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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House Audio

What listeners say about Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

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Better than current cannon

having listened to the current cannon thrawn books, this 'Legends' Thrawn trilogy is (in my opinion) better overall in all three rating categories. Performance wise the female voices are a lot better, the background and ambient noises are appropriate; very pleasant to listen too. The story is fast paced with lots of action.

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Better than Disney Star Wars

I started listening to the Thrawn series to get a different take on the Star Wars universe after I was disappointed with the new sequel trilogy from Lucasfilm. The writing and characters in these books are far superior to what you will find in cinemas.

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Tim learned a new word

I am sure that Tim uses the word “sardonic” so often to teach us that it’s synonymous with “sarcastic.”
How many times does he believe he can cannibalize his own writing.
He had some great descriptions in past books but the cut n paste writing here does not escape notice.
The story is ok.
I wish Thrawns motivations & thought patterns were more described/explained as they were in the first book. It doesn’t seem like the same mysterious genius we were introduced to in the first book. It’s like Thrawn is getting slower and dumber.

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marc thompson makes this book incredible.

great story, great characters that you know and love and the narrator Marc Thompson does amazing impressions of harrison ford, billy dee williams, and mark hamill.

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A great second act to the three part story!

This book series is the true 7, 8, 9! The narrator and the sound effects are perfection.

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Excellent second book

Picks up right where the first book ends. Enjoyable voice narration and sound effects. An immersive Star Wars experience.

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awesome read

this was great. top notch performance by Thompson again. can't wait to read the last book

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The best trilogy

It's got it all, sound effects, a fantastic narrator, Thrawn. One of the best Expanded Universe stories around, and anyone looking to learn more about the EU should listen to this trilogy.

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Excellent Book

Absolutely enjoyed this book. From exploring the character of Mara Jade to the mentions of the Katana Fleet.

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These should be the movies!

Great to listen to this again after so many years. I remembered reading them as they came out. Crushed to watch “canon” be such a joke.

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  • Tyler
  • 2012-06-26

Marc Thompson Delivers Again!

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Having listened to the First volume of the Thrawn Series done by Thompson, I knew I had to wait until he completed his versions of the second two volumes. I am glad I waited. The story is excellent, as most people already know. However, Thompson gives an excellent performance enhanced by a great and not overbearing soundtrack, deliver an amazing entertainment experience. Get this audio-book, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Cage
  • 2012-07-04

The adventure continues...

Following in the footsteps of last year's 20th anniversary release of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, Marc Thompson delivers another perfect performance with this second installment of The Thrawn Trilogy. For the uninitiated, this series' popularity helped launch the expanded universerse we all take for granted now. For example, the 'Imperial Planet' was first named Coruscant in this trilogy. If you enjoyed it as much as I did, this audiobook will make you want to listen to the third and final book, The Last Command, thankfully also available unabridged and narrated by Marc Thompson. The Force is strong with this one!

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  • Ron
  • 2012-07-10

UNABRIDGED!!

Finally the unabridged version. What more could you want? Marc Thompson did a great job with the reading and the production quality seems to be on pair with all the other Star Wars books. I would say this is a must have.

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  • Gary
  • 2013-03-01

Marc Thompson,Timothy Zahn what else do you need?

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Marc Thompson' performance of this brilliant story is second to none. He created voices for previously unknown characters and did a fantastic job on mimicing the characters we all know from the first three films. His portrayal of Grand Admiral Thrawn really made the character come to life. He was menacing and always in control. Really great series.

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  • sascha krohn
  • 2019-11-02

excellent !

proper sequel to episode 4 5 and 6
way better than the new disney star wars

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  • Greg
  • 2012-08-07

Like "Empire" the middle volume is great

Where does Star Wars: Dark Force Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

Marc Thompson's reading

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice acting. Mark and Jim Dale are the best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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Another great book by Tim Zahn. Hope they re-do the "Hand of Thrawn" series. Un-Abridged and with Marc Thompson doing the reading.

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  • deej
  • 2017-09-13

should have been the next movies in the series

I wish these would have been the next movies in the series. much better story than episode VII. GREAT JOB BY Timothy Zahn

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  • Travis
  • 2015-12-31

Why didn't they use this writing for the movie!?

The force awakens is a horrible recycled plot. This trilogy thus far has been great! I'm pretending the movie in my head is the one in theaters.

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  • John B
  • 2015-01-15

Great performance, decent story

Awesome performance of the OT characters voices, he's got Han and Luke perfected.
Story was a little lackluster but hey it's Star Wars

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  • Lisa Newman
  • 2020-08-15

True spirit of original movies

If you are a true Star Wars fan this series is a must-classic story that does justice to the original trilogy and it’s characters unlike the last set of movies especially the Last Jedi and the trash that it was

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-03-21

As with first book, great story and stellar perf.

as with the first book of the trilogy, the story is engaging and feels very much star wars; the perormance is perfect with a great set of voices by Marc Thompson, especially his han and luke voices ( thrawn & pelyon too but they don't have movie counterparts).