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Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past...

THEN: 

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge....

NOW: 

It’s been 10 years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated. 

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy. 

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR... 

Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the young adult series The Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and the middle-grade historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter. 

©2018 Daniel Jose Older (P)2018 Random House Audio

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It's a letdown and boring

This will be the first Audible book I have returned sadly. As others have mentioned about the three narrators, two are actually seasoned character actors, and the third is the author who just reads the book to you with a little emphasis. Mind you he is not a horrible narrator on his own, but jumping between two other people who try to do voices (one does very well with his Han and Lando), and then a guy who just reads it to you. It is all over the place and interrupts the flow of the book. It would be one thing if it were different perspectives of characters, but it's the same core characters. I found this distracting and unable to really get into the flow of the book. The writing I find boring personally. I can't get invested because it feels all over the place as I have mentioned. Now, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, now, 10 years ago, now, 5 years ago... While I believe the author has a decent Lando here (and only decent), Han feels just way off to the point you would think he really is as another reviewer put it "Homer Simpson". Constant "Huh?" and spaced out Han seems to just be sleep walking throughout most of this novel and feels more like a side redshirt you expect to be offed because he is inconsequential. It's a let down and he really makes him flat and boring with little charisma. All he wants is Caf in this book. I feel like the author just doesn't even know who Solo is. Little things like saying Chewie would "wreck ass". Since when has he talked like that in anything? The action in the book is droll, boring, and just seems to drag along. There is nothing that makes me feel I can't stop listening. I have had to back up several times because I find my mind wondering off in boredom with Last Shot. I could go on about this, but I feel it is pointless. At least with Audible there is a "refund it if you don't love it" policy. And I certainly do not love this book. This is just my opinion as one consumer and a Star Wars fan. I can't even finish it after 7 hours in. I find myself just not caring about anyone in this book. Even the main characters have become annoying with the authors style and everything just feels like a jumbled hot mess of confusion, boredom with a large helping of being let down. It really makes me wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm has anyone really reviewing all the new stories and cannon before being published to churn out the money.

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Fun, but not a repeater

The story was mildly engaging but Han Solo in all the movies was so self assured, confident and optimistic but Older made him almost "Homer Simpsonish", He comes across as incompetent and blundering, nothing like the real Solo.

Marc Thompson does a spectacular narration, Daniel Jose Older should have just left it there. Older is a decent author but a narrator for a star wars novel he is not. January LaVoy does a good job as well but Marc Thompson is def the stand out.

I love the audio extras. It is fun to hear blaster fire and back ground noise in the audio. Love that in the star wars books.

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Action packed story with two good narrators.

This story has three narrators each covering three different time periods. Marc Thompson is my favorite Star Wars narrator by far and doesn't disappoint here at all - nailing all the voices and emotions. January LaVoy also does an admirable job.

Daniel Jose Older, the author, should stick to writing good stories. His narration is flat, the characters sound too much alike, and he comes off less as a performer than just someone reading a book out loud.

I would have really preferred Thomoson, or even LaVoy, reading the whole story. There was really no need to break it up.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very great for a first Star Wars story.

A favorite, though not one I'd keep, but, excellent. All 3 narrators were excellent, though I do find it odd they went that route. More adult, if you will then most Star Wars stories, but that made it more interesting.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Excellent primer for Solo

What a great story! And Marc Thompson did an amazing job, as he always does on these Star Wars novels.

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Incredible

All of my favorite characters in one story! Shows off a little bit of all three, Han Lando and Chewie in ways I wanted to see! This book made me just want more and more of Lando though!! Hot damn!!

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Star Wars: Last Shot is Pretty Good!

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I really like the story! It's nice having a Star Wars story that doesn't revolve around a planet-busting super weapon. It explores the relationship between sentients/organics and droids and I found that to be interesting. The concept of a droid revolution is a cool idea (I think this concept was also explored in the old Expanded Universe). I was also surprised that the book can be somewhat graphic/gory, but not overwhelmingly so. Another thing that I really like is that it tied in L3-37 from Solo: A Star Wars Story without giving anything away.

Marc Thompson's narration and voice acting was great! I always love hearing him in Star Wars productions. January LaVoy's performance was great as well! Both of them did a great job of portraying Lando (Thompson's Lando especially hit the mark for me).

However I wasn't super pleased with Daniel José Older's narration though. I think he can definitely work on differentiating characters because he made them sound the same.

Also this is a small nit pick, but can they use the official Chewbacca sound effects instead of Thompson growling? It kinda takes me out of it and it was odd that they used the sound effect in the Han's flashback bits (when Older narrates) but not in scenes that take place in the present.

Overall, Older did a good job with the story. It's fast-paced and engaging!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another great adventure.

