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Star Wars: Rebel Rising Audiobook

Star Wars: Rebel Rising

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New York Times best-selling author Beth Revis brings to life the early adventures and heartbreaks of the heroine of the smash hit movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents, she is not completely alone - Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become a rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause - and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw's soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in...and who she can really trust.

©2017 Beth Revis (P)2017 Listening Library

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    Marie A. 05-12-17
    Marie A. 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing "

    Going into this, I had high expectations. Catalyst and the Rogue One novelization were both excellent and enhanced the characters introduced in the film. I thought Rebel Rising would be similar in delving deeper into Jyn. Unfortunately, the Jyn of this novel is impossible to reconcile with the Jyn of Rogue One.

    In the film and novelization, we were introduced to a fierce but damaged young woman who was raised as a child soldier by an extreemist. That’s not who we get here. This girl is not a child soldier. Though Saw raised her and trained her to fight, he kept her comparatively safe and distant from most of his missions. She never kills anyone not does she develop the moral ambiguity that made Rogue One great. Her contribution to the team is forgery. While that is essential, that shouldn’t have been her sole job on his team. This is a girl he referred to as his best soldier. This novel doesn’t show that.

    Everything that happens after Saw leaves Jyn is dull and sloppy. Nothing happens that isn’t expected. The only surprise was the horrible way the book tried to overlap with Rogue One in the end. This ending contradicted everything from Jyn’s introduction in the film to her offer from the Rebel Alliance. That makes this book seem non-canon.

    Given the quality of the previous canon novels, I’m surprised by how poorly done Rebel Rising is. Its as though no one edited it before publishing.

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    Chad Baltimore, MD 05-04-17
    Chad Baltimore, MD 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing Story, That Fills in the Gaps"

    I absolutely loved Rogue One (Even more than The Force Awakens) and Jyn Erso was such a great, mysterious, strong character. She clearly had a lot of backstory, but the film never dug into it.

    This book Released yesterday covers the years between Saw rescuing Jyn from the cave after her mother's death, and her father going With the Empire / to her rescue by K-2SO at the beginning of Rogue One. 

    Saw watches over a Young Jyn and teaches her how to fight and enables her forgery skills. We learn how and why Saw and Jyn parted ways and what happened to her next. That was only alluded to in the movies, This 2nd part is where the story picks up as Jyn builds a new life away from the Empire and the start of the Rebellion. After her rather impersonal life with Saw,

    I enjoyed the second half of the story where Jyn finds her humanity again as she starts to form opinions on the big galactic conflict.

    Her early years with Saw are (by necessity) dreary and sterile and, well, lengthy, but the second half really does pick up the story

    While we know the ultimate outcome of these characters this does not detract from the story at all.

    Very very good book everyone should check it out, Highly Recommended.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Downey 05-10-17
    Sean Downey 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but not?"

    I really expected more after the movie. This was too simple, too easy. The story craved more action, more hate from Jyn. The performance was nothing special.

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    Adriana Fernandez 06-28-17
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    "alright but nothing special"

    didn't like the narrator they used. the story was a little dull but it was entertaining enough as a little more backstory to Jyn, which gives her character in rogue one more substance.

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    Jim 06-18-17
    Jim 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Way better than Ashoka...."

    this title was well written filled with information that added value to the cannon. I appreciate that it held true to the universe I grew up on, without being affected by current philosophies. For me Star Wars is about the story, the excitement, and the characters. it's a break from the chaos of this world. Very thankful for a well-written story that takes me back to my childhood.

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    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 06-13-17
    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 06-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Jyn's Rise to Rebellion"
    Where does Star Wars: Rebel Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rebel Rising was a wonderful book. I think that it is definitely in the top 10, as most of the Star Wars books that I have listened to are.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Rebel Rising?

    I don't want to spoil the book for others, but I found Jyn's inner dialogue to be interesting in that she felt a certain way about people or situations and those definitely stay consistent until almost the end of the story, which leads perfectly into Rogue One.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

    Jyn, obviously. I think that Rebecca Soler did a wonderful job with all of the different characters, but she really brought emotion to Jyn and her reactions to everything that happened to her in her young life.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book and Star Wars: Catalyst provide very interesting background into a key character that was pertinent to the early days of the rebellion. Regardless of what people thought about Rogue One the movie, these two books really give life to several characters and bringing a proper conclusion to a sort of trilogy of stories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 05-04-17
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 05-04-17 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    "Great follow up to Catalyst!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Rebel Rising again? Why?

    Yes, it was a great back-story for the Rogue One stories.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Rebel Rising to and why?

    I would listen to Catalyst, Rebel Rising, and Rogue One in that order.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Soler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None so far.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Beginning mostly.......must listen to find out.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Star Wars audiobook!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Admiralu Camarillo, California United States 09-06-17
    Admiralu Camarillo, California United States 09-06-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Long & Somewhat Dull"

    I'm a huge fan of Star Wars books and have read quite a few, both legends and canon. This book was somewhat disappointing, which was a let down. I agree with several other reviews on certain topics. First, this book really should not have been a young adult book. Rogue One as a film was a bit darker in time and favorite of mine. Jyn's story would've been better served as an adult novel. While it has a darker tone that I didn't mind, it read too much like a youth book. The middle section dragged the entire book down and the constant reminders of what she'd been through and lost detracted from the story. The middle section read way too much as a young adult book. I've read several youth Star Wars books, most notably by Jude Watson that were far better and more exciting than this. The Rebels series, Servants of the Empire and Jedi Quest had more of a kick to them. I actually got bored through most of this book. I read this using immersion reading while listening to the audio book as well. The narrator Rebecca Soler had a pleasant voice that worked well for narration and Jyn's voice, though she kept varying on a British accent. Her male voices were awful. The production was excellent as usual. While parts of it are interesting, notably the first and last sections, you are better off reading Catalyst and the novelization of Rogue One. This book is not a must read.

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    Matthew S. McKenzie 08-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Nice Intro to Rogue One"

    This was a nice intro to the Rogue One story, which I loved. One of the nicest aspects about the story is they didn't sugar coat it. This is at a time when the Empire is rising and taking hold of the universe. The treatment of slaves, how the characters acted, and decisions they had to make relayed that message. Overall very pleased with this story.

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    Casey 08-13-17
    Casey 08-13-17
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    "Meh"

    It's a book about nothing in particular. Great if you are someone who can't get enough of the Star Wars universe, but don't expect a compelling plot. Also the audio is weird and randomly cuts to different volumes of speaking.

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