• Out of the Shadows

  • Star Wars: The High Republic
  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Keylor Leigh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1,211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Another exciting adventure from the number one New York Times best-selling series! 

The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... 

Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end in sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl is in danger of losing all she has left of her mother. She heads to the galactic capital of Coruscant for help but gets sidetracked when she's drawn into a squabble between two of the Republic's most powerful families over a patch of space on the frontier. Tangled up in familial politics is the last place Syl wants to be, but the promise of a big payoff is enough to keep her interested.... 

Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh has been summoned to Coruscant, but with no idea of why or by whom. She and her Padawan, Imri Cantaros, arrive at the capital along with Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus and his Padawan, Reath Silas - and are asked to assist with the property dispute on the frontier. But why? What is so important about an empty patch of space? 

The answer will lead Vernestra to a new understanding of her abilities and take Syl back to the past...and to truths that will finally come out of the shadows. 

Don't miss any of the adventure and excitement of Star Wars: The High Republic! 

  • Into the Dark by Claudia Gray 
  • A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland 
  • Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older
©2021 Justina Ireland (P)2021 Disney Lucasfilm Press

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Severe drop in quality for Star Wars audiobooks

I haven't finished the book yet but wanted to warn others who are used to the usual quality that Star Wars audiobooks provide. This audiobook does not utilize sound effects, white noise or music. They play a bit of music at the very beginning but that's it just solid narration. The narrator is also kinda flat with her performance so don't expect any range in terms of character voices. Just a warning before you go into this audiobook that it's not like the usual Star Wars books.

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Decent story, horrible audiobook…

First and foremost:
If you get hired to narrate a Star Wars book..Maybe listen to one before you record your performance. The narrator is clearly not familiar with Star Wars, or at least the other High Republic books/audiobooks. So many mispronunciations that would’ve been easily fixed with a little bit of familiarization.. or I don’t know, someone on the production team paying attention.

This production feels like a last minute school project that was quickly thrown together. It is the first audiobook that I have experienced in the past decade that does not make good use of music and/or sound effects to enhance the storytelling experience. To make matters worse, the narrator does no voice acting and gives very little in their voice inflection. What we end up with is a bare bones near and monotone audiobook that is a chore to listen to.

With all current audiobooks being enhanced and preformed in a way that elevates the story there is no excuse for this, especially for Star Wars book.

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Horrible Performance...

I haven't finished the story yet, but the performance is so disappointing I may not. I have loved the other High Republic books released, but the narrator of this book is vastly different than the others. There are numerous mispronunciations of key reoccurring characters, no effort put into voices, no music or scenes changes, and the narrator has an extremely limited emotional range. Honestly, it sounds like I'm listening to the TikTok voice read this book. I'm extremely disappointed.

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Couldn't finish it

Keylor is has no life and refuses to give different voices to different characters. I couldn't get through chapter 1 before switching to a different book read by Marc Thompson. It also had no music and no sfx. Get the book in physical form do not get the audible version.

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Bad Narration

You can tell the narrator didn't listen to Light of the Jedi or Rising storm, or get the proper pronunciation for big names in the High Republic series. Such as the Nihil (Ny-hill) or Marshion Roh (not sure if that's how it's spelled but that's what it should sound like). I'm honestly probably going to finish the book after I've listened to the other few books I have a few more times.

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The narration ruined this

The narrator mispronounces several major things early on and continues throughout. Not sure why they changed narrators, also the story is made harder to follow because she doesnt change her voice between characters, like at all.. I was excited for this book but half way through im just waiting for it to end. Huge drop in production quailty.

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Disappointed with the audiobook

Penguin house audio dropped the bag with this audiobook. No sound effects or score.

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Horrible Narrator

You’d think that someone would’ve pulled this narrator aside and taught her how to pronounce character names - not a single one does she pronounce consistently to any other narrator in the high republic so far. Bland performance almost ruins the story - took me many tries to get started because of it. Narrator has a monotone delivery, lacks depth of any character, and doesn’t pronounce a single name correctly.

