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Star Wars: Dark Nest, Volume 1: The Joiner King

The Dark Nest, Book One
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

After triumphing in Star Wars: The Unifying Force, the heroes of the New Jedi Order return in a dazzling new adventure!

Luke Skywalker is worried: A handful of Jedi Knights, including his nephew and niece, Jaina and Jacen Solo, have disappeared into the Unknown Regions in response to a strange cry for help that only they could hear. Now the alien Chiss have angrily lodged a formal complaint, accusing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border dispute between the Chiss and an unidentified aggressor. 

Luke has no choice but to head to the Unknown Regions for serious damage control. Han and Leia follow, intent on protecting their children from what could be grave danger. But none of them are prepared for what they find when they reach their destination.

A colony of mysterious aliens is expanding toward the edge of Chiss space. The leader of the alien nest is resolute. Adept in the Force, he is drawing old friends to his side, compelling them to join the colony and meld their Force-abilities with his - even if it leads to all-out war....

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"Davis's range is astounding. He captures numerous well-known voices - those of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Han Solo, the robots, Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious - with perfection....These are magnificent productions." ( AudioFile)

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  • Alvin Maynard
  • 17-11-17

would be great if it was full book

hate abridge versions. wish it was full. They left out to much details and started randomly

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  • Susan
  • 20-07-16

Good book but abridged

I liked the book but I am sad that it is abridged. The book itself is quite long so I understand why they could not include everything.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-18

terrible!

missing so much. abridged version sucked. I own the book hard copy and I would prefer it in that. abridged is terrible and this was my tester book to see if I would enjoy audio books. terrible.

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  • Jonny Uptown
  • 01-08-17

Kevin Thompson is a Sith

You have destroyed the balance sir. MIA is content. KIA are the characters. The universe is still expanding... Despite your best efforts to abridge it.
I call for a vote of no confidence in your producing!
Audible: please elect a new producer who can bring balance to the force.

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  • Lachlan
  • 09-02-16

better than decent

This really is a decent start to the transition from new jedi order era to legacy of the force era. Strong characters like Mara Jade are one of the reasons to regret Disney tossing the EU as canon. it's obvious this author wanted to tie in the same characters from star by star, (which was authored by the same person) and I think it was handled very well.

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  • Anders
  • 26-10-16

Kind of bland

Davis keep reverting to his southern accent making everyone sound like Lando. Really hard to stay immersed after listening to Marc thompsons narrations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

Ben Skywalker is the biggest...

Disappointment in all of Legends. I can’t stand his character. I’ve listened to the LotF series already based on availability to previous material. So I already formed a very negative opinion of his character. This book is more of the same. For being the child of two powerful, skilled, and smart force users, Ben Skywalker is basically the opposite of his parents.

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I understand they write him to have the typical kid attitude to their parents. Resist their input, think they are being too protective, and are trying to limit his fun. But his straight line stubbornness is annoying. And goes against what his character should be. His mom is fighting his “best friend” who is trying to remove Mara’s head from her body. But Ben doesn’t care, he just doesn’t want his mom to hurt his friend. Mara gets stabbed and is bleeding but Ben says “aren’t Jedi supposed to be able to take damage and be fine.”

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And as LotF progresses his blindness to the dark side and his strict obedience to the GAG code is ridiculous. And his constant undermining of his parents. I find myself constantly hoping he will meet his demise. He’s a turd. They wrote so far to one side of the spectrum that his character is ruined. Could be the greatest Star Wars being or character in all of Legends. But instead is a whiny, little ginger turd that needs to be flushed ASAP.

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  • Darth Virgo
  • 27-11-19

Only Wish It Were Unabridged

Great story. Great performance. Everything that makes Star Wars, Star Wars. I initially neglected any stories less than 9 hours long, but after Disney botched about 70% of their novels up, I’m gobbling up all the stories I can get.

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  • scott tibbetts
  • 13-11-19

hard to follow.

not sure if from being abridged, but it seemed there holes in the story that made it hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-19

I liked it.

it was a good listen so now I have to listen to the other books.