Star Wars: Outbound Flight

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,069 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery - only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend...and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable - and doomed - Outbound Flight Project. 

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, 12 Jedi Knights, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark - aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel - on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start - until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, 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. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn”. Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus 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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

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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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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.

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Decent Story

I enjoyed the story however Thrawn just isn't the same without Marc Thomson. Davis is a great narrator and I really enjoy his work, but Thrawn is as much a creation of Marc as it is of Timothy Zahn.

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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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Really Well Done

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-18

Good but disappointing audio book

Having read the book several times I found parts of this book far more dramatic as an audio book. I did find large parts from the book and story line missing which is why I only gave two stars. If you’ve not read the book then it will be a great introduction to Thrawn.

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  • Mr. I. A. Fairhurst
  • 02-07-20

An outbound flight.

Timothy Zhan does it again. Another outstanding book. Great storyline and plot had me gripped all through the story. Just a shame it was not a bit longer. The ending needed to be in more detail.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-10-20

For Thrawn fans

Good story supported by some of the best characters in the franchise. If you like Thrawn then this is the book is for as you as you see the character's introduction to the Star Wars world long before the original Zhan's Thrawn trilogy.

Brilliantly told by Jonathan Davis.

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  • Kamil
  • 08-20-19

not best not worst

Not the best from the sw series i listen here but also not waste of time.

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  • James Carr
  • 04-19-19

love this story

provides so much insight into Thrawns early years and leaves so much room for speculation and possible ideas for new cannon stories

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  • Stephen Sullivan
  • 01-13-19

Bad abridged adaption

Having read the actual book this is a poor abridgement
Very disappointing considering how well this authors works are.

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  • Kieran jake gough
  • 01-04-19

Amazing

Timothy Zahn is by far my favourite Star Wars writer the complex way he lays plots down is second to none, he make you feel smart for spotting what will happen but also content with how thrawn finds a way you never expected

Any Star Wars book by Zahn Which contains thrawn is worth your money or credits, especially if narrated by either Marc Thompson or Jonathon Davies !!

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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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  • Alisa Ravyn Hopkins
  • 06-23-19

Good book but unenergetic and unenthusiastic

the book itself was a well-crafted story and fine addition to the Star Wars Legends category however I believe the narrator of this book was very unenergetic and unenthusiastic he's reading so clear and able to understand felt bland his characters had little to no personality to them I would Point to someone like Mark Thompson another well known Star Wars audiobook narrator he puts in so much effort and unique Flair to each character Although his female voices aren't particularly amazing you can tell he has real enthusiasm for the book is now rating which you don't find with the narrator of this book.

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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.

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  • rich915
  • 03-22-18

i miss marc

I've got too use to marc thompson narrating. still a great listen. the story fills in a lot of blank pieces of the puzzle

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  • Lisa
  • 01-05-19

expanding my knowledge of star wars

I love this book. I love learning about the extended universe. everyone should get this book!