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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry, read by Marc Thompson.

Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in this thrilling novelisation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi written by New York Times best-selling author Jason Fry.

©2018 Jason Fry (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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An excellent adaptation

I had mixed feelings about the film of The Last Jedi, and I still haven't completely decided whether I liked it or not. But this novelization really can't be faulted; Jason Fry brings out the best of the story, and enlivens the characters. The extra scenes added under the supervision of the film's director Rian Johnson all add wonderfully to the story and the Star Wars universe. This novelization can be very favourably compared with the previous one, Alan Dean Foster's adaptation of The Force Awakens, which was serviceable, but only skated over the surfaces of many of the characters, leaving them resembling cardboard cutouts of themselves. Here, by contrast, Fry dives deep into the characters and actually allows them to have real feelings. I really appreciated in particular how he portrayed Leia's feelings about her failure to save Alderaan and the Hosnian system, an aspect of her character that I feel is often left criminally underexplored. After all, the destruction of a whole star system with a Death Star-like superweapon does, in a sense, represent a colossal failure on the part of the original trilogy heroes, that all but wipes out their achievement in those films. It makes total sense that Leia would feel the weight of that failure. I also really enjoyed the way Fry wrote about the Force. His eloquent descriptions of its workings breathed new life into the concept, felt spiritually plausible, and added valuable tidbits to Star Wars' canon, whilst still feeling wholly consistent with things we learned from the prequels. This I suspect has much to do with Fry's background as an author of reference books for the franchise, like the Essential Atlas. His deep understanding of and love for the franchise is clear. Some of the reservations I had about the film are still present in the story, such as the seemingly-easily-avoidable Poe/Holdo conflict. I think that, given that story, this novelization is perhaps the best possible adaptation; the ability to delve into the characters' motivations gives more justification for their actions and helps the reader suspend disbelief, in a way that's more difficult to accomplish on film. The icing on the cake for this audio edition is Marc Thompson's narration. Thompson also narrated The Force Awakens' audiobook, and again The Last Jedi is a huge step up. Having a few years to work on his impressions of Rey and Finn, etc after the release of that first film clearly paid off, but that's not the only improvement: Thompson's impression of Carrie Fisher is the best I've ever heard here. For some reason hers seems to be a very difficult voice to imitate, and is one of the few that the Star Wars universe had never really found a good soundalike for. But here Thompson really nails it! All of his voices make this not just an excellent novelization, but an excellent audio production as well.

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Wow...

I have to admit... I don't want to say BETTER than the movie, but it builds on it SO well! Answered a lot of questions, plugged a bunch of holes, explained, fleshed out the story, characters, motivations and settings. If you're a Star Wars fan, and you liked the movie - do yourself a favour and listen to this. Most impressed by Marc Thompson's reading too, voices are very well done, for the most part. particularly Kylo Ren and Leia Organa - top marks!!

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Even better then the movie.

loved it. gave an even more I depth look to the movie. if you struggled to understand The Last Jedi as a film, this will clear things up.

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solid story

as a massive Star Wars fan who knows the timelines, this story is a bit disappointing.. but.. as a new franchise it is a solid story and the book explains far better than the movie.

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  • 21-07-2018

loved it

If u think characters should get old and change due to life experiences like everyone else?This is for u. If your lookin for a comic book, one dimensional hero who never gets old or fucks up (or slips!lol) then skywalker in last jedi ain't for you.

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  • Mr. Jonathan S. Mutchell
  • 29-03-2018

don't do character voices

I found the expression. by the artist great a d imagined being in front of a fire enraptured being told a great story but.....his character voices were not great. don't try an English accent (rey) unless you can do it. tough ask , I know. but could have been direct better. overall o enjoyed a lot

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  • 19-04-2018

A less than stellar mix

I wasn't a big fan of the story of the motion picture of The Last Jedi, so there was no doubt I wouldn't like the story of the book. It is also inevitable that the two are to be compared. There are many scenes in this book that are not in the theatrical edit of the movie. That scenes go a long way towards improving the more questionable parts of the movie, I found these parts to be the most enjoyable. Especially the first chapter, which is a dream Luke has - this was for me, by far the best chapter in the book. The writing I found to be rather bland. I can't count the about of times I heard the word "ebb", and conversations often literally devolved into "he said", "she said" - rather than finding more dynamic ways to concetly to the reader who is speaking a particular sentence. When large portions of the book are dialogue, this can be rather difficult to get through. The voice actor however, was fantastic. His narrator voice seemed spot on all of the time, and all of the characters from the movie sounded almost identical to the actual people. Especially Luke, Poe and Finn. His Luke impression was flawless. So this is a tough one for me. I strongly disliked the story in general, and the book can't be blamed for that. I think the new scenes and the extra "in universe" facts that Canon books bring to the table definitely made this book worth the buy.

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  • alan
  • 30-03-2020

worst star wars story i have ever listen too

i have read nearly all the old star wars EU books and all of the new canon books thus far and this book is absolutely the very worst star wars story i have ever, ever come across! its awful the narration is excellent like all audible books. as a second part of a trilogy it fails completely and now that the 3rd book is out it actually fails even harder. this book does nothing to lessen the terrible treatment of luke skywalker in the film as a lifelong starwars fan it has never taken me so long and so many tries to read one of the books normally once i pick up a starwars book i can not put it down but with this book i had to force myself again and again to listen to it! if you are a first generation star wars fan then avoid this book and this trilogy!

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  • Mariela
  • 22-01-2020

loved it

so easy to listen, I was engulfed in the story. there are a lot of details adding meaning to the film.

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  • Denis Adshead
  • 19-07-2019

A good book version of the film

The sound effects and music usually enhanced the story but occasionally got in the way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2019

Faithful to TLJ plus extra tidbits for lore heads.

As with most audio books, I found the voice over quite over the top at certain points, but overall I think the story was told with a lot of enthusiasm and diversity in tone. I'd say this was probably more enjoyable than the movie in certain scenes, except every major action sequence, which this depiction struggles to do justice. A good listen overall.

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  • Ian Brown
  • 22-11-2018

Good book but

Liked the book even seen the film however did not like the audio tone was flat too many effects as a fan of Star Wars who hasn't missed a single film I was going to get all the audio books but not if the same narrator is doing them sorry but not my cup of tea as they say in the UK

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  • Pen Name
  • 26-10-2018

Clarity of the Force

So well read. The incidental sounds really complimented the clarity of the dictation. I love the story, but this version is my personal favourite.

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  • J D
  • 12-10-2018

Easily one of the best Star Wars novelisations

Jason Fry's deep-rooted love and understanding of the world created by Rian Johnson (and those of the wider canon) shines through here... and in turn, the quality and sensitivity of the prose gives Marc Thompson all the tools he needs to give one of his finest Star Wars performances to date. This work is vastly superior to the novelisation and performance of the last instalment, The Force Awakens - and although Thompson's wonderful Han Solo will be missed, he more than makes up for for the loss with the quality of his Kylo Ren, Hux, Snoke, Luke and Leia. Thoroughly enjoyed this version of Episode VIII and can't wait for the next one!

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