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A Mixed Bag

I was excited for "Out of the Shadows" because "Into the Dark" is one of my favorite stories from the High Republic era and I was looking forward to revisiting some of the characters we first met there. But while Reath Silas and Cohmac Vitus are in this book and Reath is a point-of-view character for some of it, Vernestra Rwoh and Sylvestri Yarrow are the main characters here. I probably shouldn't have been surprised since Vern and her padawan Imri Cantaros were main characters in Justina Ireland's first High Republic book, "A Test of Courage." But still, it was disappointing to realize how little focus we were going to get on Reath and Cohmac and how little they would sound like themselves.

That's one of my main complaints about this book, most of the characters who have been introduced previously in other stories sound out of character and flat, with the exceptions of Vernestra, Imri, and Nan. Up until now the series has been remarkably consistent in the way characters were handled from book to book and author to author. Here the returning characters feel like they lack any depth or personality. The characterizations weren't helped by the narrator, who does a pretty lackluster job. She uses the same voice for most of the characters, which gets confusing in spots. When she does vary her delivery it's for the adults who she reads in a slow, stilted manner that makes the dialog feel unnatural and choppy, so much so that I'm not sure whether the dialog was badly written or just badly read. That's a shame because there are some interesting new characters here and important things happen that are likely to impact future High Republic stories in a major way. Vernestra and Imri are highlights and I even warmed to Sylvestri Yarrow by the end of the book.

There's a lot of teen angst and some fraught teen romance in this story, neither of which were my cup of tea even when I was a teenager, but if they're yours you may enjoy that part more than I did. All in all, I wish I liked this book more than I do, but to me it's the weakest book in the series so far.

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A great effort in this series.

The story itself is excellent, covering the aftermath of The Rising Storm. Narrator is good, though mispronounces words at times. With no sound, and very little music, the audio book version is a bit of a let down. Hope other Star Wars audio titles have sound and music, as do most unabridged versions.

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  • Jack. E. P. Robinson
  • 07-27-21

Narration

Keylor Leigh is a good narrator but if Listening Library do a version with Dan Bittner then I will be swapping. Every time characters from Into The Dark speak, my brain tries replacing the voice she does with his version and I feel slightly disconnect. so far all the adult novels have been done by Penguin Audio and narrated by Marc Thompson. I think the same should be done for the young adult and midgrade. I don't care who publishes them but the narrator should be the same. Dan Bittner for young adult and Keylor Leigh for midgrade.

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  • Cody H.
  • 08-09-21

Great book, audiobook quality is severely lacking

No music/sound effects, extremely bland narration, not consistent with other High Republic audiobooks (which have been amazing). The book deserves a better production.

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  • declan okeeffe
  • 07-29-21

Great story, garbage audiobook quality

really enjoyed this high republic story, great continuation of characters that have quickly become known and loved in this era, and great setting up for what is to come in the future high republic stories.

the audiobook quality is garbage, no sound design or soundtrack like most star wars books, all the Characters are voiced basically the same and the editing and timing between chapters could have been better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-21

Great story, poor performance from the actor

Unlike the 4 previous books, I felt that this was acted poorly and somehow narrated masterfully. I enjoyed the story and new characters, but when the actor started acting the voices, I found they were hardly distinguishable with the worst example of poor voice acting being the matriarch. I thoroughly enjoyed the actor's narration as their voice sounds amazing, but unfortunately, I do not feel that the acting is on par with previous Star Wars books, especially the newer Temptest runner.

p.s Also, can you leave at least two seconds before jumping to the next chapter, it's disconcerting when a major event happens at the end of the chapter which is immediately followed up by Chapter xxx instead of leaving the reader a breath to absorb the event.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

I'm sorry for the low rating

I really wanted to like this book, especially for its queerness. I usually prefer character-driven stories, but this one had such vague and directionless plot that there was little for the characters (who unfortunately all felt like one and the same person) to work with. Only at the end did things start to pay off, but too little too late. More drama, more contrasts, higher stakes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-22

Great story

Amazing story as always but dissapointed there was no music, audio or such as there normaly is. Very nitpicky since the writing & narrating is great!
One gets spoiled with the imense usuall productions….

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  • Matthew Howarth
  • 02-21-22

Average - tied up loose ends

Really average. Takes a while to get used to the narrator. She is amazing but it takes a bit.

It also skips chapters far too quickly and at times impossible to know who is who.

Overall a decent story because it is Star Wars. Otherwise its a dry romance.

