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Allegiance: Star Wars Legends
- By: Timothy Zahn
- Narrated by: Marc Thompson
- Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses.
Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn
- By Jacen on 06-21-13
Jade come to life!
What did you love best about Allegiance: Star Wars?
Zahn: Jade's character profile is written perfectly. The story is like an episode of NCIS. NCIS: Star Wars, lol!
Thompson: His performance of the men of the "Hand of Judgement". Especially his "Quiller" voice.
What other book might you compare Allegiance: Star Wars to and why?
None, but it's classic Zahn. Mara Jade begins to discover that the side she serves may not be on hers.
What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As stated above, the voices. He brings those characters out of that book as if it were a pop-up. His overall mastery of the tone and approach to this story makes the narration sound darn near flawless.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Han and Leia's moment alone near the end of the story.
Any additional comments?
One tiny thing bothered me about the dialog Mr. Zahn chose when Leia addressed Han as "Han" and not "Captain Solo" or just "Captain". Keep in mind that the book is set in a time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back so Leia, not yet experiencing the defeat at Hoth and the pursuit of Darth Vader, hasn't begun to release her true feelings for Han on a personal level. She should still have the same vintage professional and studious approach towards Han that she had in dealing with Solo in A New Hope and not be addressing him as "Han" THAT many times in the novel. However, the scene where Leia gets jealous as Han speaks to a female rebel pilot at the beginning of the novel perfectly shows the vintage suppression of feelings and indifference in Han's attempts to frustrate her.
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Kenobi: Star Wars Legends
- By: John Jackson Miller
- Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
- Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
"The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber
- By Troy on 08-27-13
Star Wars: Tatooine? Maybe?
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The title perhaps..... Ben is just the master of ceremonies here in this story... He has some key moments, especially as the story picks up, but this is a character-driven story by non-canon characters who are making their Star Wars debut.
Would you recommend Kenobi to your friends? Why or why not?
Sure, it's a nice read. Especially if you like Westerns.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis?
Sure, but he sure has fallen off from his performances in the past. Remember Star Wars: Shatterpoint? Still the best Star Wars novel narration or voice imitation ever (Davis's performance of Mace Windu) outside of Marc Thompson's Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian in the Legacy novels. This is like Kenobi's Shatterpoint novel, but as mentioned above, he doesn't feature as much in Kenobi as Windu does in Shatterpoint. With that said, I think Davis is trying just a little too hard, like he's trying to outperform Marc Thompson. I think Davis and Thompson are both great narrators, but Davis should focus more on bringing out the drama of the book with his signature tenor sound and leave the "man of a thousand voices" performance to Thompson.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No, this would be a straight to DVD title. But a story like this would have been a curious and interesting story arc for Kenobi in the CLONE WARS cartoon show. But perhaps REBELS will visit with Kenobi on Tatooine....
Any additional comments?
No, it was far from bad but not an excellent book either, but that's not to say that John Jackson Miller is a bad writer. Lucasfilm should definitely give him a call to write another novel soon, perhaps another post-Clone Wars novel, strictly with non-canon characters, with perhaps a few cameos from familiar Star Wars characters, al la Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. Although, James Luceno did feature Vader and some other well-known Star Wars characters in the novel a little bit to where they were at least minor characters and not just making cameos. But you get the idea.
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