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  • Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2

  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,072

Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig's New York Times best-selling trilogy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than the first one

  • By Mathew on 07-29-16

Wendig's Second Act is much better

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

After being more disappointed with Aftermath than any other Star Wars book I've read (including NJO books), I took the advice to enjoy his work as an audio book. This was a huge success. It took me a week to listen to, but I actually enjoyed. As opposed to pausing. To wonder. Why does Mr. Wendig write in choppy sentences? Its annoying. Being able to focus on story and not style was a huge relief.

The story still isn't my favorite but boy am I glad to have gotten away from Akiva and into things that matter. Life Debt uses galactic consequence as it driving force far more than angsty teenage child problems.

Sinjir continues to be my favorite character as he provides the crew with the necessary levity and gallows humor. "You made my friends sad" will provide me laughs for a long time.

Temmen's evolution has been interesting given his small role in Bloodline and TFA. I am thrilled to hear more of Han, Leia and Chewie as well.

But by far my book MVP is Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. This woman is a book-style Imperial baddie. She wants order, honor, and strength as compared to her "advisor" who seeks power through any means necessary. I can't wait to see how Empire's End unfurls.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Lost Stars

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,594

This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cure for the Aftermath Blues

  • By Matt H. on 09-18-15

Cure for the Aftermath Blues

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

I can't say how much better Lost Stars was than Aftermath. A single storyline, tieing into the Saga but only as background.

True Imperial devotee and absolute synic journeying through military life, the reign and fall of the Empire. This is what Star Wars books are at their best. They tell a story anyone could relate to, if they only lived in a galaxy far, far away.

Thank you Ms. Gray for restoring my faith in the new Star Wars canon. Please come back and write more for us fans!

42 of 42 people found this review helpful