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Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II | [Timothy Zahn]

Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1998 Lucasfilm Ltd. (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent conclusion"

    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.

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    Berkley Washington, DC 09-24-14
    Berkley Washington, DC 09-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "way. too. long."

    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.

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    Ryan Conrad bismarck, ND United States 03-15-14
    Ryan Conrad bismarck, ND United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten easily, but that is partially due to the story which I love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn)?

    encountering the Thrawn clone, or the confrontation with Tierce at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Michael 03-05-14
    Michael 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm having a bromance with coffee!

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    "Another Great Star Wars Addition - Unabridged!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you're a Star Wars fan, this is a no-brainer. Marc Thompson does another fantastic job narrating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mara Jade. She's just too cool! She's an up and coming Jedi with an attitude.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Luke Skywalker. Marc Thompson does a great job matching tones and vocal gestures.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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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    "The very best"

    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.

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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 01-13-14
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 01-13-14 Listener Since 2005

    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%.

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    "Way to finish the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    brian 12-06-13
    brian 12-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The end to a War."
    If you could sum up Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) in three words, what would they be?

    Ending a War.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn)?

    The treaty signing.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Every character. The man is a man of a thousand voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Marc Thompson narrates more Star Wars books.

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    "A Brilliant conclusion to the Duology!"
    Where does Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) to, and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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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