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Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

Written by: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: Star Wars, Book 35
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

©2016 Claudia Grey (P)2016 Random House Audio

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I love this book!

January LaVoy does an amazing job reading this. Her voice reminds me of Leia. I love the action sounds as well. I felt like I was listening to a movie!

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Best Star Wars Book So Far

Vocal performance was outstanding. Bloodlines is an awesome addition to the Star Wars pantheon. Great job!

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Good,but not to par.

The story is a little bit predictable and does not bring relevant and exciding facts to the overall "canon" story line. January does her usuel good naration that brougth up my overall appreciation of the book. Still recommande it to the readers that want a entertaning Star Wars book.

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good book. highly political story. Leia is great. a great story to explaine the rise of the resistance and hints to1st order.

the narrator made this book hard to listen to, mono toned and her male voices sounded to female and forced.

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Surpassed my expectations.

I was shocked at how this book truly exceeded my expectations. I read the Aftermath books and Last Shot, but I would say I enjoyed this the most of all of them.

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Claudia Gray is a Star Wars book master

All three of Claudia Gray’s Star Wars books are amazing! This is a political thriller and a great one at that. It does a good job of laying the ground work for the state of the galaxy and the new republic and sets up the the force awakens very nicely.

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  • WesSide7
  • 2017-08-03

Gives closure, understanding and very well written

I really enjoyed the insight it gives into the culture, politics and life since the end of the Empire. Understanding the climate and events prior to Force Awakens was enlightening and deepens understanding of what happened between Leia and Han and between them as parents and Ben. The way the events unfolded in the book was classic Star Wars. Literally finished the book in two days. So good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-05-08

fantastic

This novel is a great background story to the force awakens supplying some much needed materials on the state of the galaxy. Bloodlines answers some of the obvious questions for the Force Awakens like why is there a resistance and a new Republic and where did the first order come from?

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  • 2016-05-26

Fantastic

After the mess "Aftermath" was I've been hesitant of purchasing books leading up to "The Force Awakens." However, "Bloodline" and "Lost Stars" have both been excellent. I had a bit of skepticism surrounding the narrator, but she's perfect for Bloodlines "Leia" thick plot. If you're not a Leia fan, don't worry...this story does a great job exploring the impact Darth Vader had on individuals and ends up revealing much of the political plot that results in the formation of The First Order. A perfect story for Star Wars fans!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-06-23

Amazing

Perfectly sets up the 7th movie as far as politics go, and not in a boring way like the prequels.

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  • Constance B Roznovsky
  • 2016-05-08

Intriguing

Finally we get answers.Amazing book.full of intrigue and loaded with information.The only negative thing is that it doesn't continue with Thane but it was good to finally know how the resistance got started.It took all my strength to put it down for another day.well going to start it over and listen to it again. Good reading or listening everyone

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  • Josh
  • 2016-05-06

What "Aftermath" should have been

I really enjoy the production value of these new Star Wars novels, including the recent "Aftermath" novel by Chuck Wendig. That novel, however, was a disappointment. "Bloodline" is everything I wanted aftermath to be. It gives a direct insight into how the First Order rises to power and allows us to get a better insight into Leia and her feelings about her parentage. Claudia Gray did a wonderful job with the plot, setting up interesting characters with different perspectives about the former Empire in a way that makes the rise of the First Order believable. I hope she continues to contribute more to the new EU.

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  • Jenny
  • 2018-02-04

The Bridge We Were Hoping For

Bloodline is exactly the setup we needed for the events in TFA. It is satisfying, thrilling, and fills in the gaps to bridge RotJ and TFA better than the Aftermath books. I’ve read several of the new canon books now, and I have to say this is by far the best written and most enjoyable. Claudia Gray does a superb job with the characterization and making a political plot utterly gripping. I was deeply moved. It makes rewatching TFA and TLJ even more fulfilling and heartbreaking. I’m sad Carrie’s gone and we won’t get to see the conclusion of Leia’s arc in Ep IX.

As far as the audiobook is concerned, I enjoyed the vocal effects and music used to make this narrative come alive. January’s performance is great when it comes to Leia and some of the other females, but her attempts at males made them all sound the same. Still, not a bad experience. I loved it.

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  • Admiralu
  • 2018-01-02

Princess Leia & the Politics of the New Republic

This is the second book by Claudia Gray that I've read in the Star Wars universe, the first was Leia, Princess of Alderaan. This book concerns Princess Leia's life as a senator in the New Republic and the supposed ride of the First Order. A good portion is devoted to the political climate and backroom dealings that ensue. While Princess Leia is well written and a well rounded character, the political parts read more like a soap opera. The missions the Princess embarked on were a bit of a stretch, with the action being somewhat unbelievable. I struggled with this book, as it took an unusually long time to finish. At times I simply got bored. The storyline finally picked up close to the end. A short story about one of the characters is included at the end as well. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the Audible audiobook. Narrator January LaVoy has a beautiful, expressive voice. Only the male characters were a bit off. For me personally, no one writes Star Wars politics better than James Luceno.

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  • Doug Culley
  • 2016-05-07

literally kept me listening for 10 hours straight

this book was phenomenal. between the voice acting from the narrator, the sound effects and the writing, I was glued to the story for 10 hours straight. I am a truck driver and usually I take breaks while listening to a book. I couldn't take a break with this book. I had to know what happened next. this is my favorite star wars book so far. it's a must hear.

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  • J
  • 2016-05-05

awesome! quickest ive ever finished an audio books

The story captured me very quickly. i found myself sitting in my car for almost 20 mins just listening! performance was too notch. the added sound effects and music just made it all better.

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