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Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

Series: Star Wars
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,663 ratings)

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Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in this audio original set in a galaxy far, far away....

Darth Tyranus. Count of Serenno. Leader of the Separatists. A red saber, unsheathed in the dark. But who was he before he became the right hand of the Sith? As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord’s past begins to come to light. 

Dooku’s life began as one of privilege - born within the stony walls of his family’s estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred. But soon, his Jedi abilities are recognized, and he is taken from his home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda.

As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a Padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn - and tries to forget the life that he once led. But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana, and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.

Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light - even as the darkness begins to fall.

Narrated by a full cast: 

Orlagh Cassidy as Asajj Ventress

Euan Morton as Dooku 

Pete Bradbury as Gretz Droom

Jonathan Davis as Qui-Gon Jinn

Neil Hellegers as Ramil

Sean Kenin as Sifo-Dyas

January LaVoy as Jor Aerith

Saskia Maarleveld as Jenza

Carol Monda as Lene Kostana

Robert Petkoff as Ky Narec

Rebecca Soler as Yula Braylon

and 

Marc Thompson as Yoda 

©2019 Cavan Scott (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Good but missed potential.

First off this book is enjoyable and is an interesting look into the life of Dooku pre Clone Wars Era. But it did feel a little rushed. It’s only a six hour book. So a lot of the scenes lack the depth and detail of most other Star Wars books. Goes from conflict to resolution in a few minutes leaving a lot to be desired. But it’s a small complaint for an otherwise interesting listen.

One important note. There’s a lot of screaming (seriously a lot lol) by the various voice actors in this book. And can be piercing to the ears. Volume is up to hear the dialogue clearly then you get blasted with screams that make you want to rip out your headphones. Just a heads up.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Decent Audio Drama!

Dooku: Jedi Lost was a worthwhile distraction during my daily commute, however being unfamiliar with the various animated Star Wars series put me at a bit of a disadvantage. I was familiar with Dooku from his appearances in the two prequel movies. Knowing beforehand that his personal history was being uncovered by a Sith assassin Asajj Ventress, my first reaction was "who?" I thought this might have been a good jumping-on point, and while it's easy listening, it's also not incredibly newbie-friendly. If you're curious about Dooku's past as a Jedi, this will certainly help fill in the gaps. If, like me, you're only familiar with the live-action Star Wars films and a handful of the new cannon books, you'll probably be lost by all the unfamiliar names and history connecting characters you've never heard of. If you're familiar with the Clone Wars cartoons, though, you'll probably have an easier go of this than I did.

As far as the voice talents go, the performances are all pretty solid across the board. Del Rey always puts together good narrators and immersive audio elements like sound effects and a musical score, and this is no different. My only complaint is, particularly when they were portrayed as young padawans, Dooku and his friend, Sifo-Dyas sounded awfully similar and I often couldn't tell who was speaking.

I did find myself missing the usual narrative elements and exposition from a typical audiobook. There were a number of elements I would have liked to have had explored deeper, but the story was constricted by the choice of format. That said, I certainly wouldn't mind future Star Wars audio dramas.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Cannon Sstar Wars at it's best.

Hope more Star Wars cannon is put into this format. Many of the cast are ones I've heard, or heard of before, others, not so, Felt like a movie in my head. Amazing origin story for Dooku, and others.

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A great dive into Dooku's life!

Biggest and pretty much only complaint; Dooku's Voice actor was poorly cast. sounds Nothing like him. really made me cringe at first, but then you get used to it and once you do, the book takes on a life of its own. the great dive into his formative years, he's relationship with many of the influential people in and outside the Jedi order all leading up to the moment when he decides to leave the order for good. Just what the doctor ordered after master and Apprentice. make this your next book!

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Great first audio drama

This story greatly expands everything we know about Dooku and his backstory. It’s essentially an origin story. I wish more of it wasn’t told through recordings as the vocal effects get old after a while. The story feels somewhere between a clone wars episode and Harry Potter. I know that sounds strange but you will understand. While they barely reference each other, this was a great follow up to Master and Apprentice. Overall a really solid experiment. I hope they make more of these.

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It was okay...

Performance was good, story was meh. I didn't like when the characters would describe themselves doing something in the first person. That was weird, and made some scene very slow it less enjoyable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Volume Inconsistencies

Great short story that gives some interesting backround on Dooku.

However voice acting cast was a bit too large. The ear piercing screaming/yelling portions that seemingly came out of nowhere and for no real reason where poorly thought out and mastered.

I've never had to fiddle with the volume as much as I did with this audio book.

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A Promising First Effort; Voice Acting Lackluster

Positives: I love the idea of an audio-exclusive Star Wars book...almost like an old radio drama. The decision to tackle a prequel-era story was also a plus for me. The voice actors for Yoda, Qui-gon, Asajj, and Jenza (sp) were spot-on. I gave this a fourth star just because I enjoyed the pre-quel era story and the audio drama format, and I would love to see some more books like it in the future!

Negatives: The story felt almost haphazard at times. Overall, I was not impressed with the voice acting or the editing. Many conversations didn't flow--they felt like the different speaking parts had been recorded separately and then edited in a way that sounded slightly unnatural. Dooku's voice actor was one of my least favorite casting decisions; his voice actor was obviously talented, but I had a hard time picturing him as Dooku when I was expecting something like the voice of Sir Christopher Lee. Also, I'm shocked that this story included Sifo-Dyas but didn't elaborate as to why his name was given to the Kaminoan cloners as the one requesting the clone army. (Maybe Dooku was just impersonating him.) I listened to this immediately after listening to the audio version of "Master and Apprentice," where a single narrator voiced a large cast of characters more convincingly than the multiple voice actors here (the narrator from Master and Apprentice voiced Qui-gon here though, if I'm not mistaken).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An Unexpected Surprise

Very good story with solid acting. my only gripe is the actor who played Dooku. His voice was similar to the other actors and it made it hard to tell who was who sometimes. Overall I enjoyed it though.

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The only shortcoming was it being “short”

Great story! Gave a much needed peak into Dooku’s perspective, into his fall from the Light. Felt rushed towards the end, however. Also would have been extra-galactic to see more time between him and Sidious/Palpatine 🤩!!!

Excellent performance! There should be more of these full cast performances! I won’t take anything away from the usual individual performers (Jonathan and Matthew) but I had ALWAYS wanted to hear them perform together!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful