In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.
©2017 Timothy Zahn (P)2017 Random House Audio
Zahn and Thompson come together once more to weave an exceptional story! Zahn has woven another patch into the quilt that is Star Wars. His writing is superb, and thankfully we have someone just as brilliant to narrate! I can not applaud this enough! I also plan on purchasing the physical copy, because apparently there is a pull out poster featuring the Grand Admiral himself! But do yourself a favor and jump into this audiobook!
A few notable aspects that I can remember (re listening after this!) NO SPOILERS!
The story of Thrawn's ascendancy to Grand Admiral.
The unique Chiss twist of the importance in utilizing and preserving resources, which bordered on compassion for others.
The tie in to Star Wars Rebels! Providing a really rich background into why certain events occurred in the show.
A beautiful balance of political intrigue (which I ABSOLUTELY love in the Star Wars universe!), and intense action scenes!
One detail I really appreciated was the depiction and hesitance of Coruscant's underbelly. We typically see this through the eyes of force wielders or soldiers, neither of which really experience the emotions that an everyday person would when confronted with the slums.
Yes and no. On the one hand, reading any book is time well spent; on the other, this book wasn't as good as it could have been.
I'm not sure, I was thinking about reading the earlier Thrawn books again.
Oh yes. He is an amazing narrator who really brought life to every character in the story.
Read the other Thrawn books again, and find more books narrated by Marc Thompson.
If I had wanted to read a Sherlock novel I would have. I felt that the use of the Eli as Watson to Thrawn's Holmes was poorly done and really detracted from the story itself. I didn't need Eli to explain things to me, and quite frankly I hate method of plotting a book...its a cheap way to attempt to get inside a main character's head. For a character as nuanced and mysterious as Thrawn it was unnecessary. I had very high hopes for this book, the first few chapters were really good...before Eli became the slow witted sidekick.
5 hours in and Thrawn seems to have survived the cannon purge wonderfully he is still Thrawn and this story reinstates alot of thrawns back story that had evolved other the course of Zahns other novels
This was an amazing book. The story, the character development, everything. This is what a Star Wars novel should be. Easily the best of the new canon books. Far and away better than the aftermath drivel that we've had to endure the last few years. Such a refreshing change and gets one reinvigorated for the novels.
While not bad, per se, unfortunately this fell far short of my expectations. The Thrawn character here doesn't compare to his excellent arc in the 'Heir to the Empire' trilogy.
Enjoyed the story but found the sound effects grating. I listen while driving a truck so the volume might be louder than others may listen. The higher pitched sound effects have me reaching quickly for the volume knob.
Timothy Zahn does it yet again. The story was thrilling, the characters were lovable, the plot fantastic, and Marc Thompson was a joy to listen to.
not only does this book keep you wanting to listen, but it has decent subplots that make you want to learn more about them. A reoccurring problem with most SW legends books is the uninteresting subplots. However Zahn gets rid of this problem all together.
As Thrawn is going through the ranks within the imperial Navy we get to see inside his head. We see what he's thinking and why he does what he does. Many Thrawn fans have wanted to see this with Thrawn.
This book is also wonderful for people who don't know that much about Star Wars, that's due to Zahn being an excellent writer. While listening I could tell that he not only made this book for Thrawn fans, but for sci-fi fans in general.
First off, I LOVE Timothy Zahn's books - and this is no exception. The story is fantastic, and I was sad to see it end. But... I could do without the situational background noise, and especially the over dramatic narration. I was reminded at times of sportscasters on TV who talk faster and louder when there's a good play. I know when things are getting tense and I really don't need to be yelled at to get the point across.
Despite this, I would listen to this book again. The story was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed getting a peek in Thrawn's head. Timothy Zahn knocked it out of the park. (See, you get the point without me shouting it, don't you?) Enjoy!
This is what I was looking for in a Timothy Zahn Book. I've missed his thrawn. I also want to be first to say the voice actor is perfect, even if Eli is clearly George W. Bush.
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