• Shadow Hunter

  • Star Wars Legends (Darth Maul)
  • By: Michael Reaves
  • Narrated by: Sam Witwer
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (739 ratings)

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Shadow Hunter

By: Michael Reaves
Narrated by: Sam Witwer
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again.

“Full of lightsaber battles, the Jedi philosophy, and lots of new life-forms.”—Chicago Sun-Times

After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down. 

But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right at the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. 

Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?

©2011 Michael Reaves (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Reaves writes with a creative flair, allowing readers to experience an almost cinematic sensation as they move through the story. The language is colorful, the action scenes are dynamic, and the dialogue is realistic.... Shadow Hunter is a very good Star Wars novel that reads as easily as a comic book.... Reaves does an excellent job.”—Winston-Salem Journal

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More Legends recordings, please.

This is Star Wars in audio form the way it was meant to be. Sam Witwer, known for voicing Darth Maul in Star Wars The Clone Wars, among other roles, was an excellent choice as narrator. I hope more of the Legends EU is released in this audio form as soon as possible.

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Horrible narration!!!!!

Unfortunately, I could only listen to an hour or two of this book. The voice actor, though great with character voices decided to narrate in a number of voices. He makes sounds, scoffs, laughs exaggerates words that need no exaggeration. He changes the tone and pitch of his voice constantly. He narrates as if it is one of the characters narrating and not, like most books, the narrator. I literally find myself paying more attention to how bad the narration piece is that can not follow what is going on in the story. I can not comment enough on how poorly he handles the narration aspect. This is upsetting as he is actually great with character voices. I pre-ordered this book and was very excited as Maul is my favorite and now I am disappointed. You do not need to narrate in a voice, just read the book! I can’t accurately rate the book itself but the narration brings it down quite a bit.

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Shadow Hunter

Brought to life by the one and only Sam Witwer this is simply superb. Pick it up.
Thank you again, Disney for continuing Legends. Vector Prime, Outbound Flight, and Survivor’s Quest would be awesome.

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Absolute Delight

How could you not enjoy a book of Maul narrated by the voice actor of Maul (from clone wars) himself??? An escape into the starwars universe, I was enthralled from beginning to end!

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Witwer as Maul, loved it!

Sam Witwer as the narrator is fabulously delicious, he is so good as Maul!

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WOW!

The abridged recording of this book and its previous narrator was already good, but this new unabridged recording with Sam is next level outstanding!!

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Love the narrator! You can tell he does voice acting for a living

I love recommend anyone who loves Star Wars to at least get this one, if not to enjoy Sam Witwer’s voice acting skills as he voices more than just Darth Maul.

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Amazing Narration

The obvious highlight is Sam Witwer's (return) performance as Darth Maul is worth the purchase alone. It is a great story, just wish there was more.

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night and day

fantastic performance by Sam Great Sound Engineering Night and Day from the first version awesomeness

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I loved it

Not only did Sam Witwer did an amazing job narrating this book, but the story was really good! Yes, it starts off a little slow but man does it get soo good that I couldn’t stop listening. Highly recommended

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  • Ricky Thompson
  • 11-29-22

Phenomenal!

The performance of the reader makes the story so much more immersive and enjoyable. Each character portrayed was so convincing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-22

Needlessly overacted.

Whomever is directing the star wars audio recordings these days need to be fired.

Finally a chance to listen to an unabridged version of this book, and the delivery is ham. Sam Witwer is a fine actor and imitator, and he pretty much is the voice of Darth Maul (and Palpatine) these days. And yet his delivery of the "narrators voice" is so needlessly emotional and over the top that I could not concentrate on the story.

This is a problem I had with Marc Thompsons narration of the first high republic novel, and I've never heard such a performance from him before. The guy is a master narrator of these books..

This leads me to believe that it has to do with the direction. That person needs to take it down a notch..

I refunded this and the high republic book. Such a shame. I recommend the original abridged audio book over this one.

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  • kevin mackie
  • 11-24-22

Great novel and well narrated

Great story and well narrated. kept me intrigued and in suspense. a great look into the dark under belly of corocent .The characters where also great .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-22

sam smashing his voice rolls yet again

loved it need more maul and Sam voicing them brilliant tie into the phantom menace

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-22

Incredible!

I never thought you could find anyone to contend with Marc Thompson, but wow Sam is damn close!
For anyone aware of his outstanding performances on the clone wars you’ll know how good he is, and he certainly does not let down her.

Thoroughly enjoyed this listen very much, adds new dynamic to Palpatine and Mauls relationship and was nice to have a focus on Maul and his motivations.
Utterly brilliant!

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  • Owain Williams
  • 11-07-22

really good

love listening to the story, plus I really enjoy Darth maul back story and the storyline for it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-22

Sam Witwer knocked it out of the patch

I almost never take the time to write a review but I was so thoroughly impressed by Witwer’s performance that I just had to. His ability to mimic the voices of Palpetine, Qui Gon Jin and even the neimoidian’s fully immerse you in the story. I wish he narrated more Star Wars audiobooks sadly this is the only one he did. I can recommend this audiobook to anyone who is into Star Wars books. You need to give this one try even if it’s just for Witwer’s narration of this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-22

Great audiobook! Worth a listen!

Great performance, well worth a listen.
Actor really brings out the characters. Story brings out Mauls character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-22

Amazing

Narration is fantastic, story completely engaging. Set just before Phantom Menace. So good. Highly recommend.

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  • Alex
  • 10-14-22

A Gritty Star wars legend

I couldn't get enough the Story was fantastic great paced it didn't lack in any areas. highly recommended for any fan.
Sam Witwer performance as Narrator phenomenal

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-22

The best narrator I’ve ever heard

The book was fantastic but what really made it for me was the narrator he absolutely nailed the different voices and sets the seen of how the feel eg. Out of breath, enraged, filled with joy ect.

Couldn’t speak higher of him and the book itself

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  • Emeree & Zak
  • 11-29-22

Incredible

an incredible story that will forever be Canon in my mind the narration by Sam Witwer is fantastic and brings all the characters alive in such a way that make you fall for all the them, amazing production with sound design and the story is just INCREDIBLE 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

Excellent!

This kept me riveted from start to finish.A great tie in to the first Star Wars movie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-22

amazing story and narrator

one of the best starwars stories I've ever listened too, having Sam witwer who is the voice actor of darth maul in the clonewars series read the book was so captivating, the story itself is up there with drew karpyshyn's and Timothy zahn's

everyone who is into starwars needs to listening to this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-22

Fantastic Legends story

So good that it’s finally getting attention in the modern era. Gives an interesting take on some classic Star Wars concepts. Wither doesn’t just read the book either, he really acts.

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  • Micah Sheridan
  • 08-12-22

Sam Whitwer is so authentic

Definitely the best star wars book I've listened to even if only for the narration 10/10