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Light of the Jedi

By: Charles Soule
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace...Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in the High Republic.

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm. But the even brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbours a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi's heart.

©2020 Charles Soule (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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great! I enjoyed it a lot

the first 4 or 5 hours were much, much better than the rest, but it is an enjoyable book nonetheless. the music and performance is incredible

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Loved it

This was a great book, a great story. What made it even better was the narration by Marc Thompson.
I have never heard anyone tell a story like Marc, he elevated this book to another level and it was an. absolute pleasure to listen to his narration.

I seriously think Marc is the best narrator I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Well done to you, sir.

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Great introduction to the new period.

A great lead in to this new period of the High Republic.
Interesting new characters with a special mention to the villains of this particular story. Looking forward to more as the stories continue.
Marc Thompson’s performance cannot be faulted. Outstanding.

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Simply amazing

Amazing in every way. Reminded me of old expanded universe stories about the old republic.

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Very enjoyable.

Great narration and some truly fun characters. it kind of blends A New Hope with The Phantom Menace into a Star Wars distater movie. There might be TOO many characters in the end, but I came to enjoy most of them.

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Amazing

a new story new heroes and bad guys away from the Skywalker saga really felt like the old Republic books doing them justice ! Marc Thompson brilliant as always

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Great Introduction to the Whole New Era

This book is engaging, and I think a wonderful addition to the Star Wars canon. Soule develops the action slowly, choosing to unfold the story rather than deliver it all at once. The end of Part One is particularly moving, and a brilliant moment representing the complexity of the Jedi and the Force. I would say, however, there are some faults. The characters are highly undeveloped, particularly the Jedi. They are pristine and glossy. Their "faults" (if they have any at all) seem superficial at best. The action is far more engaging than the characters, unfortunately.

I have never been a fan of Marc Thompson's narration, and this might be his worst one yet. His accents are forced and his delivery is laboured. I often have to tune out his choices in order to enjoy the story.

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at times i had to tune out the narration :-/

at times i had to tune out the narration :-/ the story was okay, but voices was awful.
Normally i like Marc Thomson's narrations, but...

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Exciting start to a new era!

This book is excellent. Probably the best description of a galaxy wide disaster in all of star wars. This story has scope and depth and is very character driven. I felt for characters that we only knew for one or two chapters, for example.

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Top notch

Riveting storyline. Excellent world building. Great exploration ofan era that's ripe for new stories

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  • T-Bone
  • 01-06-21

NOT Star Wars

The author is more concerned about their own consumerist lifestyle than understanding Star Wars and the mytos behind Star Wars - Avoid this like the plague if you're a REAL Star Wars fan. Absolute cash-in on the franchise from this lazy audio-book.

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  • John Smith
  • 01-05-21

music ruins the presentation

totally ruined by sound effects and music, what should of been a great listen is a jumbled mess of audio demanding attention. what a failure!

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  • J. Keys
  • 01-08-21

Feeling overdramatised and uninspiring

I'm at about 10 chapters so far and it feels very overdramatized. The narrator seems to give grave importance to the most benign sentences which make the opening chapters feel slow and even a waste of time. The Jedi are currently appearing as infallible and many are exquisitely dressed or of a pristine demeanor which just makes them feel unrelatable. They're a little too high and mighty and that dissuades someone like me, a fan of the humble hermit types. That and the fact there's just so many of them being introduced along with other characters that you have no idea who to root for or why.

I hope the writing comes across better from the page. If it comes across the same as the audio is read, it's bloated and slow. It doesn't give any pace to impending dangers or action and chunks of exposition are given to characters of genuinely no importance other than their immediate service to the story. There also seems to be liberties taken in its plot layout. i.e. one scene is set "60 minutes to impact" and ends on a cliffhanger. The next time we meet the same characters, it seems to have taken them 30 minutes to do anything at all, as the chapter claims to be "30 minutes to impact."

Now, I'm no stranger to the EU. This kind of writing is not uncommon to Star Wars or sci-fi/fantasy in general but I've been loving everything that the new-era Lucasfilm has been putting out since acquisition until now. This seems like wet lettuce by comparison to The Last Jedi or The Mandalorian. Perhaps these characters need to come to fruition and the state of this era needs its web-spinning before we can get nicely entangled in it. As of right now, the book is coming across as I initially perceived its cover; a little bland and falling far short of inspirational despite an obvious effort otherwise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-21

forgettable

Im not a fan of this book due to it introducing 30+ characters around an event that could have been an interesting but they spoil it 1/2 way through. my main issue is you don't spend enough time with any character to care about them.

