Dooku: Jedi Lost

I’m not an audiobook person as when it comes to stories, I like to absorb them via the written word in order to get the most out of them. It allows me to slow down, reread things, and carry on at my own pace. However, Dooku: Jedi Lost isn’t available in any other format. It’s an audio drama and that’s it. Thus I was forced to finally plunge into the world of audiobooks. Dooku: Jedi Lost features a full voice cast, which is really nice, and it comes in at 6 hours and 21 minutes so you get a lot of enjoyment out of it. But most importantly, it tells a good story. This audio drama explores the character of Dooku, from his days as a young padawan in the Jedi Temple, to being apprenticed to Yoda, befriending Sifo-Dyas, discovering his sister, being exposed to the dark side, and eventually leaving the Jedi Order to become the Count of Serenno. This covers a large swath of time and several adventures as we get glimpses of Dooku throughout his life, before he fell to the dark side. The story is set within a framing story, so you also get quite a bit of Asajj Ventress as she explores Dooku’s life via holo journals and such in an effort to find his sister. With a high quality voice cast, great storytelling, and sound effects and music, Dooku: Jedi Lost is a story you wont want to skip.

The story starts with Count Dooku giving Asajj Ventress a mission – find his sister. Believe it or not, this is the first time we’ve ever gotten a story that focused on Dooku, so listeners will learn a lot of things about the character. His sister plays a key role in the story, and in order to track her down, Asajj goes through Dooku’s holo journals and explores his past. This leads to us seeing a young 10 year old Dooku in the Jedi Order. We get to see what kind of student he was, who his friends were, and ultimately how he winds up being Yoda’s student. We get to see what that master and apprentice relationship was like. We also get see Dooku working with other Jedi masters, and how they helped shape his life, perhaps toward it’s tragic end. Eventually we get to see Dooku taking on apprentices of his own, first Rael, then Qui-Gon. It all leads up to the events which cause him to leave the order, which does not play out the way I expected. Yet the story doesn’t end there, because there is still the story of Asajj finding Dooku’s sister, which is the final step of this journey.

Bringing this story to life, beyond Cavan Scott’s excellent writing, is a full voice cast of talented narrators. From Orlagh Cassidy who voices Ventress, to Euan Morton as Dooku, they carry the brunt of the story and narration and do a great job. There are highlights along the way with Jonathan Davis doing a great Qui-Gon Jinn and Marc Thompson’s spot on Yoda. With the sound effects and music added in, and lots of other narrators all lending their voices, it creates an immersive audio experience.

Whether you’re an audiobook person or not, Dooku: Jedi Lost is worth checking out. It’s well done, a great story, and so far the only story to really explore the character of Dooku. This audio drama answers a lot of questions about the character, but it doesn’t answer all of them. There’s still some mystery to the character. With compelling characters, exciting adventures, and intriguing twists and turns, Dooku: Jedi Lost delivers. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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