Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2 (Unabridged)
by James S. A. Corey
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Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck - writing as James S. A. Corey - make their Star Wars debut in this brand-new epic adventure featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa. The action begins after the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough. But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect - including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands. But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s x-wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever.
Great Story. Overly Produced Audiobook
The production of this audiobook makes it sound like a Saturday morning cartoon. Lots of sound effects leveled a bit too high. It distracts. Thompson’s Han Solo voice sounds like a comedian’s impersonation of Harrison Ford. It distracts. I’ve never really minded how Thompson does Han Solo, but it’s really annoying here, where it was fine in Heir to the Empire. Weird, I know. I suspect the producer on this audiobook is the muppet. Any time there’s a line that suggests Chewbacca saying anything, there’s a Chewbacca YOWL. It’s redundant, distracting and slows down the pace of the book. I’ve listened to many Star Wars audiobooks. They’re all over-produced, but this recording in particular grated on my nerves to the point where I bought the book to read. I’m a big fan of James SA Corey, and where this isn’t their best book, it’s one of the better Star Wars books. However, the unsubtle, cariacaturized voice acting and overuse of sound effects makes the audiobook an irritating listen.