A far more interesting, fleshed out and REAL Star Wars story. The very best of the EU, and finally unabriged with Marc Thompson doing his finest.
A must read for any Star Wars fan.
Felt like a true follow up to the original trilogy, and introduced the franchises next great villain.
The printed version was better only because I could hear all of the character in my head.
Princess Leia's voice was awful! All other characters were fine, but her voice ruined it for me. Her spunk was lost in translation.
I enjoyed to listening to the story I had read so many years ago.
Redo Leia's part.
Yes, though I would recommend the paperback.
Ralrra's voice by the actor.
The portrayal of Ralrra on Kashyyk is annoying at best, and un-listenable at worst. It's VERY hard to listen to those in those sections. Other than that, the narrator does a great job and this is one of, if not the best, of the Star Wars trilogies. Also check out Kevin J Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy.
There are added sound effects in the background. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked it, but it grew on me quickly. I am not a big audiobooks listener, I found the additional effects rather nice. The narrator's voice is clear and easy to understand as well and his character voices are distinct from one another so it is always easy to tell who is speaking in the story.
It definitely adds to the Star Wars universe. As I stated above, I also, to my surprise, found I liked the sound effects and occasional background music.
I did not like his female voices. The female characters in this story are strong, confident women, but his voicing of them makes them seem somewhat...damsel-in-distress. I felt they were overplayed.
Yes. I finished it rather fast, and it was entertaining. I only got the first one in the trilogy having never read a star wars book before, and I am now planning to purchase the others to continue the story.
As I stated above, i am new to Star Wars books. I am a Star Wars fan, and finally thought I would check out some of the literature. I spent some time looking around the internet to come up with the best book to start with and the overwhelming suggestion was with this series. After making it through this book, I am glad to have started here. Apparently there are other books that, chronologically, come before this one, but this does seem to make a good starting point.
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.
In one year, I heard 70 Audible books. I would not have been able to read a quarter of that amount.
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.