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Last Shot

Star Wars
Series: Star Wars, Book 33
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,374 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past...

THEN: 

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge....

NOW: 

It’s been 10 years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated. 

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy. 

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR... 

Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the young adult series The Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and the middle-grade historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter. 

©2018 Daniel Jose Older (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • Brien
  • Maryland
  • 04-19-18

It's a letdown and boring

This will be the first Audible book I have returned sadly. As others have mentioned about the three narrators, two are actually seasoned character actors, and the third is the author who just reads the book to you with a little emphasis. Mind you he is not a horrible narrator on his own, but jumping between two other people who try to do voices (one does very well with his Han and Lando), and then a guy who just reads it to you. It is all over the place and interrupts the flow of the book. It would be one thing if it were different perspectives of characters, but it's the same core characters. I found this distracting and unable to really get into the flow of the book. The writing I find boring personally. I can't get invested because it feels all over the place as I have mentioned. Now, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, now, 10 years ago, now, 5 years ago... While I believe the author has a decent Lando here (and only decent), Han feels just way off to the point you would think he really is as another reviewer put it "Homer Simpson". Constant "Huh?" and spaced out Han seems to just be sleep walking throughout most of this novel and feels more like a side redshirt you expect to be offed because he is inconsequential. It's a let down and he really makes him flat and boring with little charisma. All he wants is Caf in this book. I feel like the author just doesn't even know who Solo is. Little things like saying Chewie would "wreck ass". Since when has he talked like that in anything? The action in the book is droll, boring, and just seems to drag along. There is nothing that makes me feel I can't stop listening. I have had to back up several times because I find my mind wondering off in boredom with Last Shot. I could go on about this, but I feel it is pointless. At least with Audible there is a "refund it if you don't love it" policy. And I certainly do not love this book. This is just my opinion as one consumer and a Star Wars fan. I can't even finish it after 7 hours in. I find myself just not caring about anyone in this book. Even the main characters have become annoying with the authors style and everything just feels like a jumbled hot mess of confusion, boredom with a large helping of being let down. It really makes me wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm has anyone really reviewing all the new stories and cannon before being published to churn out the money.

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Fun, but not a repeater

The story was mildly engaging but Han Solo in all the movies was so self assured, confident and optimistic but Older made him almost "Homer Simpsonish", He comes across as incompetent and blundering, nothing like the real Solo.

Marc Thompson does a spectacular narration, Daniel Jose Older should have just left it there. Older is a decent author but a narrator for a star wars novel he is not. January LaVoy does a good job as well but Marc Thompson is def the stand out.

I love the audio extras. It is fun to hear blaster fire and back ground noise in the audio. Love that in the star wars books.

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Not a fan of the authors narration

The author of the book was honestly my least favorite star wars audiobook narrator so far. it was very confusing to follow the story at times because he used the same voice for Han, Sana, and the narration.

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It's good but not great

Mark Thompson is great as always, as well as January LaVoy, but Daniel Older doesn't preform well with the narration with being so quick and not into the role(s) that's he's portraying.

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Too many narrators

The story was average to good & I was ok with the constant flashbacks as it did serve the story. Having a different narrator for every time period seems like it would be a cool idea but was annoying in reality.

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  • Dave
  • Whittier, CA
  • 07-08-18

Han Solo? He Would've Disappointed You

I haven't kept up with all the Star Wars books either in the old EU or this one, but when I saw Daniel Jose Older was writing a Han and Lando book, I knew I had to check it out. After listening to it, I'd say it's probably one of my favorite Star Wars novels to date -- right up there with James S.A. Corey's Honor Among Thieves and the original Zahn trilogy. (And it reminds me that I have some holes to fill.)

