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Summary

Another exciting story in the number-one New York Times best-selling series! The Republic Fair is coming! Visitors from all over the galaxy are traveling to the planet Valo for a massive, awe-inspiring festival celebrating the Republic. While his fellow Valons prepare for the fair, Jedi Padawan Ram Jomaram is hiding out in his favorite place: a dingy garage filled with mechanical parts and tools. But when a security alarm goes off on the nearby hilltop nicknamed Crashpoint Peak, he ventures out with his trusty droid V-18 to investigate. There he discovers that someone has knocked out Valo's communications tower - a frightening sign that Valo, and the Republic Fair, are in danger. Sure enough, as Ram races to warn the Jedi, the dreaded Nihil unleash a surprise attack! It's up to Ram to face down the enemy at Crashpoint Tower and send a call for help to the Republic. Luckily, he's about to get some assistance from unexpected new friend....

Don't miss all of the Star Wars: The High Republic adventures!

©2021 Daniel Jose Older (P)2021 Disney Lucasfilm Press

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Another great instalment in the wave High Republic novels

I enjoyed the story, it’s great to see some of the characters that we know and love from the other comics and novels action. The narrator generally did a great job, though I do miss the music and sound effects which is almost standard for Star Wars audiobooks.

My only criticism would be that the ending felt like a bit of an anti-climax with regard to the Drengir.

I did enjoy how this book crosses over with the rising storm novel.

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Good sorry, poor performance

Disappointed at the lack of production value present in other Star Wars Audible Books.
Good story though, good tie in to the Rising Storm.

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Don't skip Jr books if you like the full novels!

I'm loving these High Republic stories.
I do wish there was more consistency to the given voices/accents/impressions.
Vernestra in this book sounding nothing like Vern in her debut book.

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I actually really enjoyed this one

Really like how this book paints a more complete picture of the events in Rising Storm and I personally love the connection to the High Republic Adventures comics.

Definetely recommend it to fans of Rising Storm and the High Republic Adventure comics.

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It was okay

Quite nicely carries on with the 'High Republic' theme. I dont think it will be considered a classic but it passed the time on and was okay as a short story. Definitely not as good as the other stories on the series. I personally wasnt keen on the narration. The story ambled on nicely and introduced a few new characters.

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  • Zachariah Dearing
  • 27-07-21

Decent all-ages story disappointingly perfomed.

Just looking at the story itself, it isn't bad for what it is; that being a side story aimed at a younger audience than The Rising Storm, which this story takes place alongside.

However, I was expecting more varied voice acting and sound effects, like the ones in other Star Wars audiobooks (like The Rising Storm, the Thrawn books, and Master and Apprentice) but those weren't included here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

Worst Star Wars narrator from the Disney era.

Every single Star Wars audio-book from the Disney era has been extremely high quality, some narrators better than others... but this is such a huge drop in quality... I understand it's supposed to be for kids but this is really rough... I also understand Todd Haberkorn is an anime voice actor, so he was probably hired to do the anime voice- but it is so jarringly bad. It almost feels like satire. That's not mentioning the quality of the voice recording which is abysmal... his microphone peaks on almost every single sentence... Did he record this on his laptop microphone? I honestly feel like that's the only possibility with how bad it sounds. His anime style of reading the book like a script is like nails on a chalkboard... he enunciates and emphasizes all the wrong words, I literally hate this and wish I could refund it. Todd Haberkorn if you ever read this, I want you to know I've enjoyed every single Star Wars audio book up until now and I've suffered through alot of horrible things in my life but nothing as bad as this reading you have done.

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  • Oscar Vasquez-Montalvan
  • 08-07-21

A bare minimum production.

While the narrator and story were mostly fine, having listened to many canon Star Wars audiobooks recently, the absolute, complete lack of music and sound effects really drags this audiobook down into quite the disappointing experience. The one previously released earlier this year: A Test of Courage is leagues better in all aspects. Really hope this isn’t the standard going forward with the shorter ones considering how amazing and immersive the YA and Adult Star Wars audiobooks are.

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  • KingMel1096
  • 15-09-21

Cool

This was a nice story good read. I like the new characters. I recommend this to everyone not just mid readers. enjoy

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  • Atilano
  • 08-09-21

Read before crashing point

This was a good side story but I would recommend reading this book before a crashing point! It makes more sense if you read it before the main plot.

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  • kyle austin hickman
  • 01-09-21

A good book, but over far too quickly

The book was good and it ties in well with other two books that tie in with the Valo Fair Incident. My only real gripe is that the book feels like too much is trying to be packed into a very short story. The entire climax of the book feels rushed after the first 2/3rds of the book are really just reintroducing characters from other story mediums. I hope we get to see more of RJ and his adventures, and I’d love to see more from this author, as long as the length and pace become a bit better.

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  • Christian
  • 26-08-21

Missing effects of the earlier books.

It took me about half way through to realize that this audiobook does have the ambient sounds the other books in this series do. Very disappointing considering this narrator was my favorite so far.

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  • Paul
  • 27-07-21

Great mini story to tag along with the main plot line!

I loved the introduction of the new characters for this story. The narrator was fantastic although I wish he took more time to pronounce the words more closely to the other narrator‘s in the series… Everytime he said “Nile” instead of “Nye-hill” I cringed.

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  • Audra
  • 17-07-21

Loved the story. Not the performance

The reader needs to pronounce Nihil and Drenger correctly. After listening to the first 3 delRay books, you would think this was a given. nope, they are the Nile and Dregers. Otherwise it was a great listen.

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  • Ashley
  • 15-07-21

An interesting middle-grade Star Wars story

As an adult reading this book aimed at ages 8-12 years old, I am not the target audience. That said, I enjoyed the story for the most part. It was interesting seeing the events around the Republic Fair from a different perspective. Ram Jomaram is an intriguing character who uses the Force very differently from other Jedi and I hope he shows up in other stories. It was also great seeing Jedi from the previous High Republic middle-grade book, A Test of Courage, show up here as well as some characters from Daniel Jose Older's High Republic Adventures comics. I'm not sure you have to know all those characters before reading Race to Crashpoint Tower to enjoy the plot, the story does explain who they are so probably not, but your mileage may vary there. The weakest part of the story for me was how the villains were handled; all of them were far less threatening and formidable than in other stories from this era, including A Test of Courage, which was disappointing. The resolution seemed oddly convenient and not entirely believable, but it's also a kids book so I'm willing to be less critical on that score. Todd Haberkorn does a fine job with the narration, making it easy to tell when different characters are speaking. I particularly liked his take on how the Bonbraks sound. Did I love this book as much as The Rising Storm? No, but it's a very different book. As an adult reader, do you have to read this story to understand what's going on in future books? I think you're probably safe to skip it, at least at the moment. But it's fun, short, and a worthwhile addition to the High Republic era, so if you're craving new content from this period in Star Wars history I don't think it'll be a waste of your time.