• Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis, Book 1: Before the Storm

  • By: Michael Kube-McDowell
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis, Book 1: Before the Storm

By: Michael Kube-McDowell
Narrated by: Anthony Heald
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Publisher's Summary

In the blockbuster best-selling tradition of Heir to the Empire comes this thrilling addition to the Star Wars saga, as peace gives way to a new threat.

It is a time of tranquility for the New Republic. The remnants of the Empire now lie in complete disarray, and the reemergence of the Jedi Knights has brought power and prestige to the fledgling government on Coruscant. Yesterday's Rebels have become today's administrators and diplomats, and the factions that fought against imperial tyranny seem united in savoring the fruits of peace.

But the peace is short-lived. A restless Luke must journey to his mother's homeworld in a desperate and dangerous quest to find her people. An adventurous Lando must seize a mysterious spacecraft that has weapons of enormous destructive power and an unknown mission. And Leia, a living symbol of the New Republic's triumph, must face down a ruthless leader of the Duskhan League, an arrogant Yevetha who seems bent on a genocidal war that could shatter the fragile unity of the New Republic - and threaten its very survival.

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Most unfulfilling Star Wars series I've read.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not a Star Wars fan.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Kube-McDowell again?

Possibly.

What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good job on multiple characters. Not perfect, but good discernment between characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Three nearly completely disconnected story lines. These were also very short books. It should be one book. Don't waste your credits.

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nice attempt

great story.WHY didn't somebody correct Anthony Healds CONSTANT mispronunciation?! completely tears me outta the story...

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The Force is elsewhere

This book does an effective job at establishing the setting for the Story, but you could just as easily skip to book three and not miss a thing.

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too much noise

way too many unnecessary sound effects and sounds not related to what was happening.

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Acceptable

Not one of the best Legends books and honestly doesn't really feel like it fits with the rest of the series primarily because, it uses a lot of vocabulary that isn't seen elsewhere in Star Wars novels, such as referring to the Chief of State as "President".

The actual plot line is pretty interesting, as there is a large amount of political background throughout the novel and a larger emphasis on military strategy and tactics. It without a doubt leans more towards the Sci-Fi end of the Star Wars spectrum, rather than the more fantasy take that books such as Planet of Twilight delve into it.

Overall it's not bad, Anthony Heald isn't the best Star Wars narrator by any means but he's passable. The abridging was fine, but like always I wish it was just the full book.

Overall a 3/5. If you're trying to push through as much of the mainline post-ROTJ Star Wars Legends novels as you can like I am, than it's at least worth a look.

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Not the best story line

This is not the best story line. It makes no sense in the starwars universe I will move on from this series

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4chaptera.... partial audiobook,,,,,,wtf

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hy did u break up the book? 1 book 1 credit.. not this one ! garbage

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Hard to listen to

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great story

if you're loyal to the prequel movies this book seems a little weird in the case of Luke searching for his mother but this is my view before reading the other two books

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Another poor performance by Anthony Heald

Why does he continue to be allowed to read for these stories?? He has no real voice range, uses no chapter breaks, and his retelling seems to be too abridged!!

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  • 08-04-21

Like the original films.

Best Star Wars continuation I have heard since the Thrawn Trilogy.
Character expression and personalities were more alike to the films than anything else in between. The plot and pace were exciting and there was enough solid dialogue to be getting on with. My only problem was dealing with character names- either new or old secondary characters (which would have been easily recognised if I had a better idea about their description), but ultimately the tone and swing of things carried me along well enough.
I would certainly recommend this novel to those interested in the "Legends" Chronology, and will be listening to the next instalment with great interest.