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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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    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-18-11
    Ryan MOTT, ND, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"

    Let me first start by saying, I played the video game Knights of the Old Republic. It's very important to have played that game if you want to get the most out of this book. If you haven't, you're probably not going to get most of the references during Revan's part of the story.

    That said, if you have played the game, this book explores most of the things that went unexplained in the game. It's really quite a fun trip. I can't wait to play The Old Republic in a month to see how this book will tie into that game as well. I'm more excited than ever to get my hands on it, which is the whole reason this book was written in the first place.

    As for the audio, Marc Thompson does it again. What a fantastic narrator. It's been a treat to listen to the more recent unabridged Star Wars books narrated by Mr. Thompson.

    As for people who have not played the Knights of the Old Republic, it's really hard to recommend this book to you. I hope someone who hasn't will review this book soon. If you have played it, this book is a must buy.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Olympia, WA, United States 11-21-11
    Matt Olympia, WA, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "If you haven't played the game...."

    In response to Ryan's review, he might be onto something.

    Not having played any of the Old Republic games, this book felt kind of like an abridged version. You'll understand whats going on but you just won't have the detail and the depth that I'm sure the storyline from the game will give you. I felt like the book just skims the surface of the Reven story.
    I'd still recommend it to anybody that's a fan of the Star Wars books.
    But as somebody that doesn't play the games, It would of been great if they integrated the story lines of the game and book into a 2 or 3 part series.

    Oh, and Marc Thompson did another killer job reading this installment of the Old Republic series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 12-04-11
    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Well put on pulp."
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan? What did you like least?

    The production quality on all the SW-TOR supporting audio book fiction has been top notch. Sound effects, musical score, a narrator with a variety of voices at his command, all superb.Unfortunately though, this title just came off as weak. I think the central problem is they're dealing with characters who are so large and mythic in scope that as readers we don't feel much connection with them. This book returns to characters from the original Knights of the Old Republic Franchise and its portrayal of them is just kind of flat. There's really no surprises or significant character development. Who they are at the start of the book is who they are at the end. Overall it just left me wanting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Drew Karpyshyn again?

    I would not go out of my way to, to be sure. I'll give an author a second chance, of course, but I don't really feel there was much meat to this story. That maybe because it's a corporate product and the author is under constraints.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Superb. March Thompson did an excellent job, provided impressive variety of characterizations. He was a treat to listen to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On a matinee, perhaps.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K H KY USA 12-09-11
    K H KY USA 12-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Titled Character is Rarely Portrayed"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan? What did you like least?

    The best part of the book is how it ties in the mysteries of the story of Revan as seen from the two video games: Knights of the Old Republic & Knights of the Old Republic: Sith Lords.

    My least favorite element of the work is the ending - not to be confused with the Epilogue. It is rushed, and does not leave the reader feeling fulfilled after a strong build-up. After thinking about it, the ending does not make much sense in context of the situation of the two warring sides as set down by the novel. Revan's vaunted tactical expertise is sadly ignored by his actions.


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

    No. For the most part, the Star Wars books are fair pulp books with common plots that can be found in many other Sci-Fi novels. There are some exceptions to this and even some of the more common plot stories are decently crafted. It is for me like literary fast food: somewhat tasty but not very filling.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc Thompson does many of the voices exceptionally well and his reading is concise. Although, he does mispronounce Bastilla Shan's name.


    Any additional comments?

    Revan is not seen in this book as much as the Sith character Lord Scourge. For the book to be titled

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Plano, TX, United States 05-13-12
    Karen Plano, TX, United States 05-13-12

    Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.

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    "Enjoyed the experience"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, Curious, and Abrupt


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Revan was the best character overall. The Sith protagonist, Lord Scourge, was also well delivered, but my curiosity kept drifting to the light side/dark side duality or Revan. I should note that the author did a excellent job with all the characters. I only wish the author spent more time devoted to Revan's story and abilities.


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

    Marc Thompson brought exceptional voice acting and emotion to the story. He was simply invaluable and a delight to listen to.


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

    Anger, excitement, redemption, confusion, and grumpy face. I was mad, almost angry, at the way the author seemingly disposed of the Revan storyline (after his capture). Yet, I still found myself excited to learn more about the back story behind the Emperor and Scourge. The author's ability to include interesting details and characters redeemed the book as I continued to look forward to each new chapter. However, the redeeming qualities did not dissuade my shock by how abrupt the ending was or why Revan was made so apparently ineffectual throughout. The epilogue also gave me a grumpy face and seemed overly forced, almost as if the author was instructed to write something to give the abrupt ending a conclusion.In short, my emotions spanned the gambit by the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The production on this book was fantastic. Lightsaber sounds, music, explosions... everything. I kept waiting for the book to show me the use of the force in unique and captivating way (the Emperor story line touched on that). Yet, in the end, this book did not do that. Revan was not used well from a user of the force perspective and the story was left to other methods to entertain the reader/listener. I ultimately finished the book wishing Revan got to play with his powers in a awe-inspiring way that would have come across more satisfying/substantial. The inclusion of the Emperor was a treat and his back story did not disappoint. In the end, the book was a fun to listen to, well written, and gave me a lot of interesting concepts to consider.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Carter America! 11-24-12
    S. Carter America! 11-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Get to the point?"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan? What did you like least?

