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

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

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 on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council.
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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

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    Amazon Customer ELK RIVER, MN, United States 11-14-14
    Amazon Customer ELK RIVER, MN, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 07-13-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 07-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unnecessary Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Dark Force Rising the most enjoyable?

    The narration is masterful!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This should be a two book series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the Nogri


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a movie about an unnecessary book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    SYFI-Ed 06-26-14
    SYFI-Ed 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Marc Thompson is a Master Jedi!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Dark Force Rising the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Dark Force Rising to and why?

    heir tot h empire, book 1. Not many this is cream of the crop. A movie for your mind.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    great book, highly recommended!

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    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 04-15-14
    Wade Waterford, MI, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Solid second act of the Thrawn sequel"

    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.

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    16-Octets Colorado 01-27-14
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    "Great 2nd book of the Thrawn Trilogy"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Dark Force Rising?

    Marc Thompson's performance was as amazing as the first book, "Heir to The Empire"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Admiral Thrawn.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As amazing as his previous work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kept my attention for the entire 14+ hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14
    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "one word: awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Dark Force Rising the most enjoyable?

    the plot, the action, the way marc thompson read it


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Dark Force Rising to and why?

    any of zahn's other starwars books, they're all great


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    he voices the characters really, really good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    if I had that much free time, yes


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT STORY

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    Wesley ADAMS CENTER, NY, United States 12-31-13
    Wesley ADAMS CENTER, NY, United States 12-31-13
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    "Great read"

    Timothy Zahn knows perfectly how to write Star Wars, and this book is no exception.

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    "Love Zahn's Star Wars"

    This book doesn't suffer from middle child syndrome. It zips along very nicely. I almost prefer this trilogy to the original trilogy.

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    AARON monument beach, MA, United States 10-20-13
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    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    I first read the Zahn series when it was released in the early nineties. Hearing the Audiobook was great and brought me back.

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    Stuart 08-25-13
    Stuart 08-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The best Star Wars EU has to offer > I, II, or III"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Do books have scenes? I guess the best imagery I have was the escape of the Millennium Falcon from the Star Destroyer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Thrawn marshals his forces, to destroy the Republic forever.


    Any additional comments?

    Rad reading, rad story, it's worth your monthly credit. But start with book 1.

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