Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare

Volume 1
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (546 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scraps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to join a nomadic band of space-faring criminals. Now, years later, chafing under Shrike's sadistic tyranny, driven by dreams of adventure and glory, Han fights his way free. His goal: to become an Imperial Navy pilot. But first he needs hands-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia - a steaming world of religious fanaticism and alluring sensuality, where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.
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Critic Reviews

"Crispin deftly weaves Han's early years into the Star Wars storyline and provides details that shape his personality. This prequel belongs in Star Wars collections." (Library Journal)
"This story...features a single narrator who mimics Harrison Ford as if he were younger, playing a young Han Solo with eerie authenticity. Sound effects and John Williams's stunning Star Wars music are used throughout to meticulous effect." (AudioFile)

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missing key parts

i have read this multiple times. this recording has cut out. to much of the book.

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abridged

I woke have lived it it it were not abridged. it detracted from the story

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Prefect for the whole family on a long car ride!

The whole family loves Star Wars & this was something new. Kids didn't want it paused even for bathroom breaks. Enjoyable.

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wish they hadn't concatenated so much of the story

there's a lot that seemed to be left out since I last read this book, otherwise great listen.

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Not verbatim with paper back book

Great book, wonderful story really close to the book but I follow along with the actual book and this audio book is just too far from that to do that.

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Poorly abridged version

Why they’d abridge an already quick read, I’ll never know but it’s not worth your money. Get the full version & complete story instead.

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Fantastic intro to a legendary star wars character

What a great performance! I read this book while still in primary school and this is the first time I have revisited it in years. David Pittu is an excellent narrator and I me thoroughly enjoying this nostalgic read. He had excellent command of the content, the flow of the story and the iconic sound effects had me grinning from ear to ear.

I was puzzled about the comments regarding pronunciation, until the end of the last chapter when he pronounced the silent 2nd "C" Coruscant. I cringed, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me.

I never found the rest of the trilogy, and can't wait to start the next book in the installment!

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book 1 of the Han Solo trilogy

The book shows young Solo and lead us to his adventures. It's a phantastic book that will keep you reading until the end. Nice plot. The audible recording isn't that good as it's mono and the sound effects in the original are in full stereo.

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Pronunciation

It would be nice if the narrator would do some homework and educate himself on the pronunciation of words from the book as well as from the movies

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I really am trying

I keep giving this book a chance but I just can’t get into it. I can’t tell if it’s the content or the voice of the person reading. So boring...

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  • Alex
  • 07-31-10

FIVE STARS for Star Wars enthusiasts !

I really enjoyed listening to the audio book. I found it light and simple on the mind to digest, and yet revealing a story of a very influential and powerful character in the Saga.

Paradis Snare tells a story of events before Han Solo joins the Imperial Navy and is an absolute must if you have not read this Star Wars novel or if you are stuck on which one to get next.

The narration is well presented with enthusiasm and a good understanding of the characters and the portrayal of the Star Wars universe. The story is so so, but the fact it is Han Solo makes it even more enjoyable.

I really enjoyed the audio book and do not regret the purchase !

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  • JPG68
  • 04-03-17

'Han Solo' in name only. Not good.

What would have made Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare better?

The character of Han was too dreamy and romantic, there was too much teen romance and not enough action or edge. Considering Garris Shrike is supposed to be a huge mentor of Han's he barely featured. Han's transformation from Prince Charming to embittered loner over a girl exiting his life for his benefit was extremely unrealistic and unworthy. It should have taken far more to effect this change. The story felt light, lacked depth and had some really embarrassingly naïve dialogue.

Would you ever listen to anything by A. C. Crispin again?

I might give him another try - but there was little I enjoyed in this. Perhaps the short form of the story limited his horizons, but with nearly three hours of storytime, so much more could have been achieved.

Did David Pittu do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He was okay with the aliens, but didn't do a good job with Han. I bought this audio book because other narrators, such as Jonathan Davis have done outstanding interpretations of the movie versions. A review I read led me to believe this would be the case here. But David's Han sounded just like his natural speaking voice, which sounded very similar to young Mark Hamill.

David is definitely the man to narrate the adventures of Luke Skywalker, but at no point was his characterisation of Han Solo believable.

What character would you cut from Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare?

I'd cut out the version of Han that was written and hope that one who could believably become the smuggler we know could be substituted. It was hard to care for any of the surrounding characters as they just didn't have enough history or depth - I'd have had more of everybody rather than less, but with keener investigation of their personalities.

Any additional comments?

Give David Pittu some Luke Skywalker stories to narrate. He'd be brilliant. But recast the voice actor for this one please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

A GOOD SOLO STORY

I really enjoyed listening to the story it was great the characters wear memorable and it was a far better introduction to the Han Solo origin story then solo a Star Wars Story by Disney. My most favourite moment in the book? I can't choose a favourite moment in this book it was that good. The narrator was excellent he really captured the feel for the characters and the emotions he put into the characters in The Story. I really recommend you give this book listen to, even though it is not canon it is far better written than anything Disney has done lately with the trilogy. So if you want something better definitely give the Star Wars legends stories a go!

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 12-22-16

great back story!

was very enjoyable to see how Han Solo came to be and the life choices he made before the rebelion

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  • Kirsty Meikleham
  • 01-09-16

What an amazing story and great narrative

This was my first Star Wars book and a great place to start. It was great to get to know hans past and was written very well. Along with the good story the narrative was spoken very well, powerful and exciting. He wasn't just reading it he was living it, which was helped with the sound effects.
Can't wait for the next book

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  • Michelle Tai
  • 07-08-13

A long time ago....

What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

Fans of Star Wars/Han Solo who wants to know more about the character

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

When Han Solo meets the love of his life.

Did David Pittu do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not bad, but not exceptional.

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

Gripping cliff hanger.

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  • mobileGadgetJack
  • 07-03-19

I’ve always wanted to know more about Han

The story is a bit short. Less than three hours of audio play. It could have combined the trilogy into one book. Getting to know Han from the start (different to what the recent movie Solo portrays) was always interesting.

Anyways, I love the sound effects that was in the book. Not overly done yet playing st the right place. I’m about to start my book 2 I hope it’ll be another great one.

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  • Kian
  • 05-01-14

Book one of Han Solo's life

Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

Yes. Umm Star Wars. Need I say any more ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh I'd say Han Solo was the best character. The galaxies' favourite scoundrel.

Any additional comments?

Set years before Star Wars: A New Hope