Pirate’s Price

I’m not an audiobook person, but sometimes you have to make exceptions. When I heard Pirate’s Price was being narrated by Jim Cummings, the person who actually voices Hondo Ohnaka, I knew an exception might be in order. Now Pirate’s Price is a younger reader novel at just 240 pages. On top of that, I was not familiar with Lou Anders’ writing. So jumping all in with Pirate’s Price was a bit of a gamble. Thankfully, it paid off big time. I could not believe just how fun this story was as an audiobook. Hearing the voice of Hondo Ohnaka recounting these wild adventures brought back the character I fell in love with in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The writing in this book captures his voice perfectly. All the humor is there that makes this character so colorful and charming. And Jim Cummings is there to give you all 5 hours and 11 minutes of Hondo. If you’re a fan of the character, this is one audiobook you will most definitely want to experience.

The story is told with a bit of a framing device as Bazine Netal is looking for the Millennium Falcon and she tracks down Hondo Ohnaka in hopes of finding it. Hondo takes the opportunity to regal her with some tales of his experiences with the famous ship. This leads to three different stories, all of which are a lot of fun. From Hondo flying with Han Solo and Chewbacca as they try to pull off an impossible score during the days of the Empire, to a journey with Chewbacca after Han’s death and a ship full of porgs, it covers different parts of the Star Wars timeline and different eras of Hondo’s life. All the while the dastardly pirate keeps the listener entertained with “peow peows” of blaster fire, his longing to steal the Falcon for himself, and his ever hilarious quips of wisdom. Since Hondo is telling the stories, most of the book is actually narrated by Hondo, and it’s not just him showing up to do his dialog. This is an extra bonus for Hondo fans.

Now Jim doesn’t just voice Hondo in the book, as he also has to do character like Han, Chewbacca, even Maz Kanata. While those characters are a bit of a stretch for him, he makes it work, and it doesn’t detract from the story. Even if there is a voice you don’t like, it’ll come back to Hondo soon enough that there’s little to worry about.

With over five hours of content, the great voice of Jim Cummings doing Hondo, and a very fun story, Pirate’s Price is a must get. Seriously, if you like Hondo, you owe it to yourself to get this book as an audiobook. It’s a true joy to listen to. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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