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On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key - risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved - and whose life she must now fear.

©2013 Tim Lebbon (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Sharp writing and a great story!

What made the experience of listening to Into the Void: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

Tim Lebbon's world building and prose. The man can write this stuff!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Void: Star Wars?

The whole thing was so good that I can't really select one moment. And I really can't say that about too many recent Star Wars novels.

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

Nope. She was pretty good. I enjoyed hearing a woman's voice in a Star Wars book with a female protagonist. Marc Thompson is pure awesome and all but this was a nice change. I felt January made it easier to feel like we were inside Lanoree's head.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The climax of the novel was very emotional.

Any additional comments?

Lebbon does an outstanding job inter-cutting a flashback of Lanoree's Je'daii training with her brother, Dal, and her pursuit of him 9 years later. It gave the novel a balance and depth that it wouldn't have had had Lebbon simply stuck with the chase and nothing but. It also serves to explain the differences between the modern Jedi and the ancient Je'daii.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • AnthroGal
  • West Lafayette, IN, United States
  • 05-30-13

Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late

What, no Marc Thompson?!? He pretty much makes or breaks any SW audiobook. He's like that familiar security blanket. And he's dang good.

But so was January LaVoy. Though she's no Marc Thompson, she rises to the challenge and exceeded my expectations, and quite frankly, I enjoyed her more than other non-Marc Thompson SW narrators. Not only that, it was fitting to have a female narrator with a novel that featured a female Jed'aii front and center.

Now, the story. I've been quite disappointed with the direction of SW novels as of late. Not enough to turn me away completely, but I think the quality of the stuff coming out lately has not been as great, the overarching story arcs/time frames (The Old Republic, namely) has been lacking for me.

This has revived my interest. This story is extremely interesting and opened up a whole new door in the SW universe. I still have some unanswered questions on the background (maybe I should read the comic book series) but perhaps as this period in the SW canon becomes more developed (here's hoping...) the answers will become more apparent. But there is a lot of potential in this time period that I am hoping for more to come out...

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Fredonia, NY, USA
  • 05-15-13

Not read by Marc Thompson, still very good

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

I was originally dubious about January LaVoy narrating this over Marc Thompson (who I love), but she really pulls you into the book as much as Marc does for me. Good choice!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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pretty weak and generic for a star wars novel

Basic stop the bad guy standard Hollywood plot. The main character blunders through every situation, the only thing that saves her, multiple times is the Deus ex machina of the force.

The narrator was great though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great narration but the story disappoints

I recently read the Dawn of the Jedi comics (three trade paperbacks) and was very enthousiastic about them - those stories I would rate five stars. So I was very excited to discover that there had also been written a novel with a storyline from that same - ancient Star Wars - period.

However, this story fell short for me. The characters felt very two-dimensional and the supposed heroine was, frankly, rather annoying and unsympathetic. Je'daii (pronounced correctly by the narrator) Ranger Lanoree came across as endlessly hasassing and nagging her brother, not accepting his making a different life choice. Now, this concept in itself I could understand, it is very human to struggle with choices close family members make that we maybe don't get. However, the author did not succeed in writing a gripping story about it, nor did he give his heroine anything remotely resembling an interesting internal monologue; she simply kept repeating how the Force was with her, how much she constantly was aware of it, and, frankly, how awesome it made her. Quite boring.
The author fails to explain what it's like to keep the Force balanced within you, since that is what it's like to be a Force wielder in these ancient times. There's not Jedi and Sith yet, no Light and Dark side wielders; everyone keeps Light & Dark in balance within them. Lanoree talks the talk but we never see her actually walking that walk, it's only the Light side that she wields. Only in the bonus short story that follows the novel (so don't stop listening!) we finally see a Je'daii choosing to wield the Dark side for a certain purpose, but still not Lanoree - and that short story is by a different author...

