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Last Shot

Star Wars
Written by: Daniel José Older
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past...

THEN: 

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge....

NOW: 

It’s been 10 years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated. 

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy. 

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR... 

Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the young adult series The Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and the middle-grade historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter. 

©2018 Daniel Jose Older (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Missed your shot...

Han and Lando... what could go wrong? Well... this audiobook has three big problems... but let's start with the positive. The bad guy in this book is incredible, I just wanted more of him. I won't spoil anything, so let's just say he's perfect.

My main three complaints
1. We keep going back and forth in time. If you listen to the whole book in one go, I guess that's fine, but if not, this just gets confusing... The book could have been written in chronological order (except the one part that creates the reveal at the end) and it would have been better. But no.
2. The plot is way too important on a galactic scale. Seriously if you though the Empire was bad for the galaxy, you were wrong. This book features the biggest menace the whole star wars canon has ever faced... It's way too much. The worst part is that Han and Lando seem "meh" about it... Like they could ask for help at one point, but... no... Let's gamble the galaxy's fate and take care of this ourselves.
3. There are 3 narrator, 2 of which are professionals... and then there's the author. Yes, they asked the author to do the narration. He's bad at this. Really bad. I was having a hard time understanding what he said at times, or just understanding which character was talking. It completely ruined the book for me. If you absolutely want to read this, buy the book and read it, don't get the audiobook.

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Bad performance from Older

He delivered the worst performance I’ve heard on audible over the past 5 years but Thompson and Lavoy are brilliant as ever.

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A star wars story

Another solid performance by Marc Thompson. the story was good but not as engaging as others. it can together at the end well but the villain was not as flushed out and so didn't bring any real urgency but great to see Lando and Han in the seat again!

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pass on this one.

A pretty boring tale trapped by the modern Disney sw universe devoid of original content.

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Missed the Mark with Last Shot

There was so many flash backs in the narrative that it made it hard to follow, but what made it SO much worse was their use of two subsidiary narrators for the flashbacks. They read the story differently and the voices for the different characters was nonexistent.

The main narrator was awesome! Except the Chewbacca voice was absolutely horrible with the main narrator, and normal with the other narrators.

The plot line of the main story was a little weak with the whole replacing limbs from organic beings to attach them to droids. If droids are superior and the limbs always needed replacing, why not just replace the limbs with droid parts that are obviously superior? It makes sense that organic limbs could be used when no droid parts were available, but to continue using organic limbs makes no sense.

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Fun story, mostly good reading

Really enjoyed the story, and great performances by Marc and January. Not so much from the author though. #Audible1

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Not the best Star Wars book

Marc Thompson is once again a fantastic reader for the Star Wars books, however the author Daniel José Older is not. It’s an okay story, but really doesn’t tie into the Solo movie at all. You shouldn’t be disappointed with the book, but don’t expect much.

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Was good

Was good but struggled through the back story narration with the male narrator. Better stories out there but can't expect them to be all amazing I guess.

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decent story, odd dialogue

interesting story and characters, but I wasn't a fan of the dialogue. Marc and Jessica were on point as always, but I felt the sections with Daniel were not done as well. more change in tone between characters would be better to tell them apart.

overall a fun story with good background to the characters.

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Good story but only 2 good narrators out of the 3

The story was good. I enjoyed the adventure and even the time jumping. Marc and January do an incredible job, as always, narrating this novel. The third narrator however (I believe it's the author of the novel) was dreadful. His narration took me out of the experience and I found myself cringing through a majority of his narration. From a normal audiobook narration perspective he did just fine, but due to the precedent set by all previous star wars audiobooks and their high level of production, which creates an enthralling star wars experience; well, it just was even close to cutting it.

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  • Brien
  • 2018-04-19

It's a letdown and boring

This will be the first Audible book I have returned sadly. As others have mentioned about the three narrators, two are actually seasoned character actors, and the third is the author who just reads the book to you with a little emphasis. Mind you he is not a horrible narrator on his own, but jumping between two other people who try to do voices (one does very well with his Han and Lando), and then a guy who just reads it to you. It is all over the place and interrupts the flow of the book. It would be one thing if it were different perspectives of characters, but it's the same core characters. I found this distracting and unable to really get into the flow of the book. The writing I find boring personally. I can't get invested because it feels all over the place as I have mentioned. Now, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, now, 10 years ago, now, 5 years ago... While I believe the author has a decent Lando here (and only decent), Han feels just way off to the point you would think he really is as another reviewer put it "Homer Simpson". Constant "Huh?" and spaced out Han seems to just be sleep walking throughout most of this novel and feels more like a side redshirt you expect to be offed because he is inconsequential. It's a let down and he really makes him flat and boring with little charisma. All he wants is Caf in this book. I feel like the author just doesn't even know who Solo is. Little things like saying Chewie would "wreck ass". Since when has he talked like that in anything? The action in the book is droll, boring, and just seems to drag along. There is nothing that makes me feel I can't stop listening. I have had to back up several times because I find my mind wondering off in boredom with Last Shot. I could go on about this, but I feel it is pointless. At least with Audible there is a "refund it if you don't love it" policy. And I certainly do not love this book. This is just my opinion as one consumer and a Star Wars fan. I can't even finish it after 7 hours in. I find myself just not caring about anyone in this book. Even the main characters have become annoying with the authors style and everything just feels like a jumbled hot mess of confusion, boredom with a large helping of being let down. It really makes me wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm has anyone really reviewing all the new stories and cannon before being published to churn out the money.

