AudioBook Review, Science Fiction

Doctor Aphra (Star Wars)

Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again.
A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn’t found in a museum, but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited, and…saves her life?

I am not one for comics, but I keep hearing and seeing this character being discussed in Facebook groups I am in. I even got the action figure of this character because of how interesting Dr. Chelli Aphra sounded. I mean, in the Star Wars world we never had an archeologist, or at least one that was a focal character. When they announced they were going to create an audio drama, I was excited because I finally get to experience the world of Dr. Aphra. This audio drama was the introduction issue of her character.   

Dr. Chelli Aphra is a crazy character but feels like she belongs in the universe. I love how she differs from most archeologists, a rogue. She does not want these artifacts withering away in a museum. Aphra wants to see artifacts in their rightful place doing what the galaxy created them to do. A pioneer in criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. This way of thinking leads her into many predicaments. In this audio drama, her latest predicament lands her working for Darth Vader. I love how different this character is and feel she is part of this world instead of shoehorned.

Aphra’s two droids, Triple-Zero and Bee Tee, are just as fun as Aphra. Triple-Zero is the evil twin of C-3PO. He is a protocol droid designed to specialize in etiquette, customs, translation, and torture. Bee Tee is the evil twin of R2-D2. He is a homicidal BT-1 assassin droid created by the Galactic Empire’s Tarkin Initiative. Now, for fellow Star Wars fans, these two are not like Imperial droids we are used to. Unlike the droids from the rebellion who have these human-like personalities, Imperial droids have no personalities. They are droids and have the personalities as a droid. Triple-Zero and Bee Tee have personalities that remind me of HK-47. These two complements each other like our lovely C-3PO and R2-D2. They feel like they belong in this universe. 

I have always loved Star Wars audiobooks. They are not like others I listen to. They use sound effects and music to give these audios an experience. I feel like I am listening to a Clone Wars/Rebels episode or a movie. This audio drama did not disappoint. They had a full cast of well-known narrators or voice actors in the Star Wars world.

I would recommend this audio drama to anyone who is a Star Wars fan and if you are looking for a fun space story. This was a fun listen. Yes, Aphra kind of got annoying for a bit, but what Star Wars characters don’t from time to time.   

I give this audio drama a 3/5  

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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