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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

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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    Christopher 09-22-15
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    "Timothy Zahn is awesome!"

    The book is as great and action packed, also has an excellent narrator! I would recommend definitely checking out the original Thrawn trilogy first though.

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    Branden Chavez 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    Another good book and narration glad I've started listening to your books keep it up

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    R.C.M. Jr. 303rd 07-20-15
    R.C.M. Jr. 303rd 07-20-15

    Audible allows me to take a vacation not just to exotic places but to exotic galaxy's and realms. for that I am thankful. this is app #1.

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    Although a lil short for the price, it is a good follow up to the trilogy. It is not a let down.

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    Marc Thompson is one of the best audio book narrators I have listened to! I've enjoyed all of his books that much more, cause of his voices and inflections!

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    Karl 06-17-15
    Karl 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best part is the added background noises!"

    the issue I always had with audio books is immersion. Zahn's SW books have it.

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    Cody Holder 06-12-15
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    Much more political. Still a good story about abuse of power and trying find the middle ground from dictator to republic.

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    can't wait to hear the next book. this series is really catchy. you won't regret it

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    "Amazing"

    Everything about this was great. This was a stellar sequel to the incredible thrawn trilogy. And Marc Thompson is absolutely incredible! Every voice was unique and pleasant to listen to, as well as very fitting of the characters. It was not uncommon for me to sit in my car after any sort of trip not wanting to stop it.

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    Kirk 04-29-15
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    "Good story evolution"

    I enjoy the continued adventures of the main characters from the original trilogy plus newcomers. The Force is well woven through the tale and there are micro and macro storyline a to enjoy. This one really spreads its wings and pulls you along. Can't wait to listen to book two.

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    David New York, NY, United States 04-16-15
    David New York, NY, United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2016

    In one year, I heard 70 Audible books. I would not have been able to read a quarter of that amount.

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    I loved it! Zahn is the Master Jedi of the Star Wars expanded universe! Now, on to Vision of the Future...

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