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  • Written by: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Empire's End: Aftermath

Written by: Chuck Wendig
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Every end is a new beginning.

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.  

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate its hunt for the hidden enemy. For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal - and onetime rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia’s urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane’s assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.  

Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire’s devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire’s war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine’s final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.   

Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath

Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.” (Alternative Nation)

“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.” (Den of Geek!)

©2017 Chuck Wendig (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Marc Thompson tries his best at this mess.

Thompson's performance is the only thing that makes this story digestible. I tried but could not stomach this book in physical format. Wendig's regurgitation of the same descriptive words over and over again is nauseating. The amount of times he begins a sentence with The makes me want to vomit. Thrown up Alpha-gettis would have more original and luring sentence structure.

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Great ending to the story

This was a great ending to the story and I liked how they left it open to tyr possibility of more in the future. A must own here.

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LOVED IT

I found this book an awesome conclusion to this trilogy. this is one serious that I had skipped pass for a number of years, and now I definitely regret my decision a lot of stuff happening in this series that is just great to hear play out.

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Very well done.

I will always struggle with the fact that Hans son was named Ben and not Jacen. This book was well done on Audible. I think its the best way to read / listen to this trilogy as it brings together many story lines into one. Good job ?

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great performance terrible story

Marc Thompson is brilliant as always, but as for the story and character development I was quite disappointed in comparison to other star wars novels. A decent story set up for the rise of the first order.

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pretty good

It was good. I recommend it. Quite enjoyable. really hope there is a First order beginnings book. 😃

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easy listen

#Audible1 easy listen, complex story line while maintaining easy listing flow and character development.
recommend to listen to the books before this to have a larger scope of what is happening and why but not necessary.

8/10 some better editing needed for pauses

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Meh

The narrator was way too corny in his presentation and over the top when trying to display emotions. On the other hand he has some good voices.

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Excellent and outstanding series

Although this 3rd book did drag on a bit compared to the previous two, I enjoyed following these characters.

Marc Thompson is as amazing as ever!
He stretched his voice even more for this title!!! Wow!

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  • John Michael Buban
  • 2017-03-01

Disappointing to the last.

The Aftermath series in general was a waste of time. What I wanted from this trilogy was insight to how the Empire grew into the First Order, new adventures from beloved characters accurately depicted, and how the Jedi could return to the galaxy. Three books later, I got nothing.

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  • RC
  • 2017-03-09

meh

Although better than the first in the series, I found myself wanting it to be over. That's a shame because I love almost all the star wars series books. I found the performance anoying at points. It was like listening to a reality show gone bad.

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  • M. Johannes
  • 2017-03-06

possibly the worst of the aftermath books

this may be the worst in the series. the story is slow and the time frame muddled. the last few chapters are cut together in such a way that it's hard to determine how long the final battle last. every choice made is the stupid choice but it all works out because each dumb choice comes with its own saving dues ex machina.

three books in and the author still doesn't understand that not every paragraph needs at least one simile. it is perhaps the most annoying thing about these books. especially since some of the similes are only usable on earth. one person says sober as a vicar. did the church of England make it star wars?

Thompson does his usual job and besides from a few rough voices he does good. the performance is above average.


spoilers below possibly


the book does little to further the star wars story. we get a vague idea of how the first order starts at the end of the book but still absent are any details of snook.

the characters are some of the least likeable in the star wars universe. Nora wexly being one of the worst. in the first chapters she abandons her son in the middle of an imperial blockade to take an escape pod. everyone in this book exhibits terrible and selfish choices that somehow always work out.

all in all you can skip this and just read the wiki summary. save your money for another star wars story.

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  • michael
  • 2017-02-28

disappointing

Extremely disappointing conclusion. I was expecting there to be something of relevance seeing as this was the books leading up to the force awakens but no it's probably nothing more than a lead up to the new thrawn book.

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  • Herman
  • 2017-02-27

This is not the trilogy you are looking for. Move

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with more endurance and stomach than me

Has Empire's End: Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have to admit, this didn't excite me at all. I am sad that the genre is being watered down. They are trying to include too wide an audience and are losing their fanbase.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

Rax

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Empire's End: Aftermath?

All of it

Any additional comments?

I couldn't wait for the novel to be over. Disney should just have used more of the non-canon material which is way better that this. To be honest, the only reason why I endured it was to fish for details on who Snoke is, what will happen to Thrawn, who Rey's parents are and where the unexplored territory is.

It's more like a pony ride where everybody gets a turn to ride than it is a Star Wars novel. Scattered, overly sensual, sentimental and very un Star Wars.

The lead-up to the actual story is so long winded and trying to make "the empire needs children" so forced, it feels more like a soap opera than what you expect from Star Wars. The spirit has been whitewashed and agendized with modern superficial political themes and have lost the big picture. Soppy, sad, boring

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  • Live for Music
  • 2017-08-29

Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

The best part of this series was that it ended. maybe one books Worth of story, poorly stretched into a trilogy. And as bad as some Expanded Universe authors were, Wending takes the prize as the all time worst. The Star Wars Christmas Special was a classic by comparison. I wish I could give it less then 1 star.

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  • BHubba
  • 2017-03-25

The force is not strong with this one

What did you like best about Empire's End: Aftermath? What did you like least?

Liked Best: Marc Thompson's performance. He brings life to even weak story lines.

Liked Least: Inclusion of JarJar !!!!! Need anything else be said? Granted it was a very minor part of the story, but it was traumatic for me.

Has Empire's End: Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - I will still listen to other Star Wars stories, but not with the same anticipation previous story lines have given.
Why is Luke never a part of the story?

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot say I liked any scene enough to call is a favorite.

Do you think Empire's End: Aftermath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe - it would be interesting to see how certain characters develop in the upcoming big story.

Any additional comments?

NEVER bring JAR JAR back - EVER

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  • Sonia Kovar
  • 2017-03-03

Origin of the First Order revealed.

If you like vague Easter eggs, this book is for you. It really didn't bridge the destruction of the second death star. However, this book does reveal the formation of the First Order. This entire trilogy should have been a short story.

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  • James
  • 2017-02-24

Don't bother with this book

What would have made Empire's End: Aftermath better?

Another disappointment in the latest Disney re-write of the Star Wars universe.
Luke, the droids, Chewbacca are nowhere to be found.
Han and Leia have their baby in a completely uneventful manner.
Wedge is a decrepit waste of a hanger mechanic that doesn’t want to fight.
Before during and after the battle every character laments on how awful fighting is.
And the greatest love story in the star wars galaxy, which was between Han and Leia, has been turned over to two men.
And lots of tertiary character involvement that was not helpful in any way.

Marc Thompson did his usual superior job at narration.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Wendig again?

No

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  • Epitomized
  • 2017-02-26

Disappointing Conclusion

For such a huge trilogy, I really expected more of consequence to transpire. Major letdown.

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