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Very well done for a Star Wars audiobook. Even though it is abridged, the 6 hour run-time leaves enough material to make this audiobook entertaining. That said, you can still notice gaps where, I assume, material was cut out for the abridgement. This can be annoying after a while. I won't beat around the bush, I loathe any abridgement and I would encourage people to complain to the publisher so that they will begin releasing unabridged versions of these books. Other than that, this book was excellent. Marc Thompson is one of the most talented narrators that I have heard. It is a pleasure to listen to him. The different character voices that he assumes throughout the book are executed flawlessly and I had to keep reminding myself that it was the same person speaking. The writing, sound production, and music were all top notch. I would give this 5 stars if not for the abridgement.
One last thing, stay away from any of the star wars audiobooks that are less than 6 hours in length. They are so butchered by the abridgements, that they are not worth your time or money. Quite a few of these are narrated by Anthony Heald and he is just plain awful. I found this out the hard way. Just remember, Anthony Heald = extremely poor narration. Jonathan Davis = Extremely good narration. Marc Thompson = Outstanding narration.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Wow, this is the first time abridging a book has resulted in it being completely incomprehensible. The reading jumps from scene to scene leaving out details that would have explained why the characters are now in this new location. I could barely make it through the first hour of this one before demanding a refund.
Please replace this one with an unabridged version.
What was most disappointing about Aaron Allston’s story?
The reader was good and they added some cool sound effects and of course Star Wars theme music. So no fault of the performers.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Thompson?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?
The opposite. Put scenes back until a comprehensible story emerges. Here's an idea: It's not that long a book. How about putting it all back?
32 of 35 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?
the star wars expanded universe is the most detailed gripping group of stories that takes your most beloved characters from starwars and the authors keep the universe alive in our minds with these great well written series.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It has to be Jacen solo because of his traumatic experiences in the last series of books he has been through so much and with little support from the jedi order and his fear of what might be could turn him towards the dark side.
What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?
Marc has voiced a lot of the starwars books and is by far the best i have ever heard.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
when jacen killed the the other jedi to save himself form having to fight luke
Any additional comments?
Audible is the only place for me, the best quality books by great authors that transport you to another world for just a while and is always there when you need it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
A brilliant presentation of my favourite series in the Star Wars EU. A must listen!
Unfortunately this suffered terribly from the abridgement. The story and character development are completely missing leaving the book as a series of events lacking any real context. Fine if it's a b-grade action movie but if you care about character motivation then you most likely won't enjoy this. You often find yourself rolling your eyes at the actions characters are taking as they make no/little logical sense. I imagine that the explanations for their reasoning lies in those parts that have been cut.
I've really enjoyed the Star Wars universe series on Audible (bar a few exceptions) and would re-listen to an unabridged version if it were available as I suspect it would have all the missing pieces that make a book a book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful