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Thrawn (Star Wars)

Written by: Timothy Zahn
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
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In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

©2017 Timothy Zahn (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Higher production quality than most

I don’t know if it’s because it’s penguin publishing or Star Wars, but the production is amazing. The narrator does every voice exquisitely, no question. More exciting however, is the amount of sound effects and background music present. Classic Star Wars themes are added to key moments, blaster shots and the like as well.

But what really blew me away, was that wherever the story was taking place, they added a background sound to set the stage; a conversation on a star destroyer? They add a subtle hum.
They’re on a jungle planet? They add birds and cicada like sounds.

The quality of this audio was on another level entirely.

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so glad Tharwn is back!

so glad that they made Thrawn official again, the pacing of this story was perfect.

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So glad Thrawn was brought into canon.<br />

Loved it. It would have been a shame for Disney to pass on Zahn's character Thrawn. Marc's voice acting for Thrawn was on point.

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Solid modernisation of the classic character

Well voiced with the right amount of terrible (read: fantastic) sound effects. Plus the links to Star Wars: Rebels firmly sets Thrawn in the new canon which is neat.

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Amazing<br />

first audiobook, was blown away. set the standard for me for what an audio book should be.

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Un retour réussi pour Thrawn

en plus d'une histoire vraiment captivante, la narration de Marc Thompson est fantastique. je recommande pour tous amateur de star wars

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Amazing

Marc Thompson is hands down the best narrator I've come across yet. No one else is even close.

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Pulling the best from Legacy

Absolutely fantastic Audio book. The performance keeps you attentive until the action packed end. The narrator is of the best I have heard in an Audio book period. I highly recommend this book.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the sequel. Thrawn is a great star wars character who'd deserves to be part of the canon story.

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Just great

I thought i wasnt going to get into this book, but wow it was great. The voice acting for the characters were amazing, props to the readers.

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  • Michael Hicks
  • Michigan
  • 2017-09-06

Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

Timothy Zahn returns to the Star Wars universe with Thrawn, the titular character that first appeared in print back in the 1990s and helped reignite fan’s interest in a galaxy far, far away. 1991, when Heir to the Empire was first published, presented a very desolate landscape for Star Wars fans, and was certainly a far cry from the series current-day resurgence. Back then, we only had three films – Episodes IV, V, and VI. There were no prequels, no other sequels, no real line of novels, video games, Funko Pops! and cartoon series. Fans were starved for more stories set in their favorite cinematic series. Timothy Zahn helped change all that with his initial Thrawn Trilogy, reintroducing us to the heroes of the Rebel Alliance cum New Republic five years after the The Return of the Jedi and the Battle for Endor. Right from the outset, Thrawn was a bold new villain and cunning strategist, and an immediately iconic one at that.

Nowadays, Star Wars is everywhere. The series of Expanded Universe novels was relaunched in the build-up for The Force Awakens, and a series of tie-in novels helped lay the new groundwork between Episodes VI and VII. One question that kept coming up among fans and readers was, Where is Grand Admiral Thrawn? Was there even a Grand Admiral Thrawn anymore, or had his enduring legacy between swept away in the relaunch?

Well, now we know. Thrawn is, indeed, a canonical part of the new Expanded Universe – and still an enormous threat for the galaxy to reckon with. With this novel, Zahn dives into origin story territory, detailing the blue-skinned alien’s rise to power within the xenophobic and fascistic Empire. For readers of Zahn’s original Thrawn novels, the character will be intimately familiar. This is still the same character, his keen intellect and powers of observation fully intact, and reintroduced into the Star Wars timeline between Episode III and Rogue One.