The conceit of the story is that a relic from Han and Lando's past resurfaces with the potential to turn the galaxy's droids into murderbots. That bit from the Force Awakens where Kylo Ren tells Rey about what a disappointment Han was as a father? In this story, we see Han struggling to learn how raise young Ben, be a stable husband for Leia, and generally just settle down. He's failing on pretty much all fronts and he misses being able to do things he was actually good at. At the same time, Lando is trying to figure out if he's a scoundrel or a hero and whether or not he has the ability to stay in a committed relationship. Rest assured: this book is just as much about Lando as it is Han.

You can tell from pretty early on that Daniel Jose Older didn't take writing a Star Wars book lightly -- he was aiming to write a great novel about aging heroes reconciling with their failures of the past and present. There's a lot to be said about the current status and servitude of droids. Additionally, he has a blast playing with some of the conventions of Star Wars...like an ewok slicer and a certain gungan who will leaving you rolling as he blasts your preconceptions of his species. The new pilot that Han and Lando pair up with who reminds them of their younger selves is one of my favorite new characters in the SW EU.

I was a little surprised to see Marc Thompson splitting narrator duties with Daniel Jose Older and January Lavoy. Thompson does the heavy lifting, and while his pacing and intonation still seem forced to me at times, his voices for the characters are amazing -- especially some of the new characters to this story. Daniel Jose Older does the Han Solo flashbacks and it is a delight to hear him narrator hit the rhythm of his own prose. I thought Lavoy was an odd choice at first to do the Lando segments, but in the end she did phenomenal voicing both Lando and Ellthree.

For Star Wars fans -- especially Han and Lando fans -- this is a must. It's fun-filled adventure about two has-beens trying to right their past and present in a galaxy far, far away.

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Very great for a first Star Wars story.

A favorite, though not one I'd keep, but, excellent. All 3 narrators were excellent, though I do find it odd they went that route. More adult, if you will then most Star Wars stories, but that made it more interesting.

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Excellent primer for Solo

What a great story! And Marc Thompson did an amazing job, as he always does on these Star Wars novels.

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Leave the narration to the professionals...

Marc Thompson is perhaps my favorite narrator in the business, his work is tremendous and when he is reading it’s great. I haven’t gotten to January’s part yet, but she has done well in the past so I expect the same. All would be good except the author is doing narration too now and I am just taken completely out of the story. I’m extremely disappointed. It’s an interesting story, but I don’t really want to hear it performed by the writer.

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Disappointing and alarming direction

The producers choice to use three separate narrators is disruptive to the story and makes very apparent the skills of the true vocal artists.

I believe the author was one of the narrators. He did an acceptable job at reading the story. But, that's all it was. Just someone reading a story. The vocal actors perform it. That's a huge difference between the two.

This is the first time I'm aware that the star wars books get into fairly graphic sexual descriptions and Lavoys performance of Lando was borderline verbal blackface. Thompson's performance is a spot on impersonation of Billy Dee Williams. Lavoy's comes off as a racial caricature of a black man looking to get laid. In her defense she has to read the story in front of her. Two very bad decisions were made. One in the writing of it and two in the performance of it.

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  • 5hreddy
  • 05-26-18

Meh

Wanted to have a good story to whet my appetite for the Solo movie, but was disappointed. I just didn't care about what was happening. I've read most of the canon novels, but this is certainly my least favourite. The main positive is that you understand more about Han and Lando's internal thoughts as they age and cope with life, family, etc.

The production values were broadly decent, but I take issue with having a different reader for the different eras didn't quite work. I also felt Daniel's voice work was pretty poor.

I would recommend steering clear and just read the plot summary.

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  • Stephen Sullivan
  • 05-23-18

Awful

Worst new novel terrible narration
When author narrates his style mucks up the telling of th story and sounds like a wanna be lando more than a han

Just never again please

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  • tickledpinkbunny
  • 05-08-18

Amateur narration ruins it.

Author narration and intonation all sounds the same. Totally ruins the experience. Marc/Jan are great.

