Heir to the Jedi

Heir to the Jedi

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804191760
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (09 hr., 02 min., 20 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Marc
Alternative Title: Star wars heir to the Jedi

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JCLDylanR Aug 07, 2017

Told entirely from a young Luke Skywalker's point of view, Heir to the Empire details a mission our young hero embarks upon shortly after the Battle of Yavin. While the Death Star has been destroyed, the work is by no means done for the Alliance. Similarly, Luke is well aware he has a long way to go before becoming anything close to a Jedi.

A book I found dull & repetitive, I thought the audio especially difficult to slog through, as Thompson unfortunately does an excellent job of channeling Mark Hamill's youthful.. ah, let's say, "exuberance" in his narrative performance. I thought this facet to be quite detrimental to the book, as a whole (though there IS a fun reference to power converters, early on). Though a canon novel, Heir to the Empire offers little to no expansion to Star Wars lore, & fills nary a gap between episodes IV & V. Given Luke's youth, the overall simplicity of plot, as well as the lack of adult themes, this could be better suited for teenage fans of the series.

In short, unless you're a hardcore fan of the SW universe, I'd steer clear, as there's just simply not much entertainment or substance to be found in Heir to the Jedi.


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