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Jason Adams

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  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

Very dark, very different, very good.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

This book is quite the departure from a normal Star Wars novel, but that makes it memorable. More grim and graphic than most, although not gratuitous or without reason. I found the details of the warrior customs interesting instead of filler, the story engaging, and the ultimate payoff worth the trip. This is a helluva origin story for someone who was onscreen in The Force Awakens for less than five minutes and only had a handful of lines. I hope she's more prominent in The Last Jedi, after this read I definitely want to see her in battle on screen. Very different, but impressive, with a good performance as well, I found January's shifts to male voices to be particularly strong. The new EU has been good lately, with Thrawn and Catalyst being good standalone stories that tie in well and actually feel important, and this is on par with both.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Silhouette: A 12th Doctor Novel

  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra. Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers. How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good Doctor Who book for the new doctor!

  • By Jesse on 01-04-15

Excellent Narrator, Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

The story here is very good, bringing in three of the most memorable recurring characters from the show and using them to their best potential.

Narration was so good I think I enjoyed the book more because I listened than I would have just reading it. Dan nails Strax, of course, since he voices him on the show, but also does a great job giving the series regulars and new characters distinctive voices. Of the 5 Who books I've listened to, this one has had the most realistic characterization vocally, and that surprises me since Tennant, Briggs, and Anthony Head were narrators on the others (and all did well, don't misunderstand.)

This sets a very high bar for other 12th Doctor books to measure up to, and I would listen to another narrated by Dan just based on this performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful