Published by Random House Audio in 1999
Read by Anthony Heald
Duration: 2 hours, 59 minutes.
Read by Anthony Heald who covers a wide variety of voices, accents and species with apparent ease, this book is long on speeches and action and very short on character development. I could blame the abridgement for that. It almost certainly cut out too much of the interesting secondary story involving an attempt by an inter-species couple to deal with cultural prejudice as they try to adopt a baby to raise as their own. But, let's face it, the appeal of these books lies in the dogfights and the almost corny speeches the officers give to their pilots before the big fight.
While the audiobook version is abridged, it does two things the book will never have: 1) real Star Wars sound effects; 2) snippets from the original Star Wars soundtracks by John Williams. For old fans of the movies, it is awfully fun to hear the music and the blaster fire and the R2 units as the X-Wings roar into battle.
I rate this audiobook 3 out of 5 stars.
This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here:Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 8: Isard's Revenge
Reviewed on June 29, 2012.