The galaxy is at war.
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen - the Death Star. The rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.
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Acceptable if you're not into the lore
More attention to the Star Wars Universe and understanding how the force works, and the fact that Leia should not be able to dupe Vader with the force during an interrogation without him saying, "Hey! wait a minute, she just used the force to repel my Dark Side mind probe.
Marc Thompson did a fine job, after an hour of Rebecca Soler I was begging for Marc to come back, but that is mainly because Leia comes across as whiny, and over-emotional in the bad sense.
This is the first audio book that I had to quit out of frustration. An hour was dedicated to Leia getting captured, an hour! I finally quit when Leia uses the force to wrap herself in a warm blanket that the Dark side could not penetrate. The author is trying to tell me that Vader was just like, " oh well she fought off me and the interrogation droids attempts to get information, nothing to see here." I had to turn it off, and quickly jump into Plagueis to shake my bad mood.
If you're a Star Wars fan you will enjoy this. If you're a Star Wars geek you will love this.
If you can recite the Sith code or Jedi Code from memory and explain how to apply it to everyday life, this book will annoy you to no end.
GREAT retelling of the original story
The new focus. The story follows, as the title says, the Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. The story of Luke on the farm, and Ben Kenobi is glossed a bit over, or told in memories of the character and similar. The fight between Ben and Vader is seen trough Luke's eyes, and so a bit different. But all in all, the story keeps it's core and the small bits the author chose to add from her fantasy are great additions that feel natural, and even sometimes add to your appreciation and understanding of the characters
Marc Thompson is the best Star Wars narrator out there. There is no comparing. He could have done the female voices as well, but Rebecca Soler delivers a great performance as well!
I got a bit teary eyed at some points, the author has added small thoughts to the character in key moments that feel natural, and adding something for both new and old listeners.
The only negative I could say is that This book is actually TOO good! I'll explain;
ANH made me instantly want to move on to ESB and ROTJ. However, they are written by two other authors in a VERY, VERY different way. and unfortunately, that killed it for me. it's almost like this book was written for new and old fans, while the other two are written for a younger audience, and as a first-time introductions for kids not familiar with the story.
My advice would be listen to this, then listen to the samples from the ESB and ROTJ and judge for yourself.