• Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11,672 ratings)
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Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

By: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

©2016 Claudia Grey (P)2016 Random House Audio

Featured Article: Princess Leia Organa—A Star Wars Character Guide


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What "Aftermath" should have been

I really enjoy the production value of these new Star Wars novels, including the recent "Aftermath" novel by Chuck Wendig. That novel, however, was a disappointment. "Bloodline" is everything I wanted aftermath to be. It gives a direct insight into how the First Order rises to power and allows us to get a better insight into Leia and her feelings about her parentage. Claudia Gray did a wonderful job with the plot, setting up interesting characters with different perspectives about the former Empire in a way that makes the rise of the First Order believable. I hope she continues to contribute more to the new EU.

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Fantastic

After the mess "Aftermath" was I've been hesitant of purchasing books leading up to "The Force Awakens." However, "Bloodline" and "Lost Stars" have both been excellent. I had a bit of skepticism surrounding the narrator, but she's perfect for Bloodlines "Leia" thick plot. If you're not a Leia fan, don't worry...this story does a great job exploring the impact Darth Vader had on individuals and ends up revealing much of the political plot that results in the formation of The First Order. A perfect story for Star Wars fans!

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Totally Redeems Leia

I If you thought Leia incompetent/ridiculous, the "Resistance" confusing in TFA, if you are anything like me, you'll not treat this book as a gratuitous "Easter Egg", but a greatly important plot pivot point, and one that simply couldn't have been accomplished within the film itself.

I must admit, I am one of those Star Wars fans that read almost every book in the EL, lamented it's loss, and, though I initially adored TFA, I too was among those that essentially saw it as a reboot of A New Hope. I thought Leia's role to be not merely superfluous other than to deliver certain characters to certain climatic moments... I found her to be offensive, almost odious. Her being a "General" seemed utterly ridiculous, given that there a} There shouldn't be a Resistance if she was the government b} given that she hadn't a clue about Starkiller et al

In any case, this utterly redeems Leia.

The book is excellent in all ways, and if you ARE one of those that would purchase books just to get those easter eggs (I own up to it.. As I said, I read all the books!), you will be relieved....but I must warn you of the burden. Two of them in particular have me tearing at my hair, since they are too blatant to be coincidence and deal with the core of the next movies rhetorical purpose and yet we won't be able to get catharsis: someone please disabuse me of my ignorance if I'm wrong here, but the background of what Ben and Luke are doing pre-TFA (if they get communications, how many Padawans he's training, etc) won't be revealed until the next movie

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literally kept me listening for 10 hours straight

this book was phenomenal. between the voice acting from the narrator, the sound effects and the writing, I was glued to the story for 10 hours straight. I am a truck driver and usually I take breaks while listening to a book. I couldn't take a break with this book. I had to know what happened next. this is my favorite star wars book so far. it's a must hear.

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fantastic

This novel is a great background story to the force awakens supplying some much needed materials on the state of the galaxy. Bloodlines answers some of the obvious questions for the Force Awakens like why is there a resistance and a new Republic and where did the first order come from?

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They just can't get it right!

I want my time and money back. The narrator was awful the story eh. I'm sorry but not worth it. They seem determined to try and recreate the wheel instead of building on a style and genre that worked. I'm not saying that it needs to follow the old storylines but the writing quality is not up to snuff. Worst thing is I want it to succeed but this is as bad as the first book they put out!!

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Gives closure, understanding and very well written

I really enjoyed the insight it gives into the culture, politics and life since the end of the Empire. Understanding the climate and events prior to Force Awakens was enlightening and deepens understanding of what happened between Leia and Han and between them as parents and Ben. The way the events unfolded in the book was classic Star Wars. Literally finished the book in two days. So good.

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Intriguing

Finally we get answers.Amazing book.full of intrigue and loaded with information.The only negative thing is that it doesn't continue with Thane but it was good to finally know how the resistance got started.It took all my strength to put it down for another day.well going to start it over and listen to it again. Good reading or listening everyone

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If you like politics

Snoozefest if you are looking for a Star Wars action story. Too much politics, not enough story about bloodlines. Nothing about Ben solo, nothing about Luke, no snoke. Meh...

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A great political thriller.

What did you love best about Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic?

The storyline was very interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone, Leia especially.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

Her version of Leia, which I've heard her perform before in the Star Wars Shakespeare trrilogy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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Any additional comments?

A must-have for Star Wars fans.

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