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Phasma: Star Wars Audiobook

Phasma: Star Wars: Star Wars, The Last Jedi

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Discover Captain Phasma's mysterious history in this "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi" novel.

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper - Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.

What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past - and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it - and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

©2017 Delilah S. Dawson (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Jason Adams Hobbs NM USA 09-13-17
    Jason Adams Hobbs NM USA 09-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Very dark, very different, very good."

    This book is quite the departure from a normal Star Wars novel, but that makes it memorable. More grim and graphic than most, although not gratuitous or without reason. I found the details of the warrior customs interesting instead of filler, the story engaging, and the ultimate payoff worth the trip. This is a helluva origin story for someone who was onscreen in The Force Awakens for less than five minutes and only had a handful of lines. I hope she's more prominent in The Last Jedi, after this read I definitely want to see her in battle on screen. Very different, but impressive, with a good performance as well, I found January's shifts to male voices to be particularly strong. The new EU has been good lately, with Thrawn and Catalyst being good standalone stories that tie in well and actually feel important, and this is on par with both.

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    Ryan Reeves 09-13-17
    Ryan Reeves 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like Lord of the Flies....."

    I didn't care for this Story as a Star Wars Story. The story overall is good but in universe, it fails miserably. It provides you with the knowledge that Phasma is a ruthless and loyal only to herself but doesn't add more than that. There are many other books that your time would Better spent on. If you liked Lord of the Flies this is for you; If you like Star Wars look elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Wint 09-12-17
    Kevin Wint 09-12-17
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    "The Phasma the movies robbed us of!"

    Captain Phasma was cold-blooded and satisfyingly calculating. Love how the story was delivered. And the final chapter was a nice little easter egg.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew BEECH GROVE, IN, United States 09-11-17
    Andrew BEECH GROVE, IN, United States 09-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "This story was just "Meh!""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The entire thing. It was supposed to bring Phasma out of the shadows and make her important. But honestly its just a bit of a stretch. The story wants to make us see Phasma as a kickbutt warrior who will do anything to survive. But yet thanks to TFA this book does not make me see the character in a different light. If she was this great warrior, why did she give up to an old man and his dog and a snot nosed punk. TFA makes her seem weak. This book try's to fix it but it falls flat.


    What could Delilah S. Dawson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Its not the fault of the author. I just feel that this book should have been released two years ago during the Journey to the Force Awakes instead of now.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by January LaVoy?

    Yes. Shes a good narrator and I liked her take on Leia in New Republic.


    Could you see Phasma: Star Wars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No and if you where going to you have to use Gwendoline Christie as Phasma.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been better. Was looking for a story on Phasma that actually was being told from her perspective and not from a recounting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Omar Stamp 09-13-17
    Omar Stamp 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I just don't buy it."

    Title - I don't buy it.

    As with all the hype before TFA, I was looking forward to getting an interesting back story on the undeniably flashy (and tacky) new villain, but just like the TFA, this novel was a big let down in my opinion.

    Sure, all the plot pieces are there to explain how and why she's so revered within the First Order, but they're just there, and nothing more.

    The problem with all of these "Journey to _____“ new canon novels is that they're being packaged along with the new Disney films, and as a result churned out through a development process inferior to a novel unattached to a huge marketing campaign. (Darth Plagueis, Darth Bane Trilogy, Tarkin)

    I can say hands down that this is the most predictable Star Wars novel I've read, and I've read them all. From start to finish its almost painfully easy to discern who's going to betray who, who's going to be sacrificed, and where its all going to end up during Phasma's transformation (which turns out to not be much of a transformation at all, outside of a stormtrooper outfit)

    What's even more transparent is the continuing "push" for more and more "strong" (i.e traditionally masculine) female characters in Star Wars, something that real fans know was never missing from the EU. (Mara Jade, Admiral Isaard, Padme Amidaala, Darth Zannah, Princess Leia etc etc). So in addition to painfully simplistic plots, we get flat and one dimensional, non-sensical, and completely unrelatable female protagonists/antagonist like Nora Wexley (GA Sloan, and Arinda Price are waaaay more interesting than Nora), Captain Phasma, and Ray (the strongest Jedi ever without any training)....and always at the expense of laughably disposable male characters (Jom Borrell, Finn, every male in Phasmas clan)

    Phasma herself turns out to be nothing more than a lying, murdering, backstabbing savage, whom I would thoroughly enjoy seeing brutalize and vanquish her enemies...except that she seems to have no greater purpose or goal except "survival". She has no love interest, and seemingly no emotions except for her inexplicable rage (not directed at anyone in particular since she murders the only people she ever knew, and doesn't even know how to read)

    The Feminist agenda is further highlighted by the plight of Phasma's obsolete male successor, " Captain Cardinal" (a red stormtrooper), the perfect soldier who uncharacteristically breaks the rules to investigate Phasmas's past, only to literally lay down in the final showdown. Really?

