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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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A great little end to the Zahn Thrawn stories

I have to admit it wasn't my favorite of the Time Zahn Star Wars books but it was a sweet end to the always awesome Thrawn series. As for what isn't so great about it is how it a little to fractured for my total liking and the end seemed rushed. I do think this could possibly have been split up a bit more to a third book if you are going to have some many moving parts to it. All I'm all though I'm happy. It's too bad this stories isn't canon anymore but I can see how bit a pieces can be mined for later main Saga movies. Oh and always the voice talent for this series is top notch. May the force be with you.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful and Masterfully Performed (As always)

This is nothing short of a Zahn masterpiece. Don't be daunted by the length of this novel, every minute is crammed with Star Wars magic and every minute is brought to life by the maestro of Star Wars narration that is Marc Thompson. Although this novel is beautifully woven with many subplots, the strongest moments of this novel come from the budding relationship between our favourite farm boy and Mara Jade. The story may seem a little wierd at the start but as it progresses it starts to completely make sense and by the end, you can't help but applaud the skill and effort shown by the grand-daddy of Star Wars novels. In conclusion, this novel must be read by any fan of Star Wars, although I STRONGLY recommend that you read the Thrawn Trilogy and the prequel to this book (Spectre of the Past) in order to fully appreciate the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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so long

took me close to a month to finish was pretty good though even though I had to keep rewinding to figure out what I had missed

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love The Unabridged Marc Thompson Narrations

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Please keep the unabridged versions coming! I recommend this to all who enjoy a great story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Desmond
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
  • 06-21-14

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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A Good Character Should Have Bought the Farm

Spoiler alert! Major Tierce is an incredible new villain. Alas, having had two trilogies where the major baddie dies in a row (Vader then Thrawn) ...we need something else to happen.

Other than Tierce, pretty much no one else important died in this duology (at least 4/5/6 had Yoda and Obi-wan kick the bucket--and Han Solo frozen in carbonite).

They should have killed off Mara, Booster, Karrde, Corran Horn, or Iblis. If they cinematize this two-parter that's all they really need to do. End the story of one of the good guys and we'll have a significant enough of a dip.

I love how they tied it to the prequels using voices with the Aussie-type storm trooper clones in hiding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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thrilling stories read by master narrator

The Star Wars series written by Timothy Zahn is very satisfying I recommend you listen to them all, starting with the Thrawn trilogy (5 years after the original series ended), then the Hand of Thrawn Book I and II (10 years after the trilogy). The narrator, Marc Thompson did a superb job of creating distinct voices for each of the major characters and maintaining continuity through all 5 books. I could easily tell one character from the other immediately. The sound affects added to the story without distracting or overpowering. The new characters were imaginative creatures and the battles were cunningly written. Very enjoyable listening to all these books! SusyQ

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This was great

loved it permanent fan of Zahn and Thompson, I wish it was longer even though it was the longest of all the books, also the hacker gent ended up not having a purpose at the end I wonder if there was more.

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good stuff

Everything finally comes together here, it is definitely worth your time if you've liked the series so far, bring some closure to your life and get this book!

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Great Story, Outstanding Narration

Another great story from Timothy Zahn, with outstanding narration. Ending felt a little rushed but worth the time for the unabridged version.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • richard
  • 10-04-17

Why isn't this canon?

After the original Thrawn trilogy being so brilliant I was a little dubious about another story involving the blue genius. Well I couldn't be happier for diving in. Possibly the best in the series. So much going on, so many angles, so many new arcs not explored before. The only problem I have now, is where do I go from here. There are so many books I've not read or heard yet now I know roughly how it all ends for the old EU (now non canon).

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  • JD
  • 09-21-17

Another great book from Timothy Zahn

A very good star wars book that's hints as a new direction the book series could of gone in.

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  • C. H. Ford
  • 12-11-16

One of the best audio books I've listened to.

As a fan of the original stories, with the sound effects and music, it really enhances the experience. Special mention must go to Marc Thompson for rendering the characters so well.

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  • Victor
  • 11-07-16

fantastic audio book one of the best

cracking audio book brilliantly delivered with characterisation.........a must especially for star wars fans.........only down side DON'T use star trek red alert sounds for the battle station alert......

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  • Peter Edwards
  • 07-13-15

Would recommend

Really good, except for the annoying bird people, they wouldn't shut up. Good book though.

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  • Mark M
  • 01-27-14

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!<br/>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.<br/>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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  • Mr Paul Savage
  • 02-05-17

Good ending

Good pay off from the last book, although Han Solo still sounds like Fred flibtstone

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  • Daniel
  • 10-02-17

Hot and cold

This was a very hot and cold book for me. There were times I was completely hooked and then times I found myself really bored.

I felt the overall story was a bit weak and left some areas unresolved. Once again though the narrator was fantastic and truly bought the book to life.

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  • James
  • 07-23-17

thrawn disappointment

I loved the original thrawn trilogy and hoped that this would be more thrawn tactical genius. it really isn't and while the voice acting is good as always the story is too cliche and was just a long stretch of pain the whole way.

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  • Marc Krause
  • 05-17-17

Absolutely fantastic series!

Loved the entire series. It all comes together and I was hooked 100% of the time!!

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  • Ruth
  • 10-28-16

Another great episode in the star wars saga

Love it couldn't stop until I finished , going straight to the next episode.
So many movies in these episodes

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  • Ashley
  • 03-05-16

Marc Thompson delivers again

What made the experience of listening to Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) the most enjoyable?

The overall production was fantastic, great story line would recommend listening to this one

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

Thrawn Trilogy

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

Marc did different characters really well

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

Yes