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If you could sum up Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan in three words, what would they be?
Enjoyable, Curious, and Abrupt
Who was your favorite character and why?
Revan was the best character overall. The Sith protagonist, Lord Scourge, was also well delivered, but my curiosity kept drifting to the light side/dark side duality or Revan. I should note that the author did a excellent job with all the characters. I only wish the author spent more time devoted to Revan's story and abilities.
What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Marc Thompson brought exceptional voice acting and emotion to the story. He was simply invaluable and a delight to listen to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Anger, excitement, redemption, confusion, and grumpy face. I was mad, almost angry, at the way the author seemingly disposed of the Revan storyline (after his capture). Yet, I still found myself excited to learn more about the back story behind the Emperor and Scourge. The author's ability to include interesting details and characters redeemed the book as I continued to look forward to each new chapter. However, the redeeming qualities did not dissuade my shock by how abrupt the ending was or why Revan was made so apparently ineffectual throughout. The epilogue also gave me a grumpy face and seemed overly forced, almost as if the author was instructed to write something to give the abrupt ending a conclusion.In short, my emotions spanned the gambit by the end.
Any additional comments?
The production on this book was fantastic. Lightsaber sounds, music, explosions... everything. I kept waiting for the book to show me the use of the force in unique and captivating way (the Emperor story line touched on that). Yet, in the end, this book did not do that. Revan was not used well from a user of the force perspective and the story was left to other methods to entertain the reader/listener. I ultimately finished the book wishing Revan got to play with his powers in a awe-inspiring way that would have come across more satisfying/substantial. The inclusion of the Emperor was a treat and his back story did not disappoint. In the end, the book was a fun to listen to, well written, and gave me a lot of interesting concepts to consider.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Let me first start by saying, I played the video game Knights of the Old Republic. It's very important to have played that game if you want to get the most out of this book. If you haven't, you're probably not going to get most of the references during Revan's part of the story.
That said, if you have played the game, this book explores most of the things that went unexplained in the game. It's really quite a fun trip. I can't wait to play The Old Republic in a month to see how this book will tie into that game as well. I'm more excited than ever to get my hands on it, which is the whole reason this book was written in the first place.
As for the audio, Marc Thompson does it again. What a fantastic narrator. It's been a treat to listen to the more recent unabridged Star Wars books narrated by Mr. Thompson.
As for people who have not played the Knights of the Old Republic, it's really hard to recommend this book to you. I hope someone who hasn't will review this book soon. If you have played it, this book is a must buy.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
The story of Revan is one of the greatest stories within the Star Wars universe.
It relies heavily on the back story of the brilliant 'Knights of the Old Republic' games, which could lead it to be somewhat confusing for those who have not played them. However if, like me, you were a huge fan of those outstanding games you will adore this story.
Now you can finally discovered the fate of Revan after the first 'KOTOR' game and be lead through a journey into the unknown regions by a perfect narrator, Mark Thompson. His delivery of the various characters, some of which are among my favourite of all the Star Wars eras and stories, is incredible. With each voice fitting perfectly as he paints a perfect picture of the settings and moods of each scene. I have listened to many of the Star Wars audio books and he remains, by far, my favourite narrator.
I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you played the 'KOTOR' games. And for those who haven't, I highly recommend those games as well as they will set the stage for this unbelievably well crafted story. They remain to this day my favourite RPG games and this book takes the journey of Revan even further.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
One of the most interesting star wars books I have listened to. Listened twice already.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you like Revan’s character this is definitely worth your time, at some points the sound effects/ music overtakes the narrator but very few times
Rate this author and the universe he creates. He brings the characters to life, you feel like you're there.