Audiobook CD - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101888292
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Morton, Euan 1977-
Alternative Title: Star Wars. Tarkin


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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!)

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.

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 :)

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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