Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 2: Wedge's Gamble

Narrated by: Henry Thomas
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They are the X-wing fighters: sleek, swift, and deadly. And as the battle against the Empire rages across the vastness of space, the pilots risk both their lives and their machines for the cause of the Rebel Alliance. Now they must embark on a dangerous espionage mission, braving betrayal and death on the Imperial homeworld to smash the power of a ruthless foe!

It is at the evil heart of a battered and reeling Empire: Coruscant, the giant city-world from whose massive towers the Imperial High Command directs the war. The Rebels will invade this mighty citadel in a daring move to bring the Empire to its knees. But first Wedge Antilles and his X-wing pilots must infiltrate Coruscant to gain vital intelligence information.

Capture means death or, worse, enslavement by the vicious leader known as "Iceheart": Ysanne Isard, now Emperor in all but name. And one of Rogue Squadron's own is already her slave, a traitor hidden behind a mask of innocence, working to betray both colleagues and the Rebellion itself.

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Critic Reviews

"Henry Thomas reads well; he has a young voice like Luke Skywalker's, but he ably provides appropriate shading for alien and aged characters when the circumstances demand." (AudioFile)

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Good, but SEVERELY abridged.

Henry Thomas's performance is good, but some of the charters sound too similar. It lacks the details that make it a really good book, as the abridged story just leaves out too much of what make the book so much more enjoyable and complete.

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  • 04-27-15

too abridged

I've read this book years ago and loved it. I had a bit of a hard time following this time because too much of the story was left out.

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This is an absurdly poorly labelled abriged verson

Quite honestly I feel cheated that the abridged versions are not well labelled. It does not help that the narrator *constantly* mispronounces names of people and planets mentioned *in the movies*. It also doesn't help the narrator constantly misreads the line for one character in a different character's "voice".

Overall a disappointing offering. Especially compared to the production value and talent put into the Heir to the Empire and Thrawn series books. I'd expect better out of Audible. I gave these versions an honest shot. I will be fighting it out with customer service to get these credits back.

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dull, poor follow-up to a great first book

Boh the story and the performance were disappointing. Too many coincidences and characters jumbled together unconvincingly.

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Do Not Buy This Abridged Version

Voice acting was decent to passing. Horrible amount of material lost from the original texts. Characters are way too shallow in this abridged version, and you lose the reasoning in their personal drives and motivations regarding the decisions they make and the way they react to or interpret the events in their world. If you are a virgin to the series, you might simply wonder why the plot events were so hurried, or the characters so superficial, but if you've read the books before, you will realize that this abridged version doesn't do Michael A. Stackpole justice, and will be sorely disappointed in the absence of material. I followed the original text side by side whilst listening to the audio and was a bit surprised with how much they cut out. Nothing like summing up two chapters of a dynamic and interesting alien encounter with a squadron member in a cantina down to two paragraphs as an 'intro' explanation as to why the plot just jumped scenes. If you're familiar with the story, you'll know what event I'm talking about when you're suddenly thrust three chapters into the future. Will not be continuing the series. Please don't tell me they destroyed 'I, Jedi' in the same manner; not to my baby. notlikethis.gif

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Needs to be unabridged

Has the reader EVER seen a single Star Wars movie?! The pronunciation of worlds, names, and other pivotal aspects of Star Wars were horrendous!!!

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Not bad not bad.

Henry Thomas isn't my favorite narrator, but he's far superior to the other one of "the new jedi order" stories. No Marc Thomas, but that's ok. Although, one thing that bothered me most was his mispronunciation of "Coruscant". He's pronouncing it "coru-scant" when it's actually "coruh-sunt". Other than that, not too bad

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Sound effects too loud

Great Story. Love the X-wing books. The reader did fine but was drowned out by the sound effects sometimes. Other than that it was perfect.

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Awesome Star Wars story

A great continuation of the original saga, worthy of the Star Wars name.
Give the first book a listen and just enjoy.

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Great Read for someone who loves Starwars

This book was better than the first! Henry Thomas did a amazing job with this book!

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  • 03-06-17

Story of how the Rebels took Imperial Centre

This is the story of how the Rebels forces took over what was known as Imperial Centre, or Coruscant.

To do this Rogue Squadron must infiltrate themselves into Coruscant society under a variety of different cover identities and in small groups.

There are of course a number of Rebel intelligence operatives already on the planet which work with the separated sections if Rogue Squadron to achieve their objectives. Through the efforts of the Rebels a number of attempts to bring down the planetary shields are made so that the Rebel fleet will be able to take over the planet when they arrive.

However, the head of Imperial intelligence Ysanne Issard knows the Rebels are present on Imperial Centre and is planning to allow them to take over the planet, but not until the secret virus she is having General Dericote developing is ready.

Eventually the members of Rogue Squadron and the Rebel intelligence agents manage to cause a huge storm using an orbital mirror, this causes lightening that shirts out the planetary shields just as the Rebel fleet, led by Admiral Akbar arrive in orbit.

However during a dogfight whilst Rogue Squadron are attempting to cause the storm, Corran Horn finds that his fighter is seemingly under the control of somebody else and he is no longer able to control where it flys. It then crashes and Corran is seemingly killed.

However in the epilogue, this is shown to be not true and Corran is actually being held prisoner by Issard. But the epilogue is not part of the audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-16

Great audio book.

Really enjoyed it. The Rogues are awesome and the adaptation and effects are great. Loved it.

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  • Peter Sutherns
  • 07-23-15

very entertaining

The narrator is very good, the music and effects are a nice touch too. A nice addition to the Star Wars universe.

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  • Duo
  • 02-10-15

I really enjoy the X-wing books

I really enjoy these books but I feel like these abridged versions cut out to much, it messes with the pace and it's easy to sometimes get lost in relation to what each character is doing. Unabridged versions would be more than welcome and feel like better value as I feel these books are too short. I find I really enjoy Henry Thomas's performance and his voice suits Corran in his early books and would have like him to narrate the book I, Jedi over Anthony Heald who did that book.

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  • Steve Tonks
  • 08-16-19

Saddened by the abridged version.

So much of the flavour has been lost. I can only hope that a new unabridged version is released in the future. Would love to hear Marc Thompson perform the X-Wing series.