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Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

Lu par : Marc Thompson
Série : Star Wars, Volume 23
Durée : 9 h et 2 min

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

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and, for the first time ever, written entirely from Luke Skywalker's first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire's purposes. But the prospective spy's sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she's willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It's an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that's too precious to pass up. It's also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who's got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it's now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

©2015 Kevin Hearne (P)2004 Random House Audio

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  • Daniel
  • 06/07/2015

A fun adventure, but not very deep

It was an enjoyable journey, and I recommend it for any Star Wars fans. I guess I was just disappointed that nothing substantial happened. This didn't feel relevant to the new vs. old canon. It was more just "an adventure featuring Luke!" The story is also a little scattered. Overall I liked listening to this and sharing in Luke's successes and fears for the future.

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  • Troy
  • 29/06/2015

Enjoyable ride

I saw some other complaints about the book from other reviewers, and so I was hesitant at first to purchase the book. I was anxious, however, to read the new EU. I always love Marc Thompson and was pleasantly surprised by the story.

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  • Troy
  • 03/03/2015

Adventurers with Daddy Issues

If this novel were written outside of the Star Wars universe, I'd classify it as a simple, fun read. I have no problem with that because it captures the equally simple and fun tone of A New Hope, but without the level of epic that film introduced us to. All of the depth that's added to this story comes as a direct result of author Kevin Hearne delving into questions about Luke's character that Hearne has clearly pondered as a part of his own fandom.

This tale centers around a Luke Skywalker in transition. Immediately following the destruction of Death Star I, he is a hero to the Rebellion, but nowhere near competent with his abilities to tap the Force. He is perceived as more of an icon and less of a young man. Where this novel shines revolves around Luke's questions concerning his father, the Force, Darth Vader, and all of the unanswered questions that Obi-Wan left behind in the wake of the original film. Likewise, we can even see how the galaxy perceives the events of the Clone Wars, which Hearne uses to full effect. It's well done. The result is we see Luke at perhaps his most vulnerable, taking his next steps into the larger world of the Jedi Knight he'll become.

Luke is paired off with Katari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul who specializes in her own daddy issues and keeping us aware of just how young and inexperienced Luke really is at this point, illustrating just how much he would have to grow in the three years to The Empire Strikes Back.

I've read some of Hearne's other work, and his strengths and weaknesses are exactly the same here. He's excellent with characters and dialogue. His plots are uncomplicated and propel the story forward. But his world building is questionable at best. He creates some interesting and dangerous creatures, but in the little things he's far too Earthbound, taking me out of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. For example, the ever-ubiquitous coffee substitute "caf" from earlier Expanded Universe ("Legends") novels is all over the place here, and apparently buckwheat, noodles, salt, pepper, citrus, mint, "disposable eating sticks," and other such things from our own world can be found throughout the galaxy. I realize these are shortcuts to help make the Star Wars universe feel more real, but it brings down from epic to mundane by its very mention. Or I should say, it does for me. Maybe that won't bother others, but for me it's the little things that keep you in the story or yank you out of it. The good news is that when these things are brought up, Hearne uses these moments of down time to give us more character, which as I've said is his true strength as a storyteller.

Bottom line, it's not a great novel by comparison of the truly standout novels in the Star Wars line, but it's a fun one, and Hearne's character explorations of Luke make it a worthy addition to the new canon.

As narrator, I have to give top marks to Marc Thompson. As this story is told in 1st person, Thompson has to tell most of this book in Luke's voice rather than his own. Not only does he make the most of it, but he does a fantastic job bringing the other characters to life. This is to be expected, given that he's a Star Wars audiobook veteran, but credit where it's due.

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  • rene
  • 09/06/2015

Good Read

This a fun entertaining story of Lukes early jedi experience. Really good narration too.I would recommend this title.

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  • Robert Winkle
  • 08/06/2015

Great!

Great book, really enjoyed getting into Luke's head. I also like that Luke did get some tail after all! Miss Han and Chewy though always liked them

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  • Daniel Bergeron
  • 02/06/2015

Quirky, but still an enjoyable listen.

