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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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    Blake London 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The story and voice acting was there but..."

    Writing style really lacked subtle creativity I've seen in other star wars books. I enjoyed it none the less but wish the author went more in depth with more descriptive setups of different world and characters. I continually found my self wondering who the character was that was being talked about in a given chapter, something I've never struggled with before. But true to any good star wars novel the story had some depth to it and over all was a good read.

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    Jack Walter 01-28-15
    Jack Walter 01-28-15

    Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.

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    "Performance is amazing, Story is a bit tacked-on"

    The story-line is a remnant of the Thrawn Trilogy. It definitely feels like it can't let go of that original storyline and make it a book of its own. The performance, however is just as good. If you enjoyed Marc Thompson's narration in the original 3, you'll enjoy this. You might be tempted, however, to fast forward through some dry parts of the plot line.

    That said, it's "dry" for Timothy Zahn. It's still heads and shoulders above most other Sci-Fi writers, especially those trying to write Star Wars.

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    John S. Garwood 01-22-15
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    "This series has been excellent!"

    Great reading, character voices, ambience and story line. Excellent series! I would highly recommend this and others by this author and reader.

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    Ben Johnston 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good"

    Zahn is my favorite out of the stars wars authors. He nails it. I hope Thrawn is a character in the new series coming out. He's a badass!

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    Joshua Guevara Dallas, TX 12-21-14
    Joshua Guevara Dallas, TX 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!"

    Timothy Zahn did it again, yet another excellent story. Too bad none of this is part of canon but the story keeps you wanting more.

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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 10-08-14
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok book, best narration I've ever heard"

    Similar to other Zahn Star Wars books, the story is entertaining though sometimes a bit stiff and narrowly constrained. The plot isn't as developed as the Thrawn trilogy but it moves along and should keep the listener entertained. However, Marc Thompson's stunning performance brings the book to life and adds depth and quality to characters that might otherwise be lacking. It's worth a listen just to be amazed by the range of Thompson. Truly outstanding and worthy of a credit just to hear the best narrator in the business excel at his craft. 3.5 stars for the book, 10 stars for performance by Thompson.

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    Anthony 06-04-14
    Anthony 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved it. It can't be helped."
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1?

    The whole story is so much fun. Extending the story and expanding on the origins of who I personally believe is the most interesting Star Wars character ever, was very gratifying. The expert narration from Thompson only made the whole thing that much more enjoyable.


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

    I would compare it to the rest of Zahn's Star Wars books. All of his work in the expanded universe is very consistent.


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

    Thompson narrated the Thrawn trilogy, as well as book 2 in this series. He is excellent and consistent across all of them.


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

    I might have giggled a few times at the back and fourths between Luke and Mara.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly suggest that anyone who enjoys books set within the Star Wars expanded universe to give this a listen, as well as other books Zahn. There is so much good stuff!

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    A. Walter Texas 04-10-14
    A. Walter Texas 04-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "If this is the best I am not impressed"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    I loved the Thrawn series when it came out in the 90s. Maybe it was that I was at the right age or that it was the first books in the EU for Star Wars. These 2 books do not seem to measure up to me. I think it is in equal parts my age and the story. These are not for grown up fans IMHO. Plus it seems that they suffer from "the temple of doom" syndrome. I mean no matter how perilous the situation there is no real danger for any of the main characters. Still, Marc does his best with the voices.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Zahn again?

    Maybe


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    Charles Conway Folsom, Ca 03-29-14
    Charles Conway Folsom, Ca 03-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narration!!"
    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 edition. But I can not image that it is better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great storyline! Very entertaining.


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

    Marc Thompson's is the best voice actor I've listen too.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    jack englewood, CO, United States 03-02-14
    jack englewood, CO, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for Star Wars fans."

    These are the first three of a series, the next is The Hand of Thrawn. Listen to these first then the race back to the computer and buy the next.

    Great writing, wonderful story and ten star narration. Star Wars has never been so good. These are meaty, rich stories that will keep you up at night, and late to work. Perfect!!!

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