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  • Samantha Nielsen
  • 2018-04-18

Fun, but not a repeater

The story was mildly engaging but Han Solo in all the movies was so self assured, confident and optimistic but Older made him almost "Homer Simpsonish", He comes across as incompetent and blundering, nothing like the real Solo.

Marc Thompson does a spectacular narration, Daniel Jose Older should have just left it there. Older is a decent author but a narrator for a star wars novel he is not. January LaVoy does a good job as well but Marc Thompson is def the stand out.

I love the audio extras. It is fun to hear blaster fire and back ground noise in the audio. Love that in the star wars books.

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  • Kevin
  • 2018-04-24

Not a fan of the authors narration

The author of the book was honestly my least favorite star wars audiobook narrator so far. it was very confusing to follow the story at times because he used the same voice for Han, Sana, and the narration.

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  • Miguel Duran
  • 2018-04-23

It's good but not great

Mark Thompson is great as always, as well as January LaVoy, but Daniel Older doesn't preform well with the narration with being so quick and not into the role(s) that's he's portraying.

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  • christopher arnold
  • 2018-04-19

Too many narrators

The story was average to good & I was ok with the constant flashbacks as it did serve the story. Having a different narrator for every time period seems like it would be a cool idea but was annoying in reality.

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  • Dave
  • 2018-07-08

Han Solo? He Would've Disappointed You

I haven't kept up with all the Star Wars books either in the old EU or this one, but when I saw Daniel Jose Older was writing a Han and Lando book, I knew I had to check it out. After listening to it, I'd say it's probably one of my favorite Star Wars novels to date -- right up there with James S.A. Corey's Honor Among Thieves and the original Zahn trilogy. (And it reminds me that I have some holes to fill.)

The conceit of the story is that a relic from Han and Lando's past resurfaces with the potential to turn the galaxy's droids into murderbots. That bit from the Force Awakens where Kylo Ren tells Rey about what a disappointment Han was as a father? In this story, we see Han struggling to learn how raise young Ben, be a stable husband for Leia, and generally just settle down. He's failing on pretty much all fronts and he misses being able to do things he was actually good at. At the same time, Lando is trying to figure out if he's a scoundrel or a hero and whether or not he has the ability to stay in a committed relationship. Rest assured: this book is just as much about Lando as it is Han.

You can tell from pretty early on that Daniel Jose Older didn't take writing a Star Wars book lightly -- he was aiming to write a great novel about aging heroes reconciling with their failures of the past and present. There's a lot to be said about the current status and servitude of droids. Additionally, he has a blast playing with some of the conventions of Star Wars...like an ewok slicer and a certain gungan who will leaving you rolling as he blasts your preconceptions of his species. The new pilot that Han and Lando pair up with who reminds them of their younger selves is one of my favorite new characters in the SW EU.

I was a little surprised to see Marc Thompson splitting narrator duties with Daniel Jose Older and January Lavoy. Thompson does the heavy lifting, and while his pacing and intonation still seem forced to me at times, his voices for the characters are amazing -- especially some of the new characters to this story. Daniel Jose Older does the Han Solo flashbacks and it is a delight to hear him narrator hit the rhythm of his own prose. I thought Lavoy was an odd choice at first to do the Lando segments, but in the end she did phenomenal voicing both Lando and Ellthree.

For Star Wars fans -- especially Han and Lando fans -- this is a must. It's fun-filled adventure about two has-beens trying to right their past and present in a galaxy far, far away.

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  • brian
  • 2018-04-18

Very great for a first Star Wars story.

A favorite, though not one I'd keep, but, excellent. All 3 narrators were excellent, though I do find it odd they went that route. More adult, if you will then most Star Wars stories, but that made it more interesting.

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  • Rodger P. Paxton
  • 2018-04-18

Excellent primer for Solo

What a great story! And Marc Thompson did an amazing job, as he always does on these Star Wars novels.

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  • Ryan T Miller
  • 2018-04-17

Leave the narration to the professionals...

Marc Thompson is perhaps my favorite narrator in the business, his work is tremendous and when he is reading it’s great. I haven’t gotten to January’s part yet, but she has done well in the past so I expect the same. All would be good except the author is doing narration too now and I am just taken completely out of the story. I’m extremely disappointed. It’s an interesting story, but I don’t really want to hear it performed by the writer.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-04-17

Disappointing and alarming direction

The producers choice to use three separate narrators is disruptive to the story and makes very apparent the skills of the true vocal artists.

I believe the author was one of the narrators. He did an acceptable job at reading the story. But, that's all it was. Just someone reading a story. The vocal actors perform it. That's a huge difference between the two.

This is the first time I'm aware that the star wars books get into fairly graphic sexual descriptions and Lavoys performance of Lando was borderline verbal blackface. Thompson's performance is a spot on impersonation of Billy Dee Williams. Lavoy's comes off as a racial caricature of a black man looking to get laid. In her defense she has to read the story in front of her. Two very bad decisions were made. One in the writing of it and two in the performance of it.

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