• Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1: Jedi Search

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 02-21-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.9 (566 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children, the Jedi twins, will come into their powers in a galaxy on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins.
While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one.On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself.
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By Cade on 06-12-13

Bad way to ruin a good book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

Marc Tompson<br/>The guy has awesome voices that make the story WAY more enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely hated the narrator.<br/><br/>I guess i was spoiled the last few books i listened to were read by Marc Tompson.\<br/><br/>He should read EVERY Star Wars book.<br/><br/>Seriously.<br/>

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

By J. Boyle on 02-13-13


Yep, I'm that jerk that is going to review a book after the first 10 minutes. I would wait, but I'm done with it. I just revived my interest in Star Wars by re-upping my Old Republic game subscription and read the Thrawn Trilogy expertly narrated by Marc Thompson. His voice acting was exception and the story was compelling. I devoured them and moved onto the next books (chronologically according to Wookiepedia) in the series.
And I'm heart broken. Mr Anderson has made Han Solo sound like an idiot with the line "before they turn us into Space Meat!".. I almost gave up right there. But Anthony Heald, whose voice is remarkable, is now mispronouncing important names (Han and Corruscant both were teeth grindingly annoying).

So yeah, 10 minutes in and I give up. It is the first time in 6 years that I've been so disppointed by both the narrator and the story that I haven't just looked at the good and ignored (or grimaced thru) the bad. I doubt I will do any of the other Star Wars novels except those that have the Zahn / Thompson combo.

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By Sean on 09-24-14

My First exposure to the Extended Universe

I have always loved the star wars universe, but never read any of the books. Now that I commute a lot more, I said I would try out the novels, and on recommendation from a friend, started with the Jedi Academy trilogy. Unfortunately they are abridged and entirely too short for a commute run (I blitzed through the 3 books in less than a week). It is a shame that they did not record the unabridged versions.

The story, as a trilogy however, is brilliant! I felt the tone and the themes from the movies were spot on and overall really enjoyed them.

I only have one real criticism of the narrator, and that is the way he pronounces Courscant. He does it as: "Kouriskant". With a hard "K" sound in the middle (instead of kɔɹəsɑnt) , which made me cry with anguish every time he said it. Multiple iterations of it in the one sentence is terribly jarring.

But that, and the abridged runtime are all I can give out about. I would recommend.

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By David R on 05-07-16

heard better

I have noticed a few technical glitches during playback where the programme will freeze for a few seconds then suddenly skip about 30 seconds, bit if you use the skip back 30seconds button it resolves itself. not sure if this is the programme or the app

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By Richard Try on 02-15-17

Just awful

I had to return this despite trying to overcome the poor performance of the narrator. Has Anthony Heald even seen Star Wars? His pronunciation of Bespin, Coruscant and Palpatine would suggest otherwise. He seems to forget full stops (that's periods to our US friends) exist and his intonation suggests he is yawning while reading! Dreadful and disrespectful reading. And yet he has read so many SW books which are all now off my wish list. Rubbish! It's probably a good story but I have no idea...

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By chris on 10-14-17

good but short

good out line to lukes jedi era.

story just starts gets good then ends!

still worth a read/listen for any star wars fan.

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