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  • Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars)

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's not Rogue Squadron

  • By Matt Cilvik on 06-12-19

A great first entry into this post-RotJ trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

The premise of Alphabet Squadron is simple. The burgeoning New Republic needs a special task force and assembles an unlikely group of pilots, each flying a differing model of starfighter (hence the name), and assigns them with a tough mission... to track down and eliminate the deadly Shadow Wing TIE fighter squadron of the Empire.
Alexander Freed writes military sci-fi well, and Alphabet Squadron was no exception. The space battles are described wonderfully, and the book immerses the reader in the military world of Star Wars. The characters fall into some common tropes for military characters, but Freed manages to make them interesting and stand out. I was happy to have two aliens on the team too. The story is engaging, and the ending is very unexpected and will leave you ready for book 2. The story drags in some parts, which isn't surprising given this was supposed to be a standalone novel but was extended into a trilogy however this extra focus helps flesh out the story Freed is carving and expands on his characters as well as Shadow Wing more.
Overall I recommend this for Star Wars fans, especially if you want more post-RotJ content or like the military aspect of the franchise.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've wanted this... sorta

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-19

Claudia Gray hits another home run

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Claudia Gray once again captures the magic of the Star Wars films, this time channeling the Phantom Menace. There's a lot of worldbuilding, some Dooku scenes, but the primary focus of this him is Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's relationship as student and teacher as well as Qui-Gon's growing beliefs in Prophecy, especially the Chosen One. Well worth listening to, as Davis did a fantastic job.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Most Wanted

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid if uninspired Star Wars adventure

  • By Joey on 05-25-18

A solid if uninspired Star Wars adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This book gives some backstory to Han Solo in the canon timeline, it covers his time on Corellia during his teens. It's written pretty well, but the story doesn't reinvent the wheel so-to-speak. It's a very by the book YA adventure with not much happening until the last third of the book. Well narrated, worth checking out if you're a Star Wars fan and want something new to listen to.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Clans War

  • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 7
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

Not long ago, Daniel Mahan, known to everyone as Shaman Mahan, thought that he had taken his sixth and final step in the Barliona gameworld. Yet life has other ideas. The Corporation decides to resurrect the Lord of Shadow and his entire host. The Corporation's CEO personally pushes the reset button. Geranika and his Dragon of Shadow spring back to life as, meanwhile, the Corporation makes an offer the Shaman can't refuse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series

  • By Dewey Gough on 05-23-18

A solid epilogue for Way of the Shaman fans

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Clans War is essentially an epilogue to the Way of the Shaman series, you don't have to listen to this. Book VII is more of extra adventure, tying up some loose ends and retreading common ground we explored in the main six audiobooks. Yen's narration is excellent as always, the story is fun if a bit monotonous, and the characters are developed a little bit more. Overall this is well worth checking out if you wanted one last Way of the Shaman adventure, skip it if you felt the series already ended the way you wanted.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,279

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

A thrilling tale from the Imperial point of view

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Inferno Squad is standalone story, all you need to be familiar with is the Star Wars films (including Rogue One). It spins directly out of A New Hope, as the Empire forms an elite squad of Imperial agents to deal with the remainder of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Terrorism, moral ambiguity in a time of war, undercover Imperial agents, and lots of classic Star Wars action blend together in this thrilling story. The narrator is excellent, up there with Marc Thompson and Jonathan Davis.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful