Star Wars: Aftermath Trilogy: Life Debt

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2016
15 hours 32 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig’s bestselling trilogy.

It is a dark time for the Empire. . . . 

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.
Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Praise for Aftermath: Life Debt

“Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt has found its place at the top of all the new canon works. Simply, outstandingly great Star Wars.”—Star Wars Post
“[Chuck] Wendig once again strikes gold, offering a sweeping narrative with plenty of insight into both the state of the galaxy at large and beloved characters both new and old.”—Alternative Nation
“With an intense plot, political intrigue and great characterization, Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt is an excellent read.”—Flickering Myth

Praise for Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath
“Star Wars: Aftermath [reveals] what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“The Force is strong with Star Wars: Aftermath.”—Alternative Nation
“The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again, and just as rich and mysterious as it always was.”—Den of Geek
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Justin U

I pretty much suffer through this series as I'm trying to mine the tiny nuggets of info for the new canon. Far too many "convenient" occurrences don't allow for any risk. You just know in your heart of hearts no one is going to die, no matter how close it gets. But there were some interesting bits. I do love Mr. Bones. Narration is really good, which made this bearable.

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Dwight S.


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I like this book a lot. It is less choppy, unlike the first book. The characters grow in more interesting ways, especially Singir, and he becomes more likeable. The wookies make this book interesting.

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Michael R.

Slightly better writing than the first book in this series, but the characters are still written very uninteressting making the whole book a real struggle to get through. The one star is for the "Empire parts" which is partly interessting. The narration is ok in some parts, but I don't like it when the narrator is trying to make different voices for the characters. The "female voices" especially sounds awful. This trilogy of books is not what you are looking for. Not recommended.

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Sire Esquire

So much better than the first book. Constant action with a very interesting imperial storyline. It may be a bit predictable and cheesy, but that’s Star Wars

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Jamie S.

amazing story.

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William H.

Like every Star Wars book I’ve listened to, the narration and production values are amazing!!!! The only reason I gave the book 4 out of 5 is because it’s not my favourite book or trilogy. If you haven’t read the Darth Bane trilogy I’d start there but these books are still amazing !!!!!!!

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James H

This was an excellent book. The action was well written and narrated. I? can’t wait to finish this trilogy with next book, “Empire’s End”

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Travis J

Far superior to the first Aftermath - the original characters have their origin and "come together" moments out of the way here, and they really do compete with Han and Leia for most enjoyable characters. And yes, Han and Leia are all over this so finally some OT characters making a big impact in this book. Unless you count Wedge, who was in the first novel, this is really the first appearance of the characters we know and love from the movies and they are a more than welcome addition. The narrator had an EXCELLENT Han Solo/Harrison Ford voice; major plus. I really thought they weren't going to feature any of the "big three" based on Aftermath part 1, so needless to say, a very welcome surprise. I have heard great things about the final installment of the trilogy of Aftermath books, and after experiencing the quality of this novel, I am completely stoked to read/listen to "Empire's End". The audio was top notch. John Williams music, great sound fx and ambience, and a very capable narrator(although not the best at female voices-that would be only complaint)

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Steven Shultz

This follow up book was easier to follow along with than the Aftermath book 1. There were a couple off shoots but they didn't distract. Definatly gives more insight on how the Empire begins its change.

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Donovan Patar

Best sci Fi audio book I have listened to. Just as good as book one.

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James Krause

This series seems to be necessary to the SW universe. Necessary doesn't mean enjoyable. The usage of old characters seems incredibly forced and their appearance only seems to serve as a scale for new characters. Bones particularly is a deus ex machina employed to an eyerolling degree. If this wasn't SW, it wouldn't matter.

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Aaron Oelschlager

Great book! The chapters are reasonable length and present good stopping points.

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Aubrey Gibson

This book is Stud muffin out of control!

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Nick Loy

Marc Thompson is always good. Let me first say, this book is better than the first one, but that's not saying much. Needless to say, I will not be listening to the third installment. Recommend Bloodline and Lost Stars instead.

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