This is a great novel. I was not sure it needed three narrators though, but I remember January in an interview saying that she loves to read for male characters, and in this case, she does a great job narrating for Lando. She, and Marc do a real good job with his character. As far as the author narration, he does an o.k job, but if he is going to continue narration for these books, he needs to work on his delivery. Don't let that stop you from listening to this. As far as the plot is concerned, I think this is a great Han, and Lando novel. Just what the republic needs. Droids to rise up, and take over. Only the quick thinking of two war heroes like Han, and Lando are cunning enough to save the galaxy. This novel is just as good as scoundrels. Another novel in the star wars series. If you love novels with Han as the main protagonist, you will love this one.

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Got me even more pumped to watch Solo!

I've read and/or listened to all of the Star Wars material. Last Shot ranks right near the top. tThe story is well written, Han and Lando are PERFECT, no matter what part of the story your in. The 3 narrators at first was a concern, then I realized why they did it and it was a genius move. I knew I would get something fun, especially after reading From a Certain Point of View where Older wrote and performed the short story, Born in the Storm. You definitely need to check this book out!

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An entertaining story featuring the scoundrels.

Where does Last Shot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a big fan of Han Solo, for me, this book ranked as a slightly above average Star Wars Story. It had a couple of moments that made me genuinely laugh out loud and all the adventure that I’d expect from this universe.

What other book might you compare Last Shot to and why?

Uh, in someways, I suppose that it compares to Scoundrels by Timothy Zhan. In the sense that it is very much a Han and Lando story with a cast of interesting side characters.

In other respects, Han in the Disney canon is just different than he used to be and this entry continues that conflict that he has with wanting to roam the galaxy, but also needing to be with Leia and their young son.

Also this story bounces you around to a lot of different time periods that come together in the end. Which isn’t the way most Star Wars books, up to this point, have been written.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Marc Thomson, as usual, is terrific. I swear he brings about 20 to 50 different combinations of voices, dialects and accents to each Star Wars adventure that he’s reading. His Lando is especially on point, imho.

Some people mentioned not particularly enjoying January’s preformances for the ‘Young Lando’ segments, but she made a great reader for the female droid character— who in my opinion, was the more significant presence in that part of the story.

Daniel Jose Older reads the ‘Young Han’ parts. The performance was pretty good and there were certain beats that he hit in reading the story that he knew to emphasize because he is the author. When you’re reading a story along side of Marc Thompson, though, it’s difficult to compare favorably.

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

“We’re going to figure it out together.”

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  • Jackaboy
  • 04-26-18

legends it is not

Good points 1st normal great star wars audio preformance cleaver use of marc, Daniel and January's naration.

unfortunately the sorry was a little slow to get started and missing some thing on the wanting to have a conection with the newer characters introduced to the new cannon.

not a bad starwars story but not a great one

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  • tickledpinkbunny
  • 05-08-18

Amateur narration ruins it.

Author narration and intonation all sounds the same. Totally ruins the experience. Marc/Jan are great.

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  • Stephen Sullivan
  • 05-23-18

Awful

Worst new novel terrible narration
When author narrates his style mucks up the telling of th story and sounds like a wanna be lando more than a han

Just never again please

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  • PeteLunn
  • 05-21-18

Good story, ran out of actor budget?

Was looking forward to this with the movie due soon was expecting there might be some story lines tied up or integrated, but so far seems to be completely separated and no passed references are explained. However while two of the narrators were great the authors narration was jaring and I just could not focus on it. I had to try and re-listen to parts of the story as I could not focus and found my mind and attention wondering which was a real shame.
If there is another can we get the author just a camio and find three real narrators.

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  • Garf
  • 05-17-18

Great performance of the book

Really good experience, there were many voices (and languages), sound effects and musical elements from the films. Really entertaining.

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  • Miss Katherine E Boyle
  • 05-11-18

An ok star wars novel.

This book was let down a little by the author narrating some of the story, unfortunately next to the two other more established narrators there is a difference in quality. The overall story is interesting but at times the book feels like a parody of Star Wars rather than a solid installment of the franchise. Not one I would recommend for a first time Star Wars reader as there are some fantastic Star Wars novels out there but worth a look if you just can't get enough of the galaxy far far away.

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  • Neil
  • 05-10-18

annoyingly domestic

Childish prose, too much exposition of weightless simplified family goings on. Solo feels like a down trodden buffoon.

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  • Ben
  • 05-03-18

A solid addition to the Star Wars universe

only difficulty I had were the characterisations by the author as narrator where it was on occasion difficult to tell which character was speaking. much easier with January LaVoy and Marc Thompson. on the whole with a read.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-02-18

so boring

Very boring. 30 chapters in and thinking of giving up. The plot takes ages to get going.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-18

should of let Mark do all the reading

should of let Mark do all the reading story was good. the present day and past lando performances where good but the past Han parts meh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-18

Straight Shot

Should be called straight shot, as there were no twists or turns. very well read.