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Publisher's Summary

Another exciting adventure from the number one New York Times best-selling series! 

The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... 

Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end in sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl is in danger of losing all she has left of her mother. She heads to the galactic capital of Coruscant for help but gets sidetracked when she's drawn into a squabble between two of the Republic's most powerful families over a patch of space on the frontier. Tangled up in familial politics is the last place Syl wants to be, but the promise of a big payoff is enough to keep her interested.... 

Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh has been summoned to Coruscant, but with no idea of why or by whom. She and her Padawan, Imri Cantaros, arrive at the capital along with Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus and his Padawan, Reath Silas - and are asked to assist with the property dispute on the frontier. But why? What is so important about an empty patch of space? 

The answer will lead Vernestra to a new understanding of her abilities and take Syl back to the past...and to truths that will finally come out of the shadows. 

Don't miss any of the adventure and excitement of Star Wars: The High Republic! 

  • Into the Dark by Claudia Gray 
  • A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland 
  • Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older
©2021 Justina Ireland (P)2021 Disney Lucasfilm Press

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Severe drop in quality for Star Wars audiobooks

I haven't finished the book yet but wanted to warn others who are used to the usual quality that Star Wars audiobooks provide. This audiobook does not utilize sound effects, white noise or music. They play a bit of music at the very beginning but that's it just solid narration. The narrator is also kinda flat with her performance so don't expect any range in terms of character voices. Just a warning before you go into this audiobook that it's not like the usual Star Wars books.

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Bad Narration

You can tell the narrator didn't listen to Light of the Jedi or Rising storm, or get the proper pronunciation for big names in the High Republic series. Such as the Nihil (Ny-hill) or Marshion Roh (not sure if that's how it's spelled but that's what it should sound like). I'm honestly probably going to finish the book after I've listened to the other few books I have a few more times.

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Horrible Performance...

I haven't finished the story yet, but the performance is so disappointing I may not. I have loved the other High Republic books released, but the narrator of this book is vastly different than the others. There are numerous mispronunciations of key reoccurring characters, no effort put into voices, no music or scenes changes, and the narrator has an extremely limited emotional range. Honestly, it sounds like I'm listening to the TikTok voice read this book. I'm extremely disappointed.

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Couldn't finish it

Keylor is has no life and refuses to give different voices to different characters. I couldn't get through chapter 1 before switching to a different book read by Marc Thompson. It also had no music and no sfx. Get the book in physical form do not get the audible version.

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The narration ruined this

The narrator mispronounces several major things early on and continues throughout. Not sure why they changed narrators, also the story is made harder to follow because she doesnt change her voice between characters, like at all.. I was excited for this book but half way through im just waiting for it to end. Huge drop in production quailty.

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Decent story, horrible audiobook…

First and foremost:
If you get hired to narrate a Star Wars book..Maybe listen to one before you record your performance. The narrator is clearly not familiar with Star Wars, or at least the other High Republic books/audiobooks. So many mispronunciations that would’ve been easily fixed with a little bit of familiarization.. or I don’t know, someone on the production team paying attention.

This production feels like a last minute school project that was quickly thrown together. It is the first audiobook that I have experienced in the past decade that does not make good use of music and/or sound effects to enhance the storytelling experience. To make matters worse, the narrator does no voice acting and gives very little in their voice inflection. What we end up with is a bare bones near and monotone audiobook that is a chore to listen to.

With all current audiobooks being enhanced and preformed in a way that elevates the story there is no excuse for this, especially for Star Wars book.

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A Mixed Bag

I was excited for "Out of the Shadows" because "Into the Dark" is one of my favorite stories from the High Republic era and I was looking forward to revisiting some of the characters we first met there. But while Reath Silas and Cohmac Vitus are in this book and Reath is a point-of-view character for some of it, Vernestra Rwoh and Sylvestri Yarrow are the main characters here. I probably shouldn't have been surprised since Vern and her padawan Imri Cantaros were main characters in Justina Ireland's first High Republic book, "A Test of Courage." But still, it was disappointing to realize how little focus we were going to get on Reath and Cohmac and how little they would sound like themselves.