I didn't know what to expect in this first canonical novel featuring Luke Skywalker. I was expecting a story that was dark and grim. However it was a bit more lighthearted and quirky then I expected. If you don't let some of the cheesy romance get to you, you'll likely still enjoy what this book has in store.

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  • A Texan 2
  • 13/03/2015

Unimpressive first person story of an errand boy

This is supposed to be one of the first books of the "New Canon" of Star Wars, so I was interested to see what it would have to offer. Honestly, it doesn't bode terribly well for the future.

I wasn't familiar with Kevin Hearne's work, but this effort doesn't leave me inclined to check out his other material.

The novel is set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and follows a young Luke Skywalker dealing with life after destroying the first Death Star and being fully involved in the rebel alliance. The story is a first person narrative. IMHO, there's no such thing as a good first person narrative story, but some are less terrible than others. This one definitely doesn't rise to the top.

I agree with some other reviews that I came across that this feels like following a video game character through a limited scope RPG. The events come across as tedious as, being both a first person POV and being about Luke Skywalker, the predicaments that Luke finds himself in can't result in any meaningful harm to him.

While the title Heir to the Jedi is a good one, this is not the story to attach it to. While there is some bits of Luke trying to sort out what he's learned from Obi-Wan and what he needs to do to become a Jedi, the book is mostly a series of errands that Luke gets put on.

Ultimately, this book does little to add to our understanding of Luke as a character, nor does it do much to give us a better picture of the Star Wars universe.

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  • Matthew
  • 01/08/2015

I liked it!

The ending was a little kitchy but otherwise it was fun. I liked the brain suckers too

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  • Trevor Meek
  • 05/06/2015

Better than I expected

I really liked the Givin, Drusil and hope for more Givin banter in the future. Marc Thompson brilliant as always.

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  • Adam
  • 05/06/2015

great story

I loved how Luke is very young in the force and really doesn't have a teacher. we see how he has to find ways to learn.

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  • desercitus
  • 10/06/2015

Für Fans ganz nett

In Kürze und spoilerfrei: Die Geschichte selbst ist bestenfalls Mittelmaß - wenn auch fachmännisch und solide erzählt -, zumindest sicher nichts weltbewegendes. Auch wer sich sicher im Star Wars-Universum bewegen und sich auskennen möchte, verpasst nichts Wichtiges, wenn er dieses Buch auslässt.
Für echte Star Wars-Fans ist es zumindest verlockend, Luke Skywalker noch ein bisschen besser kennen zu lernen, vor allem im neuen Star Wars-Kanon, und dazu gibt Heir to the Jedi viel Gelegenheit. Der interessierte Leser bekommt etwas mehr Einblick in die weit, weit entfernte Galaxis und eine Ahnung davon, ob und wie sich Luke zwischen den Episoden IV und V als Jedi und Charakter weiter entwickeln konnte.
Die Erzählung aus der Ich-Perspektive ist Geschmackssache und prägt der Erzählung keinen besonderen, markanten Stempel auf. Zumindest auf mich hat sie keinen nennenswerten Eindruck gemacht.

Marc Thompson macht seine Sache als Sprecher ganz anständig, auch wenn kaum besondere Glanzleistungen verbleiben. Vielleicht bieten sich hier einfach auch kaum Gelegenheiten dazu.

Fazit: Für beinharte Star Wars-Fans, die alles gesehen haben müssen, oder einfach solche, die Zeit, Muße und Interesse haben, gemütlich eine weniger historische und bedeutungsschwangere Stunde der Star Wars-Geschichte zu erleben, ist dieses Buch sicher empfehlenswert. Wer aber ein packendes, anspruchsvolles Epos, einen der Wendepunkte in der galaktischen Geschichte von Star Wars oder eine Fortführung vom Kaliber der Filme der Saga erwartet, ist an der falschen Adresse.

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  • Benedikt
  • 28/09/2018

Noodles

I wanted to hear this book, but I got a lot of other new Canon recommendations. I think this book is underrated and I wish I heard it earlier. Kevin Hearne created a wonderful story that touched heart. Surprisingly this book is a lot about noodles. It was fun to learn a lot about Luke.