Great extension of the Star Wars universe. Didn't care much for how Luke continues to be a bit whiny, but still a great read/listen. Mark Thompson does an amazing job of the voices for Luke, Leia, Han, and Lando.
If you like the Star Wars universe, you'll definitely enjoy these books.
Near the top
Everything about Admiral Thrawn
PLEASE redue all other Star Wars book in unabridged form!!!
So many plot twist, when you think the New Republic is gonna catch a break... then you are left mouth open. I am not gonna spoil anything but the new spieces in this book is fantastic
Probally Luke in this book
Yes listened to the whole thrawn series and loved every book
its like a glass of fine wine, you wanna take it in slowly till your hammered wanting more wine at the end of the bottle( the book)
First off - I have found it very difficult to listen to other audio books after hearing the performance by Marc. He is about as good as it gets. You truly find yourself 'hearing and seeing' the characters. His inflections are damn near perfect. Truly amazed. Add a powerful story (the whole trilogy!) to his skill - and you are in for a great ride!
All of them! Lando and Han - were spot on! All characters were unique!
Watch this - NOW!
Download this - you won't be sorry.
Fair warning: I am a huge Star Wars nerd and love the print versions of these books. This set the bar EXTREMELY high, but the audiobooks are arguably better than the print version. (Yeah, really.)Between the narration and the touches of the original soundtrack that the editors wove in at key points, it really felt as through the book was part of the Star Wars universe. Better yet, the music made otherwise unlikeable characters more understandable. I didn't think it would be so compelling, but small details such as throwing in the sad music from Darth Vader's funeral as the narrator spoke of Captain Pellaeon's memory of watching the Executor crash into the Death Star made his mental anguish seem substantially more sympathetic. (Considering that he's one of the "bad guys" and not entirely likeable, getting any sympathy is tough.) Star Wars wouldn't be the same without Williams's soundtrack, so it was a good play to incorporate that.
I really enjoyed his take on the characters' voices. I was terrified that he would mess up Thrawn, but Thompson made Thrawn seem cool, calculating, and impeccably cultured to the point of being utterly alien. (Convenient, that.) His version of Captain Pellaeon is also very well done. Thompson aced the loyal, highly military, bright-but-not-bright-enough, Empire's man who is totally aware of his lack of genius. He injected the right tough of awkwardness into interactions with Thrawn, making it heartily apparent how utterly out of his depth the Captain knows he is and how totally flatfooted most of Thrawn's decisions make the Captain feel.I also really, really, really appreciated that Thompson managed to convey "this is a woman speaking" without falling into the trap of affecting a high pitched, squeaky voice. (Ahem, Jim Dale.) Leia actually sounded Leia-ish in inflection.
My only real criticism of the book is that Thompson's read on Mara made me really dislike her. He took the "bitter" thing and blew it up to mammoth proportions. Yeah, she's a bitter character, but ai! Enough!
The continuation of the story starting right off where it left off. Also not knowing what is going to happen, you think the good guys always win, well not alway.
Han Solo he always takes a chance and it seems like his luck never runs out.
He we go again!
This book really annoyed me actually. I read it originally when I was a teenager and had such fond memories of it. I probably should have left it that way. But with the news of J.J. Abrams doing Episode VII and hearing that they would not be basing them on this series I figured I'd read them again.
Seriously, if Grand Admiral Thrawn is such a genius why does he have such a moronic captain around him 24/7. It just got so old reading about Thrawn figuring out what the Republic is doing and then every single time having Captain Pellaeon, like the idiot he is, second guess Thrawns orders. "Huh, but why would I do that Grand Admial?", "What do you mean Luke Skywalker is aboard the ship!!??" Just got comically stupid after a while.
Still, if you are a Star Wars fan you have to at least read this series once. Hopefully you did it when you were young.
Very high Quality Minus non Female Voice acting, can be off puuting for Leia and Mara Jade.
Very Good Voice Acting, just needed a Female to voice act the Female Voices, would of ot 5/5 then
Yes. This series are the best Star Wars books. And the narration is so good it feels like you are watching a movie.
This was the first Star Wars book I had ever read. I remember seeing it in book stores when I was young. As a teen when I became interested in Star Wars and read the book I was blown away. From this trilogy I became a huge fan of the universe of Star Wars... Timothy Zahn is very gifted. Should have been made into a movie.