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Alphabet Squadron

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld 
Series: Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, Book 1, Star Wars, Book 30
Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Alphabet Squadron, written by Alexander Freed, read by Saskia Maarleveld. 

On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. 

The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The imperial army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters' shantytown - until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.

Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic General Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign. 

The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn't as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squad will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve.

©2019 Alexander Freed (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Outstanding

The characters and the back story draw you in... True Star Wars. Thank You Alexander Freed for bringing this to life and Saskia for delivering it with Passion...

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Eh.

It was okay, the old xwing series was more satisfying, but its not a bad start.. I just hope the sequel book is more engaging. narrator makes me sleepy.

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A unique tale

Alphabet Squadron is a great listen, breaking away from some of the norms of the franchise this book delivers a great story on the whole. There are a few moments that Weill leave you with more questions than answers but in general, I'd definitely recommend this book to any Star Wars fan, new or old

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Character driven Star Wars, it's new and it's good

I struggled to get into it, it had been sitting in my library for a few months and I was stuck between my lack of interest and my promise never to get another audiobook before finishing the last one. I'm glad I did though, the VA is fantastic and the story really does pick up, I ended up properly invested in the characters and I felt like I was sharing in their victories and their losses. The added sound effects are amazing too, and definitely add to the story - including the radio static, which changes depending on the character and situation. All in all, I regret not listening properly the first time and I'm glad I could rewind and start again and give the book a fair shot! I look forward to seeing where Alphabet Squadron go next, and how the characters continue to develop

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Masterfully written Star Wars tale

Alphabet Squadron may not involve many recognisable characters, but like the Aftermath trilogy it has established a group of new characters that I can't wait to see more of. Many will find this story reminiscent of the old X-Wing books, and that's a good thing for sure. This book has probably the best written space battles I have experienced, the tension and action perfectly portrayed. The voice acting and narration was excellent too, though some of the voices were rather similar. That said, Maarleveld's narration was absolutely captivating. I cannot wait to see where this story goes.

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Brilliant!!!

The narrator was amazing and the story was brilliant, buying the sequel book very soon.

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Dull and uninteresting

Being a big fan of the Rouge squadron and wraith Squadron series I had high Hope's for this book but found it dull and uninteresting. Not helped at all by the reader who is completely dry and ended up putting me to sleep more than once. If you want a good star fighter novel I highly recommend any of the X wing series they have their faults - the audios are heavily abridged and many of the dog fights are more like the sort of maneuvers atmospheric craft would pull than star fighters (if you want high realism stick to the expanse), but they are none the less full of interesting characters and good plots, which is something completely absent from this book (unless I slept through it as the dull parts put me to sleep)

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a gripping story of defection and redemption

I was hooked from,my first listen my first audio book experience and I have not a bad word to say, everything from story to performance

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Favourite new canon novel by a mile

Recommend book, perfect for star wars ship lovers. Would be better with John Williams though!

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not quite X wing level

I was looking forward to this after loving the old X-wing series. it's pretty good but doesn't flow quite as well as the old series but I think it could be a grower. I'll pick up the second book and possibly look into the comic books the main character comes from