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But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect - including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I read all the Star Wars books. I stopped right before the New Jedi Order (when I was in college), and since then have only read two - Zahn's Scoundrels and Schreiber's Death Troopers. In general, the Expanded Star Wars Universe became too much of a chore for me - the continuity got too bloated, I heard some of my favorite characters were needlessly killed off, and it just wasn't as much fun as when Zahn's first books came out. So when I heard that James S.A. Corey - the writing duo of Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who write the kick ass Expanse space operas - were doing a Star Wars book, and that it'd be a stand-alone Han Solo Star Wars books, AND that it'd be set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, well, I knew I'd have to make the jump to lightspeed and pick this nerf-herder up.
Han Solo and Chewbacca are recruited by the Rebel Alliance to pull out spy Scarlet Hark from her assignment on a planet in the Imperial Core. The extraction doesn't go as simply as planned (their plans are awful). Scarlet has some loose ends to tie up, Han has a price on his head, and the Empire has their sights on a new super weapon. I don't want to give away too much, but suffice it to say blasters are drawn, planets are scorched, and Chewbacca is a far more profane wookie than I ever realized. (We always did wonder what he was saying, right?)
In other words: Franck and Abraham do not disappoint. There were times when I was worried the story was going to take a long time building up to a plot point - say a heist - and then, like the Expanse books, they barrel right into the action, never sacrificing characterization, and move onto the next play. The characters we know feel like they've walked right off the screen, just as we remembered them. And we're introduced to several fascinating new characters: the aforementioned Scarlet Hark, who is as stubborn, gutsy, and wise-cracking as Han; Hunter Maas, an arrogant would-be alpha male who always talks about himself in the third person; and Baasen Ray, a down-on-his-luck smuggler and old friend of Han. Saying too much about any of them would be spoiling the fun, but I do want to say that they were all very well-developed. I was pleased Scarlet never became part of a romantic triangle with Han and Leia - their relationship and camaraderie had a very business casual professional feel to it, playing against the obvious type. But most of all, I was surprised and delighted by the shades of grey displayed by one character. Often, we generally know which side someone is on when they walk onto the screen (or page) in Star Wars. However, one character's journey really surprised me, and it was nice to see that they're can be acts of kindness and grace, even by characters who often came off as an utter bastard. It's a nice bit of characterization, and one I feel like we don't often see in Star Wars.
Is it as good as The Expanse or The Dagger in the Coin books? No. Not even close. But I'd be lying if it wasn't loads of fun, and had me wishing that they'd do another Star Wars book someday, in all their free time. If you like any of their books, and Star Wars, you're gonna get a kick out of this one. It'll make you want to invite your buddies over for beer and an original trilogy marathon. And it'll probably make you want to check out all their other non-Star Wars books too.
(And being a big fan of both Expanse series, and Abraham's Dagger and the Coin series, it's fun to pick out some of their kinks - whether it's where does the Rebel Alliance get their money from, a traveling Opera troupe, a labyrinth-like mad scientist laboratory filled with dead Storm Troopers. The only thing missing is vomit zombies. Basically, if they thought something was cool, and they could use it, they did.)
I've listened to exactly three Star Wars books now, two of which have been narrated by Marc Thompson (no relation). I have to give Thompson credit - it's gotta be hard to come into something like Star Wars where the sound of the characters are pretty ingrained in our minds. In that regard, Thompson is a winner - his Han Solo isn't Harrison Ford, but it's the next best thing. And he gets all the bravado, cockiness, and general scoundrelness across well. His voices for other favorites like Luke and Leia aren't quite as good, but he makes up for it with the supporting cast and characters like Scarlet, Hunter, and Baasen. Where Thompson doesn't work so well is the line-to-line delivery. Often simple actions - like Han picking up a tool to repair the Falcon - are delivered with Shatner-esque forced excitement, and I would've preferred he let the material speak for himself a little more.
The book is jam-packed with the standard sound effects and John Williams score that's have become custom for these things. The F/X are actually kind of fun, but the over-reliance on the John Williams score is distracting. When Han gets into a fistfight with an alien, and the SW soundtrack starts up, some of the tension gets lost for me. That said, it wasn't enough of a distraction to keep me from wanting to press play when I had the chance.
If you've been nostalgic at all about Star Wars, and considered diving into one of the novels - Honor Among Thieves is your ticket to all the charm and excitement that made you fall in love with this scoundrel and his wookie co-pilot from a galaxy far, far away.
(Originally published at the AudioBookaneers)
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Where does Honor Among Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Honor Among Thieves?
Marc Thompson's amazing ability to generate tension during any of the action scenes. I think the two narrators worked together seamlessly.
Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin – was your favorite?
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What did you love best about Honor Among Thieves?
It was Han Solo all the time. Amazing. Buck lacked plot. Was expecting more since the last few book like crucible were 100% amazing
Would you be willing to try another book from James S. A. Corey? Why or why not?
if he does star wars yes
Which scene was your favorite?
Han and 2 women
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Han solor reflecting on his life and how bad it could of went if he did not join rebals
Any additional comments?
why not produce republic commando series by Karen Travis is just wrong do it already
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Would you listen to Honor Among Thieves again? Why?
Yes I would. Enjoyed it. Marc Thompson really sounded like Harrison Ford. Great job!
What does Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Marc did a great job with all the characters. He was a big bonus on this book and really helped make the story come to life. <br/><br/>Ilyana, she is the narrator for the "extra" story at the end of the book. I didn't care for her at first but after a few pages, I was caught up the storyline.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
It never goes as planned.
I always like when Mark Thompson reads the books. He makes the story even better. All in all not a bad story.
Honor among thieves is awesome! I just think it is a plain good cool story-Jonas
Great voice performance. You can almost see Han Solo alive before you. It is pretty juvenile space opera though.
Not even a great narrator could save this book . Slow paced , predictable, are just a few words to describe it . I listened to the end , that way I never have to listen to it again to find out what happens.
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Any additional comments?
I listened all the way through but I kinda didn't like the "performance" of Han. The story was cheesy and played up the classic character archtypes of Han, Leia, Chewie. It was clearly fanboy fare but... whatever. It was fun and I still dug it.
Narration is great except for Chewies voice which it seems as though Thompson did as a place holder for his growls that were never replaced. If that isn't the case then he did a poor job of it.
What about Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin ’s performance did you like?
The voice overs were very good, if a bit ethnic steriotyping, but then again, that' star wars. Gilbert Godfrey and an Italian android.
Any additional comments?
This is a Harrison Ford book - half way through it goes from a spy thriller (running round not liking things) to Indiana Jones (Pick one, they do all three)
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