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Death Troopers
Narrated by: Sean Kenin
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning....

The Purge's half-dozen survivors - two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board - will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

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  • Tim
  • 24-07-2019

another book about zombies.

I thought it could have such promise. a horror story in space. but it just turned into ur run of the mill zombie story. The characters are bland like hummus. read well though

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Might be for you, just not for me

Let me start off by saying that the performance was good, the voice acting was good and the reading was easy to listen to.

However, my issues start with the sound effects of the quote-unquote "zombies". No zombie has ever made a high-pitch squeal sound; it just took me completely out of the immersion, it was a poor choice - a low, snarling growl would've been so much better and made the audiobook so much more terrifying.

My other issue is with the story itself. There were some tremendous parts, don't get me wrong, but there were too many things that happened by coincidence that I didn't like at all.

I had a lot of hope for this novel when I first heard about it many years ago, and it's a shame it took until now for me to get around to it. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe not. I'm sure a few years ago, I would've found it far more enjoyable but by now it was nothing special.

If you enjoyed this book, more power to you. But this one just wasn't for me.

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Great listen, creepy and heroic

terrific performance, excellent foley audio. Start is rough but worth it.
word, word word word

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Zombies?

Your typical zombie story, but in the Star Wars universe. So I liked it. A lot of cliché's and very predictable at some parts, it still is a decent read. The voice acting needed more "in context" emotion, though. No matter what was happening, every character seemed to have a non-committal, conversational tone, like the dialogue was all entirely monologuing

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Soooo good!

I loved it! Sean Kenin is such a great narrator! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Star Wars and the idea of space zombies!

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Stunning

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to a friend who like star wars or at the very least a good horror, it is an excellent story told beautifully and clearly.

What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

He was a spectacular reader, really brought the book to life he was fantastic.

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yeah

I enjoyed this book well enough, I think the fact that I was listening while at work helped, if I was sitting down with a physical copy or was listening at home I might not have, there's some great sound effects that are gross and its a fun enough book.
Also an uneccisary cameo that im not sure If i liked or disliked.

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  • Kerry
  • 02-06-2010

Freaking scary!

Man this book will ENTRANCE you with the horror. At several points I had to stop because it was freaking me out. The chapter transitions which are screamed in a freaky way will really add to freaking you out. And yes thus far I've used the word freak a lot, because this book did a very good job of scaring the bejesus out of me. I had to stop listening to it after hours at work, cuz I was all alone. The narration is AWESOME. They have full dramatization and a full cast as far as I can tell. WARNING: This audio book WILL scare most people. I am no shyster to horror, with all classic horror movies being enjoyable to me. But jeez, the way this book is paced you constantly feel the constraints of the spaceships. There is nowhere safe to run. Nowhere to safe to hide. If horror is your bag, GET THIS AUDIO BOOK! If you are easily frightened stay away!

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  • Morelos
  • 16-10-2009

Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror

The Star Wars universe has always been about adventure and might, but being a full grown adult and a fan, I am always in search for good stories in the Expanded Universe.

I had always thought my beloved franchise needed some good mature stories and here it is. Death Troopers is a mature, fast paced story that will make you enjoy this book in one sitting.

The story is heavy on character development and you end up actually caring for what happens to all of them.

Narrative is pretty atmospheric and you feel like you are there, trying to get out of a swarm of monsters that are up for a good lunch.

Now about the narrator. This guy is AWESOME. I am pretty impressed by his quality, his acting skills and how he can switch from a teenage voice to a droid to a girl to a villain. All in a single chapter. If you happen to know him, please tell him I am a huge fan.

The production is also top notch. I has plenty of sounds and atmospheres and clips from the movies.

The book is a blast. Just plain fun and it will give you the creeps rather often.

Fantastic work.

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  • Thomas
  • 16-08-2012

Has its moments. Not many, but it does have them.

I've never heard any other narrations by Sean Kenin, but he is stellar here. He uses an array of different voices, accents, and speech patterns so you always know which character is speaking. His natural reading voice is clear and pleasant. I will have to look for more of his work. Strong audio design continues beyond the narration, with licensed Star Wars music and sound effects used throughout for great ambiance.

Unfortunately, the story itself is uneven. While truly good at some points, it is often goofy and always predictable. In addition to being predictable, the author errs, in my opinion, by not providing enough survivors. The initial outbreak claims all but six characters, and two of them are protected by Hero Death Immunity - two canonical characters in a very questionable cameo. No matter how grim things seem for our survivors, there is very little dramatic tension since we know that, at worst, only four of them can possibly suffer any permanent consequences. A larger cast with no "untouchables" would have helped the story considerably.

