Jacen Solo's shadow of influence has threatened many, especially those closest to him. Jaina Solo is determined to bring her brother in, but in order to track him down, she must first learn unfamiliar skills from a man she finds ruthless, repellent, and dangerous.
Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker, still haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed his mother, Mara, decides he must know the truth, even if it costs him his life. And as Luke Skywalker contemplates once unthinkable strategies to dethrone his nephew, the hour of reckoning for those on both sides draws near. The galaxy becomes a battlefield where all must face their true nature and darkest secrets, and live - or die - with the consequences.
Very well done for a Star Wars audiobook. Even though it is abridged, the 6 hour run-time leaves enough material to make this audiobook entertaining. That said, you can still notice gaps where, I assume, material was cut out for the abridgement. This can be annoying after a while. I won't beat around the bush, I loathe any abridgement and I would encourage people to complain to the publisher so that they will begin releasing unabridged versions of these books. Other than that, this book was excellent. Marc Thompson is one of the most talented narrators that I have heard. It is a pleasure to listen to him. The different character voices that he assumes throughout the book are executed flawlessly and I had to keep reminding myself that it was the same person speaking. The writing, sound production, and music were all top notch. I would give this 5 stars if not for the abridgement.
One last thing, stay away from any of the star wars audiobooks that are less than 6 hours in length. They are so butchered by the abridgements, that they are not worth your time or money. Quite a few of these are narrated by Anthony Heald and he is just plain awful. I found this out the hard way. Just remember, Anthony Heald = extremely poor narration. Jonathan Davis = Extremely good narration. Marc Thompson = Outstanding narration.
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If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?
No more abridgment
If you’ve listened to books by Karen Traviss before, how does this one compare?
This series is written well enough it it hard to distinguish between the authors. That's how it should be
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I've been a huge Star Wars fan since I was kid and saw the original movie for a friend's birthday party on May 29, 1977, but I don't think I'll be buying any more SW books...
A) The abridged versions are terrible. A big part of the SW universe is the description, most of which is cut out in the abridgement.
2) The current and future books are all in nine-or-ten part series. It seems like the authors and publishers are just stringing the readers along... A single story from beginning to end costs well over $100.
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With one more book to go in this series, I am extremely excited to see how this ends. The Mandolorian story contained in this book changes ones view on Boba in was you would expect. Jacen character is maniacal and twisted but he had vision and is willing to do anything to see his plans through and as strong as he is in the force, the tapestry seems to be unraveling around him. Excellent book series
Story is fantastic.
Marc Thompson is fantastic.
Sound effects/music are great.
That is all. :-)
Probably my favorite series in the Expanded Universe, so much better than this new Cannon. I mean Jaina being trained by Fett. Awesome. Jacen going full Darth. Although I would rather have a non abridged version.
With Darth Caedus finally beginning to embrace his Sith Lord status in the open and his sister, Jaina Solo seeking some unusual training, Revelation is a welcome respite from unrelenting action, offering depth and heart leading up to the series finale.
With prominent spotlights on character growth and development, Karen Traviss delivers several "gut-punch" emotional moments, as well as glorious scenes that will make true fans want to cheer in their seats!
As a special note [LIGHT SPOILERS to follow], this book gives heart and soul to Boba Fett and his Mandalorian people. Spending a good deal of time with Fett, his family, and his culture brings forth an explicable affection for an inexplicably famous character.
Alongside introducing a warrior jocularity in the form of Mandalorians, and the swaths of personal development amongst the core cast of characters, this book tempers down the action of war in favor of intrigue. That is, until the climax of this novel, wherein commences the most heartbreaking moment of the entire series, in the midst of the best-written space battle ever put to paper.
Great book love the story kept me very entertained characters were on point nothing bad to say about this book
If you listen to anything, it has to be Mark. His mastery of the voices is superb
What did you like best about Star Wars? What did you like least?
The story was good and the narration by Marc Thompson was outstanding. I will say that this series, while good, has its drawbacks due to the dark nature and characters who are usually allies not being on the same side.
The thing about I disliked the most is the abridgement. This whole series should have been unabridged.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that what really happened to Mara finally comes out.
Which scene was your favorite?
The reveal about Mara.
Was Star Wars worth the listening time?
Absolutely worth it overall, but the abridgement is still an issue for me. It should have been unabridged.
Any additional comments?
Glad the next series is unabridged!
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Excellent story, great battling. Sad at the same time. Will always be my preferred star wars time line. Mtfbwy.