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Books A/V Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Ancient Whills, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Loving Tyrant of SWTV, Lit, & Collecting star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Looks like this kinda flew under the radar, but sw.com had an official announcement of the script book with cover and dramatis personae.
    DOCTOR CHELLI LONA APHRA: Rogue archaeologist. Weapons and droid expert extraordinaire. Our intrepid heroine.
    DARTH VADER: Infamous Sith Lord. Man of few words. Our intrepid heroine’s terrifying boss.
    TRIPLE-ZERO: Protocol droid. Favorite hobbies include translation, holo-chess, and draining organics of all their blood.
    BEETEE: Blastomech droid. Has a flamethrower.
    SANA STARROS: Smuggler. Unfortunate dreamboat. Working with the rebels for some godsforsaken reason.
    BLACK KRRSANTAN:
    Disgraced Wookiee. Fearsome bounty hunter. Do not challenge him to a pit fight.
    PADMÉ AMIDALA: The “good” former queen and senator of Naboo.
    PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA: Rebel royalty. Has a mean left hook.
    LUKE SKYWALKER:
    Yellow-haired rebel humanoid who is supposedly important for some reason?
    HAN SOLO: Reformed scoundrel. Always claims to save the day. Actually useless.
    CHEWBACCA: Han Solo’s very loud Wookiee sidekick. No match for Black Krrsantan.
    C-3PO: Simpering Triple-Zero doppelgänger.
    R2-D2: Foolhardy Beetee doppelgänger.
    EMPEROR PALPATINE: Our intrepid heroine’s boss’s boss.
    BOBA FETT: Bounty hunter. Inspires fear in the hearts of all (except for our intrepid heroine).
    MAZ KANATA: Badass pirate queen. Incredibly sore loser.
    KORIN APHRA: Our intrepid heroine’s father. Obsessed with excruciatingly boring Jedi stuff.
    LONA APHRA: Our intrepid heroine’s mother. Obsessed with excruciatingly boring planets.
    THE ANTE: Information broker. Sometimes useful. Not to be trusted.
    IG-90: Bounty hunter. Overly pedantic assassin droid. Likes to shoot things.
    BOSSK: Bounty hunter. Wookiee-killing machine. Does not understand the concept of jokes.
    BEEBOX: Bounty hunter. Very short, but carries a big gun.
    UTANI XANE: Curator of Quarantine World III. Loves bureaucracy and crushing dreams.
    SAVA TOOB-NIX: Sava of the University of Bar’leth. Hates when his lectures are interrupted (especially by our intrepid heroine).
    COMMODEX TAHN: Former mortician of Naboo. All-around bad liar.
    ENEB RAY: Former rebel spy. Loves to monologue.
    GEONOSIAN QUEEN: Really scary. No other descriptors necessary.
    Still the case fortunately.
     
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  2. ColeFardreamer

    ColeFardreamer Force Ghost star 5

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    I so need a sequel with continued Aphra comic stories adapted and expanded... including Tolvan, Vulada and Co... please!
     
  3. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 Anthology/Fan Films/NSA Mod & Ewok Enthusiast star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I've never been that interested in audiobooks, but I've been needing some motivation to take more walks lately (working at the computer has made me lazy :p) , so I bought this today in an attempt to make walks more fun.
    I ended up taking a two-hour walk while listening to the book today, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. So far I think it's a lot of fun, and it's been ages since I read the comics, so the story feels new and fresh.
    Again, only a couple of hours in, but I'm enjoying it a lot. Will probably end up buying the Dooku one as well, because walking while listening to this opened up a whole new world for me. :D
     
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  4. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    Pair the Dooku audiobook with Master & Apprentice
     
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  5. TCF-1138

    TCF-1138 Anthology/Fan Films/NSA Mod & Ewok Enthusiast star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I haven't read that yet either. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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  6. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin (2007-2023) - She Held Us Together star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Anyone have the book version of this yet? I have it on my next Amazon UK order list and am wondering how good it is. I don't really do audiobooks.
     
  7. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Loving Tyrant of SWTV, Lit, & Collecting star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I rifled through it at the book store. Same caliber as the Jedi Lost script.
     
  8. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin (2007-2023) - She Held Us Together star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thanks. I looked for it when I was in town on Wed but the bookstore didn't have it.
     
