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Few know much about Count Dooku or his past that led him from the highest ranks of the Jedi Order to the knee of Darth Sidious. But when he charges his new assassin, Asajj Ventress, with her first mission, he also opens a window into his past. That past, riddled with dark prophecies and broken relationships is the key to Ventress understanding her new master…and his weaknesses.
Cavan Scott, bolstered by a whole host of voice actors, delivers one of the most engaging, immersive stories in all of the Expanded Universe with Dooku: Jedi Lost. This origin story enriches Dooku’s character so much that it even manages to elevate his on-screen appearances in the films.
Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in this audio original set in a galaxy far far away....
Darth Tyranus. Count of Serenno. Leader of the Separatists. A red saber, unsheathed in the dark. But who was he, before he became the right hand of the Sith? As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord's past begins to come to light.
Dooku's life began as one privilege-born within the stony walls of his family's estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred. But soon his Jedi abilities are recognized and he is taken from home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda. As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a Padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn—and tries to forget the life that he once led. But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana, and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.
Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light-even as the darkness begins to fall.
Dooku...Jedi lost or character found? This audio drama, a first of its kind, is one of the most engaging and immersive EU stories in recent memory, and perhaps all time. It does exactly what the EU was meant to do: take elements from the movies and elevate them to a higher level for the fans willing to take the time to read the books. Dooku goes from a two-dimensional film character to one of the most relatable villains in the entire saga. Voice acting, sound effects, and soundtrack were all top notch. Assuming you like Jedi, dark prophecies, and villains (and if you don't, I don't know why you're here) do yourself a favor and give this story a try!
I have never had a character change so completely in my mind before listening to Dooku: Jedi Lost. While I didn't care much about him before, this audio drama made me understand and care for Dooku in a way that was simply astonishing. The performances were tremendous, the writing superb, and I hope this paves the way for many, many more audio dramas to come. Absolutely phenomenal.
This was my very first audio drama experience so I didn't know what to expect, but damn this was a fun ride. Even if you're not the biggest Dooku fan, it's hard not to love the amount of production value that was put into this ambitious project. The emotions of the characters through talented voice acting paired with perfectly-executed sound effects and musical scores is on par with the intensity of the films. You'll also learn a lot about the Jedi just before the prequel era while enjoying this delicious piece of ear candy.
Aside from The Clone Wars animated series, we really haven't been shown much of Count Dooku - he shows up later on in Episode 2, and he's gone in the opening scenes of Episode 3. Who is this cat? We know he used to be a Jedi, but now he's a Sith Lord AND apparently nobility. What gives? This audio drama goes a long way in filling in those gaps - when and how Dooku began to see things differently from the Order; how he was first touched by the Dark Side; and how he finally made the momentous decision to leave the Order. It even shows us more of Asajj Ventress, and if you haven't read "Dark Disciple" before, listening to this may well shoot THAT book up your "to-read" list. If, like me, it's your first introduction to "listening" to a book, you may find the format takes some getting used to - I found scrubbing back to pick up something I missed or forgot more challenging than flipping back through pages, and every once in a while it was a challenge to keep characters' voices straight. But none of that is a critique of Cavan Scott's story, and the production value - with music and sound effects as well as the talented voice actors - is top-notch.
As someone who isn't a huge fan of audiobooks, I was pleasantly surprised by Dooku: Jedi Lost. It's an audio drama with a complete cast of voices, sound effects, and the Star Wars music we all know and love. But the story is what captivated me most. This is a deeper look at the road that led Dooku down a dark path from an early age, from his days as a Padawan right up to his decision to leave the Jedi Order. It's so good that I listened to it twice, and if you love the expanded universe, you'll love characters old and new, familiar themes, and more insight into the Jedi Council as a whole. Fans of The Clone Wars TV series will love it even more.
So for full disclosure, I grew up listening to audio dramas, so the novelty of Dooku: Jedi Lost wasn't really there for me and honestly the quality wasn't quite as good as others that I've heard. That being said, this was still a great story and one of the more important entries into Canon. I though Dooku's family drama involvement was excellent, and I can certainly see myself listening to this one multiple times.