Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

Series: Star Wars
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,432 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Good Story, Bad Preformance

As a lover of audio books, I was quite disappointed with this performance. The story was ok, and I was very happy to get more back-story on Count Dooku; but the formatting and presentation of this story was not good at all. Preforming the story as an Audio Drama lost so much of the detail that you get in a normal book. It really did feel like listening to a play/movie and those formats don’t work without the visual component. And without the details a normal book would include, this performance felt very incomplete.

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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!

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Amazing story and phenomenal voice acting.

absolutely loved the story, and the point of view of each and every character. the voice acting was phenomenal , it was almost like I was watching a TV show. would definitely recommend, especially after reading master and Apprentice. There are a lot of parts that reference that book and it's amazing to see those connections.

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a great example of a good book that was too short!

This book (or, audio-drama) was phenomenal to the end. it does a great job of explaining Dooku's journey from Padawan to Count.

unfortunately, there's a real dissidence between where he was at when he became Count of Serenno, and his current status as Sith Lord.

In the book, present day Dooku is cruel and malevolent, but these traits were not really embraced by Dooku in any of the flashbacks, instead showing us the admirable idealist Dooku.

the book would have really benefitted from an extra two hours of content at the end.
content that focused on his rapid fall to corruption after he left the Jedi order.

only other complaint is that (despite being played by a full cast) the actor who plays Dooku is only barely passable.

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