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  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,777
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,755

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

Worst of the new canon novels

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Would you try another book from Chuck Wendig and/or Marc Thompson?

I really did not enjoy the writing style of Mr. Wendig. The story jumped around WAY too much. Every time I started to get interested in a character it went in a totally different direction for hours it seemed. Things started to come together at the end but honestly I don't think I could recount the story I was so glazed over.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Wendig again?

I don't know.... I guess I don't have a choice with two more books in this series coming. Hopefully the editors and Lucasfilm give him a little more direction.

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

Marc Thompson is stellar as usual! I wish I could have his Mister Bones dialogue as my ringtone!!!

What character would you cut from Aftermath: Star Wars?

I wish the kid wasn't in this maybe his mom too. I expected a book about the Imperial leadership meeting and figuring things out while Wedge did his hero thing. I will admit I liked just about everything with the Imperials, but Wedge was incredibly underused and the backup ragtag group is not what I was expecting for the first book after ROTJ.

Any additional comments?

Just very disappointed in this. I have loved all the new books over the last year and this is the first major let down for me. I wish the whole book was made up of the very interesting "Interlude" chapters....

  • Tarkin: Star Wars

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,989

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not earth-shattering

  • By kalei on 11-20-14

Sold on the new EU

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

Would you listen to Tarkin: Star Wars again? Why?

I would totally listen to this story again! This is the only place to really get to know Tarkin as a man. Death Star did a pretty good job letting us in on Tarkin, but this new book officially gives us his backstory and early Imperial history. I absolutely loved getting such a detailed look into how the new Empire works. I loved having Darth Vader and Tarkin working together and figuring things out. I couldn't stop myself from listening it was just such an interesting ride. Knowing how things turn out I would still listen to it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tarkin of course. They did a great job fleshing out his backstory and I really enjoy his thought processes.

Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

Euan Morton was the perfect choice for this book. He does a great job with all of the voices, but Tarkin is clearly why he was hired. There's nobody I disliked; although Vader has some out of character pronunciations I didn't mind.

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

I restrict myself to Audible on my commute so that I don't overuse my credits, but there were many times I sat in the driveway to finish a chapter. I just had to know what happened!

Any additional comments?

In case you did not know already this kicks off the new Star Wars Canon. The old EU was been purged and this book is the first of the new Storyline.

That being said Luceno references all his previous books and in my mind confirms those stories, planets, organizations etc as still remaining Canon and I could not be happier with the "reboot"

  • Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, wish it was Unabridged though.

  • By Randall on 12-11-15

Favorite Star Wars Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

I have listened to I think 80% of all the available SW Audiobooks and this is my favorite book. I don't know exactly what it is, but I just LOVE it! I got this audiobook when it came out in 2005 and I have listened to it at least a dozen times since then. Whether it was at college, commuting/road trip, or at work this book is just so entertaining. It has everything I love about the movies and what I love about the clone war. The time between Episode 3 and 4 is my favorite time period in Star Wars. I just love this book!

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

When I first. Heard this I couldn't imagine anyone else doing Star Wars books. I love Marc Thompson but Jonathan Davis is fantastic.

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  • Annihilation

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic, Book 4
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,538

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy. But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The only Old Republic book I really like

  • By kalei on 11-20-14

Another "Superweapon" story is not a bad thing!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

What made the experience of listening to Annihilation the most enjoyable?

Marc Thompson's narration is fantastic as always! The story was actually very entertaining at times it feels like James Bond in the Star Wars universe. I really liked the espionage of Theron

What other book might you compare Annihilation to and why?

It's similar to all the Old Republic novels in its feel. Makes me want to jump back on the MMO ASAP!

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

His voices are truly incredible. It's hard to believe it all comes from the same man! He is very enthusiastic in his reading and actually acts out the dialogue. I believe what I am hearing and that's the mark of a great narrator!

  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

  • By: Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Stephen Colbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but disappointing.

  • By Ty A Hansen on 10-24-07

GOD bless Colbert

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Where does I Am America (And So Can You!) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For different reasons, this book is my favorite of all, among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far

What about Stephen Colbert’s performance did you like?

Performance is just incredible it's exactly what you expected to be it's like his show for hours on it

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

There were many times where I just started uncontrollably laughing which is a good thing to do while you're driving lol

Any additional comments?

BUY IT!!!

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  • Casino Royale

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439

Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ouch!

  • By Pork C. Fish on 05-22-12

Incredible, increases my love of the character

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Would you listen to Casino Royale again? Why?

I am a huge fan of the James Bond franchise. I had always wanted to read these books but now with audible I had the perfect opportunity

What did you like best about this story?

I love the character and the time. It was written in adds a lot more drama to the story

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

I think the voice performance for this book was fantastic and I can't wait to get the entire series!

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

The bitch is dead.

Any additional comments?

I think the book is fantastic I love the story and it's incredible to me that movie with Daniel Craig did such a great adaptation of it for modern times

  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Anthony Jackson, Heron Carvic
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Favourite

  • By barnes on 07-08-10

Could be better

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

The adaptation for this dramatization is great, the writing is very well and captures the details of the book while keeping an entertaining pace

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

I enjoy the music though some of it is repetitive, and I enjoy Bilbo joining in conversation with the Narrator.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I am a HUGE fan of the BBC Dramatization of LOTR with Ian Holm as Frodo. That dramatization is perfection in my opinion, highly recommended!

So this was a let down to me because it isn't as good as that adaptation, it is a bit unfair to score this poorly based on that, but I had my expectations high.

Some of the voices really annoyed me too. All the main characters I got used to though. I do like Bilbo's voice a lot, Thorin and Gandalf

Any additional comments?

If you are expecting it to be just like the BBC LOTR then you will be disappointed. However I do not regret purchasing this version! Happy 75 years to this story. One of the greatest stories ever told as far as I am concerned.

  • Free Excerpt: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Behind the Scenes

  • By: Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell (editor)
  • Narrated by: Timothy Zahn, Betsy Mitchell
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 909

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes is a special recording that features new commentary by author Timothy Zahn and editor Betsy Mitchell, written for the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire, read by Zahn and Mitchell. Included here is audio from that new unabridged recording to enhance their comments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • When a Sample Works

  • By Asta on 04-14-12

Fantastic but too short

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

What about Timothy Zahn and Betsy Mitchell ’s performance did you like?

It's great to hear the forward and the behind the scenes notes by Tim Zahn himself!

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