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Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling audiobook from best-selling author Timothy Zahn.

“I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.” Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine.

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown...and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance - neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged - by a test of their allegiance to the Empire...and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

©2018 Timothy Zahn (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Maybe my expectations were too high...

I loved the first of the new Thrawn books. I thought that was excellent.

Thrawn Alliances, however, two parallel stories, neither I cared about. I was pretty bored throughout. Maybe they're setting something up bigger, but by itself Thrawn: Alliances was just ok at best.

Timothy Zahn writing Thrawn should be a slam-dunk, but everything about it was just kind of dull. I think Thrawn and Vader/Anakin just didn't pair well together. Together they held their characters back rather than elevating them.

Basically, I saw the first book, like a Star Wars movie. A Star Wars movie I'd want to watch again.
Thrawn: Alliances was like an episode of Star Wars: Rebels. It can be enjoyable, but on a completely different scale.

So you just kind of have to go in with the right expectations.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Very...meh

I loved the first of the two new cannon Thrawn novels but this one felt forced and boring. I also felt that Vader was not true to character and didn't play a believable role. Pretty disappointing considering how good the first was.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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He Knows

I loved it! Disney would be wise to hire Timothy Zahn when they decide to bring Thrawn to the big screen. Timothy is Thrawn and he knows. Job well done both to Timothy Zahn and the ever-talented Marc Thompson!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Casey
  • Huron, SD, United States
  • 07-26-18

Just Couldn't Get Into It

I can't believe that I am going to say this about a Star Wars novel written by Timothy Zahn that features Thrawn as a main character but I just could not get invested in the story. In particular, I found the section that took place during the Clone Wars to be a chore to get through. I liked the Thrawn/Vader story a little bit more but not much.

While I can't put my finger on the entire reason that it just didn't work for me I think the fact that Imperial infighting has been done so much in the new canon didn't help. 'A New Dawn', 'Tarkin', 'Lords of the Sith', nd the first 'Thrawn' novel all featured Imperials with competing interests as part of the plot. It is starting to feel like the Rebel Alliance should have just waited the Empire out and fight among itself to its destruction.

If I can point to something I did like in the story it would be the sections where we followed the Storm Troopers as they worked together as a team. That was fun to see, capable troopers did indeed exist in the Empire.

Marc Thompson is a hero. This is hardly the first Star Wars novel that I have only managed to finish due to his amazing performance and talent and I am quite confident, though saddened as well to know that it won't be the last.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I will listen to this one again in a couple years and appreciate it more. But for now, it is just okay and I don't feel like I would have missed much if I had skipped it entirely.

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Was it necessary?

I have listened to the first Thrawn audiobook and it was an amazing experience. The story was gripping, the characters interesting, and the performance outstanding.

Which is why I'm disappointed in this book. The narration is just as good, the characters are alright, but the story is a little bland. All I took away from this book is Padme and Anakin are terrible people and Vader just wants to murder everyone around him seemingly little reason.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ha
  • 07-24-18

Timonthy Zahn Doing it again!

The story gives answers to many unsolved mysterious between Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader.

Their challenges from the past and present is flawless narrated by Marc Thompson

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double vision is dumb.

Mark Thompson usually does a great job at the voices but was not very impressed with Anakin Skywalker voice. Also the switching between past and present was annoying. Overall the book wasn't bad but I was disappointed. I expected more from a book that was focusing on two of the best Star Wars characters working together.

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Awesome book, need more Thrawn novels.

Loved it finished it in one setting. The Darth Vader could have been better but I understand its no easy task to copy James Earl Jones. Later in Rebels, Admiral Thrawn does finally learn the truth about Anakin.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Keanu, is that you?

Enjoyed this almost as must as the first Thrawn book. There was only one thing that bothered me and that was the voice the narrator used for Anakin. He sounds like Keanu Reeves.

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Disappointing

Go listen to the first Thrawn book. That one was great. This one is disappointing.

I'm in the middle of my second listen, and I've lost the motivation to continue. It's just not very engaging. Star Wars is about high stakes battles between good and evil. There isn't any point in the book where the stakes get high and you feel like the protagonists are about to lose control of the situation (except perhaps the very end but it isn't much of a climax). At most, the protagonists just meet a series of roadblocks that they overcome. Listening to this the second time, I just feel bored.

Thrawn is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, but I feel like he shines best when he is contrasted with a mentee who struggles to comprehend Thrawn's machinations. He needs a character like Pellaeon, Car'das, or Vanto to teach. Both Anakin and Vader feel like equals to Thrawn, and both Vader and Anakin only begrudgingly learn things from our favorite Chiss.

Also, the whole journey out into the unknown regions seemed kind of pointless. I never felt like there was much of a threat out there. Thrawn consistently said there was a threat, but I don't think Zahn does a good job of explaining how the "threat" would cause problems for The Empire. It felt like Zahn was violating the rule of Show Don't Tell.

