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Based on the epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts.

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.

But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal - which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark-side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die.

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Excelent Story and another great Old Republic book

First let me point out that I was completely unprepared for such an outstanding production from an audiobook. My typical read/listen is more of a Michael Crichton or J.R.R. Tolkien book which is usually simply read aloud and I had not expected the accompanying sound effects, music, or voice narration to all come together and blow me away. I lost track of the hours just waiting for a chance to continue listening to the story.

Marc Thompson is by far the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. While the production team may or may not have enhanced the voice for certain characters, Marc's pace and even narration will make you forget that you are in fact listening to a person reading a story, something that some other narrators make you only painfully too aware of (odd sounds, limited tone for multiple characters, annoying voice, etc.)

As for the story, if you have seen other comments about the story being average or anything short of excellent, ignore them. Take the story for what it's meant to be, an action-packed adventure by a highly adept intelligence agent set in a galactic universe. If you want to be entertained then this story more than just does the trick.

To address the Star Wars specifics about this book, it was interesting to hear about a non-Jedi as the main character since sometimes reading / hearing every other word be the "Force" gets repetitive... not that I mind because I love hearing that!!! This book focuses more on the supporting elements / figures of the Republics infrastructure with just enough Jedi / Sith involvement to make you realize that the force is very strong with this book!!

Since my discovery of this book I have worked back through all the Old Republic books and am now listening to the Thrawn Trilogy; the one constant I appreciate aside from the excellent story line is of course Marc Thompson narrations.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • JOLIET, IL, United States
  • 03-04-13

Best Star Wars I have ever read!

Would you consider the audio edition of Annihilation to be better than the print version?

At this time, I have both read this book and listened to it. I love the different accents Marc Thompson gives the characters. I think I do like the audio version more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

The first, sort of, action scene where Theron steals the Black Cipher. It was a really fun part of the book.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

While my favorite character is Theron (how can he not be!? He's the son of the 2 most freaking awesome characters ever!!!), I love the way Thompson preformed Teff'ith. I love her accent and the way he makes her sound. Not much different from the way I read her, but definitely gives more life to the character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Star Wars meets 007 in this action adventure!

Any additional comments?

Again, this is the best Star Wars I have ever read. It was extremely fast paced and was filled with both intense action and some family drama. I suppose I am used to reading a series, but this book just blows every other single Star Wars book out of the park!

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  • kalei
  • VANCOUVER, WA, United States
  • 11-20-14

The only Old Republic book I really like

I don't play KotOR, so the other books in this series didn't make much sense to me. I never got attached to the characters or their stories, putting the stories into historical context was difficult, and I ended up returning them (all but Revan, which was also written by Karpyshyn). As a stand-alone story, I love this book! Quirky characters, witty banter, intra-galactic espionage, and an excellent pace. It's not the Bane trilogy, but I still love this book, and listen to it whenever I have a afternoon that needs filling (Bane is my favorite star wars trilogy, but it's a weekend project).

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The adventure continues.

Would you listen to Annihilation again? Why?

I would for the excellent narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

Where the connection between the son and the parent is revealed.

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have. Just as good as his last ones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Any Star Wars fans should check out Marc Thompson's narrations.

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Amazing Final book

This book was amazing especially since the main character was not a jedi but instead a spy.

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Simply outstanding!

I can give this book nothing less than a perfect score across the board!

Drew Karpyshyn is a creative genius and an incredible storyteller. Annihilation, like Revan, was a gripping tale that I was unable to pry myself away from. I even found myself tuning in for a chapter or 2 during downtime at work! Because of this book and Revan, I will most definitely be checking out the highly recommended Bane trilogy next!

Marc Thompson gives a top notch performance here. I was a bit critical of his performance of female voices in Fatal Alliance, but here, he’s vastly improved. Understand, I don’t expect the man to sound perfect, acting as a female. In Fatal Alliance I would find myself cringing at some of the female voices, but here, I was much less annoyed by his portrayals, in fact, some were done quite well! As usual, Marc’s acting of the male and other character’s was excellent!