    Lets not forget feeble old Brendle Hux...a man ingenious enough to be trusted with the allocation and development of the human resources needed to build the First Order (namely orphaned children), but foolish enough to cast aside his most decorated soldier and trusted guard...for a crazy woman he just met, and witnessed betray and murder everyone she knows. Really?

    Even the setting in "Phasma" is lazy, 42 untitled chapters get you one planet, and one star destroyer...the ENTIRE plot takes place in two places, and the final showdown between protagonist/antagonist neatly comes together because of "an assembly" of high ranking officers (don't they facetime with hologram projectors?).

    The writing itself is mediocre, its certainly vivid enough at critical points, but not very Star Wars specific, and generic enough for just about any adventure/action novel. (The characters travel in "GAV's" for half of the book..."GAV"s...you can google that). I noticed the author resorts to the adjective "clipped" at least 100 times during dialogue between characters....yawn.

    No meticulous and methodical Sith, no cold and calculating bounty hunters, no conflicted Jedi, not even a competent and fiercly loyal Thrawn/Tarkin type here, no twist at the end...nothing.

    "Phasma" should have been left a comic book.

    I could go on and on here, but I'd be making more of an effort than the author did to meet her 90 day deadline.

    Once again pleasantly narrarated by January Lavoy...but thats the best part.

    Otherwise...

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    Kenneth Maloney 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    I love this book. It's a good back story for a very cool character.

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    Lotus Lilavati 10-18-17
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    "Pretty good"

    Gives good incite to Her character. Makes you wish she was a force user. She would be a powerful Sith.

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    unclassified 10-17-17
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    "Good writing but it broke the Saga"

    This book was written and voiced by some of the best in the industry but I don't like what it did to the Cannon of the saga. It introduced 2 items that were left out by the creators on purpose previously.

    Potential Spoilers ahead so dont read if you haven't listened to the book yet.

    I warned you, even though they are minor spoilers.

    The two items it introduced are Nuclear weapons and Chickens. During a big part of the plot at the end there is a Radioactive Zone they are walking through and they even see Nuclear Shadows like at Hiroshima. The General explains that they are from a Nuclear Bomb and therefore breaks the Saga by introducing nuclear weapons, radiation and fallout into the Saga. This is somewhat a small thing here in this book but the implications are huge. Why didnt the Rebels just use a Nuke on the Death Star? Why didn't the Empire just Nuke Endor and give their troopers anti-radiation treatments? Se where I'm going with this? A simple answer to many problems in the Saga will now be a nuke and the audience will have to learn about this to keep up. That's one of the things left out of the universe for a good reason. The media hasn't picked up on this yet nor has Disney I assume because Holy hell will ensue once it does. The other is a chicken, Lucas always wanted this to be a sterile environment when it came to Earth items like livestock and even tools. You never hear Han say hand me a Screwdriver or a hammer. This is why the world seemed so alien or strange. If you add chickens you have to add Earth because that's where they come from. So yes, she broke Star Wars in 1 book, good job. The line that has a chicken just implies they exist. The Rebel Intel Agent says that something "tastes like chicken." Not only has it added chickens, it adds earth because its an Earth colloquialism. So yep, you just broke Star Wars. Next time I'm sure we will see product placements of Coke Bottles and Cereal Boxes selling Frosted Flakes in the next movie. Good going Disney you broke the Saga in only 2 movies and a handful of books.

