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Publisher's Summary

They are the galaxy's most elite fighting force. And as the battle against the Empire rages, the X-wing fighters risk life and machine to protect the Rebel Alliance. Now they must go on a daring undercover mission as the crew of an Imperial warship.

It is Wedge Antilles' boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other units, castoffs and rejects given one last chance. But before the new pilots can complete their training, the squadron's base is attacked by former Imperial admiral Trigit, and Wraith Squadron is forced to swing into action, taking over an Imperial warship and impersonating its crew. The mission: to gain vital intelligence about Trigit's secret weapons, to sabotage the admiral's plans, and to lure him into an Alliance trap. But the high-stakes gamble pits Wraith Squadron's ragtag renegades against the Empire's most brilliant master of guile and deception.

Are they up to the challenge?

If not, the penalty is instant death.

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  • Karen
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 02-19-11

Abridgement not successful

I really enjoy this book and was looking forward to listening to it. One of the best things about Aaron Allston is the sly humor that he sneaks into his stories, as well as the round characters he creates. Both were left out of the abridged version in order to ensure that the story remained coherent given the time limitation. It was like eating food without salt or spices. I was really disappointed. I'm giving it three stars, because it's a great book and story, but I felt like the abridged audio version was a let-down.

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This should not have been abridged. To much left out. Terrible book. No recommendation

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???

An amazing book sadly suffering from a needless abridgement. Please produce an unabridged version. And that goes for all other books by the late Aaron Alston.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Butchered a great book

Would you try another book from Aaron Allston and/or Anthony Heald?

Yes because I love Allston. Heald was meh.

Has Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 5: Wraith Squadron turned you off from other books in this genre?

Only from this particular abridged version

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

Marc Thompson

What character would you cut from Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 5: Wraith Squadron?

none

Any additional comments?

Wraith Squadron was a really great book in physical form. This audiobook strips all the humor out of a series that was known for humor, ignores certain character arcs and gets rid of the running joke of Lt Kettch, the Ewok...<br/><br/>I do not recommend this version.

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wish it wasn't abridged

I love this book, but the abridged version cut too much of the soul out.

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TOO abridged

I have read this book several times. I understand that they had the need (maybe due to funding?) to abridge it, but they cut out far too much. In this form there is no character development. Also in this book, the way the interpersonal relationships within the squadron formed was hugely important. All of this is not in the audio book. If I were hearing this story for the first time, I would have absolutely zero emotional attachment to the characters or the squadron. When reading the book, these characters became important, almost friends, and it was heartbreaking when they died, in the audio performance, it was a struggle to even recall their name. I can not recommend this audio book. If this story appeals to you I suggest buying the book, in that, you won't be disappointed.

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Not bad

It was hard to tell who was who at times, but I enjoyed it. Listen to it!

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love for star wars even more

just amazing can wait for more to come put and worth the money to view

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Not as good as I remember

I read this book on paper back in the day. sadly it doesn't hold up as I suspect most of the EU is like this. hard to finish narator is annoying as hell.

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  • David R
  • 01-04-17

great way to pass a few hours

the narrator was able to convey the adapted story in a way that does not diminish from the full story of the beginnings of Wraith Squadron.

there are a number of obvious differences between the original book and this adapted version but if I hadn't read the real books numerous times I would accept this version as a good story in its own right.

the omitted sections do not detract in any way from future aspects of this storyline or indeed from the set of x-wing books.

I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn what the real star wars time line was supposed to be like before Disney messed with things