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Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

Series: Star Wars
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in this audio original set in a galaxy far, far away....

Darth Tyranus. Count of Serenno. Leader of the Separatists. A red saber, unsheathed in the dark. But who was he, before he became the right hand of the Sith? As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord’s past begins to come to light.

Dooku’s life began as one of privilege—born within the stony walls of his family’s estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred. But soon his Jedi abilities are recognised and he is taken from his home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda.

As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn—and tries to forget the life that he once led. But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.

Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light—even as the darkness begins to fall.

©2019 Cavan Scott (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Star Wars returns to audio, with mixed success

Star Wars has a history of producing excellent full cast audio dramas, beginning with the famous National Public Radio adaptations of the original trilogy, and given that it has been such a long time since there have been any (I think this is the first one since the Disney acquisition), I was very excited to learn that a new one was being made, and even more excited given that the story it would tell would be a long-untold chapter of the saga: the story of how Dooku left the Jedi order (I know there are some works that touch upon Dooku's early history, like Jude Watson's 'Legacy of the Jedi,' which I haven't read, but I believe this is the first time the story has been told in depth). What we ended up getting was a good look into an underexplored corner of the Star Wars universe, which nonetheless left me unsatisfied in a few respects. First, I have to address what seems to me to be the elephant in the room. Star Wars has a really good track record when it comes to voice acting; the voices in 'The Clone Wars' are of uniformly high quality, the actors all sound just like their film counterparts while still making the roles their own (when you think about it, James Arnold Taylor has spent more time playing Obi-Wan than Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness combined, for instance). Star Wars audiobooks, too, have benefited greatly from talented narrators, several of whom are represented in the cast of this drama (Marc Thompson, Jonathan Davis, and January LaVoy, all of whom are excellent). The cast of this drama give good performances that bring their respective characters to life, but there's just one major problem: Dooku sounds nothing like Christopher Lee. I don't understand why Lucasfilm didn't, or couldn't, get a good soundalike for the role. Corey Burton, who voices Dooku on 'The Clone Wars,' is excellent and would have been great. Maybe he wasn't available or something, but I'm sure there are many other great choices to be found among the actors Lucasfilm already has a relationship with. Euan Morton gives a perfectly adequate dramatic performance, and I suppose he is mostly playing a younger Dooku (although he doesn't sound like a young Christopher Lee either), but the dissimilarity of his voice from the established voice of the character yanks me straight out of the story, particularly in the framing device scenes, which I think are supposed to take place during or just before the Clone Wars. And that brings me to my second gripe, which concerns the story's framing device. The chronology here is a bit confusing to me, but it seems to take place early-ish in Ventress' apprenticeship under Dooku, before she leaves to become a bounty hunter and all that nonsense, and all the Dooku history is told through diary entries and recounting by other characters. I really didn't think this framing device added much other than unnecessary confusion to a story already burdened with lots of characters to keep track of (several generations of Jedi padawans and masters, for instance, many of whom sound quite similar). The different in-universe narrators certainly didn't seem to shape the story in any Rashomonesque way; we just get an interlude with Ventress, she finds her next diary or interlocutor, and the story resumes unchanged (occasionally even relating events that the ostensible narrator did not even witness). Framing the narrative through Ventress seems to me to be an effort to tie 'Jedi Lost' in with the Dave Filoni-led content that's been dominating so much of Star Wars canon lately: 'The Clone Wars,' 'Rebels,' and books like 'Dark Disciple' in which characters like Ventress frequently feature. One feature of the Filoniverse, as you could call it, which I find personally dismaying, is its tendency to over-clutter the Star Wars timeline: Darth Maul comes back to life right before 'Revenge of the Sith,' Ahsoka lives into the original trilogy era, there are Jedi running all over the place causing trouble when they're meant to be all but extinct, and so on. I find the way Ventress is treated in this material to be characteristic of that sort of clutter. She was a Nightsister, then a slave, then a Jedi padawan, then a Sith apprentice, then a bounty hunter, and whatever else. I much prefer the treatment of the character from her original appearance in the Tartakovsky 'Clone Wars' series, where she's just a formidable Sith assassin unburdened with excessive backstory. I thus found her presence weighted this story down, and in particular her interactions with her ghostly Jedi master were a frequent source of confusion (if I, an avid Star Wars fan, have difficulty following this aspect of the story, surely a general audience will also have difficulty). Few Star Wars stories bother with the story-within-a-story structural gimmick, so I'm at a loss as to why the choice was ultimately made to use it here. My final gripe is that, while 'Jedi Lost' does fulfil the promise of its title, it ends leaving much of the Dooku backstory still untold. I can only imagine there are plans for a follow-up at some point, and I suppose I can't complain about the prospect of more Star Wars audio dramas, though I would have thought one drama would be sufficient for this particular story. Despite an episode or two late in the run of 'The Clone Wars' that explored the character of Sifo-Dyas, many questions remain about his and Dooku's role in commissioning the clone army (questions that I think arose in the first place because of George Lucas' sloppy planning of the prequel trilogy, but fortunately there is a solid history of other writers plugging Lucas' plot holes). Now, I know I just spent a lot of time nitpicking, but I did enjoy 'Jedi Lost.' As usual with Star Wars audio productions, you have great production quality, with lots of nice sound design and of course plenty of John Williams' music. There were a couple of slightly questionable music choices, but overall it's the usual high standard we've come to expect. I also really liked the insight the story gave into the functioning of the Jedi order in the late Old Republic era. This is an era of Star Wars that I've always been interested in precisely because there aren't supposed to be any "wars" in it; I like seeing how Jedi operate in peacetime, with no Sith Lords bedevilling them. The Star Wars universe has vast potential for imaginative storytelling, and Cavan Scott does mine some of that potential with some cool sci-fi set pieces. Despite my misgivings, I am still glad to see Star Wars return to audio dramas, and if there are to be follow-ups, I eagerly await them.