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    Jeffrey Warwick, RI, United States 10-17-17
    Jeffrey Warwick, RI, United States 10-17-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Better than I expected"

    Solid novel that sheds light on the origins of one of the new Star Wars Trilogy's more enigmatic characters, the imposing Captain Phasma, who is expected to have a much larger role in The Last Jedi. Like Tarkin, this book makes no excuses for the villain. She is vile, hateful, duplicitous and violent. She is also an unparalleled mental and physical threat, and owns all of it 100%. Her actions in The Force Awakens make more sense after this. Here's the makings of a dark villain that can be gleefully despised by all!

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    Kevin 10-17-17
    Kevin 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    must listen too, just wish that it was a little longer but leaves it open for another

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  • MR B J WHITE
    10/5/17
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    "My first great disappointment"

    I found this book thoroughly boring. The entire book is essentially a justification for why Phasma, who seems to be a powerful figure, capitulates so easily in The Force Awakens. We find out pretty early on. And then the book continues, telling us about a quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about a dull fight against a different gang. And then the book continues, going back to the quest across a dull planet. And then it continues, telling us about another dull fight. This is the general pattern of the book. At the end, you know the justification for that one scene, and you know almost nothing else. Not worth your time. I read it as I'm a completionist, and I still regret it.

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  • Don
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    9/11/17
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    "Just Awful"

    I am a big Star Wars fan and have listened to as much as I can going all the way back to the Thrawn trilogy. This book is just not good. Like a lot of the new series it is hamstrung by not wanting to give spoilers for the movies to come and is just setting things up.

    The back story of Phasma is nothing new or interesting and adds very little vlue to the understanding of the character from just a few scenes in TFA. I wish that the legends series was allowed to continue on in written form as its own universe and stop putting out rubbish books that are just poor filler in between films.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/6/17
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    "Good pay off. Stick with it."
    Any additional comments?

    It felt a little slow in the middle, and I found myself more interested in the framing device than the meat of the story. However, everything resolved its self nicely. If you get half way through and aren't sure you can be bothered to continue, I would say keep going. This book makes Phasma a much more interesting, well rounded character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ManoelF
    10/17/17
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    "Amazing!"

    I found this audiobook completely engaged me from the beginning and was an exciting listen. The soundtrack is also great. January LaVoy does an excellent job narrating. 😀😀😀😀

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  • DCSabers
    10/16/17
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    "Best Star wars audiobook to date"

    Was incredible really enjoyed this book it's well worth the read, and better than many other star wars audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. T. J. Wilson
    Warrington, UK
    10/13/17
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    "QUODNOX! about 2 thirds too long"

    the storey was good at the start and end. it was well told a narration was very good. however, the way it progress was so slow and repetative. I feel that a huge chunk could have been cut out. I was very board for a lot of it. and to be honest, it was quite predictable and no plot twists (save 1) was surprisung. also, the author used the word 'Quodnox' (futuristic binoculars) to death and it genuinely started to distract me from what remaining enjoyment I had left. I'm a life long sci-fi fan and sci-fi audio book listener so am usually am very patient for a pay off and didn't have high expectations. but this book tested my resolve and I was tempted to return it but for principles.

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  • Kindle Customer
    10/13/17
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    "Effortless"

    A good insight to Captain Phasma's origins. I enjoyed the story and January LaVoy narrated it perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tad
    10/9/17
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    "A good story well performed"

    Intetesting back story for the mysterious Captain Phasma. I felt the story dragged a bit in the middle but enjoyable overall. Nice subtle tie ins to previous canon books. Performance was good with the different characters well presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DemonJosh
    10/1/17
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    "Great story to build Phasma"

    If you are in any way excited for the last Jedi, listen to this. It does a great job at building the character of Phasma and the first order in general, showing what members of the antagonistic group really believe. However, the main plot, which is of Phasma's origin, can become a little bit slow, making you wish for the book to cut back to the absolution as it is in these sections where the book thrives.
    Overall, it is a great book that builds the themes and characters of the new trilogy, all while adding new characters that you will definitely want to see again in future Star Wars materials.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dave
    9/30/17
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    "THE BEST STAR WARS NOVEL YET - essential"

    this book is by far the most compelling and eye opening in the new canon so far
    if you wondered why phasma backed down so easily in TFA, this book will give an understanding why, and more.
    after reading this i can confirm that Captain Phasma is probably the most cold hearted and ruthless character in all Star wars lore, all the more terrifying because she is a non force user, just a brutal calculating , cold hearted b**ch!
    THIS MUST BE MADE INTO A MOVIE!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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