• Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (4,549 ratings)

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and, for the first time ever, written entirely from Luke Skywalker's first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire's purposes. But the prospective spy's sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she's willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It's an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that's too precious to pass up. It's also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who's got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it's now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

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Adventurers with Daddy Issues

If this novel were written outside of the Star Wars universe, I'd classify it as a simple, fun read. I have no problem with that because it captures the equally simple and fun tone of A New Hope, but without the level of epic that film introduced us to. All of the depth that's added to this story comes as a direct result of author Kevin Hearne delving into questions about Luke's character that Hearne has clearly pondered as a part of his own fandom.

This tale centers around a Luke Skywalker in transition. Immediately following the destruction of Death Star I, he is a hero to the Rebellion, but nowhere near competent with his abilities to tap the Force. He is perceived as more of an icon and less of a young man. Where this novel shines revolves around Luke's questions concerning his father, the Force, Darth Vader, and all of the unanswered questions that Obi-Wan left behind in the wake of the original film. Likewise, we can even see how the galaxy perceives the events of the Clone Wars, which Hearne uses to full effect. It's well done. The result is we see Luke at perhaps his most vulnerable, taking his next steps into the larger world of the Jedi Knight he'll become.

Luke is paired off with Katari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul who specializes in her own daddy issues and keeping us aware of just how young and inexperienced Luke really is at this point, illustrating just how much he would have to grow in the three years to The Empire Strikes Back.

I've read some of Hearne's other work, and his strengths and weaknesses are exactly the same here. He's excellent with characters and dialogue. His plots are uncomplicated and propel the story forward. But his world building is questionable at best. He creates some interesting and dangerous creatures, but in the little things he's far too Earthbound, taking me out of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. For example, the ever-ubiquitous coffee substitute "caf" from earlier Expanded Universe ("Legends") novels is all over the place here, and apparently buckwheat, noodles, salt, pepper, citrus, mint, "disposable eating sticks," and other such things from our own world can be found throughout the galaxy. I realize these are shortcuts to help make the Star Wars universe feel more real, but it brings down from epic to mundane by its very mention. Or I should say, it does for me. Maybe that won't bother others, but for me it's the little things that keep you in the story or yank you out of it. The good news is that when these things are brought up, Hearne uses these moments of down time to give us more character, which as I've said is his true strength as a storyteller.

Bottom line, it's not a great novel by comparison of the truly standout novels in the Star Wars line, but it's a fun one, and Hearne's character explorations of Luke make it a worthy addition to the new canon.

As narrator, I have to give top marks to Marc Thompson. As this story is told in 1st person, Thompson has to tell most of this book in Luke's voice rather than his own. Not only does he make the most of it, but he does a fantastic job bringing the other characters to life. This is to be expected, given that he's a Star Wars audiobook veteran, but credit where it's due.

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Unimpressive first person story of an errand boy

This is supposed to be one of the first books of the "New Canon" of Star Wars, so I was interested to see what it would have to offer. Honestly, it doesn't bode terribly well for the future.

I wasn't familiar with Kevin Hearne's work, but this effort doesn't leave me inclined to check out his other material.

The novel is set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and follows a young Luke Skywalker dealing with life after destroying the first Death Star and being fully involved in the rebel alliance. The story is a first person narrative. IMHO, there's no such thing as a good first person narrative story, but some are less terrible than others. This one definitely doesn't rise to the top.

I agree with some other reviews that I came across that this feels like following a video game character through a limited scope RPG. The events come across as tedious as, being both a first person POV and being about Luke Skywalker, the predicaments that Luke finds himself in can't result in any meaningful harm to him.

While the title Heir to the Jedi is a good one, this is not the story to attach it to. While there is some bits of Luke trying to sort out what he's learned from Obi-Wan and what he needs to do to become a Jedi, the book is mostly a series of errands that Luke gets put on.

Ultimately, this book does little to add to our understanding of Luke as a character, nor does it do much to give us a better picture of the Star Wars universe.

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Weepy, whiny, lovesick excuse for a Jedi

Where does Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Last. Totally due to the story, still love the narrator.

