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 Republican Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.
Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.
©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House Audio
Having listened to the First volume of the Thrawn Series done by Thompson, I knew I had to wait until he completed his versions of the second two volumes. I am glad I waited. The story is excellent, as most people already know. However, Thompson gives an excellent performance enhanced by a great and not overbearing soundtrack, deliver an amazing entertainment experience. Get this audio-book, you will not be disappointed.
Finally the unabridged version. What more could you want? Marc Thompson did a great job with the reading and the production quality seems to be on pair with all the other Star Wars books. I would say this is a must have.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
Following in the footsteps of last year's 20th anniversary release of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, Marc Thompson delivers another perfect performance with this second installment of The Thrawn Trilogy. For the uninitiated, this series' popularity helped launch the expanded universerse we all take for granted now. For example, the 'Imperial Planet' was first named Coruscant in this trilogy. If you enjoyed it as much as I did, this audiobook will make you want to listen to the third and final book, The Last Command, thankfully also available unabridged and narrated by Marc Thompson. The Force is strong with this one!
Marc Thompson' performance of this brilliant story is second to none. He created voices for previously unknown characters and did a fantastic job on mimicing the characters we all know from the first three films. His portrayal of Grand Admiral Thrawn really made the character come to life. He was menacing and always in control. Really great series.
One of the best
Marc Thompson's reading
Great voice acting. Mark and Jim Dale are the best.
Another great book by Tim Zahn. Hope they re-do the "Hand of Thrawn" series. Un-Abridged and with Marc Thompson doing the reading.
This book doesn't suffer from middle child syndrome. It zips along very nicely. I almost prefer this trilogy to the original trilogy.
I think Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of Star Wars best characters. His chess like dissection of the enemies plans based on their cultures is fascinating.
Marc Thompson is one of the best in the business! His ability to read each character as an entirely different actors role with voice, emotion, and cadence always makes it easy to know who is talking during dialogue.
Marc Thompson's voice acting of Han Solo is spot on. Sounds like they called in Harrison Ford at times to read for the book!
I first read the Zahn series when it was released in the early nineties. Hearing the Audiobook was great and brought me back.
I would recommend this book to a friend (starting with book 1 of course) because it has all the greatness of Star Wars without the intelligence insulting story of most other Star Wars EU and prequels.
Well, that's a little hard without spoilers. But I guess I'd have to say Han Solo situational and reactionary cleverness at any given situation he finds himself in.
Do books have scenes? I guess the best imagery I have was the escape of the Millennium Falcon from the Star Destroyer.
Thrawn marshals his forces, to destroy the Republic forever.
Rad reading, rad story, it's worth your monthly credit. But start with book 1.
The whole book
The way he was able to do the characters voices.
Lots of fun to be had here, assuming you've read/listened to the Heir to the Empire and plan to finish the story with The Last Command. Thompson's goofy voices are in full effect here, including several new aliens (mercifully, no Wookiees) and some continuity among the bit players. Aves sounds like young Jack Nicholson and Wedge Antilles is way more of a tough guy than he ever appeared in the movies. His "distinguished southern gentleman" reading of Lando Calrissian remains my favorite of the bunch.
A nitpick! What's with everyone "permitting themselves a smile" in the second to last chapter?
1. "Perhaps." Brandei permitted himself a slight smile. So it always went with rebels.
2. "Right," Mara said, permitting herself a sardonic smile. For all the good that would do.
3. And as the bridge crew moved to comply, Brandei permitted himself a tight smile. Yes, they'd lost this one.
There's a lot more wrong with this story -- the primary sin would be scenes that don't go anywhere, which would never be in a Lucas film -- but the overall production is done with such love it's really hard to find fault. If you like the Star Wars, this is one of the better extension books, especially in audible format.
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