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
"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)
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
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.
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.
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!
Marc Thompson is a man of thousand voices, and combined with the storytelling of Timothy Zahn (and small bites of John Williams' music and SW sound effects), Spectre of the Past feels like you'd be listening to a Star Wars movie. The story is set ca. 10 years after the end of Thrawn-trilogy when a new threat rises, preparing a daring plan to crush the crumbling New Republic. I don't want to tell anything more to not spoil the adventure. 5/5 Stars.
Good story, for the star wars genre it was mediocre to boring sound affect wise when compared to the well known stories with the spa e battles and what not, but they were appropriate for the story. The Narrator has the perfect voice, and pitch and voice acting ability for these Star Wars narrations. I love all the star wars BOTs, but I prefer the full cast stories, they just bring the stories to life so much better of course. I will gladly but more star wars b.o.t.s (books on tape).
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