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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Audiobook

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

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The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners "face-to-face" for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.

Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous - something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.

Her name is Aryn Leneer - and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him - even if it means breaking every rule in the book.

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©2011 Paul S. Kemp (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Conrado Chicago, IL, United States 04-08-11
    Conrado Chicago, IL, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Great Old Republic novel"

    Yes, as the tittle of my review says, this novel was very well writen, placing great emphasis on the dualities of the Force. Darth Malgus gives a great explanation as to what being a Sith is, from a certain point of view. Paul Kemp makes the reader actually care about the characters involved and shows how useless dealing in absolutes is (light, dark, good, evil etc.) This is enjoyed even more when the reader has watched the trailers for the upcoming MMO. The scenes in the novel are actually depicted in all its action! Thumbs up!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ibrahim Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 05-31-11
    Ibrahim Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 05-31-11
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    "Excellent Story!!!"

    Best audio book so far in Star war series..Awesome… Can’t wait for the next saga of Darth Malgus.. For me It’s much better then the original Trilogy. Writer really did justification with all the characters…

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 08-20-11
    Tedd United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    Loses nothing relative to the other SW saga reads. Definitely adds an edge and a real psychological insight into the mind of a warrior absent from the others. The author's knowledge of the martial arts is particularly impressive. Looking forward to more from him in and out of this series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jt casper, WY, United States 11-22-11
    Jt casper, WY, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Yeeeeaah."

    Im very excited about TOR books. Star wars has had the same charactors scince the movies. This series is a fresh spin on an old favorite. I love the new charactors and storylines. If you are a SW fan I think you will love this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 05-23-11
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 05-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best 'The Old Republic' novel"

    this book sheds light on the TOR trailer reliesed by BioWear. The events that take place aftur the trailer are brilliantly dipicted in this novelization of 'The Old Republic'

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty average Star Wars novel"

    It wasn't great. Acting and voice narration was stellar but plot of book was a bit eh. Just nothing compares to Bane novels. Listen to all of those first and got spoiled off of it. Also Allegiance was much better than this. Not enough action and view into inter-workings of philosophy of either side. Both protagonists were very out of the box, which I did not appreciate. When I read these I always want to get into mindset of how the mind of a Jedi and Sith operate and was disappointed with this book overall

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CaseyHD Rosemount, MN, United States 10-04-11
    CaseyHD Rosemount, MN, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "He does it again! This narrator beats them all."

    *Reposting my other review because I feel the same about this book and narrator.*

    The audio book was excellent. The narrator, Marc Thompson, did an amazing job with this audio book and others! I have listened to many audiobooks, and this guy makes his work come alive. His studio puts some amazing B.G.M., sound effects, voices, etc. into their books! This is an absolute listen.

    Only problem is when they announce each chapter, it bugs out a bit. There is no problem with the book or anything else. It's just the chapter announcement that is a teensy bit buggy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 08-03-11
    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 08-03-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than expected"

    The Sith and the supporting non jedi cast steal the show. The Sith agenda and in-fighting was very entertaining. Novel had good pacing with minimal story line jumps {unlike the Jedi Outcast series}

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    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 01-09-16
    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 01-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.

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    "Excellent Entry to the SWTOR Canon"

    This book was much less heavy handed than Fatal Alliance with making obvious nods toward things in the game, but this story does focus heavily on characters from the game such as Darth Malgus, Eleena, and the female Mandalorian, Shae Vizla. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle a little when they introduced Lord Baras, a Darth my lighside Sith marauder has a long and storied history with in game. Yeah, you read that right. Lightside Sith, which shamed my husband for a whole mess of reasons. I deal in the incongruous even in my games. Not all her lightside choices have actually been that “good,” and she may have her own motives for going against the grain. She is a Sith after all, but I digress.

    This book took things, even power moves we know from the games, and weaved it in much better than Fatal Alliance. It was fun naming the in-game moves used just by the description in action scenes. Some of the relationships mirror similar relationships in the game that the player’s character can have with their companions. Scenes from the cinematic trailer for the game show up here described in all their glorious details. It was pretty awesome and one of my favorites from the game to date. It was fun to get the blow by blow of one of my favorite fights from the trailer.

    However, none of this was done in a way that would alienate readers who haven’t played the game (or those who started the game after that particular cinematic was no longer used to open the game), but it’s a nice nod for those of us who have played.

    Aryn and Malgus offered an interesting dichotomy of each other as Aryn rebels against Jedi “nonattachment” and Malgus struggles with his passionate feelings that don’t serve his purpose. Ironically, despite differing beliefs, there is that one moment they can meet in the middle and admit that they’re disillusioned by the respective Orders.

    This conflict with both Aryn and Malgus presented a compelling story, especially where Aryn was concerned. Readers are pretty used to Sith drawing on emotion, especially rage, so it was nice to see this delving into how some Jedi might really feel about this “Jedi nonattachment.” The exploration of Aryn realizing that emotions and emotional attachments were important to her really was fascinating, and while Malgus can come off as typical Sith, his struggles with the softer emotions he feels add a new layer to an old story. In this respect, there’s a bit of a romantic plot/subplot going on in this book that manages not to suffocate the story and adds to Malgus’ conflict with himself and emotions most notably, and I enjoyed this exploration of conflicting emotions in a Sith and a Jedi took center stage rather than trying to quell them. This presents them as human despite vows they’ve taken for their respective orders instead of making it easy for them to overcome emotions that make them “weak” and “vulnerable.”

