As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in a universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins....
While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Hans and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes--and go from one danger to a far greater one....
On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself...
A good book, some audio problems
I love the Jedi Academy Trilogy, but was disappointed with the quality control on this recording. At about 3 minutes into the recording and again partway through minute 6 it sounds as if the transfer to digital was done from a bad tape copy, and you lose a few words due to some strange distortions in the audio. Overall you don't lose much story though, just a few words here and there.
Kevin J. Anderson is a great author and brings the Star Wars universe to live quite nicely in this trilogy. I find that the actual books are better than these abridged audiobook versions. The abridgment causes the story to suffer somewhat. But you still get the gist of what happens in the original books, and it's good for anyone who doesn't have time to sit down and read the full books or someone who has already read the full books and will be able to recall the full stories despite the omissions in the abridged version.
Due to the poor audio transfer I would not buy this audiobook again, certainly not for $12. For that price I expect a glitch free listening experience. Since this book is so old, and the listening experience is not pristine, I just can't justify the price.
Would like to see an Unabridged Version
This was the first book I read bringing me back into the Star Wars Universe. Kevin J. Anderson is amazing but this abridge version left me wanting for the details that made this book apealing for me.
The good: This is an amazing story line, it introduces robust characters and events that play heavily in the EU. So the story is great and one can follow this story line without the suttle detail needed.
The Bad: The suttle details are what make this trilogy so appealing. Another aspect which could be my bias, I love Marc Thompson reading, I can tell he's a fan. With this said, I can tell when others that read are unaware of the EU and the names and events that happen within it.
All and all if you have the time read the book, if you are catching up on the EU and or need a refresher on this amazing trilogy, it serves its purpose.
Terrible narration. DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!
Anthony Heald is probably the worst narrator I have ever listened to. You can tell this guy hasn’t even seen the original Star Wars trilogy. He miss pronounces almost every name and location and is reading so fast his sentences are just one long word. That’s not an exaggeration, before almost every paragraph you can hear him take in a long deep breath before engaging the hyperdrive and letting it all out. All of his character portrayals are so off putting that they take you out of the story. Just buy the book and stay away from the audiobook. If you don’t believe me listen to the sample and that should tell you enough. It goes downhill from there.