In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them - and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth. But with Abeloth gone, the Sith reverted to form, making a treacherous attempt on Luke's life.
Luke and Ben have no time for retaliation. A new and even more insidious threat is rising. Unless the Skywalkers survive to sound the alarm, the galaxy will suffer as it has never suffered before. But the reinforcements they need remain grounded on Coruscant, where the political battle of wills between the Jedi Council and Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala has reached a boiling point.
Now Luke and Ben must go on the run, taking along the inscrutable - and dangerous - Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. With a host of Sith warriors in hot pursuit, the Skywalkers soon find themselves trapped on the moon Pydyr, caught between their former allies and a mob of angry Fallanassi. A new truce may be their only hope.
©2010 Troy Denning (P)2010 Random House
At last a fate of the Jedi book where the Jedi act like the Jedi we know and love. Luke and Ben's story is magnificent and the rest of the Jedi finally decide it's time to stop being Dalaa's punch bag. There is so much well written action in this book that after the fairly slowly pace of the FOTJ series so far that it almost feels like a different series. I only hope that the remaining books in the series continue with the momentum built up in this book. Also Vortex works great as an audiobook - the reading, voices and sound effects are atmospheric and done very well.
No, i never re-read or re-listen to books as i tend to remember them too well and it ruins my enjoyment.
The political confrontations between the Jedi and the GA, this has been the best thread through the whole series for me. It has always hinted at outright war but never quite got there, makes you wish the Jedi would just put the Chief of state in her place.
Marc has a very consistent level of performance throughout the series, he reads in such a way that he is not noticed. This is exactly what i want from the performance as you are focused on the story and not the performance of the narrator. Top marks for Mr Thompson here.
the final confrontation between the Jedi masters.
Detailed space saga
The book stands up well with the original story's and helps develop the rich world in which the the story's are all set. With the help of original sounding voices and sound effect this really sends your mind to the dark star lit spaces between planets or the harsh metal build ships. You feel every bit a part of this book as you would a big budget movie in 3D. This really builds a world in your mind.
Thompson brings Han Solo back with a bang, you really feel the character and the words are brought to life by the classic sounding voice.
All the characters surrounding on the side of the Jedi are built up with such good back story's, when you find your self about to say good by to one prepare to feel the force.
This was my first step into Star Wars books and I jumped right in the middle. Crazy move as lots had taken place in the previous books but the way the characters are written and the back story they all have it does not take long to settle down into the flow. This is my 4 ever book and what an audio book, allowing me to enter a world I previously did not have access to.
This was the best book of the series so far -- its a long book but always interesting, good pace and high levels of action.
The standards of voice and sound effects are very high and this potentially takes this audio format beyond the experience of reading a print book in my view as one can relax and be immersed in the action and engage the imagination.
When the audiobooks are as well done as this, in many ways it is an experience that nothing else can re-create. In movies, you can't approach the complexity of plot for example. I would say this quality of writing and production is the future.
The unabridged format is a massive improvement on earlier Star Wars novels put to audio which were heavily abridged, leaving you feeling disappointed.
However, the unabridged format does show up books which are slow in pace or low in quality. In this case, that is not an issue and I'd recommend this definately.
"Fate of the Jedi - Vortex"
This series continues to improve as it the story progresses. This is a much more emotional story. It's has happy moment and some sad moments. I really enjoyed and will listen to it again. If you follow the star wars universe, you'll want to continue with this story. If you haven't read/listened any of the previous Fate of the Jedi, then you'll want to read or listen to them first.
Marc Thompson is a great narrator. I hope to see more narrations from him and not just Star Wars books.
By far the best one in the series so far.
Its not just the main characters that are amazing you find a lot of secondary characters to care about. It really paints the star wars universe in an amazing detailed way.
His performance is really as good as it gets. After awhile i really don't need him to say who is talking anyway he has such a distinct performance for each of the characters.
there is a death of a character in the book that was without spoiling anything absolutely stunning.
a must buy for any Star Wars fan.
Great series. Totally gets my mind of work during my commutes. If you have not listened to the series start from the books right after the return of the jedi. you will be hooked!
"Excellent series. Marc Thompson is fantastic."
this is a great story too. I wish this was canon. I hope these authors collaborate on another series like this.
"Good, with several audio problems."
The story continues to grow well. I love the darkness and the intense fight scenes. I don't know if it was my phone or not, but I was getting some audio issues. On at least 2 separate occasions a phrase would repeat. Not a terribly big deal, but certainly confusing. There was also a moment of an inconsistent voice for Barat Kel (don't know the spelling). I was also a little surprised at Booster Tarik's voice. Thompson has voiced him in other books, so it was definitely confusing to hear a distinctly different voice and attitude. Other than that, Thompson's performance was spot on.
"Fate of the jedi : vortex"
Really enjoyed this book. Bloody great story and fantastic series so far. Recommended for any star wars fans
"A Solid Continuation with Cliffhanger"
The performance was excellent as usual with Marc Thompson. Marc really captures the majority of the major canon characters like Han, Luke and what not. The added sound effects really set the mood and the story was a good continuation of the series. Several well placed cliffhangers.
Ok, Mr. Denning needs to find another adjective or descriptive verb other than "Furrowed Brow" almost every time a character is emoting something they are doing Furrowed Brow" One author in this series is obsessed with "cafe" which seems to be in every scene involving an object... Mr. Denning on the other hand over uses Furrowed Brow to emote and wow does it get distracting. Leia turned too look at Han and (GUESS WHAT SHE IS GOING TO DO ! YEP THATS RIGHT FURROWING HER BROW"
"More of the same."
The only fault I can find with this book is the Villian is not very menacing. Wouldn't mind a fresher story, but still a good Star Wars novel.
Hard to say cause the reader did so many great voices and imitation of character in the Movie version of star Wars... I guess I like the HIgh lord Sith lord. He did a great Lando Calloresian.
no, I haven't
A 5 start performance,The story had 5 star production values all the way,listening to it was better than watching the Movie, thanks to the reader,and production values.
The reason I didn't give it 5 all the way arcoss is because is part of a series,so it would be nice to have listened to the previous stories to understand better than what is going on in this one..
It a relatively small story, about 14 hours... ,Too bad Audible couldn't bundle other parts in this series these together and sell them for 1 or 2 credits. It would be well worth it..
I found this story CD in a second hand book store , it was inexpensive.
Part 2 starts with Chapter 1 displayed on my Zune.....?? Otherwise a great performance by the narrator, Marc Thompson. The story starts out kinda lame, but ramps up with very light political intrigue and some action. Typical leftist, tree hugging droll from this crop of Star Wars writers.
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