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is up to his normal standard, but having to do the whole thing in Luke's voice got old really quick. But not Marc's fault, blame the author.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

2 hours of your life you'll never get back.

Any additional comments?

There's a new canon. I get it. But please give us new stuff better than this. I was very disappointed in this book. I've been reading the expanded universe for 20 years, which is now out the window, leaving a large void. I understand the need to fill that void with new information to both fill in gaps between movies and to lead us into the new movie. I hope future books do this better.

Luke - see subject line. Luke went from a nervous farmboy in A New Hope to a confident Jedi in Return of the Jedi. This book is apparently an attempt to show some of that journey. What we get is a stumbling, fumbling Luke who survives the activities of the book by a combination of dumb luck and a few force tricks that he stumbles onto, because Ben Kenobi is dead so he has to teach himself. Cue the violins. I say activities, because there is no real antagonist, just a series of vignettes with generic bad guys (spies, imperials, bounty hunters) as they attempt to complete a mission that I just couldn't care about, getting several people that were trying to help him killed in the process. And great, he figures out how to use the force to move a noodle. I'd be much more interested in how he got good enough with a lightsaber to survive the duel with Vader in Empire. I don't remember any saber training with Yoda while he was on Dagobah.

In another departure from the EU, they decided to use certain "Earth" words instead of established EU terms. For example, in this book you'll hear Luke talk about going to the "bathroom" instead of using the "refresher" and reading a piece of "paper" instead of "flimsy." These are changes that may seem like small details, but using the established EU vernacular would help bridge the Legends to the new canon.

I assume it's our modern facebook/twitter "I want to show everyone what I ate for breakfast, and my daily selfie" mentality that led to the choice to write this book in 1st person? Made me feel like I was listening to a whiny teenager reading me his diary. Just don't.

That said, I do not blame the narrator. Marc Thompson is awesome and should read every Star Wars novel until his voice gives out. But even a great narrator can only do so much with the material he is given.

SPOILER AHEAD ---
Yet another of Luke's loves meets a tragic end. I know, all the women he loved in the EU that died or left or turned to the dark side or merged with a spaceship or got killed by his nephew, etc... That never happened; That was Legend. OK. Do we have to continue that meme in the new canon? --- END SPOILER

I always finish books that I start, it's just how I am. But for the 2nd half of this book, I wished I could bring myself to just stop so I could go back to something worth listening to. I really don't see what part of this book could help me understand what will happen in the new movie, set more than 30 years later. New canon authors -- Please do better.

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This is the worst Star Wars book ever written..

I'm sorry to do this but I've got to say this book was terrible. I would give it one star if I could. I'll break this down simply:
(some spoilers but nothing about the plot)

-The "author" has a food fetish and finds any way possible to bring earthly items (such as cake, noodles, cream, sugar, cookies, ect) into this story. He literally described the shape of a spaceship as a "cookie with a big bite taken out of it"...enough said.
-He is obsessed with foul smelling things and goes into intense detail that is completely unnecessary.
-His "set up" for the next chapter and what's to come is so blatantly obvious it makes it nearly impossible to keep reading because you already know what's going to happen.
-This did not feel like Star Wars at all.. If you removed Luke and R2 from the narrative all you would be left with is a terribly weak sci-fi novel.
-Awkward moments galore.. Can't go into depth here but just trust me. I can only imagine the author is completely socially inept.

I could go on and on but I won't; just trust me, it's horrible.
I know this all seems harsh but I just expected more I guess, if this is the direction they are taking you can count me out- I'll stick to the old republic thank you. Darth bane, revan, and the thrawn trilogy books put this to absolute shame.

TLDR; PLEASE DONT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!

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If this is cannon, I'll take Legends

I'm going to try to explains frustrations with this book without being too spoiler-y. Though I enjoyed the different feel of a first person point of view, something integral to the Star Wars foundation is having multiple events coinciding and intersecting and just having it focus on one character bored me.

Things that I absolutely hated about this book were the (cannon) mention of Salt, Sugar, Pepper, Noodles, Eggs for breakfast, and the author has absolutely NO idea what Poodoo is.

The only one issue I had with the voice acting is that the main female lead sounded EXAXTLY like Stewie Griffin from Family Guy.

