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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)

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    Susan 08-26-16
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    "nonstop entertainment"

    The Star Wars series written by Timothy Zahn is very satisfying. I recommend you listen to them all, starting with the Thrawn trilogy (5 years after the original series ended), then the Hand of Thrawn Book I and II (10 years after the trilogy). The narrator, Marc Thompson did a superb job of creating distinct voices for each of the major characters and maintaining continuity through all 5 books. I could easily tell one character from the other immediately. The sound affects added to the story without distracting or overpowering. The new characters were imaginative creatures and the battles were cunningly written. Very enjoyable listening to all these books! SusyQ

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    Michael 08-22-16
    Michael 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not as good as the others"

    slow story, lots of drama, minimal action, to be continued sucks, hate buying another book to get ending

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    Christian 08-13-16
    Christian 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Fucking Amazing!! Great story, amazing characters and deep emotions. I love Timothy's contribution to the star wars universe!

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    Gavin M Brown 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story."

    Easy to follow and very immersive. I would recommend it to any Star Wars fan!

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-16
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    "Increible muy bien narrado me encantó los efectos"

    simplemente deslumbrante el voice acting fue increíble y el modo de narración con los efectos de sonido increíble

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    Scott 07-16-16
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    "For those who need more Thrawn/Zahn in their lives"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Marc Thompson always makes listening enjoyable. The sound engineering adds to it as well.


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

    Any of the Thrawn trilogy, as this continues the story 10 years down the road. Albeit, this duology is not as good (story-wise) as the trilogy that spawned it.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I happened across him on my very first audio book, and have sought him out ever since.


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

    Nothing extreme. But Zahn always does a good job of intertwining and setting up large stories.


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  • "A great continuation"

    Even if it's not canon. This whole saga is great. A must for fans and if you are not a cooling appliance it's good too.

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    jonathan 06-14-16
    jonathan 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't wait to read the next book"

    marc Thompson is a name I will remember as someone I admire I love this book and I love this audio narration of it. Timothy zahn delivers again and again

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

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