Forty stories set in the Star Wars Universe. Forty stories on the periphery of the main stories we all know. Whether you are a Star Wars fan or a true Star Wars all out nerd, these stories are enjoyable. For example, the first story Raymus by Gary Whitta was an enjoyable story for me, a Star Wars fan. My daughter-in-law, who was listing with me, told me one of the characters mentioned is the Stormtrooper Luke and Han knock out when they are freeing Leia from the prison. I would have missed that but it was still a good story.
Ultimately that is why this collection works because it has something for everyone. Just looking through the authors in the table of contents is a sci-fi fans dream. Chuck Wendig writes a great fun piece called “We Don’t Serve Their Kind Here”. Based on that one line in A New Hope, Wendig creates an entire piece that changes how you view the character that speaks that line. Wil Wheaton’s Laina was incredible. Just so many feels, especially bitter and sweet. There are too many stories to list them separately as I usually do with anthologies but they are more hits than misses. Authors such as Delilah S. Dawson, Glaudia Grey and Alexander Freed who are already familiar with Star Wars fan, extend their writings into the universe in this collection. And who can pass up on the story told from the viewpoint of the monster in the trash compactor?
This audiobook does have sound effects, which is something I am not usually fond of. In this particular case though, the sounds effects do not overwhelm the dialogue and are a nice addition. Each one of the narrators does a great job. Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris and Janina Gavankar are just three of the very talented bunch to narrate the book. Every story is a fascinating trip into part of the beloved universe that finally have a light shined upon them.
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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours starts off with a bang and a leviathan. The colony on Sirsa III is a mining colony who possession of the planet was granted after studies revealed there was no native life on the planet. The colony is now under siege from a leviathan that rose from the ocean. The governor of the colony decides to break the long standing policy of having as little to do with the Federation and ask for help.
On the Starship Shenzhou, Captain Georgiou has her hands full with deciding who to promote to first officer and second officer. The two candidates, Lieutenant Michael Burnham and Lieutenant Saru, do not work well together at all and seem in perpetual competition. The tension from the promotions will have to wait as the crew of the Shenzhou are instructed to respond to the call for help. To insure the threat to the colony is solved, Starfleet also instructs the Starship Enterprise, commanded by Captain Pine, to rendezvous with the Shenzhou.
The book is populated by a few familiar characters like Mr. Spock and Ambassador Sarek, as well as the characters from the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. It has plenty of action and intrigue. Where did the leviathan come from? Is the colony responsible? Are the Shenzhou and the Enterprise working off the orders regarding helping the colony? The book will probably appeal more to the hardcore Star Trek fan. I am a fan of the two later series, Deep Space 9 and Voyager; no so much of the original series.
The narrator, Susan Eisenberg, does a fantastic job. She reads the book. She does not perform it; for example, she does not do different voices or accents for each character. She does project emotion and tension into the story. I would definitely choose a book narrated by her.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for giving me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.