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Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy

Chaos Rising, Book 1
Written by: Timothy Zahn
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
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New York Times best seller

Discover Thrawn's origins within the Chiss Ascendancy in the first book in an epic new Star Wars trilogy from best-selling author Timothy Zahn.

Beyond the edge of the galaxy lies the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, with hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within its swirling chaos is the Ascendancy, home to the enigmatic Chiss and the Nine Ruling Families that lead them. The peace of the Ascendancy, a beacon of calm and stability, is shattered after a daring attack on the Chiss capital that leaves no trace of the enemy. 

Baffled, the Ascendancy dispatches one of its brightest young military officers to root out the unseen assailants. A recruit born of no title, but adopted into the powerful family of the Mitth and given the name Thrawn. With the might of the Expansionary Fleet at his back, and the aid of his comrade Admiral Ar'alani, answers begin to fall into place. But as Thrawn's first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems. And the threat to the Ascendancy is only just beginning. 

©2020 Timothy Zahn (P)2020 Random House Audio

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An absolute smash hit.

absolutely love it another killier combo from Timothy Zhan and beautifully spoken story by Marc Thompson. he will forever be the voice of Thrawn for me and I can't wait till the next book

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decent.

not the strongest of the series, but thrawn is as entertaining as always - there is nothing from thrawn's perspective, which is a greatly missed piece of the narrative. Marc is masterful as usual in his narration

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Great book better narrator

I'm always surprised by how good Marc Thompson is at narrating. I've listened to many books done by him and it really adds an extra layer having the characters all sound distinct from one another and how the voice tells something about each character ,not to mention the background noises,to say the book is immersive is an understatement. The story is something you would expect from Zahn interesting, expansive and adds an extra layer to thrawn as a character as you see how he changed his style and grew as a commander I'm very excited for the next book

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It was wordy...

There were too many words so it took many times listening in order to fully understand the unabridged version. Maybe Zahn would consider a partially abridged version next

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Thrawn back story

Love the back story intk Thrawns origins in Chiss society. Thrawn needs his own TV Show Disney take the hint! The book gives an amazing look into Chiss Society and culture about family, the meaning of their names and how Chiss families influences politics and military position and standing in society. This story tells a hugely important backstory of Thrawn and his origins, his strengths and shows his weaknesses within his own society making him not be Just a genius all the time like in the Empire. Highly recommend this book audio or novel. Narrator was great like he always is. I’ve listened to all of thrawns books in audio form. My first audiobooks and I havnt been disappointed at all.

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  • gordon pelotte
  • 2020-09-01

Timothy Zahn the one who can write Grand Admiral Thrawn

Super excited to get some back story of Thrawn. He has become my favorite Empire character, sorry Lord Vader. Timothy Zahn is a great story teller!

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  • Cam T.
  • 2020-09-05

Zahn does it again!

I've been a Thrawn fan since 1990 when Timothy Zahn introduced this amazing artistic tactician to the Star Wars community. I admit that I was extremely disappointed his original story was all but eradicated when Disney hit the reset switch on the sequel era, but I rejoiced when they brought Thrawn back into the story in the animated series "Star Wars: Rebels" The Thrawn trilogy gave us the tales of Thrawn's meteoric rise through the ranks of the Empire, as well as his first encounter with Anakin Skywalker (Minor Spoiler: That scene is also in this new book, but told from the opposite viewpoint - Continuity: I love it!), and later a mission with Darth Vader. This new story takes us further back into Thrawn's past, giving us a much deeper insight into this genius warrior, including his origins, as well as a greater look at the amazingly complex politics of the Chiss Ascendancy (if you thought it was convoluted on this planet, we're rank amateurs, compared to the Chiss!) All in all, the newer Thrawn novels have given very little to regret the loss of the originals from the Legends timeline, in my opinion. As we still don't know what became of Thrawn after Rebels, I'm quite happy to think that perhaps down the line, with the next books of the "Thrawn Ascendancy" trilogy, we might even get a look at what came next for him. Marc Thompson also delivers a stellar performance, although his little girl voices are a bit less than authentic - but I find that quite understandable. From the moment I began this book, I didn't want to stop it. That said, I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I did.

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  • Nom de Guerre
  • 2020-09-10

Thrawn, how I have missed you!

It's been a while since I last picked up a Star Wars book...I gave up early in the post-Yuuzhan Vong era, but I read pretty much everything before that. Zahn is without a doubt the shining star of the pre-Disney days, and I'm so excited he's carrying the torch now, too. Thrawn is a fantastic character and the Chiss are a fascinating race. I am so glad I listened to this book.

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  • Christine K. Singh
  • 2020-09-01

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I really liked the book it has a great background and I really like how it has memory of Thrawn before he was exiled

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  • Russell
  • 2020-09-10

Thrawn

I miss the Thrawn of old,but I must admit Zahn is the only person to write a reboot of Thrawn. i don’t like Disney bastardizing my EU but whatever. I do love Thrawn and I’ll take it. I unfortunately must say my Star Wars book library ends with this Thrawn series. I have DAMN near every EU Star Wars book to date. I do not like the direction Disney is taking Star Wars and I am not excited for anything new. I really hate watching Disney ruin my old EU characters and wish they would leave them alone. Actually I wouldn’t mind seeing the original Lucasfilm LTD team and George Lucas finish out the Sword of Jedi series that was just about to start. Hell give us back our EU and let us pick the Star Wars we want.

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  • Kenneth
  • 2020-09-06

The audio can be really hard to hear

In chapter one there is a spot that makes it really hard to hear, with them talking in a space suit... if they can get ride of the distant sounding once, I would love this story even more.

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  • Tmark
  • 2020-09-06

Good book, but too many audio effects

I love the Thrawn books and Marc Thompson is a brilliant voice actor, but overuse of totally unnecessary audio effects make it difficult to listen to this audiobook. The distortion effect used during the dialogue in Chapter 1 is so heavy, I had to go back and listen to it again - twice - because I found it hard to understand the character dialogue. Not the kind of experience listeners enjoy, and if Thrawn wasn’t in my top five favorite Star Wars characters, I would have given up and returned the book. Hey producers,guess what! Marc Thompson is super talented! Why not let his voice do the work, yes?

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  • jacob
  • 2020-09-10

Terrific book love expanding the universe

Timothy Zahn is an incredible author and I love reading his Thrawn books I’ve always wanted to know more about the unknown regions and where Thrawn came from and this book delivers

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  • Cornealius Bing
  • 2020-09-09

The best Thrawn story yet!!!

This story is Awesome!!! It gives an in depth look into the origins of Thrawn. I love the new characters and the story line totally draws you in. this is a must have audiobook if you're a fan of Thrawn!

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  • Ryan
  • 2020-09-09

I want the next one already!

I can't wait for book 2, it was so refreshing to see some really great expanded universe lore with thrawn at the center again.

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