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New York Times Best Seller

Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are reunited on the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy-spanning novel inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story. But 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....

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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. 

Praise for Last Shot:

“Action-packed in all the right ways.” (Tordotcom)

“A fun, breezy read, with plenty of humor, Ewok hackers, murderous robots, and rousing fight scenes as Han and Lando go from scrape to scrape [to] track down a long-forgotten enemy.” (The Verge)

“The flat-out funniest Star Wars novel to date.” (Alternative Nation)

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Daniel Jose Older is a horrible writer & narrator.

This is not a Star Wars novel. It's bad fan fiction fulfilling Mr. Older's personal fantasies and it reflects his own issues with his father rather than portraying how Han Solo would be as a father. Daniel has publicly admitted that he wrote Han as a bad father because in his deluded mind, that somehow creates equality. In my opinion, this book is gross character assassination of both Han and Lando.

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GARBAGE

I think a biography of Jar Jar blinks would have been better that this bull shit. I listened to Most wanted before this and it was Infinitely better. This book makes solo look like such a bitch ass. Disney should delete this crap book and fire the author and editor. The person who voiceies the young han solo is so unbearable I'd rather listen to nails on a chalk board.

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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 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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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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Decent, confusing w/ multiple timelines & narrator

probably my least favorite Star Wars book that I have listened to on Audible. the main storyline was pretty good but the going back and forth previous timelines and narrators made it confusing and hard to follow.

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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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  • 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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  • SS
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bacla Va
  • 04-02-21

Good, but sometimes inappropriate

This is good but it is sometimes extremely inappropriate and mature sexual lines are common in the Lando chapters

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  • Jacob M.
  • 12-20-20

A fun star wars story, let down by frustrating writing and some infuriating performances

Theres a lot to love about this story. Getting to see Han, Leia and baby Bens home life is very interesting, theres tonnes of fun interactions between characters we know, and the central mystery is engaging. Han struggling to come to terms with fatherhood is particularly interesting. However, the writer made the decision to have 3 flashback plotlines happening alongside the main story. One about Han 10 years previously, one about Lando 15 years previously and one about a new character that starts about 20 years previously. This could work, and the stories about Lando and the new character are fairly interesting, but firstly: they MASSIVELY hold up the main action, and dont add enough to the story for them to feel worthwhile at all. And secondly: while 2 of them are not bad, the Han flashback story is awful. Incredibly boring and generic. Found my attention frequently drifting away during those sections, having to skip back frequently until i just gave up trying and accepted that this particular plot thread was just going nowhere and wasnt worth the effort.

Which leads me to the second big problem: the 3 narrators. Firstly, Marc Thompson is EXCELLENT. He brings so much life to the characters, with a tonne of different voices, including a pretty great Harrison Ford. Became a fan of his work from the Aftermath audiobooks and he doesn’t disappoint here. January LaVoy handles the Lando flashback sections, and while her Billy Dee Williams voice takes some getting used to, she overall does a pretty decent job and kept me engaged. However, I have to ask: has Daniel José Older ever actually read a book out loud? He does the Han flashback story sections and its almost unlistenable at times. He reads everything so quickly its hard to take anything in, and often sounds like he doesn’t understand what he’s reading which is amazing considering HE WROTE THE BOOK. On top of that, it is VERY difficult to keep track of which character is speaking a lot of the time due to the fact that he barely changes voices for each character. The voices he does for Han and Sana Starros in particular are very difficult to follow because he just reads their dialogue in his own voice. Both characters. So any scene where they are talking to each other just sounds like one person talking to themselves, especially given how fast he reads everything. Its really terrible.

Beyond those main issues, the story is just frustratingly written. Sequences seem to last forever, including a VERY long scene with a Toydarian fortune teller which, while it does eventually serve a purpose to the story, goes on for so long its very hard to care about whats going on. Similarly the climactic action section towards the end of the book genuinely seems to last a third of the running time. It goes on for so long it becomes difficult to remember how it started. Plus, it often seems like the writer skips over vital pieces of information a lot of the time in a way that leaves you going “wait, why are they here? What are doing?”

There is a lot to like in this story, and if you’re a Star Wars lore-junkie like me you’ll find some enjoyment in some of its weirder elements and the character interactions. But unfortunately, due to poor writing and one particularly annoying vocal performance, i cant really recommend this to a casual fan.

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  • Mr. I. A. Fairhurst
  • 12-13-20

Trickey Story

Has an interesting story line but very difficult to keep up with. The plot take you back and forth between time making it a difficult keep up with. I found that you really had to concentrate to keep up with the time line.

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  • Andy Bartle
  • 11-23-20

A great book

A great and entertaining book that keep you interested from the very start to the very end.

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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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  • tgregg
  • 07-04-19

Fun but a little confusing

A good story but with its multiple timelines and perspectives maybe not ideal for audio storytelling. They seem to be aware of this and have used a different narrator for each timeline but it still takes some getting used to.
The main narrator is fantastic, his Han voice very good and his Lando isn’t far behind.
The other narrators are good, one especially seems to be throughly enjoying the opportunity, you can HEAR the smile on his face.
Sound effects and music are obviously great and not over used.

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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.