Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn brings his epic two-volume series The Hand of Thrawn to an explosive conclusion with a discovery that rocks the New Republic to its foundations - and threatens to resurrect the Empire.
The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn. In his hands - alive or dead - rests the fate of the New Republic.
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As I said on the first book, "Wow", what s great story. Another example of why anything with Star wars and Marc Thompson is worth having. Get both books and listen back to back for the maximum benefit/enjoyment.
This is definitely worth the point. Get it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Please keep the unabridged versions coming! I recommend this to all who enjoy a great story.
Story got a little slow at times. However, overall I really enjoyed the book. The narration by Marc Thompson made all the difference. Well done Mr Zahn and Mr Thompson.
Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.
Great story and and a great conclusion to this duology, but so painfully long that I just couldn't wait for it to be over. I actually had to move it to double speed just so I could get through it.
Luke and Mara have the same internal debate multiple times; several missions are unsuccessful and dead-ends and do nothing to move the story forward, and serve only to extend the length of the book.
If the superfluous stuff were removed, this would have been an amazing book, but as it is, there was just too much.
Still worth a listen, but be warned .... it will drag on and on and on.
top ten easily, but that is partially due to the story which I love.
encountering the Thrawn clone, or the confrontation with Tierce at the end.
I'm glad they are finally releasing unabridged audio's of the older classic "Bantam Age" Star Wars novels. Currently they have only done Zahn's work (not surprising as fans hold him in high esteem) but I would love to see the Jedi Academy Series, the X-Wing series and the Han Solo series as well as some books by Del Rey which either got horrible abridgements like Star By Star, or have yet to receive audio and deserve it, like the Republic Commando series or the Coruscant Nights series. I feel audible would also be a great venue for doing unabridged audios of some of the children's or young adult novels. Keep it up guys!
I'm having a bromance with coffee!
Yes. If you're a Star Wars fan, this is a no-brainer. Marc Thompson does another fantastic job narrating.
Mara Jade. She's just too cool! She's an up and coming Jedi with an attitude.
Luke Skywalker. Marc Thompson does a great job matching tones and vocal gestures.
This is a fantastic series. Narration is ten star. Each character voice is unique which makes following the story a pleasure. The story is rich with detail but never overdone. This writing takes you to that special place Star Wars fans know and love. I hope Timothy Zahn writes another series, I eagerly await.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Absolutely I was a little nervous after the first book but this book was very well laid out and covered a lot of gaps from the first one.
The opening for a whole another direction to take Star Wars books. I will read every Star Wars book Timothy Zahn puts out. I am a huge fan with both Thrawn series.
"A Brilliant conclusion to the Duology!"
Random House's Star Wars productions are always top notch and this delivers on all cylinders!
This is by far the longest Star Wars novel i've read and the 3 part download emphasised this when i was revisiting the story in audio form.
The production level on these books is top notch, not only is the narration cleaned and crisp with very little sibilance.
Utilising the Lucasfilm library of John Williams Star Wars soundtracks as well as the in galaxy sound effects really helps to immerse the listener in the galaxy.
Marc Thompsons' portrayal of Han Solo is very accurate and also kinda comical due to his grumpiness (Han's not Marcs!). Very apt
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