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  • The High Republic
  • Written by: Charles Soule
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (673 ratings)

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Star Wars: Light of the Jedi

Written by: Charles Soule
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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Number-One New York Times Best Seller

Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace ...Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in The High Republic

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm But the even brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi’s heart.

©2020 Charles Soule (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Sharply written and intensely enjoyable." (/Film)

"The action is breathtaking, and the power on display is remarkable. Soule fulfils his promise to redefine the Force." (Screen Rant)

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Not A Great Launch Novel

This does not hit like Timothy Zahn did with his first books when they first started putting out Star Wars stuff.

Slow start, not finding this new group of Jedi to be very interesting yet, hopefully the second half of the book picks up.

Would have thought they would have wanted to start this High Republic off with a compelling splash... it’s more like a pebble dropping into
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What have they don’t to Star Wars this is garbage

I can’t seem to understand what they have done with this precious franchise. I was so excited for the future of star wars because of how far technology has advanced, and the new capabilities that offers the story. But this new direction since Disney jumped on or whoever is doing this that isn’t George Lucas has absolutely sullied this franchise and I feel so bad for George.

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Far better then anticipated

I first want to start by saying that if you're looking for any "Skywalker Saga" content here you'll find little. With that being said the book has been LITTERED with lore and references. I dont want to spoil anything in my review but I was very surprised to see a familiar face that was not mentioned to the media at all. The narration is some of the best in Star Wars audio books that I have listened too.

As a fan of over 20 years I can confidently say that newer fans to the Star Wars universe and older fans of the Star Wars universe should be very content with what they are given here today.

I'll be sure to update my review if anything changes however a few chapters into Part II and my excitement has not ceased. This is an excellent introduction to the new era of the High Republic and I am very excited to see what the future releases this year will bring us.

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Excellent

Loved the story, and loved the performance. The added audio effects were a delight, and well placed. The different voices were wonderful.

And the high republic has promise, after the great disaster that was the sequel trilogy. It's so much like the old EU that it made me actually want to have anything to do with Star Wars again.

Eagerly awaiting book 2.

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Can't wait for more!

I like this window into the new era of Star Wars. The groundwork is set for some interesting stories. It ended with me satisfied with a contained storyline, but with many questions that I am eager to have answered. As a longtime fan of the movies and Tv shows, this was my first Star Wars book. I prefered this storyline to the sequel films. I also feel that it captured the awe of the Jedi working together more than the Clone Wars.

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No one can beat Marc Thompson at work.... Great

Great new story, really gets you into the characters.... Alphabet squadron was a decent start, but with new voices narrating each book it kinda makes it tough to keep up that's why MT is the best when bringing out a star wars story

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Excellent

Mark Thompson is the best narrator you could hope for and Charles Soule is a seasoned Star Wars author... it doesn't get much better than that!

Story is solid and fresh.

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Hot damnnn

This is the Star Wars we have been waiting for, I can’t recommend this book enough

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A Book That Does a lot of Heavy Lifting.

Light of the Jedi provides a foundation for understanding the new High Republic era introduced to the Star Wars canon. It also provides a foundation for understanding the Star Wars universe independent of the era it is set in.

I found the first half of this story to be hallmarked by obvious narrative urgency due to the events, but with very little urgency in the tone of relaying those events to the listener. This sets up a dichotomy where you are expecting urgency, maybe even panic, but there is none, only concern. I feel that part of this is due to the partial dramatization of the narrated story with sound effects, but no additional cast aside from Marc Thompson.

If the first half of the story is hurt by its poor execution of constant action, the second half is where it recovers as the story shifts to a more measured political drama. The Galactic Republic must figure out what happened, and how to prevent it in the future. Their unannounced adversary, in turn, begins moving pieces in a strategy known only to themselves.

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Great new book!

Light of the Jedi was awesome it made me enjoy the story of the Jedi. I can’t wait for the next book

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