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
This book (and the others in the trilogy) are an excellent performace by Marc Thompson. He mimics the character voices beautifully. The sound affects also make it much more exciting. I'm glad I purchased these.
The narration is masterful!
This should be a two book series.
The scenes with the Nogri
I wouldn't make a movie about an unnecessary book.
The series starts off great, but then it drags on and on. I found myself zoning out through a lot of the book because there are huge portions that just very compelling.
1. Marc Thompson
2. sound effects (not overwhelming, just right, enjoyable!)
3. unabridged, I will only buy unabridged at this point, to bad they chopped a few good series buy going cheap and doing abridged. kills the authors book! ( But this one is great, unabridged, worht every penny)
These there items will purchase more books. Ill spend money if these three items are met.Simple. I wish allot of the sifi classics were redone with these three items mentioned.
heir tot h empire, book 1. Not many this is cream of the crop. A movie for your mind.
In-depth character voices, unique for each person/ alien. Spot on for Han, Lando (my fav), narrated with the right level for the parts he is reading. simply the best out there. my complements to him and random house.
great book, highly recommended!
There is no letup in the second installment of this trilogy (not unlike the original Star Wars trilogy). Zahn continues to move the story along with a quick pace, fleshing out his new cast of characters and expanding the Star Wars universe.
One of Zahn's strengths is his use of the "stars" of the original series - the fan favorites get a chance to grow during the story but aren't radically different from the characters we love. Unfortunately other Star Wars authors aren't as disciplined (I'm looking at you K.W. Jeter).
The one additional star in this production is the narration work of Marc Thompson. His performance is spot on, including the well known characters. His Lando, or Han Solo, or even Admiral Ackbar are instantly recognizable and sincere, not over-the-top caricatures. If they made this trilogy into an animated mini-series they could save money and just hire him for all the voice work.
Marc Thompson's performance was as amazing as the first book, "Heir to The Empire"
As amazing as his previous work.
Kept my attention for the entire 14+ hours.
the plot, the action, the way marc thompson read it
any of zahn's other starwars books, they're all great
he voices the characters really, really good.
if I had that much free time, yes
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.
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