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Publisher's Summary

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters and 12 Jedi Knights, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy: Outbound Flight.

But unknown to Master C'baoth, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward...and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission's most dangerous challenge. What begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn's unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.

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Critic Reviews

"An enthralling page-turner." (Publishers Weekly)
"Davis' range is astounding. He captures numerous well-known voices...with perfection." (AudioFile)

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  • Preston
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 09-05-12

Great story, enlightening for fans.HATE ABRIDGED

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

For driving in a car and "reading" a book at the same time, yes.

Has Star Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?

no, still love 'em.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Pretty good character variation, Mr. Davis is a great reader and his voice keeps me interested. That said, the sound effects can be too loud or add to the confusion instead of clarifying. I say spend more time getting the book's tension and arc flowing better instead of adding the lame song at the beginning and all those sound effects. I want the whole book. I hate to have it abridged. If you focus on the voice and characters coming from it, I will sit through the 11-15 hrs it takes, feel cheated by the 4-6 abridged gives us.

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

No, but usually every day or every other day I'd get a good chunk out of it.

Any additional comments?

Abridging a book sucks! A lot! There are dozens of them! I hate this! Make less books that would have the whole thing in there, cover to cover, instead of throwing tons of half (assed) books on our digital shelves. Want whole story! Can't exactly read the paper copy, want whole audio books!

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • thousand oaks, CA, USA
  • 12-28-09

Too many missing parts....

Three stars is generous for this one. Far too many details are left out of this abridged version. I am a definite fan of Zahn's previous SW titles and this one just felt incomplete. Buy the paperback!

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • david
  • NEW LENOX, IL, United States
  • 01-06-14

would love to listen to the unabridged version

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, tons of action. Nice, thick plot.

What other book might you compare Star Wars to and why?

any of Zahn's other books.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not sure...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when Thrawn destroyed outbound flight

Any additional comments?

would have liked the unabridged version, but that's not available.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Abridged, and with a poor Thrawn voice.

What did you love best about Star Wars?

The idea was appealing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Probably the setting out on the mission paired with the wonder of what they might find.

What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s voice?

Bad Thrawn voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When you find out the bad aliens are using live shields.

Any additional comments?

If they sub in Marc Thompson's voice for all the Thrawn lines, and add-in the parts that were abridged...maybe they'll start to have something here. The time spent on the actual mission is very short, and the quickness with which the main character learns Thrawn's language is unbelievable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • WDM
  • Edmond, OK United States
  • 08-05-10

It's a good book

There were some minor plot points left unresolved, but other than that Outbound Flight is a good listen. The narrator does a good job with the reading and distinguishing of voices. The integrated sound effects and music add a nice touch to make it feel like you are listening to a Star Wars book. True, the paperback gives the complete story, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this abridged audio version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great read

I loved it!!! Only wished it was the unabridged addition bc I feel like there was so much more that was said. Not that I noticed much but as soon as I read other reviews saying that I kept wondering :) going to buy the book and read it now :)

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  • GEORGE
  • Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • 02-04-15

solid and enjoyable

If you enjoy the other Thrawn novels, you'll find he's still at his best here. The overall story is a little sparse, however, and feels a little more like a checklist of continuity events rather than a dramatic arc. Solid, brisk reading by Davis with a good take on younger Thrawn.

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A must listen if you enjoyed the Thrawn series

This is a good book that takes you back to the Outbound Flight project and gives some background into one of Zahn's best characters... Thrawn. It definitely gives you a different perspective on this character. The only complaint I would have is that I do not like abridged books very much. They tend to leave things out and I wonder what I missed in this book so that is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really Well Done

Great story ... Love Mr. Zahn's writing, but Jonathan Davises narration is really captivating. Great fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

What did you love best about Star Wars?

I found the story and performance outstanding. I was kept entertained trying to guess how it would turn out; how they would handle the situations. I was not disappointed.

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  • Conor
  • 06-21-17

A good back story to the Thrawn trilogy!

Well worth the listen if you have read the Thrawn trilogy and are after some back story of the Outbound Flight mentioned many a time in those books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-17

Only half the book!

Until they release a FULL VERSION like that have with many other Star Wars novels, don’t waste your time with this copy, contains barely HALF the content of the actual novel.