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What did you like best about this 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
Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson and Rebecca Soler ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.
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Being a huge nerd, I love Star Wars and have since the first time I ever saw it. After reading this in the synopsis, "Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before", I had to know more.
So here I am left with a dilemma, how does one write a review of one of the most iconic and influential, at least to me, stories of all time? Answer is I wouldn't even try.
What I will do is tell you about how I felt listening to a familiar, yet new, version of the classic.
The book was broken up into three aptly named parts that didn't overlap. The Princess part was told from the point of view of Princess Lia. Starting with her ship being boarded by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. To being held captive and tortured by Vader and the interrogation droid and the destruction of her home world Alderaan. The next part was The Scoundrel. Told from the point of view of Han Solo. Picking up in the cantina in Mos Eisley. Moving through his meeting of Obi Wan and Luke to the infiltration of the Death Star and ultimately the death of Obi Wan. The final part was The Farm Boy. Taking us through the escape of the Death Star to it's ultimate destruction.
I am very happy that Alexandra Bracken didn't try to reinvent anything. She simply added the thoughts and insights from each of the parts main characters. While also filling in some story that was not explicitly mentioned in the original. For example, she told us of Lea's backstory of being on the senate, we get to find out that Han Solo isn't quite as two dimensional as many think he is, and that like had to go through trials before being allowed to fly an X-Wing with the rebels.
If you are a Star Wars fan and are open to story that you know, yet you only know the surface. You should really check Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy out. You just might be pleasantly surprised as I was.
Marc Thompson's performance was absolutely uncanny, flamboyant and extraordinary. Somehow he has figured out a way to almost flawlessly mimic all of the characters of Star Wars that we know and love. Simply said he nailed it! He performed all of the male roles throughout the story and was the primary narrator for the final two parts. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job too. She performed all of the female dialog in the audiobook and was the primary for the first part. I cannot think of any other voice actors that could have pulled off as much magic as these two.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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