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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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.
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
"Great book, but sloppily abridged."
The abridgement sounded like it was SO compressed. I know that that is the point, but it took SO much away from the story.
This series of books is one of the best from the Star Wars cannon.
It depends. This Narrator wasn't too good with this title, but I'd be willing to give him another try I guess.
Nothing. I would have added a ton more. Basically, I was expecting this to be more like the book. Other abridgements I have listened too have basically turned a full book into a 2 hour version, but this was not the case here. It was butchered.
Don't Listen to it. Read it. Much better. Don't want to? Forget about it. Just not worth it in this case. Try another series.
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.
"Bad way to ruin a good book."
The guy has awesome voices that make the story WAY more enjoyable.
I absolutely hated the narrator.
I guess i was spoiled the last few books i listened to were read by Marc Tompson.\
He should read EVERY Star Wars book.
there was no distention between characters they all sounded the same which made it hard to listen to.
I am only 45 mins into this book and I want to put it down. Due to the Narrator, But in order to now what happened to all the characters I have to continue
"Abridged - Ugh"
This was the first abridged audiobook that I'd ever listened to. Never again. The story felt very disjointed and choppy. There was clearly more to be told, but I wasn't privy to it through this retelling of the story. It was disappointing overall, and I will never buy another abridged audiobook again.
the voice of the narrator was very different from the other star wars books i have gotten from audible. The way Anthony Heald does the voices and reads the book and the pronouncement of names makes me think that he has never seen a starwars movie in his life. it was very difficult to listen to and not be distracted by the performance. I nearly turned it off after the first 10 minutes. It is like John Lovitz is reading star wars.
"has he even seen star wars?"
the story wasn't bad but the narrator sounds like he's never seen the movies. pronouncing almost every name incorrectly made it hard to love. not only that but it was read so fast I lost track of the story a few times.
"Great if you are into using ur imagination"
Slow start but well rounded story. Many plot twists. Poor narration and choppy engineering work but that is mostly due to it being pre-protools era. I imagine they had to convert this to digital from cassette. Those are the only issues, if you can get past that then I'm sure you will enjoy this gem. Kevin Anderson does a great job showing that even great story can not be hampered(too much) by poor narration. Plenty of ups and downs. I was sad to see how short it was but Alas the characters are well rounded and you get to see plenty of tie ins to the other novels in this one. I don't want to be specific and spoil anything! Enjoy
"To not good enough"
The reader sucked, the story was good, would be better if mark t read it. But probably not get the others because of the narration.
"Great story, but narrator ruins it for me"
Great story, but bad narration with multiple mispronunciations. Coruscant is pronounced "CorusKant", Han Solo sounds like a 1940's gangster, and Wedge Antilles sounds like Scotty from Star Trek. Very distracting after hearing the amazing Mark Thompson in so many great readings.
Mark Thompson! PLEASE!
It already has one
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