Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Novels Book 1) by Alexandra Bracken

Posted October 21, 2015 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 2 Comments

Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Novels Book 1) by Alexandra BrackenStar Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
Narrator: Marc Thompson, Rebecca Soler
Series: Star Wars Novels (Listening Library) #1
Published by Listening Library on 22 September 2015
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The galaxy is at war.

Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen - the Death Star. The rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....

Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.

©2015 Alexandra Bracken (P)2015 Listening Library


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Being a huge nerd, I love Star Wars and have since the first time I ever saw it. After reading this in the synopsis, “Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you’ve never experienced before”, I had to know more.

So here I am left with a dilemma, how does one write a review of one of the most iconic and influential, at least to me, stories of all time? Answer is I wouldn’t even try.

What I will do is tell you about how I felt listening to a familiar, yet new, version of the classic.

The book was broken up into three aptly named parts that didn’t overlap. The Princess part was told from the point of view of Princess Lia. Starting with her ship being boarded by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. To being held captive and tortured by Vader and the interrogation droid and the destruction of her home world Alderaan. The next part was The Scoundrel. Told from the point of view of Han Solo. Picking up in the cantina in Mos Eisley. Moving through his meeting of Obi Wan and Luke to the infiltration of the Death Star and ultimately the death of Obi Wan. The final part was The Farm Boy. Taking us through the escape of the Death Star to it’s ultimate destruction.

I am very happy that Alexandra Bracken didn’t try to reinvent anything. She simply added the thoughts and insights from each of the parts main characters. While also filling in some story that was not explicitly mentioned in the original. For example, she told us of Lea’s backstory of being on the senate, we get to find out that Han Solo isn’t quite as two dimensional as many think he is, and that like had to go through trials before being allowed to fly an X-Wing with the rebels.

If you are a Star Wars fan and are open to story that you know, yet you only know the surface. You should really check Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy out. You just might be pleasantly surprised as I was.

Marc Thompson’s performance was absolutely uncanny, flamboyant and extraordinary. Somehow he has figured out a way to almost flawlessly mimic all of the characters of Star Wars that we know and love. Simply said he nailed it! He performed all of the male roles throughout the story and was the primary narrator for the final two parts. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job too. She performed all of the female dialog in the audiobook and was the primary for the first part. I cannot think of any other voice actors that could have pulled off as much magic as these two.

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About Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

About Paul (Audiobook Reviewer)

Paul is a quiet man who shares his passion of books through reviews assisting others select books through honest and professional reviews. Having built a team of professional reviewers, Audiobookreviewer (ABR) is the result of his passion of reading/listening of books. His family consists of a wife, 2 cats, and 2 African Grey parrots (https://www.facebook.com/tuckertheafricangrey). More frequently than not, you will see Paul plugged into the audio of his technology listening to books while riding his bike 100+ miles, tending to a huge fruit and vegetable garden, growing bonsai trees and operating his own largest online bonsai magazine (http://ofbonsai.org).

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