I would like my money and my 10 hours back please.


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Use the fork, Luke

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. If this is the new official story line, the beginning is a good place to jump on I suppose.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

Probably not. Didn't really feel like Star Wars. If they are wiping out the EU, this book should embody the character and feeling of the OT but it never quite hits those notes.

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

The performance of the female characters were sappy and over the top, really ruined a good bit of the book for me...but over all an enjoyable listen. Thompson's Luke is dead on.

Do you think Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. What fan wouldn't want to follow the further adventures of Luke Skywalker?

Any additional comments?

Luke manipulating a fork with the force is just silly...and the fact that the book tries to posit what happens to a main character in this book as his primary motivation to go forward and master the force and become a jedi demeans a lot of the emotional motivating moments that took place in E4.

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A fun adventure, but not very deep

It was an enjoyable journey, and I recommend it for any Star Wars fans. I guess I was just disappointed that nothing substantial happened. This didn't feel relevant to the new vs. old canon. It was more just "an adventure featuring Luke!" The story is also a little scattered. Overall I liked listening to this and sharing in Luke's successes and fears for the future.

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Enjoyable ride

I saw some other complaints about the book from other reviewers, and so I was hesitant at first to purchase the book. I was anxious, however, to read the new EU. I always love Marc Thompson and was pleasantly surprised by the story.

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Boring

I am an avid star wars fan. I absolutely loved the entire New Jedi Order, but since then (with the exception of Darth Caedus story) the star wars universe has been ridiculous. Off the wall story lines that include some never before seen super force entity. A bug war. A baby sitting trip.
Into the void was a great concept for an origins story but they cancelled the sequel. Thanks Disney.
I certainly don't recommend this book, especially for true start wars fans.

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Underwhelming

This book is not what I was expecting. Based on the title, I wrongly assumed it was a follow-up to the legacy of the force series. Chronologically, it takes place right after Episode IV A New Hope. And it's told from Luke's perspective, so therefore no Force powers, no Obi-Wan, and no Vader. One of my chief complaints with books occurring between the movies is that there is no danger to the major characters, especially with the book is narrated in the first person. I would not read this again, and I do not recommend this book. It offers no new insight into Luke Skywalker, nor does it offer insight into any other characters in the rebellion

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  • The Crack In Space
  • 03-26-15

A Fun Little Adventure

Heir to the Jedi is a fun little adventure book with little to offer but for the fact it's Star Wars, and more importantly considered canon.

Taking place after A New Hope, the novel follows Luke Skywalker from a first person perspective as he carries out various missions for the rebel alliance, leading up to an attempted rescue of a Givin who is under Empire control.

Along for the ride are R2-D2 and a burgeoning love interest Nakari Kelen. With the occasional appearance from Leia, Ackbar, Han and even Ben. But the focus is on Luke, and as it's written from his perspective we a privy to his thoughts and feelings on the force and what happened after he destroyed the Death Star.

The action and story plots are well paced and entertaining. Not amazingly written, but works well enough for this kind of tie-in and what you would expect from a title like this. Beneath the childish humour and cheesy sound effects (see below) hide however a rather dark and graphic book that can go from heads exploding to stupid one-liners in a paragraph. Along with this are quite a few downbeat moments that distract from the overall happy go lucky tone throughout.

The voice acting is great and Marc Thompson sounds as close to Luke as you could want. There are however a lot of sound effects and background music - running ships, jungles, lightsabers, robots - which may put a few people off.

Fun for what it is, but nothing special.

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  • Matt
  • 04-19-15

A better universe

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Much more grounded than the previous (now retconned) Star Wars EU. It feels like it belongs with the movies and not with the lame over the top cheesy old EU books, where force powers just got crazier and crazier almost like each author was trying to outdo the previous. The book itself is good even if a little slow and cumbersome, it does however carry a nice piece of character development for Luke Skywalker off though.