The music, sound effects, and background ambience, add to an overall performance that kept me looking forward to my hour long commutes to and from Pittsburgh.

I would recommend this audiobook to any Star Wars fan who has, at least, played SWOTOR, read Decieved, or simply has enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn’s other books. You can enjoy the book as a stand-alone story, but will likely enjoy it more if you’re more familiar with the Old Republic setting.

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relatable

I really felt like I could relate with the main character and was certainly rooting for the republic (not always the case for me). great story

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Star Wars; The Old Republic; Annihilation

Annihilation was a good addition too The Old Republic galaxy of Star Wars. My only complaint is the sith characters in this book are weak. Definitely a light side of the force story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Magnificent narrator / exciting story

The story was very exciting and the narrator did a wonderful job to enthrall the reader.

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FUNNY

Out of all the Star Wars books that I have read and listen to, this is got to be the funniest book I have ever had! There a few scenes in here that are hilarious. To me anyways. There's one scene at the end where Theron waves his fingers in the air and asks his Jedi companion (I forgot his name) to use the Force. And he replies "the force is not as easy to use then you think!" And don't get me started on the Twi'lek...
So definitely give this book a try, in my opinion!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cezary
  • 01-03-13

Really interesting.

It was my first audiobook ever. I was quite worried that listening to someone else reading the book for me would be annoying. However, Marc Thompson did a great job. The only thing that felt a little bit awkward at first, was the fact that the same male narrator was doing female voices, however it didn't spoil the fun. I don't have any comparison, but solely from my first experience I must say that Mr Thompson did a really awesome work.



Karpyshyn reactivated my interest in Star Wars universe. On few occasions I had to stand up while the intensive action was taking place. Every Star Wars fan should either listen or read this book.

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  • Darkshugo
  • 04-21-17

Decent story

it was a good story, no doubt. But I would have loved something more in the vein of Path of Destruction.

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  • Griffstar
  • 05-10-17

Exciting Story. Immersive Storytelling.

This is a winning combination of an exciting plot, a great narrator and sound effects that make the story so immersive.

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  • Gavin
  • 04-12-17

Entertainment galore

thought it was going to be slow and dull but ended up making an excellent story. well read and performance was awesome!

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  • Mr CG Pearson
  • 03-15-17

A great adventure

I am a big fan of Drew Karpyshyn's Star Wars novels and this book does not disappoint

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  • Paul
  • 03-13-17

Brilliant

A fantastic read and well presented. I couldn't stop listening to it and will continue with the series.

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  • Joshua Rodziewicz
  • 03-13-17

Good EU novel with great narration

A great listen for any Star Wars fan but probably not the best of books just on its own merits suffers from Karpyshyns clunky writing but is saved by Marc Thompsons Range and dedication to enunciation and characterisation. Really enjoyed this book all the way till the slightly abrupt feeling ending. But other than that very enjoyable

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  • Wtf
  • 03-10-17

Better than I thought, ended up really enjoying

Wasn't sure about the narrator at first but turned out really good and would listen to all there work now. This was a great book to choose.

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  • stahlyyy
  • 04-14-16

Best of the series.

This series as a whole is probably one of the best on audible. Not even so much of the story itself but because of how it's presented to the listener with a narrator that can do a wide range of voices for the characters as well as sounds being dubbed in to immerse you into what's happening as well as helping you build a picture of the scenes with little description.

The story itself is also great with some nice little twists and turns with a action sequences well described. It also continues the Inquisitor story from the game with the Ascendant Spear as well as its workings which weren't worked on in game.

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  • Bradley Smith
  • 03-19-15

amazing

one of the best books In the entire series. only one I would say is better is Revan

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  • Christopher
  • 10-25-16

Enjoyable story!

The story was good and read well, lots of good moments. Glad I bought it.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 08-05-15

Brilliant

Another great read. But after reading deceived I was really looking forward to how the emperor was killed and what happened to Revan. Other wise great book

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  • Brendan
  • 02-25-15

Love it

As always Marc Thompson is brilliant, the story and characters are well thought out but there just seemed to be something missing for me