No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal: total domination.
Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But it assumes even greater importance when a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker with the message that he must go to Bakura - or risk losing everything the Rebels have fought so desperately to achieve.
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"A worthwhile addition to a popular sf subgenre." (Library Journal)
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This book is not necessary to read in order to understand future books. Well written, lacks humor, descriptions of situations gives the listener a great visual.
"Great plot, poor narration"
Hard to say, I've listened to a lot. It's somewhere in the middle as far as Star Wars novels go; not bad, lots of good action and interesting plotline, but not as exciting as other EU stories like the Thrawn trilogy or the yuuzhan vong war.
How often is there one specific thing someone likes about a story above all other things? Moving on...
Part of my criticism might be overly harsh because Marc Thompson does such an amazing job in later EU books, but the only thing I didn't like about this book was the narration, it made it hard to listen to at times. The inflection in the narrators voice doesn't have enough range to clearly distinguish characters. The one thing I did not like at all, and honestly irritated me quite a bit, was the portrayal of Han Solo. The narrator gives him this nasally, almost 1920s gangster sound to his voice (Gimme all yer creds, see), which is just weird. I'm actually curious as to why they would take a character portrayed by Harrison Ford, who has a deeper tone to his voice, and turn him into Lucky Luciano Solo, to the point where I'd like to ask the narrator. Also, there are times when it feels like he's speaking too quickly, to where it throws the cadence off every now and then, almost like someone who is trying to spit out the sentence they're on before they run out of breath.
"narrator is not good"
the narrator does a terrible job of separating the characters. the story really was sub par compared to all the other Star Wars books.
"Beware - Abridged Version"
Anger that they wouldn't make this unabridged.
This is an important story in the Star Wars series. It's a mystery to me why they would make this an abridged version. You can tell there are parts missing. Don't waste your money!
"My first Star Wars book"
I am new to the Star Wars books and decided to start with the one right after the the 6th episode. I loved this story, and it's was amazing how close Luke and Dev had gotten in a short time. The way the scenes are described makes you feel like you are thee. For this to be my first book from Audible I will definitely be getting more books from here.
"An okay story"
This book was just so so. If you must know everything about Star Wars then I guess you'll need to listen to this book, but otherwise I'd recommend skipping it. It takes place right after Return of the Jedi, but unfortunately the story's bland. The conflict's dull in comparison to the epic conflict of the movies, and there's really not any character growth. It's just a Star Wars story, and that's it.
"Star Wars continues."
The sounds and thrill of knowing the characters already. Being able to continue the story on and find out the future.
Luke Skywalker! He just continues to evolve in the continuing series of books, of which, there are many-so he retains my interest with each story.
Dev Sibwarra's death, after everything he'd been through and the bond growing between him and Luke, this was such a distressing scene.
There were touching scenes between Luke and Gaerial that moved me, and the final goodbye was touching, yet destined both having other fates to live.
There are now dozens of further books of Star Wars, which covers the lives of Luke, Leia, Han and their families. Some are wonderful, others are mediocre but if you want to know more of the future of Luke and those close to him, you should read/listen to more of them. I now have 60 or more novels of Star Wars and more are being published it seems every moment.
I do recommend the Star Wars series to those who are true Star Wars lovers, to those who are mere visitors to the stories I suggest "The Truce at Bakura" is a good place to start, it begins after the destruction of the Death Star on Endor so it has immediacy to the movie/book plotline.
"Great story line but..."
Maybe I have been spoiled with narration by Aaron Alliston in the "Fate of the Jedi" series, but the narrator appears to be just "Reading" and not really performing as one would desire of an audiobook. I will continue to listen to this book, but will note the narrator for future titles as someone to avoid if there is another.
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