Sunday, December 27, 2015

Book Review: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi & Tales of the Jedi: The Sith Lords


I'm going to review this series of two audio productions together [Star Wars Tales of the Jedi & Star Wars Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith], there might be spoilers within.

I am not a fan of full-cast productions usually because it is often times hard to tell who is talking, unless there are really distinct voices, and because the lack of narrator makes some of the story telling awkward, because it puts a lot of explaining into the mouths of the characters rather than a narrator. This production however was not bad, although the transitions were awkward. Frequently, if not always, as one scene would finish with a noun the next scene would begin with someone else saying the same noun.

In regards to the story, the biggest downside is that in an attempt to elevate it to be on par with the movies, there are so many plot twists that they become too numerous to count and fairly obvious to see coming. Another pitfall, is that almost every Sith story sounds the same and I found myself confusing the story of Freedon Nadd with Marka Ragnos. The story line is solid and has since been so interwoven into other narratives that it became almost foundational. It is a shame that the other graphic novels in this series were also not adapted into audio, it does kind of leave you hanging if you are not familiar with the broader story.

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