He was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scraps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to join a nomadic band of space-faring criminals. Now, years later, chafing under Shrike's sadistic tyranny, driven by dreams of adventure and glory, Han fights his way free. His goal: to become an Imperial Navy pilot. But first he needs hands-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia - a steaming world of religious fanaticism and alluring sensuality, where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.More
"Crispin deftly weaves Han's early years into the
Star Wars storyline and provides details that shape his personality. This prequel belongs in
Star Wars collections." (
"This story...features a single narrator who mimics Harrison Ford as if he were younger, playing a young Han Solo with eerie authenticity. Sound effects and John Williams's stunning Star Wars music are used throughout to meticulous effect." ( AudioFile)
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FIVE STARS for Star Wars enthusiasts !
'Han Solo' in name only. Not good.
The character of Han was too dreamy and romantic, there was too much teen romance and not enough action or edge. Considering Garris Shrike is supposed to be a huge mentor of Han's he barely featured. Han's transformation from Prince Charming to embittered loner over a girl exiting his life for his benefit was extremely unrealistic and unworthy. It should have taken far more to effect this change. The story felt light, lacked depth and had some really embarrassingly naïve dialogue.
I might give him another try - but there was little I enjoyed in this. Perhaps the short form of the story limited his horizons, but with nearly three hours of storytime, so much more could have been achieved.
He was okay with the aliens, but didn't do a good job with Han. I bought this audio book because other narrators, such as Jonathan Davis have done outstanding interpretations of the movie versions. A review I read led me to believe this would be the case here. But David's Han sounded just like his natural speaking voice, which sounded very similar to young Mark Hamill.
David is definitely the man to narrate the adventures of Luke Skywalker, but at no point was his characterisation of Han Solo believable.
I'd cut out the version of Han that was written and hope that one who could believably become the smuggler we know could be substituted. It was hard to care for any of the surrounding characters as they just didn't have enough history or depth - I'd have had more of everybody rather than less, but with keener investigation of their personalities.
Give David Pittu some Luke Skywalker stories to narrate. He'd be brilliant. But recast the voice actor for this one please.