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Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 | [Timothy Zahn]

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

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.
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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)

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    Jason United States 01-27-14
    Jason United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic!"

    Great book. Great read. Loved every minute of it. can't wait to read book 2.

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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!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 again? Why?

    I've listened to it 3 times. its a great story.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to and why?

    it's a classic zahn story, great plot, written greatly


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

    he voices characters well


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

    no clue.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 11-25-13
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WHERE IS THE NEXT ONE...."

    Amazingly well done. Its is not as good as the Thrawn trilogy, but is easily one of the very best stories in the Star Wars series, which on its own is an achievement as majority of the books in the star wars universe are just so far above and beyond better than the competition. Now all I wish they would do is not tease readers with these single releases and go ahead and get the other part of this done already. Almost Christmas and mo follow up??? Common guys. Its not like you don't know how addictive these books are. CAN WE PLEASE GET THE NEXT ONE

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. George Everywhere 11-25-13
    S. George Everywhere 11-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "It's really just half a book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only would only recommend it if they put up an unabridged version of the next book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    It is only half a story. I don't recall anything getting resolved at the end of this "book".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-14-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Zahn's Novels are the best!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book twice and will probably listen to it again just before book 2 comes out. It is a good story, superbly narated and produced


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

    No, it was too long!


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    Thomas Indiana 11-11-13
    Thomas Indiana 11-11-13 Member Since 2009

    A linehaul truck driver that spends most of his driving time at night. FM and talk radio can only take you so far at night, so I have filled my night miles with audiobooks - it is a great fit!

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    "Great Sequel to the Thrawn Trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but with the "production" details (sound effects, background sounds, etc), I can not see how the print version could be better.


    Any additional comments?

    I am impatiently waiting on the unabridged version of "Star Wars: A Vision of the Future" to be released... any day would not be too soon.

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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 11-10-13
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 11-10-13 Listener Since 2005

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Not as good as the original series but it is OK"
    Where does Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is not the best book I have listened to, but not the worst. I expected so much more from this series due to how good the first Thrawn series was.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc is a awesome reader of any story and can always listen to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I like it so far.

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    Robert Jochimsen Copenhagen Denmark 10-17-13
    Robert Jochimsen Copenhagen Denmark 10-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Yet again a great star wars book by zahn and marc"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I have heard alot of books read by marc and like all the others you feel right at home from the first chapter. Knowing the voices of all the characters in the book makes it extremely easy to follow who does and say what. The story was for me captivating from start to end. some good surprises/twists mixed with the star wars humor. Though if is should be your first star wars book I would imagine that you would feel rather lost as there is alot of history from earlier books, at least i triggered alot in rememberance of earlier books. All in all a really good book which should keep you entertained never the less.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to and why?

    The thrawn trilogy by timopthy zahn


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene with luke encountering the old woman and the child.


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

    this book does make me laugh quite abit. might be my enjoyment of the star wars that triggers it but never the less i have good times with marc zahn and starwars.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-26-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The Perfect Sequel Series to the Thrawn Trilogy."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Marc Thompson... Duh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    (SPOILERS!) The reveal of Thrawn... Wait What?!


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

    I've listened to nearly all of his SW works and they just keep getting better and better, refining his skills.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nah, I don't normally get moved to books, films, or shows. Just the way I am.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this, Timothy Zahn has and continues to make the definitive SW novels. If i was forced to choose between one of his works and what George says to be cannon, I'd pick Zahn's. Yeah, I love his works.

    Marc continues to bring it all together in a glorious Star Wars audio experience. His voices are nearly perfect, Thrawn's voice still gives me the chills and Luke's voice isn't quite as mature as it is in the FOTJ novels but much more mature then it was in, say, Allegiance.

    This book is much more of a complicated intrigue story and political maneuvering (Not nearly the extent of something like Plagueis though.) than Zahn's typical classic Star Wars action. That is not a bad thing at all! It shows that he can do more, though I don't necessarily think he needs to. It's about mystery, surprise, anticipation, and more mystery.

    I have read these novels, but the Audio is just so much more! It's a completely different medium and has it's own draw backs and pluses. There are novels that I would suggest listening on audio first (Death Troopers being one.) and then there are novels that don't change very much. This is one.

    The last time I read it was while ago but i don't remember much seeming different in the Audio than the physical.

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    C. Magrabi Arizona 09-24-13
    C. Magrabi Arizona 09-24-13

    If it wasn't a challenge, it wouldn't be worth doing.

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    "One of the best stories in the Star Wars Universe."
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Marc Thompson makes the Star Wars books work well. I won't lie, some stories I've read in book form were a bit hard to plough through, but he brings them to life nicely. This one is no different, he does a great job here.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I feel like Zahn had to work around what other authors had done in the Star Wars universe to get his story out, but he did it and did it well. There was a large gap between the original Thrawn Trilogy and this book, but Zahn still manages to make the story work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ugh, I wish I could say but it's definitely a spoiler.


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

    Not all in one sitting, no, but I definitely spent more time listening to it all in a row than many others.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like many people are comparing this to the Thrawn Trilogy and aren't giving this story a chance on it's own. Star Wars has a lot of stories, some written by great authors, some by some that weren't so great. Problem is that most of them become canon, and the great authors have to write a story that acknowledges them in some way. The Thrawn Trilogy was the first set of books to take place after the movies, allowing a ton more freedom with the stories. This book was written later, after other books had been written and a lot of Zahn's creativity, I feel, was dampened because of this. This is a great book, it carries along nicely. I won't lie, there were a few times I did zone out due to some monotonous part, but overall it was a great story. It's definitely one of the top Star Wars stories in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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