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A Great star wars book for new readers

I have to say that this book was outstanding to go through, this was the first star wars book I've ever seen and let me say its great for beginners, it focuses on characters that we already know from the movies/TV shows and it makes it easy to follow while also teaching us a lot in the process about doku

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Awesome book

The story is awesome it’s about Dooku before the clone wars and the story is amazing and and the voices and narration was awesome😀😀😀❤️🤟😎

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Wonderful

Loved it, finally getting a chance to see where Dooku's fall began. After finishing Master and Apprentice, I would definitely reccomend this book.

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Terrible story, barely about Dooku

Casting was ok but poor choice of Dooku's voice actor. Story was badly written and awfully directed. Didn't really cover Dooku falling to Darkside at all.

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Great story, lackluster when it comes to action.

Very good emotional conflict in the book between Dooku, his family, and the Jedi Order, I was hoping to find out more about Dooku's relationship with Palpatine.

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it's okay

The narration is great. But the story and direction has nothing on Timothy Zhan's Work.

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  • JC
  • 22-01-2020

Excellent

This was my first audio book (since I prefer to own the physical copies) but with this being designed as an audio production and the print version simply being the script, I opted to listen to it here and boy am I glad I did. While it starts of sounding like your listening to Harry Potter with lightsabers, this audio book progresses into a great narrative spanning the years of Dooku's life and time spent progressing through the Jedi order. It is really well performed by the narrators and the scenes are played out so well you can easily visual the events as they are presented. It feels like your listening to a live stage show recording. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to Star Wars fans, particularly if your interested in Dooku's character or Asajj Ventress. It actually made me feel sorry for Dooku's fate in episode 3...

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best Star wars canon story.

This audio book/drama is just fantastic. dooku is an amazing character and I loved learning about his past.

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the greatest audiobook

this is the greatest audiobook I have listened to out of 160 audio books ... thank you

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  • Edmond Zippo
  • 14-06-2019

Something new

Format-wise I think that this is very promising. a lot could be done, telling stories like that. Story-wise, I was unsettled at first. I've always wanted to know more about Dooku but the way the story was presented made me wonder if it was the best way to do so. ultimately I went with it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Congratulations to the writer, the cast, and all the other people who worked on this.

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  • Wessel
  • 20-10-2019

Star wars at its best!

This was absolutely brilliant. I loved how the story was able to incorporate so many characters and suck you into the star wars galaxy. It was thrilling and I loved it.

