After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.
The extra material with the author and an essay analysing the book give even more depth to the book
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?
Where does Scoundrels: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Marc Thompson is an amazing narrator and Timothy Zahn a great Star Wars author. The story in this book is slightly less captivating than the Thrawn trilogy.
Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
It's just as great
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh.
Any additional comments?
This is a nice immersion in the Star Wars world without all of the fuss about jedi and the force. The story is basically Ocean's eleven (in a good way). It has the suspense, the twists and turns and interesting characters.
I only rated 4 on the story because it's not Thrawn trilogy captivating and the concept feels a bit copied but Zahn is still providing a good story.
When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a while new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and, with the help of Victorian London's extensive sewer system, he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, it's highly entertaining and Stephen Fry is a delight to listen to.
What did you like best about this story?
The humor in the story
Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?
Both the thief and the gentleman were superb.
Any additional comments?
Stephen Fry makes this audio book into an experience which is much larger than just reading or listening to a book.