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Race to Crashpoint Tower

Written by: Daniel Jose Older
Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
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Publisher's Summary

Another exciting story in the number-one New York Times best-selling series! The Republic Fair is coming! Visitors from all over the galaxy are traveling to the planet Valo for a massive, awe-inspiring festival celebrating the Republic. While his fellow Valons prepare for the fair, Jedi Padawan Ram Jomaram is hiding out in his favorite place: a dingy garage filled with mechanical parts and tools. But when a security alarm goes off on the nearby hilltop nicknamed Crashpoint Peak, he ventures out with his trusty droid V-18 to investigate. There he discovers that someone has knocked out Valo's communications tower - a frightening sign that Valo, and the Republic Fair, are in danger. Sure enough, as Ram races to warn the Jedi, the dreaded Nihil unleash a surprise attack! It's up to Ram to face down the enemy at Crashpoint Tower and send a call for help to the Republic. Luckily, he's about to get some assistance from unexpected new friend....

Don't miss all of the Star Wars: The High Republic adventures!

©2021 Daniel Jose Older (P)2021 Disney Lucasfilm Press

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

Worst Star Wars narrator from the Disney era.

Every single Star Wars audio-book from the Disney era has been extremely high quality, some narrators better than others... but this is such a huge drop in quality... I understand it's supposed to be for kids but this is really rough... I also understand Todd Haberkorn is an anime voice actor, so he was probably hired to do the anime voice- but it is so jarringly bad. It almost feels like satire. That's not mentioning the quality of the voice recording which is abysmal... his microphone peaks on almost every single sentence... Did he record this on his laptop microphone? I honestly feel like that's the only possibility with how bad it sounds. His anime style of reading the book like a script is like nails on a chalkboard... he enunciates and emphasizes all the wrong words, I literally hate this and wish I could refund it. Todd Haberkorn if you ever read this, I want you to know I've enjoyed every single Star Wars audio book up until now and I've suffered through alot of horrible things in my life but nothing as bad as this reading you have done.

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  • Oscar Vasquez-Montalvan
  • 08-07-21

A bare minimum production.

While the narrator and story were mostly fine, having listened to many canon Star Wars audiobooks recently, the absolute, complete lack of music and sound effects really drags this audiobook down into quite the disappointing experience. The one previously released earlier this year: A Test of Courage is leagues better in all aspects. Really hope this isn’t the standard going forward with the shorter ones considering how amazing and immersive the YA and Adult Star Wars audiobooks are.

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  • Zachariah Dearing
  • 27-07-21

Decent all-ages story disappointingly perfomed.

Just looking at the story itself, it isn't bad for what it is; that being a side story aimed at a younger audience than The Rising Storm, which this story takes place alongside.

However, I was expecting more varied voice acting and sound effects, like the ones in other Star Wars audiobooks (like The Rising Storm, the Thrawn books, and Master and Apprentice) but those weren't included here.

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  • SLN
  • 06-01-23

Sputter, stutter, mutter…dudder.

The story is not as well written as other YA books in the High Republic series. Additionally, the voice actor’s performance is difficult to engage with. I kept getting distracted. Thankfully, I had already read The Rising Storm so I was already familiar with quite a bit of this story.

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  • Frauxdo
  • 26-12-22

Inconsequential

Honestly, thank goodness it was short because these one-off high republic novels are really dragging on. Nothing in this story matters. Read it if you want just to expand on characters/lore.

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  • David J. Fronsee
  • 14-12-22

Pretty good story

Skewed a little young for me, but I still enjoyed it. Recommend this one to all Star Wars fans.

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  • CarlosS.
  • 06-11-22

It was alright

so if you read the comics and have read 'Rising Storm' you are definitely going go enjoy this for what it is. as a stand alone I don't think it holds up but it is a fun read.

