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Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars), by Cavan Scott, read by Orlagh Cassidy as Asajj Ventress, Euan Morton as Dooku, Pete Bradbury as Gretz Droom, Jonathan Davis as Qui-Gon Jinn, Neil Hellegers as Ramil, Sean Kenin as Sifo-Dyas, January LaVoy as Jor Aerith, Saskia Maarleveld as Jenza, Carol Monda as Lene Kostana, Robert Petkoff as Ky Narec, Rebecca Soler as Yula Braylon, and Marc Thompson as Yoda.

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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  • James
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 01-07-2019

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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the greatest audiobook

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

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Parts were good, others were unnecessary

Dialogue sometimes cringeworthy
Dooku's voice should be deeper
Dooku's characterization divergent from existing materials.
Some parts of Dooku's life were pointless or poorly written, others were great, tense, compelling. I think a better story would have been less ambitious in covering his life story, leave room for future literature.

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i want one to enjoy this

unfortunately an hour in i feel like im listening to a kids book. I send my kids off to the little mermaid story book. which is as entertaining as this.

i have heard all the Thrawn books. heir to the throne books, and Aftermath all 3 books. possibly this story gets better. but i couldn't get into it.

in my opinion its a book id give my 6 year old to go-to sleep with.

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incredible!

such an amazing read. it's like a movie in your ears! Shines alot of light on Dooku and the people he spent his most time with. definitely adds a new layer to the main storyline

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  • Gav
  • 30-07-2019

Good, but liked Darth Plagueis better

I liked the narration and the storyline was interesting, however, compared to the twists and turns of its preceding novel, it was a little underwhelming.

Filled in a few gaps though and looking forward to hearing more of Dookus story.

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Am I reading Harry Potter?!

Performances are so disappointing! Dooku does not even sound like the deep, well spoken Englishman we would expect?!.. Lady playing Ventress does a good job, but I feel like I was listening to a Harry Potter story most of the time especially all the Academy scenes?! The writer shows a lack of understanding of the Star Wars universe with this book. Lines like “you old space dog” is not even close to what you would expect to hear. I don’t think I would read anything Star Wars written by Cavan or whatever their name is again!

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Not great.

The book reads more like a script. It makes it impossible to get a real feel for the characters.

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Interesting back story for Dooku but...

I enjoyed overall the story specially because I listened to this book right after listening to Master and Apprentice by Claudia Grey so there are some points which this books compliments that story, however, as a stand alone story I didn't really enjoyed it. it was just ok. a good addition to the cannon to know more about Count Dooku who is a fascinating character in the movies and Clone Wars tv series, but this book could have been a lot more. Also, the performance wasn't my favourite. give it a try and judge by yourself. An interesting back story for Dooku but it could have been great.

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First audio book

This is the first audio book that I've tried. I prefer a book in my hands and something I can focus my eyes on.
I have to admit I struggled with this, not because of the story, or the cast but because I wasn't used to the format, and it took me awhile to adjust.
I've now listened to Dooku: Jedi Lost twice, and I am very glad I gave it a second listen.
Cavan Scott has written a great origin story for a charcater that we knew so little about. The full cast brought the story to life in a way that I'm sure would be missing from other audiobooks with only one voice actor.
I signed up to audible solely for this story, and I'm glad I did, it was definitely worth it.
My concern is that this being my first, I don't think without a full cast, that the other Star Wars titles available will match this experience.
So I hope that there or more stories to come in this format for me to enjoy.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr. Matthew D. Anderson
  • 04-11-2019

Great Production, Flashback Confusion

Absolutely loved and appreciated the hard work utilised to produce this fantastic Audiobook.
The acting was top notch, the sound design was brilliant and as an avid fan of Star Wars, I really welcomed the canon sound effects used.
My only problem was keeping my focus on a flashback scenes. I was having a hard time distinguishing where I was in the story and under who's narration to follow.
Fantastic work, special work given to Star Wars fans, but needs upmost focus from the listener.

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  • Jordan Burgess
  • 04-11-2019

Great story, perfectly executed

A great look into the past of a fantastic character. Gives me gravitas to the Dooku in the films.

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  • R. Greenaway
  • 02-11-2019

Origins of Dooku and Ventress

This book proved to be excellent insight into the origins to both Count Dooku and Ventress. You learn about Dooku in the Jedi order and also how Ventress came to be under Dooku's wing.

A very good Star Wars read.

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  • Glyn
  • 24-10-2019

Really Good listen

This wasn't just a book it was a full scale production and very well acted. My only peeve was the very end of the story....not that it wasn't good, it was, but there must have been alternatives; if I had been Dooku that is. Just a personal thing, so listen and see if you agree with me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2019

My pros and cons

What I liked:
It was cool to hear about Dooku and Ventresses experiences growing up and before we meet them in Star Wars ep. 2 and The Clone Wars tv show

What I didn't like:
I liked the book but I wasn't a big fan of how the story was told through holocoms and Ventresses narration as opposed to it being told as it happens.
The other thing I didn't like was that the voice actor for Count Dooku sohnded nothing like him whereas in the Plagueis book he sounded just like him. No discredit to the voice actor but his voice just wasn't suited.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2019

Great addition to Dooku & Ventress

I really enjoyed the book, although my only flaws were that Dookus transition into the evil Sith we know wasn’t there in his fullest. And the story finishes just as things start to get interesting. But altogether great read.

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  • Ieuan Tarran
  • 11-09-2019

Delightfully dark and perfectly twisted

Count Dooku's origin finally comes to life in this epic tale of his young life and what events pushed him into the arms of Sidious. A must listen to.

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  • D S Hunter
  • 11-09-2019

Too short!, I want more !

Great story and great acting. my only disappointment was that we didn't learn how Dooku met and became entwined with Darth Sidious