I would recommend this book to a friend, but only on the condition they were a huge fan of both Star Wars AND zombies.

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  • Jonas Lee
  • 01-02-2018

In a Canon Far, Far Away...

A long, long time ago... in a canon far, far away...

Bottom line to this book, it's entertaining and blends in people who like Star Wars with people who like zombies, folds it into a story and delivers a unique "what if" moment. Writing was good, story itself was good, but don't go at this with Fan Boy teeth bared ready to defend how/why this could or shouldn't happen. It's entertainment and the fact that they brought it Han and Chewie adds to the fan fun of it all.

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  • Tony
  • 28-06-2017

This should be Canon and turn into a Video Game

What did you love best about Star Wars?

The Film Saga and the video games.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

That this is the first Star Wars Novel with Gore.

What about Sean Kenin’s performance did you like?

Him reading the whole book makes it a true Horror.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Hell yeah. It just give me chills.

Any additional comments?

This book needs to be Canon and Turned into an M rated Video Game but rename as Undead Troopers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2017

chilling sound effects and good voice acting.

would definitely recommend to anyone that's a fan of star wars or horror in general.

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  • Steven Taylor
  • 20-06-2017

What a great star wars book!

The story is amazing, scary and somber at times. The quality of the narration incredible.

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  • John-Michael Silvey
  • 13-06-2017

perfect star wars and zombie mash up.

loved this book can't wait to start the second one. Blaster Wielding zombies are terrifying

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  • Joseph Reekie
  • 05-06-2017

love it

very well done love the music and sound effects. the extra effort really makes a difference.

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  • Odin Borsson
  • 03-06-2017

Mildly interesting

Decent Book, The story was great until a certain character came in. The description was detailed, the pacing was okay, and the characters were mostly well developed. You should listen to this book if your looking for a "meh" story.

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  • Ian
  • 10-12-2009

Star Wars with zombies

Atmospheric, dark and descriptive this is one of the best things to happen to the Star Wars expanded universe.
The writing of Joe Schreiber with narration from Sean Kenin combined with some immersive sound effects will have you visualising every gruesome moment in this tale.

It's proven so popular that a sequel is already being written.

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  • Robert
  • 17-07-2010

Zombies In Space

This is a superb addition to the Star Wars universe, blending horror with sci-fi. It tells the tale of an Imperial Prison Barge that stumbles upon a seemingly deserted Star Destroyer. All is not as it seems, and the boarding party gets infected with a virus that kills them, and then brings them back as the Undead.
Joe Schreiber does a fine job of incorporating zombie lore into his narrative. The narration is superb, and there are just enough sound effects (e.g. blaster shots, the whooshing of doors, the enraged cries of the undead etc.) to add to the atmosphere without becoming distracting (as I originally thought it would when I first started listening to this audiobook). Schreiber creates some marvellous action set pieces, and is not afraid to kill off some of the main characters, creating a genuine sense of tension - the only two characters you can be certain won't become zombie food are the two guest stars from the Star Wars movies - I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I won't name them here.
I happily rate this audiobook as 5 stars, and would recommend it to anyone. Listen and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2019

ABSOLUTLY amazing to listen to

completely amazing w o w they realy out done it in this master pieace

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  • Adam Smith
  • 20-09-2019

good

ok story but did t really get in to the book nice try of trying to combine zombies in the star wars universe

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  • Ricky Bridgman
  • 10-02-2019

Death troopers

Very thrilling and so interesting about star wars that I didn't know anything about it !

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  • Mr. A. Edwards
  • 30-01-2019

starvwars walking dead

one of the most inventive audiodramas I've ever heard, brilliant horror take on the star wars universe.... something I never thought I'd see together.

the voice acting is brilliant and the sound effects incredible some ripped straight from star wars movies.

I have to make a special note about the undead screams, both spine chilling and haunting.

An absolute gem and a must listen.

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  • Dan Rouge Wolf
  • 28-01-2019

zombie space love it a must read

if you love zombie film s you love this it's great k.tommson great reader the best

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-11-2018

Original and Wonderful story

This audiobook was original and scary. It was a departure from the norm for Star Wars but was still welcome.
It was a pleasure to listen to. Sound effects were great and there was plenty of action.
Its originality is the best thing about it and was gripping to listen to.
Thoroughly entertaining.

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  • jason
  • 11-11-2018

Loved it

The story is captivating if a bit slow at the beginning. listen in the dark at night before bed for the best experience with the book

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  • Iain
  • 15-08-2018

Amazing book

I loved this horror book kept my heart beating fast can't wait if there is another one!!!