Tarkin

Tarkin

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing the legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.He's the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin's guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy's lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire's supremacy . . . and its enemies' extinction.Praise for Tarkin "Tarkin tells a compelling tale of mystery while revealing much about a character who has fueled debate among fans since 1977, as well as the oppressive regime he represents. [James] Luceno has proven once again that the villains of Star Wars are as much fun as the good guys."—New York Daily News "Another home run in the new canon . . . This is the highest and best distillation of Tarkin stories, old and new, we've ever been given."—Big Shiny Robot "A spectacular novel, with the intrigue, action, and profound characterization we have come to expect from the pen of Luceno . . . [Tarkin] provides a nuanced, multi-faceted anti-hero who is captivating, ominous, and calculating; in many ways, this is an origin tale of the Empire [and] a fascinating portrait of one of the more popular characters in the Original Trilogy. It may very well be one my favorite Star Wars novels."—Coffee with Kenobi "A fascinating look at the pathos of one of the galaxy's most criminally underused characters."—TheForce.netFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Morton, Euan
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101888322

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JCLDylanR Aug 11, 2017

A solid & worthy entry into the canon, "Star Wars-verse," James Luceno's Tarkin succeeds in fleshing out the moff into more than the ruthless gentleman commander we met in A New Hope. Tarkin's backstory provides insight into his motivations, as well as his devotion to the Empire. There's also a healthy dose of Darth Vader doing Darth Vader things, which of course helps any Star Wars story along. Though I initially found narrator Euen Morton's take on Vader a bit cumbersome & distracting, all other performances were quite good, making for a pleasant & engrossing aural experience.

(Also, I wholeheartedly agree with another reviewer who remarked upon the excellence of the Gotal's representation.. VERY well done!)

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bprochaska
May 14, 2016

Writing is richly descriptive in a purposeful way, action draws in the listener, and the narrator does his best to differentiate military characters (who are exclusively human) in the Imperical fleet. My favourite impersonation, however, is the dissident Gotal character. P.S. If you like the series Star Wars Rebels, you'll probably like this story.

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penbatmore
Dec 20, 2015

Lots of fun to listen too! Great SFX! Voice acting was one of the best that I've listened too in quite some time. Great choice over all :)

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mexicanadiense
Sep 24, 2015

One part traditional audiobook, one part old-timey radio serial drama complete with musical score and SFX, I confess that Tarkin was the most fun I've had with an audiobook during my daily commute in a long while. Only issue was lowering the volume a bit when sitting idle at a stop sign or a traffic light with my windows down so that the sound of blaster beams or Darth Vader's rasping breathing didn't freak out my fellow motorists or nearby pedestrians!

In terms of story and writing, Luceno obviously really knows his stuff, including myriad technical specs for gizmos, 'droids, alien races, and character backstory dipping into sources as varied as the Prequel films, the Original Trilogy, the Clone Wars television series, and so forth. This is both a strength and, I fear, a weakness as relative newcomers might find themselves daunted by lengthy lists of names and historical SW-universe events.

As a protagonist, "Governor" Wilhuff Tarkin is a fascinating, if creepy, character study of a child born into privilege on a relative backwater, raised to fiercely protect his family, home and interests via not just force but the fear of force, tying in nicely to his fully formed persona in the original Star Wars (1977) film. Vader and The Emperor also feature as secondary characters, and their methods and motivations during the early days of the Galactic Empire as interestingly explored. There's also a gaggle of proto-Rebels, and Luceno does well to tease out exactly who they are and what they are attempting to accomplish over many chapters rather than just ramming a lot of exposition down the reader's (or listener's!) throat.

All in all, definitely worth checking out in whatever format.

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Glokta
Mar 10, 2015

This is one of the newer books to arrive that is in the official Star Wars continuity now that everything else has been re-categorized by Disney. The author wrote the "Darth Plagueis" novel and this one is very similar in style. It's more of a biographical examination of someone's life then a story per say. So if you've ever wondered what motivates Tarkin and how he came up in the Imperial ranks this provides that background. There are also little details about what's happening in the wider galaxy and the creation of the Death Star, which are interesting, and if you've seen the animated "Clone Wars" series some of the events in it are referenced in passing here. If you are interested in a villains perspective and the world building of the Star Wars universe this is worthwhile. The narration is top quality and very easy to listen to for the downloadable audiobook.

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