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  • Jared P. Harrison
  • 14-10-22

WHAT AN AWESOME STORY- BUT NO SOUND EFFECT/NO MUSI

I LOVED RACE TO CRASHPOINT TOWER. I'VE BEEN 50/50 WITH THE HIGH REPUBLIC. LISTENED TO MOST OF THE BOOKS AND WHILE I LIKE SOMETHING IN THE ADULT BOOKS ( THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO PRAISE) I DO FIND THAT THE NIHL AND MARHION RO IS NOT THREATENING AT ALL, AND I MEAN AT ALL. I'M USED TO SITH LIKE FROM CURRENT GEN AND OLD REPUBLIC THAT THEIR MOTIVATIONS WERE CLEAR AND WERE THREATENING AND THAT CREATED TENSION FOR THE CHARACTERS YOU GOT TO KNOW AND ADORED. AT LEAST IN THIS BOOK THE NIHL TAKE SOMEWHAT OF A BACKSEAT AND WE GET RAM AND LULA AND SOME OTHERS AND IT'S JUST FUN. MANY TIMES I LAUGHED OUT LOUD AND THOUGHT THIS WAS AWESOME. NOW IT'S ON TO MIDNIGHT HORIZON. MY ONLY MAJOR GRIPE IS NO SOUND EFFECTS BARELY ANY MUSIC (OUTSIDE OF THE BEGINNING AND END) WHAT UP WITH THAT?? MOST SW BOOKS COME FULL IN WITH THE EFFECTS/MUSIC AND OTHER AND IT REALLY IMMERSES YOU. ITS A SHAME- THIS BOOK REALLY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THAT TREATMENT- WOULD'VE MADE IT SO SO SO MUCH BETTER. ALL IN ALL THOUGH, THIS STORY WAS VERY COOL AND I ENJOYED IT.

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  • Brett Miller
  • 26-08-22

Another great HR entry!

I wish this audiobook had as much production as many of the other SW Audiobooks (sound effects and music were a bit more lacking than usual), but nonetheless I had a wonderful time! The narrator did a wonderful job as a storyteller, and Daniel Jose Older made me fall in love with new characters and ones I’d known from his HR Adventures comics and the previous HR middle grade book even more in such a short span of time. Excited to head on to the next adventure in The High Republic!

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  • Jason
  • 11-06-22

Fun Addition to the Series!!

This is the second of the Junior Reader stories in the High Republic Saga, but for those that are fans of the series, these books aimed at younger readers are still an absolute must as they are not only entertaining, they introduce some great characters that are continuing on into the other books in the series. They also tell some intriguing parts of the story that provide background to the events taking place in the ‘Adult’ edition of the books, surrounding the Nihil and the Jedi.
The first book, Test of Courage, introduced several characters, but most notably, Vernestra Rowh, and Imri Cantaros, Jedi who have gone on to appear in several more books now (including this one).
In this book, we get to meet another young Padawan, Ram Jomarram, who is very unique, and not your normal Padawan. Ram can be found most often in the workshop, fixing things, or working on a speeder a droid, or something mechanical, rather than some other form of Jedi training.
When the Republic Fair is about to start on Valo, all of the Jedi present, are meant to be in attendance, in their dress robes, but Ram instead, ends up on a small adventure, with his trusty droid V-18, and two of a race known as Bombraks that are exceptional mechanics. This adventure sees Ram heading to Crashpoint Tower, so named as it is a bit treacherous to get to, but when he does, he finds a Nihil ship and Nihil raiders attempting to sabotage the main comms relay, and tries to fend them off with the help of V-18.
Realising who they are, he desperately tries to warn someone, but unfortunately, only ends up being detained, due to his appearance, and the ignorance of the person he runs into.
This is an interesting part of the story, as it ties directly into a section of Rising Storm, and we meet Ty Yorrick, a mercenary with not only Force abilities, but a lightsaber to. Whilst she is only in this book for a short while, she does appear in Rising Storm more, and is a fascinating character. It is these crossovers between the characters in the series and books, that is making the High Republic series such a fantastic and fun series to read.
Without giving too much away, as the events of ‘Rising Storm’ unfold, and the attack on Valo takes place at the Republic Fair, Ram, aided by a few friends he has run into, including a Padawan called Lula Talisola and her friend, who is another Force Sensitive that is not a Jedi, but shows incredible potential, Zeen Mrala, have to head back to Crashpoint Tower and try to fix the communications equipment there, not only so they can call for help, but so they can coordinate efforts on the planet to fight the Nihil. The small contingent of Jedi on Valo are greatly outnumbered, so it is up to Ram and his friends to save the day.
This is a fantastic story, with some really great lessons about friendship, acceptance, empathy, and understanding who you are, and how to be the best person you can be. The character work is exceptional, young Ram is fantastic as this young Padawan, who feels out of place in the Galaxy at times, as everyone has their expectations, but he just loves and knows machines – he can not only understand them, but use the Force to better understand and manipulate them. He has an incredible ability with the Force to understand how all mechanical things work, and either stop it, adjust it, or damage it/kill it (or burn it out if it is a circuit). He makes for a really intriguing character. There are several other really great characters in this series (Not only the other Jedi, but Ram’s friends, especially V-18 who is just hilarious, as well as some other friends he has, little alien mechanics, Bombraks. Lula and Zeen are also fascinating characters, Lula as a young Padawan trying to understand her abilities, and Zeen, as a Force Sensitive, raised on a world that hates Jedi and Force Users, but having used the Force to save people during a Nihil attack.
This is a really great story for young readers, as well as those who are just fans of Star Wars, and wanting to get something extra out of the High Republic series. It is absolutely worth the read.
Todd Haberkorn is reasonably good as the Narrator, he is clear and concise and easy to understand for the most part. Haberkorn did a great job with his range of male and female voices, creating a clear set of male and female characters that you could easily distinguish, and tell apart as he narrated the story. Haberkorn also did a good job of providing the emotional state of these characters, so you could understand how the characters were feeling as the story was unfolding, and he did a really great job with the main character Ram, and his over exuberant nature, and letting us know that through his Narration, so we understood the type of person Ram is. He did this well with the other characters as well, such as Lula and Zeen (such as Zeen’s anxiety about her situation). Overall, this was a pretty good performance.

