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  • Razor's Edge

  • Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Adequate Narrator.

  • By Pamela on 09-29-13

Great Book, Adequate Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-13

Where does Razor's Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have no earthly idea.

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

Yes, but I can't due to my busy schedule.

Any additional comments?

Great Book, very entertaining, and brings a new light to the destruction of a certain planet and Leia Organa. I love the why they had written the characters Han and Leia, but their interactions seemed... odd and not in the odd way it should; uncomfortable, skirting around these feelings they've got, etc. No this just felt... well odd. Aside from that the characters were well written and the plot was interesting and drew you in but... the narrator isn't perfect.

Now I don't know if it's something to do with vocal depth or not but all of January LaVoy's men sounded like she was doing one of the those random deep voice impressions of someone. Again I'm not sure if it's just me or maybe the Narrator isn't the best choice for a female narrator but I don't see Marc's or Johnathan's female characters as those random high voiced interpretations. Maybe it's harder to make a deeper voice than a higher voice? I'm not sure.

In the end, though, i had fun with this book, it was interesting, it drew me in, and the overarching story was once you reach the end ties together. I will suggest this to any and all Star Wars fans!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zahn is simply the best.

  • By Ezekiel on 10-03-13

The Perfect Sequel Series to the Thrawn Trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

Marc Thompson... Duh.

What did you like best about this story?

(SPOILERS!) The reveal of Thrawn... Wait What?!

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

I've listened to nearly all of his SW works and they just keep getting better and better, refining his skills.

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

Nah, I don't normally get moved to books, films, or shows. Just the way I am.

Any additional comments?

I loved this, Timothy Zahn has and continues to make the definitive SW novels. If i was forced to choose between one of his works and what George says to be cannon, I'd pick Zahn's. Yeah, I love his works.

Marc continues to bring it all together in a glorious Star Wars audio experience. His voices are nearly perfect, Thrawn's voice still gives me the chills and Luke's voice isn't quite as mature as it is in the FOTJ novels but much more mature then it was in, say, Allegiance.

This book is much more of a complicated intrigue story and political maneuvering (Not nearly the extent of something like Plagueis though.) than Zahn's typical classic Star Wars action. That is not a bad thing at all! It shows that he can do more, though I don't necessarily think he needs to. It's about mystery, surprise, anticipation, and more mystery.

I have read these novels, but the Audio is just so much more! It's a completely different medium and has it's own draw backs and pluses. There are novels that I would suggest listening on audio first (Death Troopers being one.) and then there are novels that don't change very much. This is one.

The last time I read it was while ago but i don't remember much seeming different in the Audio than the physical.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,501

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Good, Not Sure It Iives Up To The Hype

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

Reviewed: 09-02-13

Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

Not really, Not that it isn't a fun listen once, but unless I decide to listen to the rest of the series, probably not.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Blah. The end feels rushed. Not like he tried to put too much in a small space but like there isn't enough. There are specific things i wished he had addressed as for the ending and this is my main problem with it which i will explain more on in the Additional Comments.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

Ender, honestly. I just liked the way he sounded, idk any other way to explain it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Seriously? Would 'This Is Not A Game' work?

Any additional comments?

So, i know i'm probably going to be crucified for this but, i just didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.

(SPOILERS) The end was the part that fell apart for me. When Ender beat the last 'game' in Command School and Mazer Rackham said "You you just won the war!" (I'm paraphrasing) IT felt like a cop out to me. BUT hold on! Not the basic idea, more the execution. The idea is interesting and surprising. While it was surprising, it didn't feel as powerful as it should have. I really can't explain it well. To me it was just to 'BLAH'. I.. hmm, i was just to not concerned i guess.

Then the human war happened after the Bugger threat was gone, cool right?! WRONG we got to see zip of that war, we've had Bean's perspective of things and could have through some of the war, but no, all we got was Ender's rehab. Huh?

No, i know that the story was originally a Short Story and i am impressed at the way Orson Scott Card turned it into a full on novel. But the end, like I said, it felt rushed and I feel I would have enjoyed the Short Story more than the novel.

I know, I Know! Crucify, Crucify!!!! But I'm just being honest and feel this doesn't quite live up to the hype

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars

  • Death Troopers
  • By: Joe Schreiber
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror

  • By Morelos on 10-16-09

It's a great read! A couple of issues...

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Terrifying, compelling, tragic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Han.... obviously.

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

Not a lot if i'm honest. Mostly the only thing you experience that you wouldn't if you read it is the sound effects. The Zombie screams, their munching on human and alien flesh.. very thrilling.

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

No, BUT not for the reason you may think. I find it very difficult to read/listen to horror thriller books in one sitting. It's a personal thing.

Any additional comments?

This book is what it says it is; a thrilling tail of folks on a prison ship that go onto a derelict Star Destroyer and find zombles.

Now, that said, it doesn't mean it's that great of a book in general. But what it does mean is that it's a good book. the reason i've read for people disliking this book was 1) The reason behind the zombie apocalypse, to which i say: Its damn sight better then medichlorians . 2) the story was uneven and I will give them that. It is uneven at certain parts.

