• Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Series: Star Wars, Book 18
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: RandomHouse AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Go beyond the film with a novelization featuring new scenes and expanded material.
As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.
If the worlds at the Empire's mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire's military; Chirrut Ïmwe, a blind holy man; his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory - if only they can capture the plans to the Empire's new weapon.
But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy - a monstrous world unto itself - darkens the skies, waiting to herald the Empire's brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.
©2016 Alexander Freed (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 08-04-17

Great story but not well written

I enjoyed the movie and normally the novels tied to movies are good as they give more details. However for thus book I just didn't find the additional information that interesting. Also the author's effort to explain Jyn's emotions was like a scraping thing scraping at my brain

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Hudston on 12-26-16

Shame about the sound effects

Great story, but its a shame that the sound effects make listening difficult in places. Screeching sounds in places drowns out the narrative .

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By B Hume on 12-18-16

An enjoyable listen

Would you listen to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story again? Why?

Yes, I find Jonathan Davis a very good narrator and the story was enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?

...the bit where (spoilers)

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Darth Vader Strikes Back Harder.....

Any additional comments?

Yeah,, why won't audible UK offer me the ability to buy the Marc Thompson performed Unabridged Timothy Zahn 'Thrawn Trilogy' of 'Heir to the Empire', 'Dark Force Rising' and 'The Last Command' Audiobooks that are available to buy from the Audible US store?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rod on 12-23-16

Better than the movie

The original Star Wars was a space-faring Boys Own Adventure story and, while the second trilogy (episodes 1, 2 and 3) forgot his and focussed more on galactic politics and teen angst, Disney has restored Star Wars to its former glory.

The expanded novel universe of Star Wars, like many popular film and television tie-ins, is young adult fiction that should, nonetheless, appeal to the greater masses. Based on the film, rather than the other way around, the novel by Alexander Freed is a relatively accurate depiction of what’s seen on the big screen. Where books succeed over films however, is the added depth of characters’ inner thoughts and deeper motivations. Freed’s novel excels in this, making more sense of some of the dubious character decisions depicted in the film.

Jonathan Davis narrates the audiobook of Freed’s novel with the aid of sound effects and music, making it just as exciting and breathtaking as the film. The action levels are high and the descriptive prose of the book comes to life under Davis’ excellent narration.

This is one audiobook that is read quite slowly, possibly due to the targeted audience, but kicking the playback speed up to 1.25x or more only enhances the thrills.

The action in the audiobook, surprisingly, feels faster-paced than the film because of all the extra details thrown in about the characters and events. It’s an exciting listen that is sure to please everyone, not just Star Wars fans. Rogue One is a prequel story to the original 1977 Star Wars film, so it’s a great starting point for newcomers to the franchise who won’t require any background knowledge to enjoy this new Girls Own Adventure story.

Read my full review and other audiobook reviews under the Entertainment section of glamadelaide dot com dot au.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mobsy on 09-20-17

Enhance your Rouge One experience

I liked the movie. In particular I found how this sub-story avoided the childish elements of other Star Wars movies and even had a tragic ending. I saw this audiobook and thought it might fill in a few gaps in the story. Wow was I happily surprised. Listening to the excellent performances of this audio book was captivating. Suddenly the Rouge One story was more than interesting. It was emotional it was intriguing it was exciting it was tragic it had real heros. This audiobook elevates and enhances the quality of the Rogue One story to amazing level. If you liked the movie but felt it could have been better or there was more to the Rogue One story then you will really enjoy this excellent audio book as it expands and enhances the Rogue One story to legendary status.

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