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Download Star Wars: Dark Empire (Dramatized) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Veitch Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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Six years after the battle of Endor, the fight for freedom rages on. Han Solo and Princess Leia, now married, struggle to protect their twin children from danger. Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire strikes back against the Rebel Alliance, and the Rebels discover that their greatest foe may be their closest friend: Luke Skywalker!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/18/2014

    " I understand George Lucas approved of the storyline, but there's also a good chance George Lucas approved of Jar-Jar Binks, Boss Nass, a petulant Anakin Skywalker, and, well, everything else about Episodes 1-3, so saying "George Lucas approved" doesn't quite have the same currency as it may have in 1991. I take it Cam Kennedy loves the color green, since almost everything in the trade feels like it is green-coated (most of it is, in fact, green). Perhaps he was a Nickelodeon fan as a child, but I digress. I acknowledge that this is early on in the development of the Star Wars "Expanded Universe," and so things were pretty much up for grabs, but for something 6 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, it doesn't feel like much has changed, as if everything was in a sort of stasis. I know there was supposedly a big Imperial Civil War a few days before issue one opens, but it doesn't feel real - perhaps because there is so much action so quickly. Even with hyperspace drives, people jump across the galaxy too quickly for it to be realistic (a bold claim for Star Wars, I know). People go where they need to go, despite the firefights, get in safely, get out safely, and no real danger is palpable, even for Luke who somehow is supposedly embracing the Dark Side in order to destroy it - and the Emperor is still alive, too. Everything feels hurried, like if it didn't get in here now it wouldn't ever make it into the Star Wars universe. The resurrection of the Emperor is fine, but Luke's willingness to go into the Dark Side and destroy it from within seems a stretch, especially since it is supposedly 6 years since Endor - has he really done nothing except research tales, practice, and mildly train Leia? Has he really not made any Jedi recruits or sought out Force-sensitive acolytes in 6 whole years? The lengthy prose treatment at the end of the trade paperback is probably more enjoyable to read than the series, since it actually explains a few things the comics leave unexplained (perhaps for latter), tying in the Tales of the Jedi characters to the current generation of Jedi heroes (a smidge). It's a good try, better than the Tales of the Jedi stories, but a bit more flash-boom-bang than intelligent story or believable character movement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liston Morris | 1/14/2014

    " I picked this up to read while I was waiting in lines at Disneyland. The Emperor returned to trey and take over the galaxy once again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Desrosiers | 12/19/2013

    " I'm not sure why I read this, probably because I figured Tom Veitch would be as twisted and odd as his brother Rick. No such luck. Luke Skywalker is the dullest epic hero in the history of the human imagination, and here he experimentally goes over to the Dark Side in order to find its secrets, or stop it, or conquer it. Or something. Anyway, grimacing pale-irised Dark Side Luke is good for a laugh, while the reincarnated Emperor Palpatine (he clones himself, talk about your doofus ex machina plot point) lets the hate flow through him, the planet Calamari (LOL), Leia's unborn Jedi fetus, then out of the page, and into this irritated reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Scott | 11/23/2013

    " The art was lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chad Saunders | 11/15/2013

    " Again another one that is not as great as I remembered. Still entertaining but it is full of continuity errors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hartzell | 10/31/2013

    " This is an Extended Universe story about Luke's continued battle with Emperor Palpatine and his journey to the Dark Side. It's pretty decent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Chong | 10/26/2013

    " I was not impressed. The plot was not the greatest, and I really did not like the art. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 10/9/2013

    " It was an alright read. A little out there to have the Emperor and Boba Fett both alive again. That was really my only problem with it, otherwise it was a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darth Sparhawk | 9/7/2013

    " The ideas in "The Dark Empire" are cool, but the art is ugly and the characters are not themselves, especially Palpatine, who, one a menacing, calm and calculating villain is now a cartoonish bad guy, similar to Zarkon from the "Voltron" anime show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emperorstephen | 8/3/2013

    " Would have loved to see this as a movie sequel to Jedi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 7/22/2013

    " Likely one of the best post-film "Star Wars" properties. Beautiful artwork and a great story that should please any Star Wars fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryce Lowry | 12/15/2012

    " Meh. The writing in this graphic novel is as bland as it gets. But the art is awesome. So if you like books because they have pictures, then this'll be a favorite! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/1/2012

    " Yes, it's a comic book. But it's a Star Wars comic that is old-school (no Manga fans need apply, lots of exposition) , about Han, Luke and Leia and is infinitely more satisfying than those crappy new movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bennett | 11/28/2012

    " The art and story are awesome. Love the way that the Empire tries to renew its war on the New Republic with the reemergence of the Emperor! And Luke as his apprentice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin | 5/25/2012

    " There was some fun story stuff here (if not entirely sensible), but bad dialogue and exposition weighed it down. The art was a mess, especially the coloring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 5/4/2012

    " had the audio drama so it was cool to have all the characters again. Storyline hard to believe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merida | 10/17/2011

    " The art is terrible and the storyline is...not good, but I listened to the audioplay and it is quite good. So maybe check that out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/10/2011

    " This story fills in the gap between the birth of the Solo twins and their younger brother. Elements of this story are interspersed in other SW EU novels. A good comic collection; recommended to SW fans. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Wright | 2/23/2011

    " The art work is fun, especially since I like the whole spectrum of shades between green and purple, but the story is pretty stupid. I'm more and more less attracted to anything about Star Wars other than the simple heroic journey, Joseph Campbell stuff, that we see in the first film trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandann | 1/5/2011

    " Umm, I'm not going to lie, it was just really fun. "

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