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  • Joe
  • 01-06-21

A great start to a new Era

A solid story with a great reading. Sound effects can somewhat hinder the experience though when overdone

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  • A. Todd
  • 01-10-21

Great introduction to the high republic era

Overall a great listen.
A bit hard to follow at the beginning but brings it all together very well.
Stick with it and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-21

1st Day Review

Hello there!
First rewiew and comment.

Meeeessssaaaaa like a this.

Interesting start for a new age.

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  • Mr. C. Spencer
  • 01-07-21

How to keep you awake

Stories should speak for themselves.
The reading does not require an overabundance of sound effects and heavily dramatised music to force tension into the story, especially when the reader has already has a dramatic style of delivery.
I could only manage a few chapters before I gave up.
I look forward to reading the book on Kindle instead.

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  • Mattias Reinholtz
  • 01-22-21

sadly underwhelming

First of all, I didn't finish the book.
As a big Star Wars fan I was dissapointed as, in my opinion, the book failed to deliver in multiple fronts.
-The story was not engaging, atleast as far as I managed to listen.
-The language felt like the book was directed towards a much younger audience than I expected, which made me feel like the characters acted as teenagers.
-I never felt engaged with any of the caracters and did not care what hapened to them.
-I don't like sound effects in an audiobook. It ruins my experience and kind of shatters the illusion.

This is a highly personal review and I hope you have a better experience if you descide to read- or listen to the book, but I cannot recommend it to anyone older than 20.

May the Force be with you. Allways.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-21

A thoroughly intriguing introduction to a new era

My first ever audiobook. Now I'm hooked and left needing more! Can't wait to get into the the rest of phase 1 of the high republic.

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  • Joshua
  • 01-08-21

An attempt

Marc Thompson is an incredible narrator and voice actor, hands down he is what makes Star Wars audio books excellent.

This new era of the ‘High Republic’ has so much promise and potential but based on this first book, we’re back to having inexplicable, hyperspace super weapons that destroy things instantly. Surprisingly there is no satisfactory explanations as to why this method was not used for the destruction of the Death Star’s, Starkiller Base or even under the Tarkin Doctrine to generate fear amongst insurgents and Rebels. It really is a breakpoint for Star Wars, hyperspace is a crucial component to the Sci-Fantasy and making a inconsistent universe sandwich is lore-breaking and tells us that some people don’t care about the rules that this universe’ creator, George Lucas, made.

Lastly if anyone has read this far, the characters are okay and seem to be thought out with actual story arcs, I don’t feel any connection to them yet and struggle to remember their names but hopefully listening to more from this era they will gain more dimensions and become more iconic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-21

Couldn't finish the third chapter

Really? A Donald Trump impression? Really?

The narration on this is terrible. The story seemed to be going OK, but I only finished 2 chapters. The voice acting is too distracting

And the last line of the first chapter? Who would read it like that. It made me actually cringe

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-21

Didnt really grab me ...

I dont know why but this just didn't really click with me. Iv read so many star wars books and loved them all. But yeah im not sure why but its just didn't sit right with me. Im also no a huge fan of cursing in the star wars universe there is alot of times that the characters swear and its just sucked me out of the universe. There are curse words from the star wars universe so I dont know why the writer needed to add swear words from the real world just seems slack. The voice acting and production its absolutely top notch. Just the story and characters are kinda meh.

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  • Iceberg
  • 01-19-21

Star Bores

I am 4 hours in and nothing much has happened. The story has not progressed. Same same same! . I’m convinced there is nothing else on offer for the next nine hours. I have given up. Not sure what age this is aimed at but it seems very junior. I was looking forward to this. But unfortunately it’s not for me. A bit over acted and no substance.

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  • John
  • 01-20-21

Downright terrible story. Great performance tho

All I can say is that its not good and avoid.


Terrible plot and a horrible start to a new Star Wars era. Reads like an advertising booklet to joining and even more boring Jedi Order vs the Order in the Prequel era. This is barely a new start, its all the same concepts as the prequels but hyperspace is new....