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  • jace short
  • 10-08-2019

hard to stop

great listen, if your looking for lore and background you won't be disappointed, great cast of voices really paints the story

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  • Kev Elsley
  • 15-05-2019

Enjoyable story but confusing at times

For the past 2 years I've listened to all of my Star Wars books, I like the extra elements it brings. With a full cast this book is unique amongst them all, and I was interested in that it is audio only. The voice actors are all excellent, and for the most part the story is enjoyable. My only gripe is the 'audio only' nature of the story. At times you have different characters talking to each other, but without the additional descriptions that a normal book provides ("Qui Gon said"; "Dooku answered" etc) you sometimes can get lost on who is saying what. There was a moment where a lot of grunting type noises were happening - no idea what was happening there either! A normal book would have an explanation, a narration to enable you to visualise the moment. In this you don't know if a scream is from getting shot, stubbing a toe or treading on some Lego. Still worth a listen in my opinion, but I would like to hear/read an 'unabridged' version which adds the additional narration required if you were to read it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-2020

The Best Star Wars Audible

Wow. What an amazingly original audio drama. Describing Count Dooku's upbringing in the jedi order as a compassionate but flawed jedi, to his eventual role as a cunning diplomat and fearsome Sith. With an incredible voice cast, who have all had experience in Star Wars audiobooks, to an incredible and layered storyline, depicting not only Dooku's origin, but notable character favourites. It does its job well in building upon characters mentioned previously in star wars movies, more so Attack of the Clones, and books, notably Darth Plagueis. It's a must have for any Star Wars fan. Highly HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Geek Sensei
  • 13-01-2020

The Jedi were wrong

No stone left unturned when it comes to Dooku's upbringing and the ripple effects the Jedi Council has caused over the years. Sick!

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  • Bret
  • 05-03-2020

Eye opening

If you want an insight into the characters on the cover this is perfect, gives a ton of depth to dooku and closes the gap between assaj as an assassin and as a bounty hunter. Worth it!

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  • 27-02-2020

Star wars from a new view

I have just finished this book an it was amazing. If you love Star Wars you will really love this book. I like how it makes you look a things from a different point of view than the movies gives you. It also gives you more background to some of the characters from the movies that you might not have know that much about. It also introduces new characters and places unseen in the movies. The voice acting is also really good and it is easy to hear which character is speaking because the voice actors sounds like the characters from the movies. Big thumbs up from me

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  • Simon Meikle
  • 08-10-2019

Excellent performance.

Another strong entry into Disney's new Star Wars canon. This audio play is as strong as the best episodes of The Clone Wars and gives insight into the fall of Count Dooku and his relationship with Asajj Ventress. It also covers briefly Dooku's relationship with fellow Jedi Sifo Dyas, though still doesn't fully account for his joining the Sith or the creation of the Clone Army. Hopefully they will make a sequel book or companion piece to cover those elements in deeper detail, but as it is this is one of my favourite adventures.

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  • GC
  • 20-10-2020

Good listen

listened to it all in 1 sitting while driving for work. very enjoyable and gave an insight into the backstory of dooku

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  • Daniel Shaw
  • 18-10-2020

Good back story Could be longer.

A interesting backstory which gave an interesting backstory to a famous Star Wars character, however I think it really misses a trick by not extending the story to show Dookus transition to the dark side which was a real shame. Definitely cut short which is unfortunate as the earlier years are very detailed .

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  • the bearded charmer
  • 16-10-2020

Extremely terrible voice acting, Badly written.

The voice actors sound nothing like the real characters and its just awful to listen to. The way its written makes no sense and its hard to understand who is speaking as they sound nothing like the characters and its never stated who is talking. Bad descriptions in the writing why do they have to put what everyone is thinking, doing in such depth it is just cringy and confusing though the voice acting makes it even worse. My first audio book and I don't like it, I have wasted a free audio book token, couldn't even make it 5 minutes in. I just listened to the sample of the Darth Plagueis and Ahsoka books and they are so much better! Im gonna get one of those ones with my last book token.

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  • Aljo
  • 04-10-2020

Superb story with excellent narrative performances

Loved the story and authentic Star Wars sounds and music made the audible experience even better. highly recommended