As usual, Mark Thompson does a great job of narration. The production value is great; it's just not enough to save the book.

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  • Simon R
  • 10-04-18

Thrawn delivers agsin

Started well, a little slow in the middle, but if you enjoyed the other Thrawn books, you will enjoy this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-18

Great effects, poor interaction.

As usual great performance by voice actors and sound effects.
But I felt story was lacking, and the interaction between the two protagonists was forced and unnatural.

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  • malcolm
  • 09-14-18

Not bad

It's ok not as good as some of the other Thrawn books though.

marc Thompson's narration is still top notch which helps

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  • R G STAINSBURY
  • 09-04-18

No where near as good as the original Zahn Thrawn Trilogy.

Although Marc Thompson continues to skilfully create amazingly immersive performances and has perfectly adapted his Thrawn voice to match the new canon one from the Rebels TV show, this story was dull, littered with Deus ex machina and focused on a repetitive string of petty scuffles at the expense of any real drama or threat. I get the feeling that Zahn was hemmed in by the fact that none of the main characters could ever really be in jeopardy, because the reader already knows the ultimate fate of most of them from other films and books.

Although I want to be supportive of one of my favourite authors (and always wish for more 'Thrawn' material - I love that character!), I cannot really recommend this book. After all, if you can make a gripping yarn out of Darth Vader AND Grand Admiral Thrawn, you are in the wrong business.

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  • Callum Keating
  • 08-31-18

Really good

If you love Thrawn and the chiss you'll like what you get to know here

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-18

Great book

Plenty of cool details about the unknown regions for star wars nerds like me.. Interesting this is now official new cannon

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  • Ronald
  • 08-23-18

best thing to happen to Star Wars

loved it. best Star Wars book since the Thrawn Trilogy. voice work is amazing. characters are great. links nicely with the other media formats. definitely a good time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-18

Revies

Story dragged at points but wrapped up nicely. 4 story lines, thrawn and vader, thrawn and anakin,padme and the locals and captain faro with the stormtrooper squadron was allot to keep track of.

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  • Dylan
  • 08-18-18

An enjoyable and intriguing read.

I know it's not the most recent release but Thrawn: Alliances was great. A mystery that for a more observant reader than myself would be enjoyable to work out ones self but equally enjoyable to have unveiled at the end. A good balence of reworking aspects of legends material and building up on them in a more nuanced and consistent way while incorporating truely new concepts left unexplored in the 40 year history of the legends continuity. A consolidation of the character of Thrawn himself and an interesting insight into Vader which hasn't really been seen since the first wave of canon books or the Vader comics. And a general increasing of the complexity of the galactic political climate in a far more astute way than the movies could ever hope to achieve. It was the first book in a while that really felt like it was building up to something big and basically restored much of my lost faith in the series after the upset that was episode 8, with the help of solo and the announcement of the clone wars finally getting continued that is. While I with hold my optimism for the films I can rest assured that as long as great authors like Timothy Zahn stick around the future of the star wars books is bright. Now, if only James Luceno could get a new one out, or Claudia Grey. I feel at some point a review of a star wars book will not require comparison to legends and to be honest this one didn't need It, but, there were just a few things from legends in there that basically acted as salt and pepper on the satisfying meal that was the books plot itself. Things that wouldn't distract from it if reading from a fresh reader's point of view, but, from one familiar with or a veteran of the old continuity it just adds to it.

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  • Mr. J. R. Trinder
  • 08-06-18

So so story. Almost excellent narration.

Won’t go into spoilers but the story is ok, not as engaging as the last Thrawn book. Narration is very good. Marc Thompson’s Thrawn is excellent as is his other male voices. However his female voices, especially Padme is far to child like and ‘girly’, I remember Padme being tougher and more in charge. A great book for Star Wars completists but not exactly a necessary one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-18

Grand Admiral Sherlock Holmes & Darft Watson .

Vader playing 2nd to Thrawn ? Skywalker getting over angry for nothing Is padme 13

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  • Lachlan Farrant
  • 08-16-18

Zahn has done it again!

It should go without saying, but the dynamite combination of Timothy Zahn's masterful story and Marc Thompson's amazing narration has managed to truly capture the classic Star Wars vibe. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-18

Worth every credit! Great immersive performance.

The overall of the book is a must read for any Star Wars fan. However, at the end I think the story fell a little bit by lack of true stakes for both Vader and Thrawn. Nonetheless, I enjoyed very, very, VERY much this book.

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  • Taylor
  • 08-06-18

Great sequel!

Amazing voice work. Thrawns voice was perfect, so immersive. Easy listen. This is a very worthwhile sequel.

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  • kory
  • 08-03-18

a fantastic addition to new cannon

the two timelines was an interesting insight into the two main characters and loved hearing more about the clone wars era.

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  • Jarred Leworthy
  • 07-29-18

Zahn does it again!

Yet another epic story by Timothy Zahn, and as usual Marc Thompson knocked it out of the park with his reading.