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  • Written by: Cavan Scott
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (303 ratings)

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Star Wars: The Rising Storm (The High Republic)

Written by: Cavan Scott
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller • The heroes of the High Republic era return to face a shattered peace and a fearsome foe, following the dramatic events of Light of the Jedi.

In the wake of the hyperspace disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.

In celebration, the chancellor plans the Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic - a peace the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.

As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy - the kind of fear from which even the Force cannot shield them.

©2021 Cavan Scott (P)2021 Random House Audio

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really difficult to follow this story.

so much going on at once, so many characters with similar names. makes it a little confusing at times

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Disappointing

While the production quality is excellent, this book was hard for me to enjoy. As a fan of Star Wars, I tend to enjoy most pieces of Star Wars media, even finding something to like in the most hated releases from the franchise. This book proved especially challenging to like.

The characters are for the most part too numerous and too one dimensional to form any connection with. The story jumps from character to character and plot point to plot point so fast that it becomes difficult to remember who is doing what and where.

The Jedi come across as arrogant and naive, which would be an interesting take if it didn't feel like the book was trying to force you to sympathize with them. It's hard to feel sorry for characters that continuously make mistakes that are easily avoidable. Not to mention the Chancellor of the republic who repeatedly makes terrible decisions leading to the deaths of countless innocents, yet is apparently still beloved by her republic, as if she is immune to her own failures. It feels as though we're expected to love her as well, simply for existing and regardless of her incompetence. Her foil, Senator Tia Toon, is framed as a greedy war monger we're supposed to dislike, yet is the only one who actually seems to know what's best for the republic.

The character moments often feel cheesey and over dramatic, as if to make up for the lack of character development.

Marc Thompson does a good job narrating, though I do find some of his character voices to be on the annoying side. The main villain sounds like an angsty teenaged John Malkovich, which became grating over time.

There were moments that I enjoyed. The action, while hard to follow at times, was abundant as you would expect from Star Wars. The interactions between the villains was fun and interesting.

I was hoping for higher quality content from the High Republic era, but maybe it's not for me.

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The best of the high republic so far!

Story and performance were both top tier! Very engaging and definitely feels as though the nihil are a big bad threat to the whole universe, sets up the next book perfectly.

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Great story… narration solid as well with some exceptions

Love the new direction that THR is going. Mr. Thompson’s narration is consistent throughout all of the stories I’ve heard him for and I enjoy his work. My only note for this book would be that, to my ear at least, he can over act/dramatize (word?) characters (particularly young and female voices); was not a fan of how he portrayed Pan in this story either. Nothing critical to my enjoyment to the story but just my 2cents.

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An action filled story with lots of twist and turn

I loved this book. It further euthanized the threat that the Nihil bring with them and how their threat is challenging the Jedi causing some to lose sight of their cause and have them dabble into the dark side. This kept me very engaged and turned a character I was intrigued by in Light of the Jedi to my current favorite character in the series thus far.

I particularly loved reading along with the fight scenes. They were grand in scope and I was able to perfectly visualize in my head everything that was happening in the battles!

I never thought at any point that anything was slow or being dragged out. I thought this was a very solid book and was able to focus more on the plot since this time around it didn't need to introduce us to everyone like Light of the Jedi had to before it.

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Exceptional performance

This book was so well put together in its performance and sound effects that when it is paired with this great and well written adventure it checked all my boxes. I literally laughed and cried. Can't recommend it enough if you are reading or following the High Republic entries.

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good story. Kept me entertain during my driving.

loved it. the story was entertaining. made my long drives seem short. very good writing.

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not as good as the first one

I really like some of the new characters. Roe is a great villain. I like the new character Tie. but the story itself was kind of lackluster and boring I found myself and not paying attention to it often. just wasn't gripping like the first book I'll still read the third book anyway I want to know what happens next

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  • TC
  • 2022-06-07

Terrible

Compared to older canon stories such as the Bane or Thrawn trilogy, these are terrible.

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Solid book with strong characters

Once again MT does an outstanding performance as Star Wars characters. The only major issue I had with the book was that the story felt like it was dragging along at times

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  • Lee
  • 2021-07-03

No actual ending.

these books are terribly constructed and have way too many characters that they try to follow. This isn't a movie or TV show you don't leave your books on cliffhangers.