    This was an excellent performance of a terrible story. It reminded me of The Phantom Menace, which required viewers to sit through two and a half hours of meetings, talking, politics, and mind-numbing backstory just to get to five minutes of cool stuff.

    I kept waiting for the author to get to some decent red meat, but as is usually the case in Star Wars novels they put a dramatic image of a Sith warrior on the cover of a book that drones on and on about Jedi and forced, bland descriptions of softcore relationship tension between them, instead.


    What could Drew Karpyshyn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If you're going to write a book about a Sith character, don't spend 60-70% of the text on Jedi.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding vocal performance across a wide range of speech patterns, accents and tonal differences. Thompson did a great job with some poor material.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun A. Middletown, Connecticut 06-04-14
    Shaun A. Middletown, Connecticut 06-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not another Revan fanboy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Marc Thompson is absolutely magic in all Star Wars audiobooks.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have actually put Revan, the books namesake, in the book. He is almost a complete non-entity in his own book.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Everything. His emotion, his fluidity, his passion, his clear love for Star Wars. He did a behind the scenes video of his performing process, how he comes up with voices that are ALL unique and vary from one to the other, records them on his phone for reference. He takes his job very seriously and the end product is otherworldly.


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

    I enjoyed the sort of backstory of the emperor. The leave enough out to keep him enigmatic, but enough to satisfy.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen, but one of the few Star Wars books that I wasnt fawning over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zack Finta 05-25-14
    Zack Finta 05-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story, Great Narration, But Sound Effects?"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan the most enjoyable?

    The narration was fine in this audiobook but the sound effects and music ruined the experience for me. They are distracting and seemed superfluous. In addition, they play music from the movies at certain times during the story. I didn't like either addition. They seemed to be vying for my attention and taking away from the narration. There were also times when both music and narration were playing which made the problem even worse.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story! I really enjoyed it. Good characters, easy to understand action scenes, great descriptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris roseville, MI, United States 05-21-14
    chris roseville, MI, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not about Revan :/"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ya... But I wanted to hear about the bad ass Jedi/Sith Revan. Most of the book is about Sith & a little Jedi, but not Revan.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't call a book Revan & make it about other stuff :/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Flowermound, TX, United States 05-05-14
    Mike Flowermound, TX, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Well Written"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan?

    The story was not full of needless action, but focused on the story of Revan after he defeated Malak. Thoroughly explains many potential gaps that might have been perceived by those who play the video games years ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Revan - This character is the focus of the The Old Republic.


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

    Canderous: Gives him some rough edges yet remains humorous.


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

    Spoiler: When Revan removed his mask and watched the holovid of this wife and son


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rich Robinson
    7/24/14
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    "Exceeded Expectation"
    Where does Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First Audiobook I have downloaded from Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suprisingly Lord Scourge steals the show with an interesting story arc, an unexpectedly three dimensional character.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fans of Knights of the old republic and the sequel will appreciate the bridging of the two games and padding of the lore. With a bittersweet story, strong characters and immersive world this is well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A particular taste"

    The writing is good enough for a casual 'beach listen' style but don't think about it too much. It is an entertaining listen for any Star Wars fans but probably won't hang together as an ordinary scifi listen if you aren't a Star Wars fan.



    The production of the audio book is much more in the style of a dramatisation with sound effects etc.I'm not sure how I feel about that really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Piano man 2007
    Europe
    2/27/12
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    "Enjoyable audiobook"


    Altough I didn't knew Revan, reading this book while playing Star Wars the old republic proved helpful.
    I got to know the history of how the emperor came to power, some knowledge about the planets like Dromund Kaas, history about the mandalorians, etc...

    The book is very action and lightsaber fight oriented. I didn't find it dull at all.
    The narrator was excellent comparing to other audio books, I especially liked all the StarWars FX'es in the book. The sound of explosions, lightsabers, starwars soundtracks, background humming etc made it great.

    My review would probably been different would it not have been an audio book and would I not be playing the new MMORPG StarWars the old republic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nigel
    kettering, United Kingdom
    8/1/12
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    "naff"

    Even though it was well written(ish) it bears no resemblance to other Jedi/Sith stories what so ever

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Brady
    11/22/11
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    "This badly written book destroyed Revan."

    This book is supposed to continue the legend of Revan after KOTOR. Revan was once the greatest of Jedi, then the greatest of Sith and finally returned to the light to become again the greatest of Jedi of his time. This book turns Revan into a very normal unimpressive failure. The author repeatedly has Revan fail and attempts to make the fail seem like some sort of victory. Revan is almost pointless in this book. The Jedi exile comes out of this book as the heroic character that Revan should have been. I won't spoil the ending but I will say that it basically turns the entire book into one long advert for the new Star Wars The Old Republic game. Very very disappointing. Badly written pointless book that destroys Revan while trying to suck you into the new game. Avoid.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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