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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Tyler
  • Abingdon, MD, United States
  • 06-26-12

Marc Thompson Delivers Again!

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Having listened to the First volume of the Thrawn Series done by Thompson, I knew I had to wait until he completed his versions of the second two volumes. I am glad I waited. The story is excellent, as most people already know. However, Thompson gives an excellent performance enhanced by a great and not overbearing soundtrack, deliver an amazing entertainment experience. Get this audio-book, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Ron
  • Basehor, KS, United States
  • 07-10-12

UNABRIDGED!!

Finally the unabridged version. What more could you want? Marc Thompson did a great job with the reading and the production quality seems to be on pair with all the other Star Wars books. I would say this is a must have.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The adventure continues...

Following in the footsteps of last year's 20th anniversary release of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, Marc Thompson delivers another perfect performance with this second installment of The Thrawn Trilogy. For the uninitiated, this series' popularity helped launch the expanded universerse we all take for granted now. For example, the 'Imperial Planet' was first named Coruscant in this trilogy. If you enjoyed it as much as I did, this audiobook will make you want to listen to the third and final book, The Last Command, thankfully also available unabridged and narrated by Marc Thompson. The Force is strong with this one!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • Wexford, Ireland
  • 03-01-13

Marc Thompson,Timothy Zahn what else do you need?

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Marc Thompson' performance of this brilliant story is second to none. He created voices for previously unknown characters and did a fantastic job on mimicing the characters we all know from the first three films. His portrayal of Grand Admiral Thrawn really made the character come to life. He was menacing and always in control. Really great series.

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Great performance, decent story

Awesome performance of the OT characters voices, he's got Han and Luke perfected.
Story was a little lackluster but hey it's Star Wars

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  • Travis
  • portland, OR, United States
  • 12-31-15

Why didn't they use this writing for the movie!?

The force awakens is a horrible recycled plot. This trilogy thus far has been great! I'm pretending the movie in my head is the one in theaters.

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should have been the next movies in the series

I wish these would have been the next movies in the series. much better story than episode VII. GREAT JOB BY Timothy Zahn

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Just amazing

I enjoy the series every time I hear it best book series every time I listen to it get better

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Hot Damn

A must for every star wars fan. Keeps you on the edge of your seat

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  • Greg
  • CORVALLIS, OR, United States
  • 08-07-12

Like "Empire" the middle volume is great

Where does Star Wars: Dark Force Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

Marc Thompson's reading

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice acting. Mark and Jim Dale are the best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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Another great book by Tim Zahn. Hope they re-do the "Hand of Thrawn" series. Un-Abridged and with Marc Thompson doing the reading.

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  • Liam
  • 05-07-16

Learn to love the word sardonic

Loved the audio book a good continuation of the series. Great production and thoroughly immersing. But seriously the author loved the word sardonic it's like he just learnt the word and just thought I'm going to put this in every situation

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 09-28-17

Excellent

A must for any Star Wars enthusiast. Great story and great narrating. A must buy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-17

fantastic book

Fantastic sequel. Would recommend to all my friends. Really hard to not just listen all day.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-17

Brilliant almost-movie quality audiobook

Loved it, as good as a 12 hour movie! Fantastic Star Wars sound effects and wonderfully narrated and read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-17

what a truely sardonic experience

This was ca fantastic listen. Great continuation of this series, I was hooked from the start, definitely worth a purchase

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  • Raymond Jones
  • 02-04-17

Great audio book

The story is amazing. I will say that the sound effects are a little over the top and the narrators voices can sometimes be hard to differentiate. I personally found Leia and Luke's voices to be too similar if not identical in some points.

But all in all well worth the listen, infact it prompted me to but the next book on the spot without the audible monthly credit (I done the same for this book too).

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  • Jet
  • 10-30-16

The trilogy you wished the new movie followed.

An excellent narrator who actually sounds similar to the actors and actresses that played the roles.
Good action. Multiple depths.

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  • charlie
  • 09-15-16

fantastic novel

the novel was fantastic and the narration was immersive and captured the spirit of the characters