As for the "bad guy" in the novel, Lanoree's brother, the novel does not make clear at all how he reaches his point of Super Villainy. It starts out as him choosing not to have anything to do with the Force, and how he longs to explore the rest of the universe, which seem to me to be quite innocent thoughts. But why this is not acceptable in these Early Days is never explained (would have been interesting!), nor how this turns him into a full-blown psychopath in the end.

Then there was the sidekick to the heroine. A supposed 'true' bad guy with whom she partners out of necessity, but somehow he turns out pretty darn 'good' for a criminal. How he stays loyal to Lanoree confounds me, as she openly uses him and does not seem to care about his well-being at all. For instance, when he's injured she promises him that he'll get medical treatment once they reach her ship, but when they finally do, he doesn't get any treatment whatsoever. (sigh)
Had I cared for this character at all, it would have bugged me.

However, I did not care for any of them. I finished the novel because I kept hoping it would get better, but when it finally reached its so-called climax, I felt robbed.

In conclusion, if you'd like to find out more about the early Je'daii, skip this novel and get your hands on the comics, for they are truly awesome examples of Star Wars lore, with gorgeous graphic artwork.

Narration was good however, and I also liked the SW music and sound effects, although it was a bit weird to hear the same sound effects for the Light side of the Force as were used for the Dark Side in Darth Plagueis and Darth Bane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Decent, but quick

What did you like best about Into the Void? What did you like least?

A story of the ancient order of the Jedi was always something that fascinated me as a kid and now as an adult I finally get to enjoy some of the stories of the times before the republic.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Honestly it felt underachieved. If anything overall the story felt less like a novel and more like a short story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the flashbacks were my favorite overall.

Was Into the Void worth the listening time?

I felt like the story could of been longer, but I was done listening to this a lot faster than I thought I would.

Any additional comments?

If you're any bit curious over what the Jedi were like long before the war with the Sith, or even the formation of the Republic, give it a listen. But the story is very short and after all the events it's very lack luster for an ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A lot of not much

Would you try another book from Tim Lebbon and/or January LaVoy?

Probably not

What was most disappointing about Tim Lebbon’s story?

The story was pretty bland and ultimately lifeless. If this hadn't been a Star Wars novel nobody would have published it. The main character was annoying, the villain one dimensional and pretty much everyone else in the story was a stock villain or bit player. I also found the use of the Star Wars themes in an attempt to create tension that simply doesn't exist was pretty sad.

What three words best describe January LaVoy’s performance?

Potatoes, not stuffing.

What character would you cut from Into the Void?

The real question is "what character would I keep?"

Any additional comments?

If you are the kind of person who puts "jedi" as your religion on official documents then this book will no doubt thrill you from the first syllable to the last implied period. Otherwise it fills your ears with harmless sound for a few hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Story and Important Jedi Origin History

Finding out details of Jedi History and details about Tython the planet with the earliest Jedi temples was really interesting. Also how the Jedi "Rangers" operated was cool. I am glad to recommend this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but not great.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have used Marc Thompson instead.

Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did alight. She's no Marc Thompson though. And to all the people who keep stating she's saying Jedi wrong.. She's not! It's spelled and pronounce different in this book.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 06-05-13

Conflicted

First I want to say that I am conflicted on any new EU Star Wars books that are coming out after the Disney buyout. We really don't know if they are signed off on or what the deal is.

The Good: January LaVoy was a awesome choice for the Voice acting for the book, and she will melt your ears with her awesome voice. I would love for her to do more SW novels.

* These Je'daii are not your Jedi you know and love. They show there arrogance in the story and how they cross the line, but that is all the matter of perspective right?
*Some what graphic in fight scenes, this could be a bad also for a SW novel.

The Bad: Just about everything else about the book.

*It's to short for such a huge opening of a new timeline of the universe.
*The whole talking in first person and present tense format is a bit annoying.
* Introduction of profanity in a cleaver way, you will get the picture.
*The main character seems kind of off or just boring. Maybe I am being to critical of her, she does love to threaten just about everyone with death that she runs into.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Daz
  • 10-15-13

a very clever story

Where does Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

mid to high

Who was your favorite character and why?

i can't say that i have a favourite character, but they are significantly different to the shall we say modern day Jedi.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

January is a new reader for the Star Wars extended universe. it's fitting that she reads a book set in a time when there are none of the usual characters you would expect to see in a star wars story. I would have to compare this story with another story where January reads with well known characters in it.

