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.
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A good yarn for a Star Wars fanboy/girl
- James Hargrave
One word: Unabridged
Anything else by Timothy Zahn, in the sense that it has great characters, a believable story (albeit one set in space with lasers and Jedi) and a Star-warsy feel. This book, and Spectre of the Past before it really could be a film.
Top quality. Maximum effort put into the characters' voices with each one distinct and recognisable. I'm usually sceptical about attempts to imitate the film leads, but Thompson pulls it off with aplomb. They don't sound exactly like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford or Billy Dee Williams obviously, but the essence of the characters is captured well. A great job by Thompson all round.
"The Empire strikes back... one last time!"
As I said, the best thing about this audiobook above all else is that it's unabridged. Abridgement is a relic of a time when audiobooks were an unappreciated artform designed to allow many books to be 'read' as quickly as possible. Now, with audiobooks so ubiquitous people deserve value for their money. With a book as long and complex as this, butchering it for the sake of time would have ruined it. There are many Star Wars novels I would love to just sit back and listen to but I won't waste money or credits on half a product. It's just not the same and the New Jedi Order in particular should have proper audiobooks made, read by Mr Thompson of course!
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