    I think it goes without saying that Marc Thompson did an excellent job with the narration as usual. I won’t rehash all his virtues since I think I pretty much exhausted that in my review of Fatal Alliance. What I really appreciated with this book is that it did better with the background ambiance. Where I sometimes had a hard time hearing Thompson over the din in the last novel, which is a common complaint I have about many full production books even though I enjoy the added touch, I can’t say that I had that issue with this book.

    The story had more depth to it, and the action scenes were choreographed well with words. Yeah, this story still has its corny scenarios, cheesy dialogue, and contrived plot points like the last novel, but overall, this was a stronger, better crafted novel than Fatal Alliance.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    clint 12-21-14
    clint 12-21-14
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    awesome book couldn't stop listening
    it really helps add to the storyline of the game

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    4/9/16
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    "Absolutely Superb"

    Easily one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Great for any star wars fan!

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  • Jordan
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    4/13/13
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    "Interesting backstory"

    Very much one for Star Wars fans so I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't a fan. Assuming you are a fan, the novel develops its characters well and listening you do start to get engaged with what might happen to them which is an achievement in a book so full of scifi escapism!

    The writing won't win prizes but is good enough not to distract from the story.



    Like the previous one, Revan, it is a highly produced audio-book with sound effects. I don't like or dislike this especially, but it is a distinct style worth knowing about before you buy!

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  • MR
    STAINES, United Kingdom
    3/29/12
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    "Cheese Sandwich : )"

    Everything is relative. I like the occasional cheese sandwich, and that's what this book gives you. The author and narration (and sound effects) are excellent. I expected the standard SW fare of crazy action and emotional battles and got it.

    That said, there are several places where character motivation (or is that the SW universe) feels so corny that I found myself saying 'come on - surely you could have done better'.

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  • Daniel
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    1/19/16
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    "swtor done badly"

    not bad....could be longer

    weaker then the other novels swtor. its got very little history and the plot is below what i was hoping for.2.5 stars

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GingerHindsight
    9/14/15
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    "Great entertainment"

    Great trashy Star Wars listen. Enjoyed it. Loads of fighting and force usage. If you like SW buy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    9/9/15
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    "Malgus' anger and passion captured wonderfully"

    Thought the narrator done very well with all the different voices that he put on, his Malgus impression was my favourite....I could feel his anger as I listened in

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  • Benjamin
    5/30/15
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    "Truly excellent"

    A brilliant tale from the old Republic, excellently acted, with one of the best villains yet to be introduced by the Star Wars universe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RemusPrime
    5/21/15
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    "Prequel"

    An excellent prequel to the SWTOR game, and some method behind the madness of Darth Malgus. The production values and the sound effects make it a true joy to listen to, and the writing immerses you in Star Wars beautifully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bram
    1/26/15
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    "A must have for the common Star Wars fan! loved it"

    Stunning, unexpected, and interesting. Loved it. a must read if you ask me ! !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    DEVON, United Kingdom
    9/20/13
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    "Enjoyable!"

    It's great that I can take in these Star Wars books as audio... it saves a lot of time!! Don't you read then re-read chapters when it's in print? I liked this one by Paul S Kemp. It has scope, imagination and a couple of well drawn (if unoriginal) characters. Don't take that badly...he has done well here. I suspect strongly that he had to pass a committee and deal with a lot of flak to write this and it shows. It would have been a better book still if he'd been left to write what he wanted.

    If you omitted the light sabre fights, a murderously angry Sith Lord but kept the revenge, morality and ethical wrestling. It almost felt like Star Trek of old. I don't mind the blending. This was a good story, watered down a bit (and a little predictable) but still enjoyable. I liked Fatal Alliance because those characters were a little closer to my idea of the Sith. The dedicated, devout, arrogant and damaged Dark Lord's who seek power at all costs and always exude the distinct impression that we light-siders don't understand the force. How could we?

    Here... Paul drew the picture of a damaged and nuanced Sith who fought with his feelings relating to a love interest. Yes... you heard that right... a Sith Lord who was in a love relationship!! Okay... she WAS his slave, and he had murdered a similar Twi-Lek woman just like her as a teenager... but he actually loved her and she returned his feelings as best she could.

    If that doesn't get you going; then there is the outrageous desecration of the Jedi Temple by fifty red sabre wielding Sith Warriors and a Mandalorian. I'd seen a short CGI video of it on Youtube and thrilled as I realised that this book is the counterpart of that story. Good ol' George Lucas must have been SO jealous when he saw THAT plot. I would have preferred more backstory to our Sith villain and more depth to the other characters but recognise that this is probably just my being spoiled by George RR Martin & Joe Abercrombie. It's exciting stuff, not as layered as some might like but still fun and still Star Wars.

    The force is strong in this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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