The X-wing fighter pilots have earned their reputation as the Rebel Alliance's ultimate strike force by overwhelming enemies with their rapid-fire assaults. But now they are about to embark on a diplomatic mission that will prove to be even more hazardous than all-out combat.
The neutral world of Adumar has decided to pick a side in the war to control the galaxy. Delegates from both the New Republic and the Empire have been invited to Adumar, and each camp will be given a chance to plead its government's case. But there is one small catch: since the Adumari prize military skill above all else, they insist that both delegations be composed exclusively of fighter pilots.
For pilot Wedge Antilles and his company, it's an unfamiliar exercise in diplomacy and one that's filled with unexpected peril. For once they arrive, the X-wing pilots are challenged by Adumar's fierce warriors and attacked by Imperial assassins bent on eliminating all competition. But these challenges pale in comparison to the threat posed by a rogue Republic agent, one who is determined to win Adumar's allegiance once and for all - even if it costs the X-wing pilots their lives.
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"Anthony Heald is a superb performer for the various Star Wars audiobooks. He slides in and out of distinctive Star Wars characters with such smoothness that the characters are instantly recognizable, as if the original actors were working in ensemble." (AudioFile)
"The Grand Battle"
The book brings the galaxy to life in a new light. New allies, same old enemies.
"abridged = horrible"
if you didn't cut out the best parts of the book. if it was unabridged.
I took every abridged book off my wishlist
maybe if it is unabridged
I love the book hate the audiobook
my fault for not knowing what abridged meant or just not paying attention. Why even make an audio book that isn't actually following the book...you should have called it something else
"Well...Yes and No"
I love it because it's Star Wars, and you probably will too. However, this abridged version is so different from the original as to be almost a completely different story. All the humour that Aaron Allston included has been removed. The narration, though clear and having the correct pacing and tones, does not click with what one wold expect for the characters. Additionally, the sound effects are so repetitive that it gets tiring. If I had paid full-price for it, I don't think I would have been very happy.
If you're a fan of SoA, you'll be disappointed; waiting patiently for your favourite lines and scenes that never come. But you'll also keep listening because it's Wedge, Tych, Wes and Hobbie.
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