I was at the theater when the original Star Wars movie arrived and changed everything. The quantum leap in special effects in the Star Wars movie is always credited as the main differentiator from previous sci-fi movies. More importantly, though, it was the characters and the universe that captured everyone's imagination.
Zahn picks up the story roughly 10 years after The Return of the Jedi. He includes all the heroes you would expect (Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Lando, Chewie, etc.) and handles them deftly. They've grown a bit and settled into their roles in the New Republic, but they are the same characters everyone would expect. More importantly, though, Zahn expands the universe with an additional set of great new characters and a villain equal to the task of replacing Darth Vader. Zahn's villain, Commander Thrawn, is different from Vader in his power isn't from own brutal strength and malevolence but from the fact he is four steps ahead of you at every turn. Thrawn if more a Moriarty than a monster.
I picked up this audiobook in 2013, having not read a Star Wars novel since 1979 (Splinter of the Mind's Eye). This story not only reignited my love for the Star Wars universe, it helped wash a bit of the bad taste left in my mouth from Star Wars Episodes 1 - 3.
One cannot over-emphasize how good a job Marc Thompson does with the narration. He is truly the gold standard in Star Wars narration that all others will be compared.
One additional note: Zahn's novels are not only well-written but are kid-safe as well. Zahn doesn't fall prey to the writing crutch of making the story more gritty or darker in order to try and make it more exciting. I had no qualms about giving these to my kids and they had no qualms about asking me for more of his novels.
The story is very good but the performance made the book. You barely have to use your imagination to see the story.
Lots of good & interesting parts. But those are to far apart. These books don't really have filler pards, but the story is thin at times.
Ya. Over all its a good to ok series.
When Luke fights the Master. I don't wana say any more & spoil it.
This is a rating on the hole series.
Anarcho-Capitalist with a long commute.
Yes! I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan, and I will at least complete the Thrawn Trilogy. Timothy Zahn has done a wonderful job of crafting a new an interesting experience within the framework of the existing universe, and Marc Thompson is a talented narrator to be sure. The ability to capture so many iconic characters so well--both from an author's and narrator's standpoint is very impressive.
This is part of the reason that I've docked the Story 2 stars. It's already got a lot of "sequelitis." As the book was drawing near the end, I could already feel the cliffhanger. However, rather than a moment of pure suspense and build towards the next installment, I came away from this with a fairly good idea of where things were headed and a sense that the book just arbitrarily ended there.
Lando Calrissian. Not a perfect replication of the cinema original--perhaps a bit more "plantation owner"--but very enjoyable and appropriate.
Absolutely. As some have mentioned in their reviews already, Lucas almost made this trilogy into movies. It will be interesting to see if there is any inspiration from this title when the real Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX are released.
Predictable but enjoyable. If you're a seasoned Star Wars veteran, get it without a second thought.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
Nostalgia, expansion, performance
General Thrawn. He was the new addition to the movies of my youth and he definitely had the same wonderful sense of villainy as Vader and the Emperor. A cold calculating villain who's goals of order gave him a fantastic greyness that lent depth to the story.
He was fantastic in his imitations of all the characters. I have seldom seen a more complete and amazing voice acting job and I have listened to many.
I went in with an open mind and I wasn't disappointed. I have heard by many if you are going to read any expanded universe this is the series to do. You also couldnt have ask for a better performance then this one on the narration.
I enjoy "Sherlock Holmes." Classics like "Dracula" and "The Three Muskeeteers,"but predominately Star Wars. Thanks Audible!
No question about it. I got through it a lot faster and the sound effects helped my visualization.
Thrawn is a brilliant tactician and written well as a villain who is not egocentric or pompous, simply that darn good!
Too many to name just one.
THE WHOLE BOOK
if you read other zahn books, its like that. if you are new to star wars books, it immerses you into the book - feels like you are watching a movie
he voices characters well.
it's a long book, dont have that much free time
I was so excited when I discovered that Marc Thompson would be reading the unabridged version of the Thrawn trilogy. After listening I must say I was not disappointed! Thompson does such a good job with all the different characters, he has to rank as my second favourite narator. The story was great - as all books by Zahn are.
Marc Thompson's excellent narration.
Thrawn was by far the most enjoyable new charecter. However, Thompson's impressions of the classic charecters is nearly spot-on; with Luke Skywalker being my personal favorite.
Apparently, in 1991, the word "sardonically" was free. Like, it cost absolutely nothing extra to add that word to your book... so, Timothy Zahn exploited this bargain to the fullest extent. While I eventually lost count I think it's safe to say every single chapter included at least one use of the word (30 times?). At that point I'd say that particular word was used to the point of distraction. Will someone please get Mr. Zahn a thesaurus?
Marc Thompson is a man of a thousand voices. He did a great job imitating the essence of the original actors - granted some of the new characters had familiar voices too (I think he imitated Antonio Banderas and Jack Nicholson). Even his female voices were feminine enough to keep the narration moving smoothly - unlike other male narrators who sound like drag queens when performing female voices.
The first movie I ever saw was the original Star Wars. In fact most memories of my childhood revolved around some bit of Star Wars memorabilia. Listening to this production of a new Star Wars trilogy brought all of those memories rushing back. The plot and descriptions were equal to that of Return of the Jedi and left me far more satisfied than my experience watching The Phantom Menace.
However, the end of this book didn't feel as dramatic as I expected. Nonetheless, it was very entertaining and I only hope the next audiobook in the series is as good.