Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed


~Audiobook Review~
Title: Rogue One (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)
Author: Alexander Freed
Released December 20, 2016
Listened via Audible subscription
Rating: 4/5

Summary

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire's mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire's military; Chirrut Imwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory--if only they can capture the plans to the Empire's new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy--a monstrous world unto itself--darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire's brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star (Summary from Goodreads).

Review

I saw the Rogue One film last December and knew that there was something about it that stood out to me more than the other Star Wars films.  As soon as I saw that there was a novelization of the film, I knew I wanted to read it to get an in-depth view of the characters' thoughts.

The novelization is very similar to the film, but has a few extra scenes.  Listening to the audiobook was almost like seeing the movie again, especially during the anxiety-inducing final scenes.  The relationship between Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor really stood out to me on screen, and their relationship is the main reason why I decided to either listen to or read the novelization.  I think the book is successful in developing these two characters up.  We get a better picture of their thought processes, motivations, and character development.  Even Krennic's POV was interesting to read, as twisted as his mind is.

When it comes to the side characters like Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, the novelization did not add much to their relationship and history.  I think I felt a better emotional connection to these characters on-screen.  Overall, this was a cool novel to listen to.

Audiobook Performance Review
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Rating: 5/5

Once again, my history of audiobooks is rather short, but I thought the performance by Jonathan Davis was fantastic.  His voice acting for most of the male characters sounded very similar to the film actors.  This was nice because it made it easier for me to visual the film actors while listening to the book.  I highly recommend the audiobook, as it even has cool sound effects!

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