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Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 Audiobook

Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

"Longtime fans should get considerable pleasure from this addition to the saga." (Publishers Weekly)

Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars(r) universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet--a dead Imperial warlord.

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats--one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.

©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)

What Members Say

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    Eric Voreis 06-12-16
    Eric Voreis 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. The story it tells does not really need telling. It teases you with expectations and hope for great stuff, but that payoff does not come in this book or its overwrought sequel.


    Would you recommend Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story it tells does not really need telling. It teases you with expectations and hope for great stuff, but that payoff does not come in this book or its overwrought sequel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I actually enjoyed quite a few of the scenes between Tierce and "Thrawn". Especially because of the return of Marc Thompson's amazing Thrawn voice.


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

    No. The author spends too much time describing that which doesn't need describing, or focusing on ancillary characters, to listen in long stretches.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Zahn's plotlines are anchored on coincidence and the ridiculous deductive power of his various Sherlock Holmes clones.

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    seth 05-30-16
    seth 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Good book. worthwhile, and marc Thompson has an outstanding performance as always. spend the money.

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    Katm 05-02-16
    Katm 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thanks Mr. Zahn & Mr. Thompson"

    mr. Thompson is definitely the go-to guy when it comes to narrating the Star Wars books. the storyline was a little slower paced then the heir to the Empire but still very enjoyable

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    Ian Flemings 03-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not as good as the trilogy"

    seems like the author was trying to piggy back on the success of the trilogy. couple new characters but not very memorable

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    Bob 03-18-16
    Bob 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome"

    Thompsons the best performance out there and I won't leatherback listen to anyone else at all

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    James 03-01-16
    James 03-01-16
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    "F****** Awesome Star wars trilogy"

    one of my favorites so far in all the star wars audio books. please make more

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    Stacey Watson 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The story was okay..."

    It seemed very much like a setup to what the bulk of the main story is. excited to listen to the next one!

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    Sean Borbridge 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Zahn's books read masterfully"

    The books that zahn writes are another deeper (and more grand) view into the legends universe.

    In order to get this book it's recommend that you will have read the Thrawn trilogy beforehand in order to get the back story and development of many of the characters are present in this universe and not the movie series. With that being said the story of this book must be accompanied by its sequel as the ending of the book was rather lacking. instead of a mini-climax to the series, there is more of a fizzle that begs your pick up the next book.

    Still the Thrawn trilogy and this series have already impressed me more than the new movie trilogy. And in my kind gives a more in depth view of the time after the return of the Jedi.

    The voice acting in this is superb with the single exception of the political, however that can easily be overlooked and is more a bother than a pain.

    Overall this is a great book in a part of the universe that I can only assume you know kw and love. If you are considering purchasing this, please, read the Thrawn trilogy first and purchase this with its sequel for the best experience. It is an amazing series and I have nothing bad to say about zhan's universe other than I wish he combined the two books.

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    Wooden Nichol 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Performances - Unintersting Story"

    The performance of the reading was good - similar in quality to the first Thrawn trilogy, but the story was not interesting. It was full of political infighting, but little to do with the 'Star Wars' spirit.

    If one is going to have a story with Leia, Han, and Luke, they need to be using them.

    For example, Luke could be experimenting with the Force and he triggers something that shakes the stability of the new Republic - like opening up a new area of the galaxy with new terrors that must be mitigated.

    Instead, it is a story where the remaining people from the Empire utilize terrorist type techniques to try to over through the New Republic - which is something that doesn't utilize the character foundations of Luke, Han, or Leia to any degree.

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    Jason United States 12-26-15
    Jason United States 12-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Everything you want from great Zahn Star Wars!"

    This has everything I loved in Timothy Zahn's Heir To The Empire trilogy- great story, characterization, Mark Thompson's incredible voice talents- even sound effects and Jihn Williams music!

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  • A. Bradshaw
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    2/22/16
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    "What you would expect from Zahn"

    Well that was fun & a lovely catch up with the characters from Zahn's Thrawn trilogy. No with added diplomatic intrigue.

    I'm not a big fan of audio books with special effects, but these are actually done well & sparingly, the narrator's imitation of Harrison Ford's voice as Han is actually very well done. So I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed how it was produced & im off to listen to the conclusion.

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  • Ross
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    10/8/15
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    "If you loved Thrawn before you'll love this!"

    If you loved Thrawn before you'll love this! It's a great follow on from Zahn's original excellent trilogy

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  • Darren lenaghan
    2/6/15
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    "Good. Better ending"

    Was decent hoping for big things in book two The hand of thrawn vision of the future. Would recommend. Peace is a lie!

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  • Jon
    6/16/14
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    "Marc Thompson -- awesome narrating"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Great Book, looking forward to conclusion


    What did you like best about this story?

    Marc Thompson's narrating


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he really nailed this one


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

    an emotional roller coaster


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  • Samuel
    ST AUSTELL, United Kingdom
    11/8/13
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    "Marc Thompson Just gets the material"
    What did you like most about Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1?

    Zahn is my favourite Star wars author and Thompson is in turn my favourite employee of random house audio. With this in mind you could imagine my joy whenever they release the on-going productions of Zahn lately coupled with marc's voice. Basically if you enjoy the works Zahn had previously done with the Thrawn trilogy this is a must read for those who wish to continue the story with his established characters.

    If you haven't actually read those books I implore you do as they are fantastic reads or get those audiobooks also done by Marc. Great audiobook, cant wait for the second hand of Thrawn book to come out of Random house in December :)


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