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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 galaxy 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 Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going 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.

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Just awful

I had to return this despite trying to overcome the poor performance of the narrator. Has Anthony Heald even seen Star Wars? His pronunciation of Bespin, Coruscant and Palpatine would suggest otherwise. He seems to forget full stops (that's periods to our US friends) exist and his intonation suggests he is yawning while reading! Dreadful and disrespectful reading. And yet he has read so many SW books which are all now off my wish list. Rubbish! It's probably a good story but I have no idea...

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Was ok

Shame was abridged, but story was ok. The reader could have done a much better job, and he starts out horrible!

Much better sw books out there

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good but short

good out line to lukes jedi era.

story just starts gets good then ends!

still worth a read/listen for any star wars fan.

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  • Richard
  • 06-10-2013

Abridged - Ugh

What disappointed you about Star Wars?

This was the first abridged audiobook that I'd ever listened to. Never again. The story felt very disjointed and choppy. There was clearly more to be told, but I wasn't privy to it through this retelling of the story. It was disappointing overall, and I will never buy another abridged audiobook again.

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  • Cade
  • 12-06-2013

Bad way to ruin a good book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

Marc Tompson
The guy has awesome voices that make the story WAY more enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely hated the narrator.

I guess i was spoiled the last few books i listened to were read by Marc Tompson.\

He should read EVERY Star Wars book.

Seriously.

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  • Kevin
  • 02-01-2013

Great book, but sloppily abridged.

What disappointed you about Star Wars?

The abridgement sounded like it was SO compressed. I know that that is the point, but it took SO much away from the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This series of books is one of the best from the Star Wars cannon.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Heald’s performances?

It depends. This Narrator wasn't too good with this title, but I'd be willing to give him another try I guess.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars?

Nothing. I would have added a ton more. Basically, I was expecting this to be more like the book. Other abridgements I have listened too have basically turned a full book into a 2 hour version, but this was not the case here. It was butchered.

Any additional comments?

Don't Listen to it. Read it. Much better. Don't want to? Forget about it. Just not worth it in this case. Try another series.

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  • clay
  • 10-10-2013

annoying

What disappointed you about Star Wars?

the voice of the narrator was very different from the other star wars books i have gotten from audible. The way Anthony Heald does the voices and reads the book and the pronouncement of names makes me think that he has never seen a starwars movie in his life. it was very difficult to listen to and not be distracted by the performance. I nearly turned it off after the first 10 minutes. It is like John Lovitz is reading star wars.

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  • Josh
  • 28-04-2013

It Hurts

Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or Anthony Heald?

there was no distention between characters they all sounded the same which made it hard to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I am only 45 mins into this book and I want to put it down. Due to the Narrator, But in order to now what happened to all the characters I have to continue

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

MARK THOMPSON

What character would you cut from Star Wars?

none

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  • J. Boyle
  • 13-02-2013

Disappointing

Yep, I'm that jerk that is going to review a book after the first 10 minutes. I would wait, but I'm done with it. I just revived my interest in Star Wars by re-upping my Old Republic game subscription and read the Thrawn Trilogy expertly narrated by Marc Thompson. His voice acting was exception and the story was compelling. I devoured them and moved onto the next books (chronologically according to Wookiepedia) in the series.
And I'm heart broken. Mr Anderson has made Han Solo sound like an idiot with the line "before they turn us into Space Meat!".. I almost gave up right there. But Anthony Heald, whose voice is remarkable, is now mispronouncing important names (Han and Corruscant both were teeth grindingly annoying).

So yeah, 10 minutes in and I give up. It is the first time in 6 years that I've been so disppointed by both the narrator and the story that I haven't just looked at the good and ignored (or grimaced thru) the bad. I doubt I will do any of the other Star Wars novels except those that have the Zahn / Thompson combo.

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  • B.C.
  • 17-06-2019

What happened?

Jarring pacing, mispronounciations, bad character voices, and static sounds. This was just in the first chapter.

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  • Josh
  • 26-09-2015

has he even seen star wars?

the story wasn't bad but the narrator sounds like he's never seen the movies. pronouncing almost every name incorrectly made it hard to love. not only that but it was read so fast I lost track of the story a few times.

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  • Skywalker Slim
  • 05-12-2020

If you're hesitant about trying these abridged audiobooks, here's my thoughts.