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  • tomas sims
  • 01-24-21

Hard to listen to. Obnoxious performance

I have listened to books with performances that have taken a lot to let grow on you but this is something else. The over exaggerated performance makes every character feel like they belong in a cartoon and every moment of impact comes out limp and devoid of seriousness. There hasn't been a single line that has been read without a ridiculous voice added to it. It's a shame that I have spent most of my time while listening to this, wishing that the performance would flatten out and stop being so obnoxious

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  • Daylan
  • 01-08-21

Fun new reboot

The first hour or so of this was excruciating. The voice acting was over the top and the story was ‘meh’, but it got pretty fun by about half way in and you could tell it was all build up for a much longer story. Eventually the narration gets good and the voice acting of some of the characters is pretty great. Have read better Star Wars stories, but has the potential of setting up a new era of the universe which is exciting. The new setting is going to allow deeper exploration of the Jedi and republic story than the known Skywalker galaxy would allow for which is gonna be fun. A few average characters in this one, but maybe they’re saving them for later tales. Fantastic villain though. Nice to have a Star Wars villain break away from the empire. Looking forward to seeing where their arc goes. Overall, this was a bit better than okay. Takes a bit to get into, but if you stick with it, it does get pretty fun.

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  • Old Grim's Reviews
  • 12-13-21

Not the "Old Republic" you were looking for..

...move along...
Utterly horrendous. Pure--and poor--fan fiction. Bland, generic prose. One dimensional characters, and with the constant change of character/ perspective every chapter, I found it hard to care about any of them. And it sure did not create any build up to the events, even with the timer count down to impact at the beginning of each chapter. This story has literally no feel for being in the Star Wars universe. So bad, in fact, I couldn't bring myself to sit through it after half way, and I tried three times.

Marc Thompson is my favorite narrator, but this would have to be his worst performance by far. Not sure if it was the direction they wanted him to go, or he just didn't have the heart for this one.(Go listen to Revan, then come back and listen to this, you will understand within seconds the difference.
The dearth of John Williams score throughout the Audiobook was a glaring omission, I am not sure if it was temp music they used or what, but it was not Star Wars and it did nothing to help bring me into the world of Star Wars like past Audiobooks have.
If, like me, you were hoping they would try and capture the Old Republic feel, you will be bitterly disappointed, or perhaps ,like me as well, were expecting it to be a let down.... but this is just not Star Wars...

I not usually write such a scathing review on a audiobook I did not like, I would just return it and move along.... but this... I couldn't. I was hoping with this new line that Star Wars might once again feel like Star Wars of old, maybe get back to something close to the heights of the EU at its peak. (I own over 70 Star Wars EU novels--40+ in Hardcover--and about a dozen on the Disney era before I gave up on those 'fan-fics' in 2017) but once again, the "Story Group" at KennedyFIlms have zero idea on the universe they create and build for... well done... you were given the keys to the Ferrari, and then traded it in for a used Volkswagen..

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  • Julian Pennisi
  • 07-14-21

Disappointing

I always enjoy Marc Thompson’s performances but, after listening to and being a big fan of Timothy Zahn and his Thrawn books, I found this story itself was quite narration heavy. I also felt like the whole structure of the story lacked the nuance I’ve come to expect from Star Wars novels. I’m struggling to finish listening to the whole story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-21

Incredibly dull and lacking solid characters

I've been a Star War fan since forever. I love a lot of Star Wars, especially love the Thrawn novels by Timothy Zahn. Let me start by saying I appreciate the Lucasfilm story group are trying to create something new with The High Republic. If The Mandalorian has taught Kathleen Kennedy and her cronies anything it's that Star Wars, while staying true to its roots, needs original stories that don't rely on the original trilogy. I know she was a part of THR creation, but this attempt at creating something new falls flat on its face due to poor characters, or storylines that don't give characters enough time to breathe. I quite liked the main Jedi woman, but I can't remember her name because the plot jumps all over the place and is crammed with so many characters I don't know who is who.

WHY??? Why do that? Marc Thompson is as great as ever, the guy's a genius at what he does, but the story feels rushed and too busy, then incredibly boring, then crammed with action again. It really reads like a story group has all sat around and given their input and is missing the author's voice that you get with Zahn and Gray with Lost Stars. Elijah Beahn put it perfectly when he said, "Light of the Jedi is less the High Republic’s Iron Man and more an incoherent miasma of squandered potential." I mean, I waited a quarter of the novel for the unexplained phenomenon to crash into some moon. Was I supposed to be excited about this discovery? I wasn't. While most of the characters are likeable, the antagonists are laughable. They sound like they are from Pirates of The Caribbean, but worse. I honestly don't get the positive reviews out there, it's mind boggling; the whole thing is so convoluted and disjointed that I am not exactly why they chose this story to be the launching pad for The hight Republic.

I have one word for Lucasfilm: character. Create a few (a FEW) strong characters and stick with them. Let the audience get to know them before jumping to other random Jedi. I actually just felt puzzled and exhausted while listening to this, and didn't even make it to the end. I literally couldn't do it.

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