I, for one, am thrilled to have Thrawn back in action again. This is a thinking-man’s villain, one who uses his brains above all else, never relying solely on brawn and bluster to get through the day, but rather through sly, Sherlock Holmes’ style observation and chess-like maneuvers. It’s great to see him again outwitting his opponents and manipulating his way through the Empire’s ranks. The story suffers, though, with a side-plot revolving around Arihnda Price, an ex-miner forced by external powers into the Empire’s employ. The dual narratives provide insight into the political machinations of the Emperor’s regime, and it’s interesting to listen to how both maneuver through the Empire in order to meet their own goals. The biggest problem, though, is that Price’s story is a bit dull with its focus on politics and takes a long while to really get anywhere. The same is slightly true of Thrawn’s narrative as well. While it’s interesting to see him work his way up the ranks, we also know how this story ends. The plot device hanging in the middle of this story, operating behind the scenes and driving Thrawn and Price toward their end-goals, is one that Star Wars fans will be able to peg right from the outset.

Thrawn presents little in the way of surprise, and given the nature of the Empire and the character’s carving their way into and through it, it’s also difficult to find reason to root for any of them. Anyone who is familiar with Star Wars knows exactly what the evil Empire is, what it’s all about, and what it represents. Do we really care, ultimately, if any of these characters succeed in reaching the top of Mount Evil, particularly in light of the story’s lack of worthwhile protagonists? Thrawn works well when we have a central heroic, good-guy (or gal) character to root for, and there’s none of that here. While Thrawn is interesting, it’s never really very exciting or fun, and it never reaches the heights of greatness exhibited in the original Thrawn Trilogy. Sadly, from a story perspective, this book’s a bit of a dud.

Thankfully, Marc Thompson’s narration is brilliant. After listening to his voice talents on Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars trilogy, I was really chomping at the bit to see what Marc would do with Zahn’s novel. In this respect, I was not the least bit disappointed. He presents a number of varied voices, tones, and speech patterns, and does an absolutely superb job all around. The use of sound effects and music throughout help up the ante on the production front, reminding us regularly with its familiar score and laser blasts that this is a legit Star Wars story.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 2017-05-06

The Sherlock of Star Wars

Timothy Zahn is one of the masters of the Star Wars universe. Thrawn is a masterpiece. A character study of one of the most famous and beloved adversaries in the Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is not driven by evil or domination. The Sherlock of the Star Wars galaxy, he is a master at military tactics and studies the culture and art of varying species in an effort to understand them. This book gives us insight into Thrawn's thought process as he ascends the imperial ranks, artfully handles core world bigotry, tangles with another tactical master and trains another outer rim outsider in his crafts. I loved watching Thrawn outwit humans who felt far superior and learned they were not. This book also featured the backstory of Lothal governor Pryce and her journey down a dark path of ruthlessness. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the brilliant Marc Thompson's incredible narration. His character voices are spot on and his beautiful intonations really make the story come alive. I loved Thrawn's voice. This book is another reason why he is my favorite narrator.
A must read/listen for Star Wars fans, Zahn does not disappoint. Political intrigue, action, drama and excitement await within. I took my time to savor this book and was sad to see it end. I hope we have more of the Grand Admiral's adventures both in print and on the big screen.

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  • Jeremy schulz
  • 2017-04-13

Un-Surprisingly, Beautiful

Zahn and Thompson come together once more to weave an exceptional story! Zahn has woven another patch into the quilt that is Star Wars. His writing is superb, and thankfully we have someone just as brilliant to narrate! I can not applaud this enough! I also plan on purchasing the physical copy, because apparently there is a pull out poster featuring the Grand Admiral himself! But do yourself a favor and jump into this audiobook!


A few notable aspects that I can remember (re listening after this!) NO SPOILERS!

The story of Thrawn's ascendancy to Grand Admiral.

The unique Chiss twist of the importance in utilizing and preserving resources, which bordered on compassion for others.

The tie in to Star Wars Rebels! Providing a really rich background into why certain events occurred in the show.

A beautiful balance of political intrigue (which I ABSOLUTELY love in the Star Wars universe!), and intense action scenes!

One detail I really appreciated was the depiction and hesitance of Coruscant's underbelly. We typically see this through the eyes of force wielders or soldiers, neither of which really experience the emotions that an everyday person would when confronted with the slums.

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  • YNNEK
  • 2018-02-28

Wonderful Narration!

The Narrator perfectly nailed the voice of Thrawn and the various other characters! This was my first Star Wars audiobooks and I can affirm that it was the best introduction to Star Wars books in such a format.