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  • mr g j hughes
  • 03-07-15

Favourite author, favourite narrator.

waited a long time for this one! almost as excited about it as I am for episode 7, great story well read. An easy 5 stars

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  • Tad
  • 11-08-16

Mildly entertaining

Seems a bit of a low key adventure after the Battle of Yavin. There are however decent aspects of Luke finding his place in the Alliance and the Force. Narration is good but the female human chatacters are done badly. The Nakari character is especially gratting and the performance detracts from a decently written character. Such a stupid posh english accent. Leia sounds weak too. Some other characters are really well done though, including Luke.

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  • MR T A HARRIS
  • 11-24-15

New Cannon has nothing on Legends

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I've read nearly all of EU books over the last 20 years. This is the first book where Luke Skywalker come off as a clumsy, whiny, insecure child. The book is clearly trying to cater to a young adult audience. With Luke worrying more about how to flirt and not get caught eyeing up his attractive college. If she is not about he spends his time trying to engage in learning how to use the force with noodles. The "action" events in the book come suddenly and are resolved even quicker, with no kind of tension, or consequences for mistakes. The supporting characters aren't that interesting and don't really carry the depth that similar characters from retconned Legends series have established in the last couple of decades.

I really hope this isn't the direction Disney and Del Rey are planning on taking the new supporting material.

What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I had major hate for references to modern concepts of political correctness and social situations that cause me to lose my immersion in the Star Wars universe. It's akin to doing a WW1 epic and having the character talk about Hard disk drive and the internet.

From the perspective of Luke, who is a farm boy in backwards desert planet that not long ago traded in slavery. He is use to hard work, dirt in the blistering heat. This maybe more of the performance than the book but he came across like he'd be worried he'd break a nail at times.

The action needed more work, again there was no tension in the scenes, everything was achieved as simply as it began. A lot of enjoyment I've had in other star wars novels are the characters finding themselves in impossibly complicated situations, then having to think on their feet to figure their way out of them. There was none of that in this novel, a blaster bolt here and there and it was over.



Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favourite?

Nothing really against the performance, they were all good, just that I found none of the characters engaging enough to really like. Even Luke, who in previous novels engaged the most with.

Do you think Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It is likely inevitable there will be because of the franchise. My advice is Disney really needs to up there game with the supporting material. Instead of creating new uninteresting characters they should reinvent already loved characters from the EU/Legends.

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  • Pitrage
  • 04-12-15

Not worthy of being in the Star Wars universe

What disappointed you about Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars?

This is a worthless addition to the Star Wars universe. It's just been written for the sake of writing a Star Wars book. This is the worst book I've ever read, I doubt a publisher would've had the balls to publish this book if they didn't know that people who love the Star Wars universe would buy it, many not caring of the virtues & quality of the story.

Has Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars put you off other books in this genre?

I will be a lot more cautious in wasting any more credits on Star Wars books before ensuring that it's worth being called a Star Wars book

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars?

From Page 1 to the last page

Any additional comments?

Stay clear of this book

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  • ILovePorkPie86
  • 03-26-15

the Narrator made this a 5*

If your a star wars fan then it is a must read purely to see what direction disney is taking the franchise now that most previous stories are no longer canon. The story itself was good even though was slightly predictable. However what made this for me was the Narrator. He did an outstanding performance each character had there own voice and personality also the emotion he portrayed in his voice made me care more than i probably would of if i'd of read the book. will be definitely checking out more novels he narrates. Overall not a bad start for the new star wars universe interested to see where they go next in the expanded universe.

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  • James
  • 08-19-22

Fantastic

thoroughly enjoyed this book brilliant narrator would highly recommend Marc Thompson is a legend

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  • Andy Bartle
  • 05-20-22

A great book

A great book and entertaniang as always Mark Thompson narration makes it all the better

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  • Olly Johnson
  • 02-27-22

Well presented, but otherwise unremarkable.

I found this book interesting as an artifact, as it was written for the old EU before the relaunch, but released as canon after it, making it the only book that is technically both Canon and Legends.

Unfortunately that's about the only particularly interesting thing about this book. The narration is as good as we've come to expect from Star Wars, and the first-person perspective lends this story a different feel to others. That coupled with the point-of-view character being Luke Skywalker, one would think this would be a must-read. But it just isn't. The first part of the story is an excursion that serves little purpose but to momentarily pit Luke and his companion against a mildly scary type of monster, raise questions about the nature of said monsters, and then just leave that where it is and not do anything else with it while he goes on an entirely different mission.

