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Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 1: Rogue Squadron | [Michael A. Stackpole]

Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 1: Rogue Squadron

They are the X-wing fighters: sleek, swift, and deadly. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last ditch effort to control the stars!
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They are the X-wing fighters: sleek, swift, and deadly. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last ditch effort to control the stars!

Its very name strikes fear in enemy hearts. So when Rebel hero Wedge Antilles rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron, he seeks out only the best, the most skilled, the most daring X-wing pilots. Through arduous training and dangerous missions, he weeds out the weak from the strong, assembling a group of hard-bitten warriors willing to fight and ready to die.

Antilles knows the grim truth: that even with the best X-wing jockeys in the galaxy, many will not survive their near suicidal missions. But when Rogue Squadron is ordered to assist in the assault of the heavily-fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.

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    Jason 03-27-13
    Jason 03-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but SEVERELY abridged"

    Henry Thomas's performance is good, but some of the charters sound too similar. It lacks the details that make it a really good book, as the abridged story just leaves out too much of what make the book so much more enjoyable and complete.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle D. Mathis Dayton, OH USA 03-20-14
    Kyle D. Mathis Dayton, OH USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Geek King

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    "Good Delivery of a Chopped Product"
    Would you try another book from Michael A. Stackpole and/or Henry Thomas?

    Yes, if presented unabridged.


    What could Michael A. Stackpole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I do not believe the issues here were Stackpole's as I enjoyed the original book itself. Rather, the story presented for the audiobook was so hacked up that much of the good detail and character development was lost.


    Have you listened to any of Henry Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not familiar with Thomas' other work. The reading here was rather well done. If there were moments where some characters sounded too similar, it can be forgiven with there being so many characters to deal with. Overall, I liked his delivery, and consider it the high point of this rendition.


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

    Disappointment. I had not realized this was an abridged version when I bought the audiobook. Even beyond that, there was a particularly poor job done of reducing the work. I thoroughly enjoyed the original paperback, yet this script lacks the character development and suspense from the novel. Had I not already been up on the novel itself, this would have been a dull story careening from one barely connected fight to another. Frankly, I expected much better, and will refrain from buying any further abridged versions of this series.


    Any additional comments?

    The background noises and effects were entertaining, and could have added a lot to an unabridged version of the book, but they are not enough to save this chopped up script. This is the most disappointing audiobook I have purchased to date, and makes me leery of buying any more Star Wars audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Okeechobee, FL, United States 05-17-14
    Amazon Customer Okeechobee, FL, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible"
    What disappointed you about Star Wars?

    It was horrible. Too much sound effects drown out reader. Story was too much abridged.


    Has Star Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes if they are like this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Soften the sound effects. Do an unabridged version


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

    Unabridged version is a must. Sounds effects should be very soft in the background not over powering drowning out the reader.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philippe Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac, Quebec, Canada 11-30-07
    Philippe Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac, Quebec, Canada 11-30-07
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    "Great!"

    Great book. Can never get enough of Starwars.

    The narrator does a great job.


    This is my second book ever so hard to get good reference but I love it. The narrator does the voices of characters. The first time I heard him do Ackbar's voice, I found it a bit weird but still loved it...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    firstceb ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 02-26-13
    firstceb ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 02-26-13
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    "Hoping for a better read in the third book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    An unabridged read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ambiant sounds during scenes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Pronunciation accuracy of specific 'Star Wars' names, ships, planets, etc. Obviously the reader hasn't been a fan for long, if at all.


    Could you see Star Wars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I've read this series a few times and think there is plenty of substance for TV or movies. Hopefully not by the sci-fi channel... They can't match the CG or the casting to keep up with the original movies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Seneca, SC, United States 05-16-15
    Robyn Seneca, SC, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "If u haven't read the book it's entertaining"

    I would say I'm glad I spent a free credit for this only because its abridged. Overall I did enjoy the story.

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    Leonardo (ES) Kansas 04-14-15
    Leonardo (ES) Kansas 04-14-15 Member Since 2014

    audio book junky

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    "I knew it was abridged when I bought it.. and.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    unabridged maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    an unabridged star wars book... old republic or something.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was fine. not Mark Thompson, but a good second.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so confused. I don't think they did a good job of abridging this book... I have heard good things about the actual book, but this was really lame. I think they cut out all of the jokes and banter and dialog and anything else that would have made this a story and left only the facts. reader was good. too bad the abridging sucked donkeys.

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    J Cicon 03-31-15
    J Cicon 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Old Luke Fan"


    Lovvvvvvvved it.

    Waiting for the 7th movie and this book helped stave off my craving.

    Good stuff, my fellow fans

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    OJMart PNW 03-23-15
    OJMart PNW 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Short but sweet"

    It's not a particularly long story, but it sets the stage for the X-wing series. Which, in its entirety is excellent.

    The narration is very good, and even includes some decent sound effects.

    For Star Wars EU fans the series is a must.

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    Joe 02-23-15
    Joe 02-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great for an abridged novel"

    Very solid & entertaining work from narration to sound effects and music, I wish it was unabridged! Then I'd be satisfied.

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  • P. Rees
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    10/24/12
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    "Love the book - even 16 years after reading it!"

    I love the X-Wing series - games, comics and books - Stackpole and Holland really do make the EU come alive for the Rogues and other pilots!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    11/12/10
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    "star wars x wing series"

    This is a beautifully written book and abridged really well. The emperor may have fallen but the Empire still goes on. We join wedge(Luke Skywalkers friend) and the new Rouge squadron in the first of nine action packed books. The empire has shattered into a giant power play but a struggling rebel alliance cannot take advantage. A lack of space fleet and indifference from alliance allies proves frustrating for our rouge Hero's.We meet many complex new characters and also see into the early life of many soon to be Jedi.

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