Be advised that this is a listen that makes you think alot... though Thrawn usually explains his actions it can be hard to follow at times. for some books that is a downside, but in this book, for a careful listener, it is a very exciting listen.

Highly suggested!

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  • Not a Bot, seriously lets talk about our human emotions
  • 2017-04-25

Miss the old voice

Love it. But I miss the old voice for Thrawn. The new one lines up with Rebels, but is less powerful.

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  • jason lewis
  • 2018-04-23

Thrawn was ok!

I liked the book overall but only the Thrawn story, not the Price side venture.

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  • Justin Tefft
  • 2018-01-22

Exceptional entry into the Star Wars Canon

I’ve read a lot of Star Wars books and generally, I really enjoy them. I love the universe, love the consistency from Novel to Novel and have really grown to love listening to them through Audible. Star Wars: Thrawn took that to a whole new level. I was blown away by the thought and care that went into making this book exceptional. It was more than just a run of the mill Star Wars novel, although run of the mill is pretty darn good when it comes to Star Wars. This book was about tactics and strategy and showed the mind of Thrawn on full display for us all to enjoy and marvel about. I was impressed and had a ton of fun with this novel.

We’ve known of Thrawn for some time, back in the day, he had several entries in the Legends works, but this was the first one in the new canon and they based this character on what we saw in Star Wars Rebels. His voice, his mind, his blue skin and red eyes, all present and exactly what I had hoped for.

Marc Thompson is something special and his work on Thrawn was no exception. Even if you don’t care for Thrawn, you should listen to the book just to hear what Marc does with the character. Next level work performed here.

This book was a hard to put down, fun to listen to and I highly recommend it.

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  • Paul M
  • SF Bay Area, CA. United States
  • 2017-11-30

Excellent!

Where does Thrawn (Star Wars) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best Star Wars books I've read in years. The performance was excellent, and felt very Star Wars. I wish Mr Zahn had written more of these new canon books. He has been sorely missed in the Star Wars universe.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thrawn (Star Wars)?

This is a tough one without spoilers, but I would say Thrawns big reveal about why he is in Empire space.

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I listened to him with the Aftermath books. This performance reaffirmed my belief that his performance there was a result of the poor writing we were forced to endure. His performance here was PERFECT.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Absolutely. For anyone who has read the original Zahn trilogy which are now considered to be not part of the canon, this book makes you smile in many places as ship names and the like are thrown in for our enjoyment. Many times I remember thinking "yes" as something was introduced that was a throwback to that original series. Way to go Mr Zahn.

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  • Boyd Tschaggeny
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2017-04-20

The Standard for Star Wars Books

I've had a tumultuous relationship with the last few Star Wars books I've read. Those books had been full of the same five, flat characters thrown together on the only four planets in the galaxy. Since I'd been burned (bored?) in the past, I approached Thrawn with mild trepidation. I am happy to say that not only is Thrawn a great Star Wars book, Thrawn is a great book in general.

The characters were dynamic and interesting. The plot was intriguing and without too much foreshadowing. There was just the right amount of fan service. Overall, I loved this book. I would read it again and recommend it to anyone looking for a good novel.

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  • justin
  • 2017-04-11

Thrawn has survived the purge of the cannon

5 hours in and Thrawn seems to have survived the cannon purge wonderfully he is still Thrawn and this story reinstates alot of thrawns back story that had evolved other the course of Zahns other novels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-18

A misplaced note

Sometimes, the background noises are more annoying than helpful. Like crickets. The balance was so off I could barely understand the lines over it. Otherwise, its a good story and performance.

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  • A.P
  • 2019-03-14

C’est super mais les bruitages...

Le livre est super interessant, bien lu, tres agreable.
Mais quelques bruitages sont à revoir (son ambiance ville, respirateur de vador, blaster...)

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  • Knorrel
  • 2019-02-18

Excellent !

Le jeu du narrateur est super. on reconnaît chaque voix, chaque personne. L'ambiance sonore et la musique permettent une immersion totale. l'histoire nous fait découvrir ce personnage épique qu'est Thrawn !! Super Audiobook !!