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

yes but i found it quite hard going at first so i had to spread it over multiple sittings.

Any additional comments?

this story is definitely worth a read. especially when you look at the attitudes to the light and dark sides of the force from then and make coparisons to the republic and beyond era's. most interesting indeed.

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  • Kristian
  • 07-12-13

As usual - Outstanding!

What did you like most about Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

I was a bit dubious downloading this as it was book 2 - but as with most of these books you dont miss out too much! I am looking forward to Book 1 being released here but this doesnt detract from this outstanding story! set before pretty much any of the star wars books out there it is a more - human- version of star wars. Outstanding story read perfectly by the author with the usual mix of star wars sound effects and musical scores - I highly recommend this!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Void: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Book 2?

Listening to the differences in the early jedi philosophies - very different and interesting.

Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I have listened to this reader but she was very good!

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

yes if I could have I would have (much like all the star wars ones)

Any additional comments?

I would like book 1 to be released here but love book 2 as well!

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  • Anty Clements
  • 04-07-17

Great Book!!

So enjoyable in Audible much better than reading the book yourself!!
The story in this is both shocking and surprising

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • orkney buyer
  • 12-08-17

Star Wars: Into the Void Review

I loved this Audio Book very much and I want more like this
By Orkneyislands

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  • Griffstar
  • 12-03-17

Excellent Star Wars story.

Good story premise. Ancient history in the Star Wars timeline. The sound effects add to the immersion.

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  • Hi
  • 04-28-17

amazing

wish stars wars did all there books like this, from start to finish. shame only a few are with big gaps in the stories makes it harder to understand. this book is worth listening to

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 12-08-16

good start to the jedi series

good start to the jedi series but wasn't gripping as much as I hoped. and I never got picked by the story as it u folded

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  • Alex
  • 12-20-15

A great foundation for the beginning of a saga

All in all a decent little story, it manages to create a whole new star wars world but at the same time feels very familiar.

A really solid performance from the narrator with excellent sound effects and John Williams beautiful score drawing you in, I found it quite easy to lose myself in the world and at times it felt like a film.

the main problem I have with the story is the amount of exposition, this is to be expected generally with star wars but at times it gets a bit much and detracts from a simple but grippingstory that really begins to pick up pace in the last half in a chase across the galaxy to stop a potentially cataclysmic event.

Not a book to be skipped by star wars fans who are intrested in the extended universe and it sets up the dawn of the Jedi comics nicely, but do yourself a favour and get the audio book for a better experience.

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  • Tctekken
  • 04-02-15

Very enjoyable story

Good story great characters well performed a good start to the Jedi story more in the series would be good!

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  • DCSabers
  • 06-14-17

didn't finish ...

the way the reader said the word jedi just got irritating as hell, I'm not usually a fussy person but it really grated.

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  • Loxton
  • 11-19-17

absolutely awesome performance

an amazing performance failed only by the ending.
The story helped create an image of the culture of what was to split and become the Jedi and Sith, but the ending failed to actually tell us anything about how they eventually left the Tython system and mingled with the Galaxy at large.
I found myself sympathizing more with Dal than Lannery, largely thanks to most the way through having the notion (incorrectly) that he would succeed in his mission and it wouldn't be cataclysmic as predicted, and it would be this that frees their people into the Galaxy, and the fear driven arrogance of the Je'daii would be proven wrong and this would lead to the evolution into Jedi and Sith.
so I was disappointed when nothing came of Dal's great mission and we never even get to learn about either his machine or the hypergate.... really undercut the story build up.

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  • Simon
  • 05-02-17

good story

it was a good story but the narrator could have been more diverse in their performance. The order of these books to be listened to could be more defined, it would make it easier to follow.