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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry, read by Marc Thompson.

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content.

From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause. Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. Against this enemy, the champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Where the action of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended, Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins, as the battle between light and dark climbs to astonishing new heights.

©2018 Jason Fry (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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A less than stellar mix

I wasn't a big fan of the story of the motion picture of The Last Jedi, so there was no doubt I wouldn't like the story of the book. It is also inevitable that the two are to be compared. There are many scenes in this book that are not in the theatrical edit of the movie. That scenes go a long way towards improving the more questionable parts of the movie, I found these parts to be the most enjoyable. Especially the first chapter, which is a dream Luke has - this was for me, by far the best chapter in the book.

The writing I found to be rather bland. I can't count the about of times I heard the word "ebb", and conversations often literally devolved into "he said", "she said" - rather than finding more dynamic ways to concetly to the reader who is speaking a particular sentence. When large portions of the book are dialogue, this can be rather difficult to get through.

The voice actor however, was fantastic. His narrator voice seemed spot on all of the time, and all of the characters from the movie sounded almost identical to the actual people. Especially Luke, Poe and Finn. His Luke impression was flawless.

So this is a tough one for me. I strongly disliked the story in general, and the book can't be blamed for that. I think the new scenes and the extra "in universe" facts that Canon books bring to the table definitely made this book worth the buy.

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don't do character voices

I found the expression. by the artist great a d imagined being in front of a fire enraptured being told a great story but.....his character voices were not great. don't try an English accent (rey) unless you can do it. tough ask , I know. but could have been direct better. overall o enjoyed a lot

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The last download?

Story is weak. Performance good. what's next for Star Wars? Fingers crossed next one is better.

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Great addition to the film

Really well good audiobook. All the character voices were spot on, except Snoke is a bit deeper than the film. Great job.

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A sintalating read

as keen fan of the star wars franchise l was keen to read the book. l was not disappointed with the end result and would recommend this book is everybody.

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More complete than the movie.

Improves on the story in the movie

Great narration.

Do wish they’d drop some of the sound effects library, footsteps not required !!

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  • Jo Fox
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Great story, well read with awful sound effects

The story is well written and well read but the sound effects are annoying at best and at times they get in the way of the reader's ability to hear the story at all. Frankly, the soundeffects ruin what would otherwise be a great book.

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Wow. So dull.

Bought this as reviews suggested it might fix or mitigate some of the films story failings. Instead it drew it out in the most pondrous over elaborated manner. Nearly two hours in we were getting to the end of the bombing run on the bigger-same-as ship. The narration is very good. The character voices excellent. if you loved the film (really?) you'll probably love this. If you saw a wide universe generally wasted this is that but much slower, longer, tedious.

Basically? Ugh.

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Marc Thompson can't do female characters. (Spoilers)

Marc Thompson should not be allowed to do female characters. He made Heir to the Jedi a very difficult listen and he is at it again here, particularly when he attempts an English accent. The Prologue, which I felt was utterly pointless, features a voice similar to the female lead in Heir to the Jedi and I admit I struggled with his vocalisations for the remainder of the production. Leia, Holdo, Rey and Rose were weak, grating and cringe-worthy (Ok, so he got Rose spot on). To be fair, his Luke is excellent both young and old. I was looking forward to listening to the Han Solo novel Last Shot on Audible but I see Thompson is involved. My only hope is that with January LaVoy also listed she'll be taking on the female roles. LaVoy was superb in Phasma for all characters.

As for the story itself, for me, not a great Star Wars story. I was hoping the novelisation would expand on certain aspects where the film failed to do so but not much was offered and what was, was pretty grim. Rey's force-power download for. Kylo? A couple of sentences referring to earlier days of the First Order are about the only highlight. Thankfully the Rey and Luke dance scene was dropped from the film! Yikes.

To finish on a positive note I was glad that Leia and Chewy finally hugged it out!

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Adds so much more

Adds so much more to the theatrical release of the movie i.e. Backstory to some of the characters; What characters were thinking in the movie etc