Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 3: Champions of the Force

  • by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Suspended helplessly between life and death, Luke Skywalker lies in state at the Jedi academy. But on the spirit plane, Luke fights desperately for survival, reaching out physically to the Jedi twins.
At the same time, Leia is on a life-and-death mission of her own, a race against Imperial agents hoping to destroy a third Jedi child - Leia and Han's baby Anakin, hidden on the planet Anoth.
Meanwhile, Luke's former protégé, Kyp Durron, has pirated the deadly Sun Crusher on an apocalyptic mission of mass destruction, convinced he is fighting for a just cause. Hunting down the rogue warrior, Han must persuade Kyp to renounce his dark crusade and regain his lost honor. To do it, Kyp must take the Sun Crusher on a suicide mission against the awesome Death Star prototype: a battle Han knows they may be unable to win...even with Luke Skywalker at their side!


What the Critics Say

AudioFile Earphones Award winner
"Anthony Heald, the consummate reader, does an excellent rendition of this modern classic. His abilities elevate him above all others. Reproducing the character voices with great effectiveness, his voice, enhanced by sound effects, keeps the listener riveted. This action-filled, well-paced performance is worth listening to over and over." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Simply dissapointing.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator, better story.

Has Star Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?


Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Heald’s performances?

Absolutely not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

I think that could be the problem...too much editing.

Any additional comments?

I am still suffering from this one. In all honesty, I was so bored by this trilogy that I am considering giving up Star Wars novels altogether. I went ahead and listened to the whole trilogy hoping that it would get better. It did the opposite. This last book was less than brilliant and I really struggled just to get through the whole thing.First off let me say that my feelings are not clouded by the narrator, who by the way, was awful, awful, awful. As someone else said here, he came across as someone who had never heard of Star Wars before reading this trilogy, but even worse, he paused in the middle of sentences as if not sure where he was going. He also had terrible mispronunciations of common Star Wars names and places, all of which I could live with if the story is good. This was not. My main trouble in reviewing this story line is that I can’t tell if it was a drudgery to listen to because it was an abridgement, or if it was just bad writing. The fact that the author used the word “sour” about 30 times throughout this trilogy to describe, well just about everyone’s facial expression at some point or another, simply grated on my nerves. I’m not a writer, but I do believe that a creative writing instructor would have asked Kevin J. Anderson to try to come up with at least one alternative to this. The characters personalities seem off too, as in Han Solo pouting like a child, or Luke Skywalker acting like a scared teenage boy. This made the story seem foreign, and actually disappointed me in the characters. But my main complaint is that there were times when I had to ask myself what was going on, or how did that character get to that position in the story. I felt that I had to imagine what must have taken place in order for that character to take a particular action. Very frustrating. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed by Mr. Anderson’s work here, and really can’t see why he gets all the accolades that he does. Again, perhaps I’m not being fair, since this was an abridgement. I’m returning all three, and IF they ever publish this as unabridged and cast Marc Thompson as narrator, I might consider giving it another try.

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- Scott

The narratoration is mediocre

The story is ok, the abridged version jumps around a bit. The unabridged version might be better.

The narrator is mediocre. He does not pronounce names correctly. At times he speaks almost too fast to understand him, other times he's on the verge of slurring his words. Some dialog is said with the wrong personality and character which comes across as odd.

The overall quality of the narration is marginal. Getting past the above mentioned issues, the book is understandable and is easy to follow.
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- Charles Conway

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio