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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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    Deanna 06-18-15
    Deanna 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but......"

    I love Star Wars in all its glory. But the continuos coincidences and chance encounters stole from my overall enjoyment. I still plan on getting the lady book in the series

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    Robert New orleans, LA, United States 06-18-15
    Robert New orleans, LA, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance and a good story"

    The voice and recording quality of this book is amazing. I feel like I am in a Star Wars movie. The voices of Luke Leah and Han are true to the actors, and the sound effects help shape the story in my mind.
    This is the second book of the three book series. I found the first book in the series to be almost boring and not very innovative. This book starts to become more innovative and I can't quite read what will happen next as I could in the first book.

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    Citizen O 06-17-15
    Citizen O 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "OH my His book was amazing!"

    I hope the movies follow this story line it's by far the best audio book I have ever listened to. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and brings back so many great Star Wars feelings from my childhood Luke is still DA Man!

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    Joel D Offenberg 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I read the Thrawn trilogy a couple of times years ago (in paper edition). I remembered them as being really good books...but I forgot just how totally fantastic they are. Until now.

    The story is great---Timothy Zahn really captured the world of Star Wars, the feel for the stories and the characters (now 5 years after the events in Return of the Jedi) as they build the New Republic and still war with the remnant of the Empire. The new characters he added fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly. Zahn's pacing, story elements and writing just make them fun books. On top of that, Zahn wrote these books in the early 1990's, so they are not contaminated by the prequel trilogy.

    I would give Marc Thompson's narration 6 or even 7 stars if I could. He managed to catch many of the voices so sound much like the original actors from the films. Maybe not perfectly, but quite good given that it all came from one larynx...I assume the post-production played some games to enhance that, but even so. Amazing.

    The post-production also added music and background sound effects to try to enhance the effect. In general, I liked that, although I think it got distracting on occasion.

    The Thrawn series is published as a trilogy, but really it is one, large 3-part novel. You will need to commit to finishing the whole thing...especially since you will have a hard time putting it down once you start.

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    Clint Simmons Bellevue, WA USA 06-04-15
    Clint Simmons Bellevue, WA USA 06-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Top notch storytelling!"

    Excellent story with an excellent voice actor, great sound effects make this trilogy a satisfying listen. The continuation of the story puts our heroes back in peril much like Empire did in the original trilogy.

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    Michael S. 06-01-15
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    Characters you know and love, with the sound you remember. I can't believe it took me this long to find this series

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    john 05-31-15
    john 05-31-15
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    the book was (in my opinion) one of the classic science fiction greats. I knew that coming in. what I did not expect was the outstanding narration. not only a top tier narrator,but an exellent music accompaniment. not to mention the sound effects. well done. ..

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    Brian E. Scanlan 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Series has lost its excitement"

    Doesn't quite work anymore. None of the protagonists face legitimate danger nor do they develop dramatically. And insanity isn't a satisfying character trait anymore. Excellent job by Thompson, though. Music and fx a plus.

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    Augusta 05-25-15
    Augusta 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must listen"

    This trilogy is incredibly awesome. Do yourself a favor and listen to it, Nuff said.

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    Marcelo Pedott 05-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Love a good science fiction book!

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    "With original soundtrack and all!!!!"
    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's like the movies!!! Skywakker, Solo and even the Emperor sound just like them!!!! Perfect for the fans!


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