  9. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin (2007-2023) - She Held Us Together star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Just got the book from Amazon UK. It might pop to the top of my reading list as
    Boba Fett and Bossk
    are listed in the Dramatis Personae.
     
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  10. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    I need to get this.

    I’m saving up for post-lockdown and grrr.
     
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  11. Daneira

    Daneira Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Of course, they're both in the Vader comic upon which this is based.
     
  12. TiniTinyTony

    TiniTinyTony 16X Wacky Wed/12X Hangman Winner star 7 VIP - Game Winner

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    I just saw this book at Target yesterday as I caught my eye so I figured I'd look for the thread on it. It seems this came out a few weeks ago. From what I gathered in this thread and via the StarWars.com article, it sounds like its a retelling of the Aphra's intro in the DV 2015 comics.

    I started listening to the 3 minute audio clip available from the penguin random house link below. After 15 seconds I turned it off as my initial reaction was not favorable. I figured I'd give the full clip a shot and I found that it reminds me of Paget Brewster's take on Della Duck and not really what I expected Aphra to sound like.

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/636423/doctor-aphra-star-wars-by-script-by-sarah-kuhn/
     
  13. fett 4

    fett 4 Chosen One star 5

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    Am I a horrible person if I said that Dr Aphra was interesting only in her relationship to Vader and outside of that she's kind of bleh, while the Torture droids as an inverse 3PO R2 got old long long ago ?
     
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  14. FiveFireRings

    FiveFireRings Jedi Master star 4

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    Of course not, and I somewhat agree on the latter point. I completely disagree with the Vader thing, though. Her sort of kinky death-wishy thing there never really made sense to me and I feel like she's become much more interesting doing other stuff with other characters.
     
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  15. Daneira

    Daneira Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Personally, I like Aphra so much more after listening to the audio drama. The actress wasn't the voice I had in my head for Aphra at all but it really grew on me and I think makes the character really endearing.
     
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  16. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    Finally listening to this.

    One thing the audio conveys very differently to the comics is the sheer unnerving atmosphere of having to quickly re-activate a droid matrix with an impatient Vader looking on.
     
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  17. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    This adapts a lot more material than I expected. It covers the entirety of Gillen's Vader run, the Vader Down crossover, the Rebel Jail arc Star Wars and Gillen's Aphra run pre-Screaming Citadel. That's a good chunk of content.

    The running strand through the entire story is Aphra frequently over-estimating her own skills, having every plan blow up on her while either under-estimating or totally misreading everyone she encounters. This is particularly so where the Murderbots are concerned, and especially dangerous with regard to Vader, and even more so the Emperor.

    Overall, the casting is pretty good. Vader is done well, as is the Emperor. Fett and Leia are OK, only Luke and more so Han sound off.

    Next, The High Republic: Tempest Runner.
     
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  18. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Loving Tyrant of SWTV, Lit, & Collecting star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    No, it ends basically at the same point Gillen's Vader ended, with Aphra surviving her ejection into space and looking forward to the next adventure. That first Doctor Aphra arc was about exploring the ruins on Yavin IV with her dad and discovering Eternal Rur.
     
  19. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    Thanks, it has been a while. Still a major adaptation.

    And once that really uses the audio medium well.
     
  20. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Loving Tyrant of SWTV, Lit, & Collecting star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Indeed, that was the idea, retelling all of Gillen's Darth Vader from Aphra's perspective. Throwing in Rebel Jail and all the extra scenes was just icing on the cake.
     
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  21. Foreign32567

    Foreign32567 Jedi Master star 4

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    In one moment he sounded like Peter Griffin, and that was strange, to say the least.
    Very liked Trip's voice there, it was both gleeful and sinister.

    I did not remember Rebel Jail arc very much while listening to this audiobook, and for me moment with Sana almost strangling Aphra to death was quite shocking. Because of it their reconcile in the current run still seems somewhat fake.
     
  22. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    Oh, Aphra had that coming.
     
  23. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin (2007-2023) - She Held Us Together star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Caught up with the hardcover of the script today - pretty good. I hadn't read the comics of her and Vader but that didn't seem to matter.
     
  24. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    It shouldn't matter at all - nice bonus if you have, as you can compare and contrast, but the script alone will lack the neat audio touches and the performance.
     
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  25. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin (2007-2023) - She Held Us Together star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yeah, I realize that. However audiobooks aren't really my thing. This sounded like it would have been a good one though.