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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.
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There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians -and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear.

What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

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©2011 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Tyler Bend, OR, United States 10-21-12
    Tyler Bend, OR, United States 10-21-12
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    "Too evil."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like a story coming from an entirely evil perspective, this is the book for you. I'm really only interested in light side stuff.


    Would you recommend Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't want to depress them.


    Did Marc Thompson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was good, as well as the sound effects and music.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mainly intolerance, after listening to the constant dark side stuff about slavery for thousands of years through multiple generations, and planets that were described like Hell itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd say that in the Star Wars universe depicted here, the light side is pretty much non-existent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FatherOfThree 10-17-12
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    "Poorly written / Even more poorly read"
    What would have made Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan better?

    A better narrator - see below.

    Also, there were elements of the story itself that made little sense.

    (Spoiler alert.)

    Just one example among many: Why the need for a landing "strip" when the Ebon Hawk has VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) capabilities? Why couldn't Revan just set the ship down gently in the snow instead of having to half bury it after slamming it into a snowbank at speed and carving a 50-meter furrow?

    Also, in other books, Jedi and Sith alike use the Force to reach out and sense living creatures in a given area. But for some reason, Revan can't use the Force to sense a group of Mandalorians in a snow storm? Reminds me of the sensors in ST:TNG - radiation always seemed to interfere with the sensors. Apparently the Force can be hampered by bad weather.

    (End Spoiler alert.)

    There were several other similarly odd things within the story that didn't make sense to me.

    It was shortly after this point that I stopped listening.


    Has Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Audiobooks? Yes. But only those read by Marc Thompson. His reading style was annoying enough to me that I stopped listening after just a few chapters. His narration was way over the top, his use of emphasis, far too frequent.

    He sounded like a poorly directed radio commercial.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Thompson???s performances?

    Never.

    While I was impressed with his range of voice characterizations (I did like the voices of Canderous Ordo and Bastilla), every other character - including Revan himself - sounded petulant.

    Further, Revan sounded like he was always doing a voice-over for a suspenseful movie trailer.

    And who knew Darth Nyriss was Russian? Her accent made her sound like she was a member of the Politburo, not the Dark Council.

    And why does Mr. Thompson pronounce the name of Revan's ship "Eebon Hawk" (long 'e') instead of "Ebon Hawk" (with a short 'e' - the way the word is pronounced in English)?

    Too many of these kinds of things kept intruding on my listening of the story to allow me to enjoy and immerse myself in the story. So, I stopped listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris la vernia, TX, United States 09-22-12
    chris la vernia, TX, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for Kotor fans"

    I heard a whole lot of bad reviews on this title by fans of the video game on Amazon.com. For some fans of the game only a 3 or 6 book trilogy would only be worthy enough to flesh out every detail of the story. Since the intention of the book is to reveal the unfinished story of what could of been kotor 3, in one book, and to connect the story to old republic, this author did a fine job at that. If you are not a Kotor fan this story would not make sense to you. The performance of the narrator is great as you would expect from this narrator and the sound effects and music adds to the imagination. This book satisfies my curiosity of Revan and the Exile and had some epic scenes. It bridges the connection of Kotor 1 and 2 as well.Maybe if I had higher expectations of the book I might of not liked it but from what I knew about it, and my expectation of what it is, I found it a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 09-18-12
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Like a 16yr old trying to impress with his writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A high schooler


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    In death series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan can't write. He has no grasp on the Sith ethos. Darths get thier reputations not by using the force but by being master strategists. Couple a master tactician with the ability to use supernatural power and you have a juggernaut. Couple that with negative emotions used to access that supernatural power and you have an apocalypse walking. Dan's Darths come off like wannabe's with light sabers. In an early scene Darth Scourge prepares to die facing a hallway full of battle droids. Really?! Then he snarks at his companion that he wasn't warned battle droids were going to be facing him. A true darth accepts no failure and plans for every contingency. But Dan is too busy trying to impress us with his flat imagination then actually put in the hard work of crafting difficult tension and believable stakes. At least Paul S. Kemp got it right in "Decieved".

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12
    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12
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    "REVAN at last!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Exile. Her story was more compelling the rest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The search for Madolore's helmet


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hope for a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 08-15-12
    Brian FORT WORTH, TEXAS, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Personal Opinion"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan the most enjoyable?

    I've played both of the Knights of the Old Republic video games and it was nice to have the two stories brought together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    I did enjoy Lord Scourge's exit from the research facility. It reminded me of some of the antics from games I've played. Lots of fun.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of bringing each character to life and giving them individual personality. That can be hard to do when you're one person trying to create many individuals.


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

    I was surprised when Lord Scourge turned on the Jedi. I did not see that coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Belford, NJ, United States 08-13-12
    Don Belford, NJ, United States 08-13-12
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    "Enjoyable Listenting Good Story"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again because so much seems to happen you tend to miss a lot . As a Star Wars fan I have seen all the movies at least five times why not the books?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The entire listening experience is what does it for me with all audible books.


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

    Great insite and entertainment.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just made me Dream again as I did after my first Star Wars experience after the very first movie. Long long ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Great reading Great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike LANCASTER, MA, US 08-06-12
    Mike LANCASTER, MA, US 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but short..."
    What did you love best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The performance is always great in these books!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Drew Karpyshyn? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have enjoyed his works in the past and will again.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Revan...of course!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAFFORD, AZ, US 08-06-12
    Amazon Customer SAFFORD, AZ, US 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "5 stars for Old Republic story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan to be better than the print version?

    Have not read novel.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan to and why?

    Author has done excellent work on this and Darth Bane series.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Lord Scourge


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ending was a complete surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for any Star Wars fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan San Jose, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Susan San Jose, CA, United States 07-31-12
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    "Revan: A Story Fit for the Greatest Galactic Hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is amazingly well written and ties in closely with the "Star Wars: The Old Republic" MMO video game released in late 2011. You are going to find familiar characters and new ones that all have well written personalities and will make you smile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The most memorable part of the book is not the climactic finale of Revan but the birth of a new legend that draws in many more heroes and villains that battle on long after Revan's story has ended.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Thompson?

    Honestly, Marc Thompson does a great job imitating almost every character's voice with the exception of Darth Nyriss. His voice also really can show you Lord Scourge's furious mind and the conflict within Revan's. The real problem with the performance is the pronunciation of the names. Clearly, Mr. Thompson has never played through Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic or Star Wars: The Old Republic because he pronounces even the main characters names incorrectly. Examples of this mispronunciation include "Bastilla", "The Ebon Hawk", and "Dromund Kaas."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. It is a story that will grab you and not let you go. If you listen before playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, you will become familiar with many characters that are featured before the game, if you listen after, you will find yourself thinking "Oh, so that's why he acts like that" about a few characters and it never disappoints regardless of if you have played the game or not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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