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Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker audiobook cover art
  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy

All story filler - not my cup of tea

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-19

This novel was less a single story but more a compilation of short stories. Some were absolutely ridiculous, some were okay. This book wasn't really my cup of tea, but I can see its potential appeal to others.

Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic audiobook cover art

MUST read - Star Wars needs more books like this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Wow this story was really well done. It had depth and introduced new characters who were very well written. But what really shines about this book is how it greatly helps the overall Star Wars lore. It answers soooo many questions the films had left me with. This book definitely ranks in my top 3 Star Wars canon books. 2 of those 3 were written by Claudia Gray, so it goes to show she is such an awesome writer.

As always, January LaVoy did all characters justice and made the book that much more fun to listen too.

Overall; this novel is a must read for Star Wars fans.

Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars) audiobook cover art

Its okay I guess

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-19

This took me a hot minute to get through. The beginning was a little slow and a little jarring with all the jumping around between characters. The middle was great once I understood who was who, though I was more interested in the plight of the supporting characters than I was the main character. Quell felt pretty lack luster, but she was saved by the supporting characters stories. The end of the novel was pretty meh. Cool battle, but it was hard to tell what was going on sometimes. And the sequel setup at the end I didn't particularly care for. There are other novels I feel deserve a sequel more than this one.

Saskia Maarleveld is always amazing at what she does as a narrator. She put life into all characters and helped enrich the overall story.

Bottom line: Not really an essential story that enriches the overall Star Wars saga, but if you like Rebel fighter squadrons its a cool read I guess.

Thrawn: Treason audiobook cover art

Thrawn is back and better than ever

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I was very pleasantly surprised by this turn in Thrawn's story. I wasn't all that wowed with the second installement in this series, but this book brought back the elements and characters I loved from the first novel, plus intoducing more awesome lore and content. The space battles were amazing, and the underlying mystery of the novel was most satisfying.

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars audiobook cover art

An Awkward Romance, but its fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-19

This story explores Luke finding his place in the Rebellion shortly after Episode IV. It mostly focuses on his mission and developing new characters introduced in this story, but also explores Luke's first steps learning about the Force. A romantic subplot goes on throughout the book which was solid, and some of the action scenes got surprisngly graphic. Very "Aliens" vibe sometimes.

Solid story. Good performance.

Star Wars: Smuggler's Run audiobook cover art

Solid Smuggler Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Not much to say about this one. Just a fun story featuring Han Solo and Chewbacca. Nothing really stands out, but its a fun tale nonetheless.

Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear audiobook cover art

Surprisingly Fun!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Going in I didn't really have high expectations. Keeping in mind that this is mainly a kids novel, it was awesome! I liked the narration style and think this might be fun to share with my niece some day.

The performance of the cast was rock solid. everyone did a delightful job!

Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars) audiobook cover art

Mixed Feelings - it was okay I guess

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-19

This was a fun experience, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Our main focus was Dooku and Ventress with this story, and with a full voice cast I was expecting top tier performances. Ventress was on point, beautifully portayed by Orlagh Cassidy. Dooku though, completely missed the mark. Euan Morton felt like bad casting. He put emotion in, but he wasn't Dooku. In my opinion, Marc Thompson would have been a better casting choice.

Storywise though, the roles flip flop. Dooku's story is rich and fleshes out his character so much. I have a new found respect and liking for Dooku now. Ventress, though... what happened? She was most of my excitement for this book and I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. Her dynamic with her master just felt... well, weird. They explained it in the climax of the book, which kind of redeemed it, but... eh.

Overall it was a fun experience, but not my favorite.

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Master & Apprentice (Star Wars) audiobook cover art

A Real Jedi Adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-19

Very well done, this story further flushes out not just Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, but also the mysticism of the Force as well. The plot itself is a fun mystery with lots of twists, without becoming horribly convoluted. Claudia Gray did an awesome job writing this story, and Jonathan Davis did great work once more as a narrator.

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Bud, Not Buddy audiobook cover art

Loved it as a kid, love the story now

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. This story blends both childish and adult themes so well I could get lost in it now and when I first read it as a child. Bud's adventure and struggles were so fun and at times felt absolutely real. Its connection to American history and the addition of jazz music to the audible version really knocked the story out of the park.

Light hearted and depressing, this story has true soul. I'll always treasure it for the art it is.