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Rey never thought she would leave the desert planet of Jakku, but her life is turned upside down when she meets BB-8, a small droid with a big secret. Like it or not, Rey is about to be caught up in something much larger than herself: a galactic war between the evil First Order and the fledgling Resistance. But something is awakening inside of Rey, something that might turn the tides of fortune in the galaxy....

©2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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It rehashes the movie from Rey's point of view

Very little extra is learned about Rey in this book. What little is learned is very quickly spoiled so I won't mention it here. This book is actually meant for pre-school children and this fact is not mentioned in any of the descriptions at Audible.com, otherwise I would have given it a miss.

Also, I'm used to the high production values of sound effects and sound track included in other Star Wars audio books, but this is sorely missing from this title.

Only listen to it if you're a die hard Star Wars fan. I am, but was still disappointed.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Not great...or even good really...

No new insight! It is everything you already know from the movie or book. I was expecting new insights into Rey's back story...nothing like that!

32 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Waste.

Just the movie from Rey's POV. No new insight. No new story. No new anything. Not even an interesting story from her POV. Big let-down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Force Awakens from Rey's perspective

I always enjoy a Star Wars story and Ms Larry is a master story teller. My only concern would be that this story is simply the Force Awakens from Rey's perspective. If you have seen the movie, this story is redundant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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waste of money

nothing new I feel riped off nothing new I feel cheated out of credit lame

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Just Rey's view of TFA

This is just the movie seen through Rey's eyes. There are a few changes that make it somewhat interesting to speculate on, but not much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ok, but minor inconsistencies

The story follows The Force Awakens, but there's a few inconsistencies that are annoying. But it's a quick book to kill some time and the performance is good.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Confusing yet rather enjoyable...

I do love Star Wars, I was pleased with the force awakens, but this book confused me. This book follows the journey of Rey during the events of TFA, and that's it. January LaVoy is great again showcasing she's only second in performance to the great Marc Thompson. No music or sound effects that is staple to a Lucasfilm audiobook production. Very fast listen to the point where you feel slightly cheated. Yet I really enjoyed it. Rey's character and charm has been greatly captured while we experience TFA through her eyes.

What confused me is why was this book ever written/recorded. Coming in around 1:45 of listening I can't think of what this added to the canon or fandom experience. Why retell the TFA story from the perspective of Rey (which does help you realize that she does not encounter many of the other great characters in this particular story)?

Conclusion: cash grab by the publishers knowing people like me will always be lured into anything Star Wars. Bravo publishers! I will gladly always fall for that!

... or that this book was written for kids! :)


4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Rey's cliffnotes

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

more original writing

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Schaefer’s story?

It was just Rey's parts of the force awakens, I already have that book and it was just a rip off of excerpts. Only additional story was in the beginning, then nothing but disappointment

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great Book Great Narrator But Miss the Production

Would you listen to Star Wars The Force Awakens: Rey’s Story again? Why?

Yep I would regardless it would be better after rewatching the movie.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rey for sure I like that a jedi is a girl and like that is the focus in the movie.

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

She reminds me of one of the old unabridaged narrators that used to narrator star wars books and it was easy to slip into the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yep I was like why are there no sound effects or music with the audiobook.

Any additional comments?

How much do the sounds effects and rights to John WIlliams Music cost if it is available on YouTube - Topic by John Williams? What theme park has Star Wars rides now? Dinsey? So I'll bet Google charges John WIlliams less than Dinsey or Facebook.