Apart from being disjointed, the story is just not that interesting. It wasn't that long ago since I listened to it, but I've already forgotten the lion's share of the plot. I try not to put spoilers into reviews anyway, but I barely remember any to give even if I did. This, is the literary equivalent of a filler arc.

Having said that, if spending time with Luke Skywalker on an adventure-of-the-week style mission sounds good to you, then by all means don't let me stop you, I don't remember the moment-to-moment experience being bad, but as a whole in hindsight I can't honestly recommend it to anyone but the diehard completionist fan.

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  • Adam
  • 05-17-15

The new Star Wars canon. Finally on Audible Aus.

Heir to the Jedi is part of the exciting new start for Star Wars fiction. I am a big fan of the Expanded Universe, but found the sheer volume of novels quite daunting. I'll continue to read through the newly titled "Legends", but I have been gagging for the canon novels to hit Audible Australia. Unfortunately Heir to the Jedi is the only story to see the light of day thus far. A New Dawn, Tarkin and Lords of the Sith are nowhere to be seen. Come on Audible....time to play catch-up.

Unfortunately Heir to the Jedi is probably the worst Star Wars novel I've read to date. I can't fault the performance by Marc Thompson or the tremendous production values, typical of a Star Wars audiobook. I can however fault the story, which is real filler material. The Star Wars story group dropped the ball on this one. There are a couple of key moments that build on Luke's backstory, but these are few and far between. Action and adventure takes a backseat to an awkward love story, all seen through first person perspective. A nice idea on paper, but it didn't work for me. Here's hoping Audible pull their finger out and release the rest of the new books soon. Hopefully they are far superior to this very average release.

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  • chris
  • 04-01-15

first star wars book.

this was my first star wars book and i thought there was no better time to start reading them since there was now a clear canon. i thoroughly enjoyed the story because it was something i never expected from a star wars story but it still had the charm of one. i dont ha e anything else to compare it to, but it was a very enjoyable experience and i wish the other canon books were avaliable in my region.

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  • Dean M.
  • 03-13-15

Disappointing First Step.

This was my first audiobook. Didn't enjoy the story & felt that it failed to capture the spirit of Star Wars. I understand Kevin Hearne is an accomplished sci-fi author but his story feels out of its depth for the Star Wars universe.

Marc Thopmson's narration was okay but his character voices were terrible to the point of embarrassing. Would it have been so hard to cast a female voice talent into the female characters? Listening to his take on the female protagonist Nakari was like listening to a transvestite. His take on Luke Skywalker was marginally better but I didn't enjoy it.

Having looked forward to this title for a long time, I felt that Heir To the Jedi was a big disappointment.

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  • Jared Cockayne
  • 03-04-21

A bridge fill up between IV and V

Marc Thompson is a great narrator and voice artist for different characters throughout the story. But the story lacks enough for the main character Luke Skywalker to develop on. Even if there are plenty of Star Wars Easter eggs to keep a fan amused.

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  • Isaac Mitchell
  • 06-03-20

charming, if not stellar

I had low expectations for sure, but I was pleasantly surprised by well written character interactions, and how my interest was maintained by continual changing in setting, and intensity of the situation. overall enjoyable, if not a must read.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Bravo

abdolutley loved it, the ambient sounds and the excellent narration made it like my imagination was showing me a new unseen star wars movie.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 06-24-18

Good old fashioned Star Wars

it was amazing, just like an original movie slipped into the middle of hope and empire.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Russ Holdaway
  • 01-15-18

As always Thompson nailed it.

As a huge fan of Star Wars I love the fact that the EU is in this format, allowing me to keep up to date whilst at the gym.
Marc Thompson remains one of my favourite audible narrators. He nails each character, as well as carrying the mood of the story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-17

grabs you from start to finish

loved it, all the way to end. Marc Thompson is fantastic. cannot wait for my next book

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Luke
  • 01-21-16

listening to luke grow up a little.

first off the production, voice acting, sound effects and music is awesome.
the story was pretty cool in parts though didn't seem adventurous enough for me. the conclusion of the book was a little dry and could have been more effective.