible, please look into remaking all of the abridged Star Wars books. They all need to be unabridged with the polish of the Fate of the Jedi series. I listened to that entire 9 book series in three weeks.
An airsoft guy for 6 years!
I've read this book in paperback before, and rather enjoyed the story. There is certainly nothing wrong with the book itself, as I was excited to listen to it this time to relive the memories. But the narrator, Anthony Heald, has a terrible performance in this book, not putting any effort into the characters' voices and making terrible sounds with his mouth, as well as reading at a very awkward pace. Not having him try and match the characters' voices in the films was okay, but the pace of reading in this book was so clumsy that I couldn't wait to get through it, so I could find a book with a better narrator. The timing in several of the sentences he reads totally changes the mood and feel of the story, and ruins some of the most emotional parts in Star Wars novel history. Save your money or credits, this narrator ruins a great story.
Pace of reading was too fast many times, and too slow in all the wrong parts. Reader didn't bother to even try mimicking character voices. Reader smacks mouth in annoying and awkward clicking sounds.
I would have cut Anthony Heald and given the part to Marc Thompson.
These older books would be nice to have redone with the quality of later books narrated by Marc Thompson. I listened to those in a matter of weeks, and would gladly listen to more if they were as well performed by those later Random House Audio presentations.
I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.
This book starts a new series for Star Wars. It is a long series, about 18 books long. It begins with a novel idea: The SW galaxy is invaded by beings from another galaxy, the Youzhon Vong, who have a militaristic culture. They shun technology and have managed to develop, or "shape", living things to do what humans use machines for. They consider the inhabitants of the SW galaxy to be infidels who are only fit to be enslaved or sacrificed to their gods.
This book introduces the series. It has the first invasion and encounter with the Vong, who appear to be very powerful. It is an engaging story, but SW will suffer a great loss in this story. It is clearly a set-up story and leaves a lot of loose ends. It is good to have read the prior post-Return of the Jedi stories to really understand the Jedi personalities in this series.
A few words about the series. This is different from prior stories. It is decidely darker in tone. Also, because the series is so long, the pace within each story is slow regarding resolving the long term thread of the Vong invasion. There are multiple authors, and so the writing is uneven. Some stories are great but others are so-so. There are also some inconsistencies where one author seems to be bringing the story in one direction and then the next ignores some of that and goes in another direction. There certainly could have been better coordination among the authors.
If you love SW, you should read this series. But be warned, these stories are darker, and in certain of the stories you will want to throw your iPod at the wall and you will swear you want to quit SW forever. Stick with it. There are good stories here. True, I would have advanced SW in a different direction after Zahn's "Hand of Thrawn" duology, but no one asked me for my opinion. If you want SW, this is where it is at.
As time permits I will review each story.
I would, if my friend was a star wars audiobook junky who ran out of unabridged star wars books to enjoy
It needs to be redone with a production like that of the newer stuff, Heir of the Empire, Legacy of the Jedi or Fate of the Jedi
It seems like a great story that absolutely needed to be unabridged and the production similar to that of the newer stuff and narrated by Marc Thompson. For the desperate Star Wars fan, it had to do.
Very short book, on 2x speed is barely longer than podcast. Would be ok if the story was good but I found it shallow and predictable. The ending came with a very quick bang. Kapow - book over. At half the price or half. A credit I would have rated it much higher
Maybe. Friends say I should try the Bobba Fett series and I am enough of a fanboy to try.
The sound effects and incorporation of the John Williams soundtrack is very very well down. Adds to the atmosphere and engages the reader more than an standard audio book,
I had read that this book was one of the Star Wars books that had key points in the progression of the series. But in abridged form, it jumped around with obvious gaps. If there was something interesting, I missed it.
Hello all, I am a Father of a not so little boy. A tech head and Sci-Fi lover.
Yes, A great story just saddend by a hero's death
The combat of the Jedi's on the station.
Danni Quie she was a great fow for the vlllians.
when I herd that they had to leave Chewie. I wanted to jump in to the book and use a ship I had in the star wars table top game.
Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.
I like R. A. Salvatore's fantasy work, but I could not get into this tale. Sorry.
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