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Summary

Dr Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again.

A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognises no law, has no fear and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn’t found in a museum, but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her criminal past is on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited and...saves her life? 

Don’t get her wrong - it’s not like she’s ungrateful. Sure, her new boss is a lord of the Sith. And OK, she may have just become a pawn in a deadly game being played by him and his boss, who happens to be the Galactic Emperor. And yes, the life expectancy of anyone who disappoints Vader can be measured in seconds. 

But she’s back doing what she does best. She’s got a ship to fly, a heist to pull and two unorthodox but effective metal buddies: Triple-Zero, a protocol droid specialising in etiquette, customs, translation and torture, and BT-1, an astromech loaded with enough firepower to take down a battlecruiser. Together, they might just find a way to get the job done and avoid the deadly performance review that waits at its conclusion. 

Just kidding. She’s doomed.

©2020 Sarah Kuhn (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A great retell of a great story

I'd say they are going into right direction with these audiobooks, although I think there are improvements to be made.
For example, the voice acting was brilliant in my opinion. However, I think they could find more fitting voices to certain characters. Especially if those characters are likely to appear in future audiobooks.

And then there is the story. It's based on Marvel's Darth Vader comics from 2015, which was one of the best comics series (in my opinion), but I never felt like it needed to be retold from a slightly different perspective. On the other hand, it's nice to listen to this and follow the comics in the same time for visuals. Because they used the same lines here as in the comics it was quite simple to do so. However, it also means they sold us the same story the second time. With a few addition to be fair, mainly from Aphra's past, but in the galaxy so rich as Star Wars, I would really prefer new epic stories.

For people who are considering buying this audiobook, I'd suggest that there are better Star Wars audiobooks and you can still get this story in a different format. However, if you really want Doctor Aphra's story in audio format then you are still getting a pretty decent product (in my opinion).

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I didn't expect this!

This is a new take on Star Wars storytelling. Whole book is actually a recording of Dr. Aphra and her (mis)adventures and Emily Woo Zeller gave her all the character she needed.

This is not an audiobook, it's a radio drama. Which is a good thing. Another fantastic performance is Marc Thompson as Darth Vader, but the rest of the caat was good too.

This novel is fast paced, tense, very often with some funny moments and it has everything a good Star Wars book needs. Recommended.

I'm just sad it's over and I want more of Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra. I think I will delve into comics now. :)

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Most annoying narrator ever

If your liking to induce a headache and listen to more annoying character than Jar Jar, then it's a must!

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Aphra

Having read the comic books I know the story well. This covers the Darth Vader comics that are set before. This is a good production, however Aphra makes the original film characters who appear, to be idiots. This is not the fault of the cast. If a production is made of the actual Aphra comics then this would be better. A good first attempt.

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Fun romp through the galaxy

This is a light hearted, semi Comedy! Fun, not serious, with some killer droids to boot.

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Much to much on the quip front

The light hearted, flippant style just didn't sit right with me, very out of place in how characters interacted. Performances were very good, just the way they were asked to deliver it.

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Amazing!

One of the best Star Wars audiobooks I have read/heard in a long time. Doctor Aphra is an amazing new character, and the story is fantastic. Just bought the Doctor Aphra omnibus comic because of this! Highly recommended.

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Very different to other Star Wars books

Good story, but was spoilt by the the narrating. Was not a lover of the way the story was told. All characters voices were excellent very realistic.

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A credit well spent

I can't recommend this enough its just brilliant. Basically we're seeing the start of the Marvel comic side of the Disney Star Wars canon from the POV of one of its breakout characters, Doctor Chelli Aphra, think the kind of adventure archaeologist Indiana Jones isn't.

Following Aphra though the events of the Darth Vader comic's opening arc to just after the Rebel Jail arc in the main Star Wars comic. Its pretty interesting to say the least with how she sees the galaxy and characters we know and love. aside from events from the comic pages we see what Aphra was up to off panel doing her own schemes or doing an odd job for Vader. With regular flashbacks to Aphra's childhood and college years.

The cast are AMAZING Zeller sounds exactly like how i pictured Aphra does when i read her dialogue in a comic. I didn't look at the cast list, i was honestly surprised when i heard a voice other than Zeller's, as someone who got into Star Wars through The Clone Wars it was a pleasant surprise to hear Catherine Taber in my ear as Leia, also I was genuinely shocked Jones hadn't returned to voice Vader, Thompson sounds exactly like him.

To sum up brilliant.

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Brilliant

loved it! What a great introduction to a brilliant character! Acting and production were also very high quality!

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Full cast value



Story is ok, but the performance is so good it dont mather!

Emily woo carries