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  • Stephen Sutherlin
  • 2021-06-30

Scott is a Master of Tragedy! *Spoiler-Free*

Scott packs a punch, fulfilling all of the promises of phase one while simultaneously leaving the reader gutted. The story spends pretty much the entirety of its first act in a more dialogue focused manor, rarely splintering into action. But in those moment we do get action, they are incredibly impactful and horrifying. As a result of his love for the genre of horror, Scott masterfully walks the tightrope of making the reader fear in a Star Wars novel. Perhaps it's thanks to my personal taste but the second act's action focus was slightly less exciting to me but it set up things that allowed the third act to feel like a deserving end to the 15 hour journey. Marc Thompson is amazing as usual, no surprises there. I'm excited to see where this goes!

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  • Jared Hrdlick
  • 2021-08-02

One author? More like two: ADD and his brother ADHD.

What is there to enjoy? A convoluted plot with no real direction? A cast of characters that’ll leave you saying “who?” 95% of the time someone is mentioned.

This is one of the worst written books I’ve listened to. It is genuinely awful, one proof reading session should’ve resulted in this having massive rewrites to fix whatever this is.

The production quality is all this offers. The sound effects are stellar and the narrator does an excellent job.

The author however needs to take some classes on writing.

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  • Wade
  • 2021-07-10

Once Again saved by Marc Thompson

Similar to Light of the Jedi the story jumps around and is fragmented, because they (Disney) want you to buy the comics and the JA novels. Its made bearable by Marc Thompson and the production team. Really Thompson should just narrate and do primary character, letting others do unique voices. Go back to Radio shows. The novels are almost there anyway.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-23

If you liked Elzar Mann before, DO NOT READ

This author wrote Elzar to be an emotional, flippant, fickle child. Not only did his storyline cheapen his relationship with Avar, it made him seem shallow and temperamental. I loved Elzar and was rooting for him in the first book, now, I hate when a chapter is about him... this author ruined the series for me.

Additionally, the plot is chaotic with way too many characters. A comic book author has no business writing a novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-01

Stunning! must read

Yet another wonderful addition to the High Republic era. The drive of the characters and the intricacies of the villain. Not everyday you get a well thought out and put together antagonist to make the stakes feel high. can't wait for more novels

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  • Ryan Bruno
  • 2021-07-11

Slow moving story.

The story takes hours to get going and never keeps a decent speed. The narrator is excellent as always. Marc Thompson is the gold standard for starwars. Have enjoyed the new series, so I'm very disappointed in this book. Underwhelming. Try listening at 1.5x speed. Maybe it'll make it easier to stay focused.

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  • Paul
  • 2021-07-10

The force is not strong with these stories

By keeping the reader in the dark for so much of the story (and especially the ending), I am feeling more and more discouraged by the storyline of the "High Republic".

The ignorance of the Republic and especially these Jedi has grown past frustration and is now into apathy. I really hope changes are made in future books. But honestly, I don't know when I will purchase another "High Republic" property. Or I will wait until I see what others say about future stories and if it improves, I might give it a try. But I am in no hurry.

Kudos to Marc Thompson for giving us a lot more than the author did. Mr. Thompson performed admirably, even Grand Admirably!

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  • Kletian
  • 2021-07-27

too many characters and threads

cliffhanger everywhere from constant chapter hopping viewpoints. relies a bit on comics and YA works to explain what has happened since light of jedi. massive ending fatigue to setup a final cliffhanger. narrator is good but there are too many female characters for him to do them all without laughable voices like a doctor evil impression.

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  • allister y.
  • 2021-07-08

opinion on deaf ears

where to start.. too many characters. theres like 30 + characters in the book. not the series...this book. ugh...its so grueling and tedious to keep everything organized its like a sistine chapel painted by anakin skywalker...as a child...its horrible. hard to "feel" interested when the plot is jumping so fast. plot is paper thin talking about the "nihil" or however its spelled. sorry it leaves me angry knowing their are authors that attempt to be make a star wars novel. the thrawn series is better than this bantha turd...and that series was hard to follow. this book was phantom menace bad. do yourself a favor and dont read this series. you will thank me. and yes i listened to it start to finish...15 hours im not getting back. side note...marc thompson...be selective with who you agree to read novels from. you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain. talking to you thompson.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-09-10

Bad story, great performance

Although the plot could lead to something interesting, the way it is told is boring, lengthy and seems without a clear direction

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  • saunier
  • 2022-06-20

Not better than the vol 1

Again nothing happens during this lengthy succession of uninterresting events.
You get lost with slicing of each micro stories leading nothing close a scénario
very disapointing

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  • LRouss
  • 2021-07-03

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amazing book and performance but now i want to die (very very sad :( )