Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn, Book 1: Specter of the Past

  • by Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn made his triumphant return to the Star Wars universe in this first of an epic two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet: a dead Imperial warlord.
The forces of the Empire stand at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn, the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history, has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats: one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones.
Yet perhaps most dangerous of all are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.

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What the Critics Say

"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)
"Longtime fans should get considerable pleasure from this addition to the saga." (Publishers Weekly)

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My first audio book...

This was my first audio book, and it got me hooked!



I've previously read Timothy Zahn's other Star Wars novels and thoroughly enjoyed them, as such, i'd consider this and 'Vision Of The Future' to be must reads (must listens?).



I've come to look forward to Anthony Heald's narration too. He has a good voice and does a good job portraying the characters.
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- thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-02-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio