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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Force Rising | [Timothy Zahn]

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Force Rising

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council, only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

But most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and thoroughly, utterly insane. The Dark Jedi schemes to use his awesome mastery of the Force to summon young Skywalker, allay his misgivings, cunningly enthrall him, and ultimately corrupt him to the Dark Side.

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What the Critics Say

"Skillfully paced entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Zahn's snappy prose and cinematic style capture the feel of the popular Star Wars films as he weaves together a lightweight but exciting tale of high adventure." (Library Journal)

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    Cheryl Houston, TX, USA 11-01-08
    Cheryl Houston, TX, USA 11-01-08
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    "Good, but why waste time creating abridged books?"

    The story is ok and well performed, but I just don't understand why publishers waste time creating abridged books. By not needing to use your eyes, your reading time is greatly expanded. Abridging is a travesty to begin with - even made worst by doing it on this format...and then not even offering the unabridged version. I don't see how any abridged book can get higher than a mediocre rating.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 10-29-09
    Sean 10-29-09
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    "Love the book, dislike the abridged part"

    This trilogy by Zahn is what brought Star Wars back into our collective conscience. Why then are his audio books abridged? I love the story, and I love being able to listen to it on my iPod at the gym, but slightly disappointed in not being able to listen to the entire work as Zahn originally penned it. It's still a good listen, even though it leaves out half the book. It would be awesome though, if there were radio drama style, unabridged, versions of his books.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    George 04-15-11
    George 04-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Audio Conversion"

    I read the first book in the Thrawn series and I thought I would give the audio a try. I was pretty disappointed. As great as Anthony Daniels is as C3P0, he does not have the ability to portray a wide range of voices which is necessary for a project such as this. Some of his character voices sound rather hokey and it is difficult to distinguish between between his female and male voices.

    The other main draw back is the abridgement. While a book that is made into a movie is commonly abridged to 2 or 3 hours, this does not work well with audio. Although many of the Star Wars audio books use the 2 to 3 hour length, most other abridgments are considerably longer. It was difficult to follow the story line here since so much had been cut out. Hopefully the Star Wars franchise will take note of current trends and start making longer audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike garman 05-26-12
    Mike garman 05-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "UNABRIDGED AND NOT LIKING IT"

    I typically purchase 2-3 audible books a month.
    Having just finished"Heir to the Empire" I immediately signed up,for the 2nd in the series.
    STUPID on my part.I didn't read the reviews 1st.This is an ABRIDGED SEQUEL TO AN UNABRIDGED "ANNIVERSARY EDITION"1st volume.
    This is not right.
    Would somebody at Audible answer me :
    [1]Why do you even offer unabridged versions of anything ??
    [2] Why do you charge a full credit for less than half the content ??
    [a half of credit would be more in line].
    [3] Is it fair to mingle abridged versions in a series that also contains un-abridged versions??
    Offering only unabridged books would seem to be the best policy.If audible can't offer the unabridged version then don't offer anything at all.If there is some reason you just have to offer abridged you should offer a pop up in red that says at point of purchase:
    THIS IS AN............ABRIDGED VERSION...........,DO YOU WANT TO PROCEED ??

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 03-29-12
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 03-29-12

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    "Why oh why did they switch to Anthony Daniels?"
    Would you try another book from Timothy Zahn and/or Anthony Daniels?

    I enjoy Timothy Zahn's writing and I feel her very much captures the flavor of the Star Wars universe. Anthony Daniels narration was in my opinion nothing short of terrible. The strange inflections and tones attributed to characters was laughable and painful in spots (the way he portrays Joruus C'Baoth was horrendous).


    Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy Zahn? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Daniels?

    Marc Thompson. He did a fantastic job on Heir to the Empire.


    Do you think Star Wars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not currently. There are many which overlap at the present time.


    Any additional comments?

    The abridged version of this was a bit jumpy in spots.

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    Andrew 03-19-12
    Andrew 03-19-12

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    "huge disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who didn't listen to the 20th anniversary version of Book One.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Zahn again?

    I don't know. This seemed like something I could've written in my sleep.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Daniels’s performances?

    Most likely not.


    What character would you cut from Star Wars?

    The book was too short and rushed to cut anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Just...wow...it's like the abriged version of the abriged version.

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    Paul 02-09-12
    Paul 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Anthony Daniels sounded like terrance and phillip"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Daniels’s performances?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The performance from Anthony Daniels is horrible! I swear it was like Terrance and Phillip from south park narrating. If I hadn't listened to book one with (Marc Thompson on the mic) I would have smashed my ipod on the ground and never looked back. But I was into the first book so much I couldn't stop.

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    David 01-08-12
    David 01-08-12
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    "I was hoping for so much more..."

    At the end of Thrawn Trilogy, I am surprised that these three stories had such an impact on the world of Star Wars publishing. I did not find the stories to be very entertaining or exciting. I think all of the characters are flat, and Zahn essentially depends on everything that Lucas put into the main characters. Some of the ideas that Zahn tried to present aren't too bad, but there were plenty of opportunities to grow the characters and it just doesn't happen. The writing on Leia is the worst, because all of her spunky personality is left out. The next worst job is with Han, and then Leia's and Han's interaction just doesn't have any of the enjoyable banter that every fan came to appreciate. I think that Luke has most of the attention, but even though Luke has most of the focus and action, he is the same from beginning to end. There are so many novels and notelets in the Star Wars' industry that I hope to find some better installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-02-12
    Aaron Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-02-12
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    "Terrible Performance"

    Anthony Daniels ruins this book. His narration is horrible. I would love to hear the unabridged version read by a competent narrator.

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    Brian Beloit, WI, United States 12-05-11
    Brian Beloit, WI, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very disapointing performance"

    I have read the book more than once but the reading of this story was disapointing at best. Book 1 was read by Marc Thompson and it was wonderful. But the 2nd book was hard to understand because of the accent. Many parts of the book were left out. This is such a great book that it was frustrating to have so much of it left out. I understand they can not read the entire book but too much was cut out. I hope they redo this one like they did book one.

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    If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    It had been years since I read the books buy I enjoyed listening to the story and the performance was good.


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