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  • emily kemp
  • 02-21-22

Lacks the production value of previous instalments

fantastic story, but I feel like this instalment was missing the usual production value of the other High Republic audio books. Such a shame, because I really loved the character interactions and the overall story here, and Keylor Leah does a great job narrating the story. I don't understand why the musical score and sound effects we've been treated to in the previous high republic audio book instalments, weren't added to this one.

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  • Charlotte Anastasia
  • 02-20-22

Great follow on to the story but terrible narratio

a great addition to the story but the narration let's it down massively

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  • raf
  • 12-22-21

Good story, awful narration

The story was great, sadly the person who narrated it was just horrible. No pauses between chapters or sentences. The pronunciation was very poor. The over all link to the other books is great and the story is fantastic. So if you can get by the cringe read of it the story is worthwhile.

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  • B13
  • 07-27-21

Good book, poorly read

This is yet another great High Republic story, unfortunately it's let down by a truly terrible narrator. All of the characters sound the same, there is little emotion to the reading and the flow of the sentences sounds really strange and misread. Very disappointing, especially coming from other Star Wars audio books read by the likes of the brilliant Marc Thompson.

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  • Isaac Mitchell
  • 08-06-21

narration deteriorated the story.

most of the characters sounded exactly the same, which is an issue when the perspective keeps changing. I'm not sure why they didn't go with penguin random house audio for this but the degrade in quality shows.

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  • Jane Krauss
  • 07-30-21

MASTER YADDLE!!!! YAY!!!

4.5 Says

Honestly, the first half of the book was quite disjointed, and I wasn't really vibing with it, but all those plot points came together in a significant way. However, I feel that may have been to set up those various plot points. More than that, there was so much lore referenced. For example, in the first chapter alone, there is a very telling line. That even the most passive Jedi were beginning to be more willing to reach for their Light Sabre. In fact, this book actually delves into a change in the Jedi Order.
Finally, we get concealing in Star Wars. I wonder if this vital role is removed because Anakin would have benefited from this.
I don't want to get too into all the Easter eggs I loved but getting Master Yaddle in this story made me unbelievably happy! I won't mention any more, or I will spoil the book.

Regarding the audio quality, the very abrupt chapter changes and I missed the usual music and sound accompaniments of the other Star Wars audiobooks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-22

Chapters

The book was good, but about halfway through they started saying the wrong chapter numbers. Eg: I’ll be on chapter 40 but the narrator would say chapter 37 instead

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

Poor story with monotonous performance

Story had no terrible pacing, the first act took up the first three quarters of the book with the last two hurriedly shoved in at the end. the characters feel flat and unrealistic, and the performance is monotonous with no tonal shifts to match the story and the character's feelings. This recording also has no music or sound effects like other Star Wars audiobooks. It's necessary to read for the continuation of the High Republic story, but a complete bore.

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  • OD
  • 01-10-22

Kinda disappointed

Have really enjoyed the series of Audiobooks, however this one misses the mark on production.
Previous books have all been well narrated in different voices with a nice touch of having some backing music/sound effects.
The narrator for this book changes the pronunciation of some vital character names through the series. There also seems little effort to go extra lengths for the character voices and really has me struggling to get through this audiobook. May be petty but would have preferred the same narrator throughout the whole series.

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  • Ben Larsen
  • 10-22-21

pretty good

Great story, however not the usual high quality of a star wars audio book. still a an engaging listen.

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  • Usman Malik
  • 09-29-21

Great story, horrible performance

The voice performance was horrible. Most of the characters sound the same and pronunciation of key words was really off.

I would still buy it because of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

the book is better

While the story isn't amazing or bad it's a book you are required to read or listen to in order to have continuality given the ending and plot seeds it gives for future books.

Vernestra is written terribly as the "she has no flaws" character and Reath has regressed since the previous book.

the Narration is poor, all conversations sounding sarcastic or the tone feels off.

reading the book is a better experience if you can.

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  • Robert Reynolds
  • 08-04-21

Listening issues.

Lacking the usual music, sound effects and character voices and the narrator seems in a rush. Previous High Republic audiobooks were so enjoyable, but this feels like it’s been cheated without all off the backing sounds. Great story, terribly narrated.