There was this guy in Canada (you can find his review somewhere below) that said he didn't like the background noise..... a couple things with that (i will resort to the number system again.) 1) Star Wars books have sound affects, it's their staple. 2) In this kind of a book it makes it even more frightening. I'm sure that if i read this i wouldn't find it in the least bit scary without the zombie screams getting loader and loader, yet never overpowering the narrator.

Stormtrooper zombies are awesome, in fact this book reminded me of Dead Space and that is a great game series (Excluding 3). It's horrifying, it's thrilling, it's gory, and it has zombies/necromorphs.

(SPOILER.) For those who have listened to the book may i just say my personal most scary moment was the Imperial officers in the shuttle. Surrounded by these ravenous, hunger filled monsters, they surrender their humanity and turn into zombies themselves. Just... *shiver*.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Allegiance: Star Wars Legends

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn

  • By Jacen on 06-21-13

Just look at the starts!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

Where does Allegiance: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 5, as I mostly listen to Star Wars novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

LaRone. He and the "Hand of Judgment" was my favorite part of the story.

If not him then Mara Jade, her arrogance is what pushes her to second because she hasn't earned her arrogance like, for instance, Vader.... Man if he were in the book as a core character he would be first cause.... Darth Vader!

Which scene was your favorite?

It's a tie between two scenes.
1) After LaRone wastes (more like takes out the garbage.) the ISB officer.
2) On board the Executor when Mara and Vader have there... discussion.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Timothy Zahn always hits home runs with his Star Wars novels and he did it again. The only issue with this book is...... It's to short. I wanted more, i did read 'Choices of One' before i listened to this but i still wanted more. I also wanted more Vader but i completely understand him being a small cameo-esk character.

I believe this is Marc's first attempt at Vader but you couldn't tell as it's flawless. Its really difficult to capture James Earl Jones's voice without James Earl Jones.

Marc is second only to Johnathan Davis when it comes to voice actors of Vader, he surpasses him in every other Voice especially Luke's. I've been listening to Marc's Grand Master Luke for so long and his young Luke seems a perfect mix of Ben's and Luke's voices.

Great book, Great narrator, Great story, i'm amazed by this book. However my Favorite Timothy Zahn novel will forever be 'Heir to the Empire'. i guess i'm bias that way.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Crucible: Star Wars Legends

  • By: Troy Denning
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes - and far deadlier consequences. Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By CW FISHER on 07-24-13

Good trio swan song Novel! Had some story issues

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

What did you love best about Crucible: Star Wars?

Luke Skywalker... 'Nuff said.

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

Everything! Marc makes the book come to life, it's amazing that he's the only one that actually narrates it.

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

Though it does have it's issues... sure. It is very compelling, so yes.

Any additional comments?

See, I love the book but there are issues with the story. It's not very consistent and it throws you off stride. (Not the good Timothy Zahn 'of stride') i think Mr. Denning can make great novels, he has shown this, but this could have been better.

(SPOILERS!) Personally I would have thought a better swan song would be a more classical Jedi vs Sith book but instead Troy goes for a more exotic Columi vs Jedi book that leads them to the Not-Mortis. Now this is were it slipped for me.
The monolith wasn't executed well, and it didn't really mesh with the already explained nature of the monoliths in the Clone Wars episodes (and my personal theory, that they are some type of Tho Yor.) The execution of Not-Mortis was not very well done, the Story threw you around, and the characters felt to wide spread in a similar way to the villains in Batman Arkham City.

Nevertheless the issues surrounding this story are problematic but the areas where they are aren't large, therefore it's like a couple bad bites in a brownie. I would definitely suggest this to any star wars novel reader, casual or otherwise. It's the swan song (So far as we know....) to the original trio team up so it can't be passed up. Unfortunately it's the swan song to the original star wars trio team up. :,( Don't actually trust that statement as i'm sure another novel will reveal the death/fate of Han, Luke, and Leia.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591

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

I don't know why poeple didn't like it.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-12

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Seriously this book is good! Idk why people gave it bad rates. I though it was pure Star Wars the Old Republic and it made me feel like I was listening to someone playing the game!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Halo: Glasslands

  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is a very different kind of Halo book

  • By CHRISTOPHER on 10-18-12

Excellent Addition to the Halo Universe!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-12

If you could sum up Halo: Glasslands in three words, what would they be?

Great, intense, suspenseful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Glasslands?

*SPOILER* I have to say that when they brought Halsey away. Or maybe the scene when the Sanghilei (can't remember his name) got decked by Naomy... Naomi... Whatever.

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

Halsey's interrogation.

Any additional comments?

This book is an Amazing addition to the Halo Univeres and a major gap filler for Halo 3-Halo 4.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story!!!

  • By Ibrahim on 05-31-11

The Best 'The Old Republic' novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-11

this book sheds light on the TOR trailer reliesed by BioWear. The events that take place aftur the trailer are brilliantly dipicted in this novelization of 'The Old Republic'

6 of 7 people found this review helpful