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  • Jackaboy
  • 04-26-18

legends it is not

Good points 1st normal great star wars audio preformance cleaver use of marc, Daniel and January's naration.

unfortunately the sorry was a little slow to get started and missing some thing on the wanting to have a conection with the newer characters introduced to the new cannon.

not a bad starwars story but not a great one

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  • Katrina
  • 05-15-19

Thoroughly entertaining

A good addition to Star Wars cannon. Voices and sound effects with music bring story to life like a radio play. Only slight downside for me was Han Solo sounding a bit like Peter Griffin - however well characterised despite this . Would recommend to anyone who likes Star Wars - don’t have to be a superfan to enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

Bit too gory for SW

While well written in itself, Last shot simply didn't feel like it was a story that belonged in the Star wars universe, at least to me. As a tale of robot rights & the ethics surrounding artificial intelligence it does work well. However the story isn't quite in line with the tone of other SW novels, it's quite a graphic read/listen with scenes describing laboratories piled up with disassembled bodies & at one stage the big baddie of the book pulls a device right out of his wrist.. I think if a scene is too graphic to be shown in a SW film it doesn't belong in a SW book either. That said I guess some people out there would rather Star Wars be more gory so to those people this & Death troopers are probably the books for you. each to their own I guess.

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  • Simon
  • 04-08-19

Spoilt by changing narrators

This was some sort of vanity project I am guessing by Mr older. Marc Thompson & and January LaVoy are great narrators. However... This changing of narrator from one time span to another was an idea that just did not work for me. I ended up with the characters each having 3 different voices. It should have just been read with the narrators playing set characters each.

For several books I have got used the Marc Thompson voicing the characters. Then additional voices not only did not add anything to it, but spoilt it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-19

Good fun

The characters feel both memorable and authentic, it has a slow start but the ending is great fun. Highly recommend

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  • malcolm
  • 03-14-19

I really struggled

I love marc Thompson and was looking forward to this but man did it drag! it's taken me the best part of 6 months to slog through this story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

A good star wars book.

The story was very start wars. not the best storyline but if your a fan a good listen. Voice acting was on point and very good! Genuinely just a really good production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-18

Good story, o.k performance

the story was pretty good, if you are a star wars fan who wants to delve deeper into the details of the star wars universe between the trilogies, this is one of those stories!

The story was pretty dark, and what I don't like is that the intense moments in the story are so un-realistic, that it is just annoying. the most important characters become so close to death, that's its stupid, and in reality, the chance of surviving such things are one in a thousand. but its just a story I guess.

performance was o.k. Marc Thompson was very good at expressing the dramatic parts of the story, and it was nice to listen to. but Daniel Jose Older was not very good. At the serious moments or dramatic moments, he sounded like it was funny, making the scene seem pretty badly performed.

other than that all g.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-14-18

Do not waste your time

This is the worst dialogue of any Star Wars book. Un-necessary detail and over use of alien terms and really cheesy male female interaction that left me wondering if I was listening to a book from the early 1950’s. The characters are so overdone and one dimensional and provide no insight into who they really are or build on past development.

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  • Thomas
  • 10-28-18

Not as memorable as some others but worth a listen

I tend to pick my star wars audiobooks based on if or not Marc Thompson is narrating them. The voice characterisation in his performances is outstanding. Not to say that other narrator's aren't good but he really brings the stories to life in the feel of original trilogy of episode 4, 5, 6. Swapping narration between Marc, January and Daniel was a little distracting at first, but if you're sceptical going into this book based on other people's review, it might help to know that January is narrating flashbacks or back stories of Lando and Daniel is doing the same for Han. Daniel especially came across as though you're listening to him over a couple drinks at a bar as he recounts something he witnessed years ago. Anyway, they aren't telling those flashbacks as if they are happening either, more like memories told from an observers perspective. I found it heaps easier to keep going by looking at it from this point of view. Marc is the "current day" storyline as it's happening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-18

Straight Shot

Should be called straight shot, as there were no twists or turns. very well read.