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  • Hunting Harkonnens
  • 14-10-22

Not bad

Although I enjoyed this book, I think because I’ve read Rising Storm this didn’t really add much to the overall High Republic story for me. It linked up the adult novels with the High Republic Adventures comic which was cool but apart from that it felt a bit pointless.

Another downside is that I’ve listened to so many Star Wars audiobooks in the list and they’ve always had music and sound effects (which I love!) but this was the first one that didn’t which was very disappointing.

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  • Matt
  • 23-11-21

Good

I listen to everything Star Wars because its a bit of an obsession. These younger aimed books, I am definitely not the demographic for but they're still good for popping on whole you're cooking food etc. This one is a good little companion piece to the main series' second book which is amazing. Give it a whirl of you've got nothing else on.

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  • Felix Walne
  • 11-09-21

Another great instalment in the wave High Republic novels

I enjoyed the story, it’s great to see some of the characters that we know and love from the other comics and novels action. The narrator generally did a great job, though I do miss the music and sound effects which is almost standard for Star Wars audiobooks.

My only criticism would be that the ending felt like a bit of an anti-climax with regard to the Drengir.

I did enjoy how this book crosses over with the rising storm novel.

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  • Cameron
  • 27-08-21

Good sorry, poor performance

Disappointed at the lack of production value present in other Star Wars Audible Books.
Good story though, good tie in to the Rising Storm.

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  • Connor M.
  • 02-08-21

Don't skip Jr books if you like the full novels!

I'm loving these High Republic stories.
I do wish there was more consistency to the given voices/accents/impressions.
Vernestra in this book sounding nothing like Vern in her debut book.

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  • Istam14
  • 17-07-21

I actually really enjoyed this one

Really like how this book paints a more complete picture of the events in Rising Storm and I personally love the connection to the High Republic Adventures comics.

Definetely recommend it to fans of Rising Storm and the High Republic Adventure comics.

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  • Lynchpin
  • 08-07-21

It was okay

Quite nicely carries on with the 'High Republic' theme. I dont think it will be considered a classic but it passed the time on and was okay as a short story. Definitely not as good as the other stories on the series. I personally wasnt keen on the narration. The story ambled on nicely and introduced a few new characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-21

Pretty cool

An entertaining short story with some interesting and wise insights into Jedi philosophy as well. Good story flow. Very good performance.