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Empire's End: Aftermath

Star Wars
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
Series: Star Wars, Book 32, Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7,026 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

©2017 Chuck Wendig (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Lutz, Fl, United States
  • 03-09-17

meh

Although better than the first in the series, I found myself wanting it to be over. That's a shame because I love almost all the star wars series books. I found the performance anoying at points. It was like listening to a reality show gone bad.

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disappointing

Extremely disappointing conclusion. I was expecting there to be something of relevance seeing as this was the books leading up to the force awakens but no it's probably nothing more than a lead up to the new thrawn book.

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Disappointing to the last.

The Aftermath series in general was a waste of time. What I wanted from this trilogy was insight to how the Empire grew into the First Order, new adventures from beloved characters accurately depicted, and how the Jedi could return to the galaxy. Three books later, I got nothing.

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Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

The best part of this series was that it ended. maybe one books Worth of story, poorly stretched into a trilogy. And as bad as some Expanded Universe authors were, Wending takes the prize as the all time worst. The Star Wars Christmas Special was a classic by comparison. I wish I could give it less then 1 star.

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possibly the worst of the aftermath books

this may be the worst in the series. the story is slow and the time frame muddled. the last few chapters are cut together in such a way that it's hard to determine how long the final battle last. every choice made is the stupid choice but it all works out because each dumb choice comes with its own saving dues ex machina.

three books in and the author still doesn't understand that not every paragraph needs at least one simile. it is perhaps the most annoying thing about these books. especially since some of the similes are only usable on earth. one person says sober as a vicar. did the church of England make it star wars?

Thompson does his usual job and besides from a few rough voices he does good. the performance is above average.


spoilers below possibly


the book does little to further the star wars story. we get a vague idea of how the first order starts at the end of the book but still absent are any details of snook.

the characters are some of the least likeable in the star wars universe. Nora wexly being one of the worst. in the first chapters she abandons her son in the middle of an imperial blockade to take an escape pod. everyone in this book exhibits terrible and selfish choices that somehow always work out.

all in all you can skip this and just read the wiki summary. save your money for another star wars story.

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Fine performance. Middling story.

There is some good insight into the fall of the Empire and origins of the first order. The politics of the day as well. But that doesn't hide the medicore and predictable story. And my God someone send Temmin to his room.

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Good, but drawn out

the overall story is good but drawn out. this story and the overall trilogy promise to tell us about Han, Luke and Leia and only peppers in bits about them among stories of other characters we care little about.

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The force is not strong with this one

What did you like best about Empire's End: Aftermath? What did you like least?

Liked Best: Marc Thompson's performance. He brings life to even weak story lines.

Liked Least: Inclusion of JarJar !!!!! Need anything else be said? Granted it was a very minor part of the story, but it was traumatic for me.

Has Empire's End: Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - I will still listen to other Star Wars stories, but not with the same anticipation previous story lines have given.
Why is Luke never a part of the story?

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot say I liked any scene enough to call is a favorite.

Do you think Empire's End: Aftermath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe - it would be interesting to see how certain characters develop in the upcoming big story.

Any additional comments?

NEVER bring JAR JAR back - EVER

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Origin of the First Order revealed.

If you like vague Easter eggs, this book is for you. It really didn't bridge the destruction of the second death star. However, this book does reveal the formation of the First Order. This entire trilogy should have been a short story.

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Ho hum part III...do not waste your time

Not really sure why anyone would buy these books if Disney is going to continue publishing this underachieving garbage. Completely sub par compared to any Karpyshyn or Luceno novel. Disney is ruining Star Wars one story at a time. I'm done with this!

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  • J A MACLAREN
  • 07-04-19

a fitting conclusion

highly enjoyable listen, Marc Thompson brings all the characters to life. very much enjoyed the story, very star-wars-y without relying too much on repeating beats from the movies/TV series. would very much enjoy a graphic novelisation, and highly recommend the trilogy for Star Wars fans young and old.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

Great narrator

Absolutely love the narration of these books and can’t wait to start the next. Star Wars rules rebellion scum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-19

Riveting listen

From start to finish kept me captivated following a well developed stortline. Marc Thompson gives life to each character with his talent and clear diction.

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  • Count Wilhelm
  • 05-03-19

A lame ending to a lame trilogy

I don't even know where to start with these books. The first was terrible, the second marginally less so and the third right back up there with the first.
The trilogy really does absolutely nothing to lead you on to The Force Awakens, and in nearly every instance feels like characters are being created at random just so Disney can have more to tell more lame stories about (for the purpose of making more money, rather than adding real substance to the Star Wars genre and universe)

The only positive element of this production was the voice acting, which was excellent.

So to summarise, badly written, utterly underwhelming and hugely disappointing on all counts, save the actual audio.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-19

As always..amazing narration by Marc Thompson

I struggled when I read the book but the narration just made me never want to stop listening!