great narration, voices, effects, all of it was great, i can't wait to continue with the next book
First off, if you've seen Force Awakens, just know that this is an alternate take on the events after Return of the Jedi.
The writing fantastically captures the personalities of the main heroes of the Rebellion and paints a detailed backdrop of the struggles the New Republic faces after the Battle of Endor. The story is told from the perspective of the Empire's new leader and from Han, Leia, and Luke's as well.
I think I bought the paperback of this at a K Mart in 95, but never finished it. I'm really glad I came back to it and this audiobook version is great. Marc Thompson does an AMAZING job at portraying all of the film-universe characters... and not a half bad job on the female voices. I really wish they would have taken a different approach with the Wookies. You'll know what I mean when you get there. It's nearly unbearable.
As for the story itself, it does a great job of leading off the extended universe and I can't wait to read more, but there a few flimsy story points that could have used some reinforcement and I don't think Thrawn fills Vader's shoes threateningly enough. While his cunning comes across, he lets people off the hook and never once pulls a Kylo Ren... which would have made him a more menacing foe. I find his lack of outrage disturbing.
All in all, a fantastic follow up to the movies that held the imagination of my entire youth. I cannot wait to get started on book #2... good thing I have a credit. ;-)
3 deployments around the world and this shows up in my lap. I mean the character development of Thrawn as an almost omniscient being of pure warrior and tactical spirit send shivers down my armor plated back as I listens to his ability to out-strategize and out-maneuver the New Republic at almost every turn was by far the reason I woke up every morning.
It's impossible to properly do a Wookie voice and have it legible in English but I appreciated the attempts of the narrator to attempt this. Lol
The book is incredible an while I have read the trilogy multiple times listening to it with this narration brought a whole new level of enjoyment. I highly recommend this book. Get it. You won't regret it.
PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY THIS BOOK. STAR WARS FAN OR NOT YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED BY THE WORLD, CHARACTERS, AND STORYLINE THIS SENSATIONAL NARRATION TAKES YOU THROUGH! I am a huge Star Wars fan but never really got into the Expanded Universe until now, this was the perfect book to do so and saying I highly recommend it is an understatement! Buy this book!!!