Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 4: The Bacta War

Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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The Alliance Fleet mounts a major campaign against a deadly warlord. Tyrant Ysanne Isard has taken control of Thyferra, intending to use its supply of medicinal bacta to destabilize and destroy the New Republic. Undermanned and deprived of Alliance support, Rogue Squadron must oppose Isard's plans, defeat her Star Destroyer fleet, and free Thyferra from her rule in a winner-take-all battle against a seemingly superior force.

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Too Abridged

These are fantastic books and the abridged versions do not do them justice. I figured this out from some of the other reviews and actually read the books which are worlds better. I hope that these will be redone without abridgement.

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Terrible performance

When the F*** did Wedge become Irish?! Actor still cannot pronounce names world and other vital aspects of Star Wars

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Why does this series need abridgment?

This series needs to be unabridged. Too much detail is missing from these storylines. These audio versions do not do the actual stories justice, sure I like the effects and background that was added, but the lack of story depth counteracts that production. What a shame.

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Abridgment and narrator leave a little to be desired

The narrators accents are muddled at best, perhaps on purpose, perhaps by accident, but it can make him difficult to follow at times. That being said it won't prevent me from getting other books in the series. I only wish they had produced an unabridged collection.

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Hard listen for a 'core' Star Wars fan

What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

Everybody is an old man with this readers voice.

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I have read all the books and looked forward to listening at work. The first three were rough with Henry Thomas; barley into book 4 and wishing they were done by Mr Thomas. Seems these books were read by whom ever would do the work. Fictional stories need to be done by those who can perform a miriad of voices. Christian Rummel, who narrated The Lost Fleet series, would be a great improvement. His ability made listening to a story I had never read/heard before, an amzing jorney.

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Another great work

Fast paced, plot twists, action and humor. On to book 5. Four More words required.

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Needs full book. Better reader.

Great books, they need to be the full books and not abridged and the reader from the full unabridged version of the Trawn Trilogy needs to read. Who is that? Go listen and find out.

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Excellent Narration...

Good story, still difficult to follow at tines due to abridgment. I wish I had the time to read the whole thing!

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First by Anthony heald

The first X-Wing novel and possibly first star wars Novel read by Anthony heald an the first with high quality sound effects and score. Great starting point.. Hope someday to have Unabridged X-Wing stories

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So good

This is such an amazing book run even better as an audio book. Really loving it.

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  • Clive Mathews
  • 11-15-19

well worth a listen

I 1st read these bunch of books as a teen and loved them. Easy to listen to although I'm pretty sure it's missing some of the back story from the books which is disappointing.

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  • Peter Sutherns
  • 05-21-17

too many sound effects

It was a decent Star Wars story with good narration but the sound effects got a bit annoying and were too loud compared to the narrator

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  • David R
  • 01-01-17

interesting to hear the story I have read so often

I have owned a hard copy of this set of books for a number of years and have read each one numerous times. I always enjoy reading them. That being said, I do enjoy listening to these audiobook versions.

The story is adapted from the original but it does not particularly detract from the over all story. The performance is do everything very well as are the sound effects.

I would recommend this audiobook

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  • Steve Tonks
  • 08-22-19

Strangely disjointed.

Whilst I enjoyed the story, I still struggle with some of the pronunciations. The 2nd hard 'C' in Coruscant is particularly grating. The abridgement wasn't as noticeable as the earlier books. Anthony Heald did a better job, but Wedge's accent got progressively more annoying.