Review of Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil By James Luceno

Science Fiction Audiobooks - Star Wars: Labyrinth of EvilStar Wars: Labyrinth of Evil
By James Luceno; Read by Jonathan Davis
4 CD’s – 5 hours [ABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 0739317350
Themes: / Science Fiction / Star Wars /

Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil is a prequel to the upcoming Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith. It takes place after Attack of the Clones, the action starting in the thick of a battle in the Clone War. Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and the rest of the Jedi Council have thrown their resources into finding out who and where Darth Sidious is after finding a very promising lead – a holotransceiver that had been used to contact him. The tale is a very satisfying whodunit featuring Obi-Wan and Anakin following a series of clues that bring them closer and closer to Sidious, while all the time Anakin gets closer and closer to the Dark Side.

I recall watching Episode II after listening to the prequel to that film, Alan Dean Foster’s Star Wars: The Approaching Storm. Early in the movie, Obi-wan and Anakin speak briefly about events that occurred in the prequel novel. It makes the books much more a part of the whole Star Wars saga to know that the movie-makers are paying attention to the novel-writers, and vice versa.

Jonathan Davis is remarkable. He nailed very passable accents for all the characters, including Yoda, Count Dooku, and Obi Wan Kenobi as played by the film actors. The pace is quick, and Davis drives the story perfectly. Sound effects are abundant, effective, and enjoyable.

In all, this audiobook is an action packed adventure full of light saber duels, dark villians, and… in short, it’s Star Wars! And very good Star Wars – it should be a hit with every fan.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

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