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
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.
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.
Marc Thompson is by far one of my favorite narrators. His performance is always superb, he never disappoints. He makes the experience of listening to these audiobooks extremely enjoyable.
It's a starwars book. They are all great, I have read and listened to many, and this series is one of my favorites.
Marc Thompson does the voice of Han Solo to the "t". Everything about his performance as Han is spot on. So, of course this is my choice.
Dark Force Rising.
Another great book by Timothy Zahn, with a phenomenal performance by Marc Thompson.
Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!
The storyline is great!
No comparison! The Thrawn Trilogy Stands Alone!
Again, Marc Thompson is a BRILLIANT multi-voice actor!
I loved this Trilogy! (I refer not only to this book, but to the entire Thrawn Trilogy because in my opinion it cannot be judged except as a whole)
It continued the Star Wars experience for me and kept me hooked form beginning to end.
Marc Thompson has a real way with the voices of each character, very convincing!
I think it is a great "first place" to begin after you have watched episodes 1-6. You do not have to have read any of those books to enjoy these.
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