Welcome, one and all to my very first Audiobook Spotlight! With the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One just days away, I wanted to make sure you know there is an amazing audiobook that’s out and ready to bridge the prequels and the original trilogy. Written by James Luceno and read by Jonathan Davis, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel is an unabridged recording of the novel, so you won’t miss a single detail from the story. The great thing about listening to a book, rather than reading one, is that you can multitask and accomplish other things like chores, workouts, or homework! I prefer to listen to them while driving, but make sure you’re not one of those really passionate readers who gets so into the story that you forget what you’re doing! Here at Geeks Of Doom, we support Safe Audiobook Consumption.
With the intent of setting the scene for the new film, listeners are immersed into the final days of The Clone Wars, where there seems to be almost no end in sight with the Republic and the Separatists building bigger and better weapons constantly. But within the Republic’s elite, there is a secret project that could assure them victory! That’s right, kids. It’s the freaking Death Star is that I’m talking about. But what good is a small planet-sized station if it’s not able to bring massive weaponry to bear?
That’s where the plot thickens. Inner circle member Orson Krennic is on the brink of building a space station like nothing that has ever been seen before. Luckily, he knows of a genius that might just be able to bring his dream of a super weapon to life. But how does one convince a pacifist to build a world smashing engine? Well, it certainly helps if that scientist owes you a debt of mammoth proportions. To that end, Krennic manipulates Galen Erso like he’s a marionette. With trickery and guile, we see the path that leads good men astray. Krennic’s skills fall short with Erso’s wife Lyra, though. She keeps him at arm’s length out of instinct, with good reason it seems.
This is a key time for one of my favorite characters from Star Wars: A New Hope, Wilhuff Tarkin. His ruthlessness is evident in the way he inserts himself into the creation of this most destructive tool. While Tarkin isn’t new to fans, by any means, this is a wonderful bit of insight into the man he is becoming. Not that he’s the major player here, but he plays an integral part that feeds his ambition and drives him to achieve more. His relationship with Krennic is also one of the better plot points, in my opinion. I’ll leave it at that, though. I’d hate to spoil it for you.
On a side note, we do get to meet Jyn Erso in this book, the Rogue One film protagonist, but as she is still a child so we don’t really get much from it. The premise that this book delivers is all about what is to come for her in Rogue One, though. Think of this as the origin story for her character, with a ton of back story to keep even a completest happy.
You don’t have to hear this before seeing the new movie, but it sure will give you loads of information that you won’t get elsewhere. Without a doubt, orator Davis does a spectacular job of engaging the listener and holding their attention throughout the entire tale. Luceno’s story is brought to vivid life in this wonderful presentation. I’d hazard a guess that any Star Wars fan would love to have a copy of this and it would make one heck of a gift this holiday season.