I was very hesitant to buy this because I have heard mixed things about Star Wars audiobooks from this era. Most of them are abridged, and this is no exception. I want to give a real review of this particular book for others who might be hesitant.

First, I have never read Jedi Search. There's something about KJA's writing that I've never enjoyed. I've heard others say the same thing about him. The story is okay. It's a typical Star Wars adventure. Nothing mind blowing. It's just the same old characters in a new journey. The most important part of this story is Luke's attempt to recreate the Jedi Order. That was why I wanted to listen to this trilogy. I had read about it in latter books by Timothy Zahn (much better all around series, by the way) and wanted to finally hear the story of how Luke made his Jedi Temple happen. As I said, the story is okay. I was never lost or left feeling that some major plot point was left out. 3/5.

The performance is okay as well. Anthony Heald is a brilliant narrator, possibly my favorite. Unfortunately, he is not the best choice for Star Wars material. His voices for Han and Luke make me wonder if he's ever seen Star Wars. Many of the voices sound similar. There's also audio effects that neither add nor detract from the experience. By the end of this book, I grew more accustomed to Heald's performance. Again, it's okay. He's certainly not monotone (thank God) but he's also no Marc Thompson or Jonathan Davis (two much better Star Wars narrators). He reads the material well, but lacks the Star Wars factor. 3/5.

If you want to power through some of these older books to get through the Expanded Universe, I would say to give it a shot. I know the abridged factor will turn some people off, but honestly Star Wars novels are often filled with things that don't generally serve the plot. Not every Star Wars author was able to do what Zahn did with his series. Just have reasonable expectations. I would suggest that you think of this as more of an audio drama than an audiobook. It's more akin to the Dark Empire audio dramas from the same era. More comic book than novel. I plan on finishing the trilogy and than moving on to the other books I never got around to reading back when the Expanded Universe was still going.

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  • Benjamin D Smith
  • 29-12-2014

Great story, but narrator ruins it for me

What did you like best about Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1: Jedi Search? What did you like least?

Great story, but bad narration with multiple mispronunciations. Coruscant is pronounced "CorusKant", Han Solo sounds like a 1940's gangster, and Wedge Antilles sounds like Scotty from Star Trek. Very distracting after hearing the amazing Mark Thompson in so many great readings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luke Skywalker

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

Mark Thompson! PLEASE!

Do you think Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1: Jedi Search needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It already has one

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  • Sean
  • 24-09-2014

My First exposure to the Extended Universe

I have always loved the star wars universe, but never read any of the books. Now that I commute a lot more, I said I would try out the novels, and on recommendation from a friend, started with the Jedi Academy trilogy. Unfortunately they are abridged and entirely too short for a commute run (I blitzed through the 3 books in less than a week). It is a shame that they did not record the unabridged versions.

The story, as a trilogy however, is brilliant! I felt the tone and the themes from the movies were spot on and overall really enjoyed them.

I only have one real criticism of the narrator, and that is the way he pronounces Courscant. He does it as: "Kouriskant". With a hard "K" sound in the middle (instead of kɔɹəsɑnt) , which made me cry with anguish every time he said it. Multiple iterations of it in the one sentence is terribly jarring.

But that, and the abridged runtime are all I can give out about. I would recommend.

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  • Mark
  • 19-04-2021

Great

On a technical note, there are a couple of audio anomaly’s early on - almost like static. Be nice if audible resampled those parts. But if you’re listening, don’t be put off - they clear up and don’t come back.

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  • Katie
  • 30-03-2021

Nostalgia

I first read and listened to this book when I was a child. coming back to it it's lost none of it's fun for me. Have really enjoyed listening to this and will continue with the other books in the trilogy.

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  • Matt
  • 08-01-2021

too short for the price

I made the mistake thinking it meant the chapters I had Downloaxed were three hours
I was wrong.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-04-2020

enjoyable, but some frustrating technical issues.

at certain points the audio becomes garbled by static for no apparent reason.

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  • David R
  • 07-05-2016

heard better

I have noticed a few technical glitches during playback where the programme will freeze for a few seconds then suddenly skip about 30 seconds, bit if you use the skip back 30seconds button it resolves itself. not sure if this is the programme or the app

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