That's one of my main complaints about this book, most of the characters who have been introduced previously in other stories sound out of character and flat, with the exceptions of Vernestra, Imri, and Nan. Up until now the series has been remarkably consistent in the way characters were handled from book to book and author to author. Here the returning characters feel like they lack any depth or personality. The characterizations weren't helped by the narrator, who does a pretty lackluster job. She uses the same voice for most of the characters, which gets confusing in spots. When she does vary her delivery it's for the adults who she reads in a slow, stilted manner that makes the dialog feel unnatural and choppy, so much so that I'm not sure whether the dialog was badly written or just badly read. That's a shame because there are some interesting new characters here and important things happen that are likely to impact future High Republic stories in a major way. Vernestra and Imri are highlights and I even warmed to Sylvestri Yarrow by the end of the book.

There's a lot of teen angst and some fraught teen romance in this story, neither of which were my cup of tea even when I was a teenager, but if they're yours you may enjoy that part more than I did. All in all, I wish I liked this book more than I do, but to me it's the weakest book in the series so far.

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Horrible Narrator

You’d think that someone would’ve pulled this narrator aside and taught her how to pronounce character names - not a single one does she pronounce consistently to any other narrator in the high republic so far. Bland performance almost ruins the story - took me many tries to get started because of it. Narrator has a monotone delivery, lacks depth of any character, and doesn’t pronounce a single name correctly.

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Disappointed with the audiobook

Penguin house audio dropped the bag with this audiobook. No sound effects or score.

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A great effort in this series.

The story itself is excellent, covering the aftermath of The Rising Storm. Narrator is good, though mispronounces words at times. With no sound, and very little music, the audio book version is a bit of a let down. Hope other Star Wars audio titles have sound and music, as do most unabridged versions.

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  • Jack. E. P. Robinson
  • 07-27-21

Narration

Keylor Leigh is a good narrator but if Listening Library do a version with Dan Bittner then I will be swapping. Every time characters from Into The Dark speak, my brain tries replacing the voice she does with his version and I feel slightly disconnect. so far all the adult novels have been done by Penguin Audio and narrated by Marc Thompson. I think the same should be done for the young adult and midgrade. I don't care who publishes them but the narrator should be the same. Dan Bittner for young adult and Keylor Leigh for midgrade.

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  • declan okeeffe
  • 07-29-21

Great story, garbage audiobook quality

really enjoyed this high republic story, great continuation of characters that have quickly become known and loved in this era, and great setting up for what is to come in the future high republic stories.

the audiobook quality is garbage, no sound design or soundtrack like most star wars books, all the Characters are voiced basically the same and the editing and timing between chapters could have been better

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  • Geekgirl163
  • 08-01-21

Good story, quality and narrator, not so good.

The story was a good one, but the narrator wasn’t very good, unlike the others in this series. She just didn’t have a lot of expression or variation in character voices. There was no accompanying music or the usual sound effects that most of the Star Wars novels have. It just didn’t have the ambiance and character that a Star Wars audiobook has. Also, there was poor editing around the chapter endings and beginnings.

The story was good, though. Maybe read this one and skip the audiobook.

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  • Istam14
  • 07-30-21

should've been longer

I really liked the outline of the story, but it feels like the story needed more time to develop properly.

The audiobook quality was really bad at certain points and I do agree with the rest of the reviews when it comes to Dan Bittner as the YA narrator.

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  • Paige
  • 07-27-21

Why change it up now?

I’ve so far loved the high republic and this book is the same the story telling from the writers is incredible however the person reading has mispronounced many very important things that is really making it harder to feel a connection to the story.

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  • B13
  • 07-27-21

Good book, poorly read

This is yet another great High Republic story, unfortunately it's let down by a truly terrible narrator. All of the characters sound the same, there is little emotion to the reading and the flow of the sentences sounds really strange and misread. Very disappointing, especially coming from other Star Wars audio books read by the likes of the brilliant Marc Thompson.

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  • Jane Krauss
  • 07-30-21

MASTER YADDLE!!!! YAY!!!

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Honestly, the first half of the book was quite disjointed, and I wasn't really vibing with it, but all those plot points came together in a significant way. However, I feel that may have been to set up those various plot points. More than that, there was so much lore referenced. For example, in the first chapter alone, there is a very telling line. That even the most passive Jedi were beginning to be more willing to reach for their Light Sabre. In fact, this book actually delves into a change in the Jedi Order.
Finally, we get concealing in Star Wars. I wonder if this vital role is removed because Anakin would have benefited from this.
I don't want to get too into all the Easter eggs I loved but getting Master Yaddle in this story made me unbelievably happy! I won't mention any more, or I will spoil the book.

Regarding the audio quality, the very abrupt chapter changes and I missed the usual music and sound accompaniments of the other Star Wars audiobooks.