Kyle D. Mathis

Dayton, OH USA
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  • Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 1: Rogue Squadron

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Henry Thomas
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

They are the X-wing fighters: sleek, swift, and deadly. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last ditch effort to control the stars!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but SEVERELY abridged

  • By Jason on 03-27-13

Good Delivery of a Chopped Product

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Reviewed: 03-20-14

Would you try another book from Michael A. Stackpole and/or Henry Thomas?

Yes, if presented unabridged.

What could Michael A. Stackpole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I do not believe the issues here were Stackpole's as I enjoyed the original book itself. Rather, the story presented for the audiobook was so hacked up that much of the good detail and character development was lost.

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

I am not familiar with Thomas' other work. The reading here was rather well done. If there were moments where some characters sounded too similar, it can be forgiven with there being so many characters to deal with. Overall, I liked his delivery, and consider it the high point of this rendition.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I had not realized this was an abridged version when I bought the audiobook. Even beyond that, there was a particularly poor job done of reducing the work. I thoroughly enjoyed the original paperback, yet this script lacks the character development and suspense from the novel. Had I not already been up on the novel itself, this would have been a dull story careening from one barely connected fight to another. Frankly, I expected much better, and will refrain from buying any further abridged versions of this series.

Any additional comments?

The background noises and effects were entertaining, and could have added a lot to an unabridged version of the book, but they are not enough to save this chopped up script. This is the most disappointing audiobook I have purchased to date, and makes me leery of buying any more Star Wars audiobooks.

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