Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught

Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Length: 3 hrs
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In this epic of unsurpassed action and imagination, Michael Stackpole helps to launch an exciting new era in Star Wars history. Onslaught pits the battle-tested heroes of the past - Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo - along with the next generation of Jedi and droids, against fearsome never-before-encountered enemies from beyond the galactic rim....

It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.

Now Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Darth Vader. As Leia and Gavin Darklighter lead desperate refugees in a fighting retreat from Yunnan Vong forces, Mara Jade, Anakin, Jacen, and Corran Horn find themselves tested as never before by a faceless, implacable foe determined to smother the light of the New Republic forever beneath a shroud of darkest evil....

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Feel like I've been ripped off

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Nobody, should be ripped off. It's like it's less than 25% of the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Done the entire story.

What character would you cut from Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide I: Onslaught?

None

Any additional comments?

Do the whole story not an abridged version. I feel like I've been ripped off. Don't even want to keep Audible. The fact that the book is abridged should be highly visible.

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Not what I expected

Occasionally the background sounds drowned out the narration. I also wish the book specified that it was abridged, at least in the description.

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The Legends timeline is so much better!

The Star Wars legends timeline is so much better than the Disney "canon". Long live the expanded universe!

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Abridged books are terrible.

I read this book from cover to cover. Then I listen to the abridged version on Audible. So much of the story has been left out in the abridged version that it hardly resembles the original story at all. It is so disappointing to see audiobooks in this format. I have tried two different books in the abridged format to see if I could get used to them abbreviating the stories. I am sorry to say I will not try a third. The way the stories are butchered to condense them for the abridged audiobook format is such a waste. I cannot reconcile in my mind experiencing the story like this. It is no where near what the author had intended I am sure. Hopefully audiobooks publishers will read these reviews and understand how their customers are dissatisfied with their overall product.

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the books are better than Disney

the sound effects and music over power the story, there is to much missing from the book. yet this is still better than Disney

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too short

my only complaint is it was too short, otherwise it was a great story. ahh.

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The war begins...

I have a hard time writing a review for this one. It’s actually an excellent abridgement (it’s all we are gonna get guys). All the stories are deep and compelling in the way that Stockpole excels at. This novel adds even more depth to Corran Horn.
Think of it as an audio movie a great novel, rather than grumbling about it being abridged.
PS. Disney? Want some money? I’d buy EVERY EU audiobook unabridged. So I’m sure I can’t be the only one...

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Good continuation of the NJO series

If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Classic moral myth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anakin was my favorite character. He is being shaped to be the best Jedi of his generation.

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

The inflection, tone, and exclamations bring the story to life. Anthony Heald has narrated several SW books, and I became familiar with his style. He was like an old friend telling a story.

Any additional comments?

This book brings us deeper into the world of the Yuuzhan Vong. We begin to learn more about their culture, and how different it is from that of the New Republic. They seem very powerful and cruel, verging on the sadistic. But we see signs that they are not invincible. This is part 1 of a duology within the NJO series.

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Too short for $$$

Ok story, but way to short for price of this book. Thank you, have a wonderful day.

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very short for a novel but good story

I enjoyed the story but the voice actor is very quiet and this made a lot of the dialogue hard to fallow

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  • Michael
  • 04-26-19

Poor quality/too short

I’m a massive fan of the Star Wars EU and have long wanted to listen to the books on the Vong but have so far been disappointed by two things about the audiobook series, firstly the recording quality so far has been terrible and I feel like the narrator is good but maybe not for Star Wars as he doesn’t try to make the characters sound like we know they do (e.g Lando and Han have some very recognisable and feels weird hearing them with a stock standard white guy voice) with better quality recording it might not be so bad. The 2nd problem I have is the fact that their is 22 books in total all at just over 3 hours a piece, I suggest selling them in a bundle of 3-5 at a reduced price because they are simply to short, expecting people to pay $15ea for 3 hours is ridiculous and will likely be the reason I don’t continue with the series. All in all I feel like the new Jedi order series would be awesome but because of these two things (the 2nd in particular) I don’t think I will be able to finish it.

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  • Ash Loveday
  • 02-23-17

read washed out by backing music/effects at times

narration volume needs to be louder or backing tracks need to be lowered in volume.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 08-26-15

Good but....

Been looking forward to the new jedi order books and the Vong war. But so far the first two books have been more like a transcript or a list of events been read off rather then a STORY. Other wise loving hearing about the war.