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Thrawn: Treason

Star Wars: Thrawn, Book 3
Written by: Timothy Zahn
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • 

Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from best-selling author Timothy Zahn.

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.” 

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets. 

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Great book, as usual for Zahn. Narration not.

Enjoying the book/storyline. But narration isn't great IMO. The voices are annoying and trite and seem somewhat forced. Only on chapter 5 & not sure I can finish. Might just go buy the book. I'm new to audio books, and rather enjoy the extra detail you get in print. And forming images and characters in my mind from that detail. The other audiobooks I'm listened to haven't detracted from this, and the sound effects etc are actually a nice bonus. But I find this narrator is almost ruining characters, new and old, for me.

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back to excellent

book 1 & 3 of this series is stellar, and the non-Anakin half of 2 is great also.

exciting and engrossing from the first to last page, with Marc's usual level of absurdly talented narration

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Timothy Zahn, what are we here for?

I've rarely read a book where it's been clearer that my priorities and the author's just don't align anymore. This book features the return of interesting, even beloved characters, and promises to ask big questions about divided loyalties and the commitment of Thrawn, Eli Vanto, Faro and others to the Empire vs to the Chiss Ascendancy, the galaxy's greater good, or their ties to one another. And yet Zahn squanders most of his opportunities to create tension or drama along these lines, in favour of endless iterations of Thrawn's flawless strategic analyses and far too much of an annoying new character's petty whining. If you're going to raise the possibility that the Emperor will prise Thrawn's secrets out of him by force, Zahn, give us that scene! If the contrast between Thrawn's value for life (in your books) and his cruelty/coldbloodedness in Rebels is your doing (which it is), motivate that difference.

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Very good

It was very good. It’s a great copyrighted adventure.
Could have been a bit longer.

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More of Zahn's AWESOME characters!

If you liked the first book of this series this one is for you! I only wish it was longer!

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Good conclusion

Thrawn maintains his awesomeness, solid set up of future events. A solid conclusion to a great trilogy.

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  • Michael Rosenow
  • 2019-07-24

fantastic

It's hard not to binge all 13 hours. definitely better than the second, rivals the first.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-24

Great book. Except for one thing.

I was really hoping (after listening to all the other Thrawn related books) that the openly insubordinate and obnoxious doubting and second guessing of Thrawn would finally be over. Unfortunately it’s still there. I get that he’s an alien so he’s treated differently by other Imperial officers. And discrimination and entitlement have always been themes in SW books. But Assistant Director Ronan takes it to a whole level in Treason. To the point that within the first two hours of listening to the book I wanted to shut it off. His voice is supposed to be combative and annoying. But it’s too much. Thankfully I didn’t let one character ruin a solid book. But the first few hours of Ronan were Jar Jar level obnoxious and frustrating. Almost was a dealbreaker.

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  • stuart
  • 2019-07-24

Thank You

Loved the book and this series! This is my favorite character in star wars. Thanks!

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  • A Texan 2
  • MANVEL, TX
  • 2019-08-03

Big improvement over book 2

This final book of the "new" Thrawn trilogy (or maybe it should be "new Thrawn") is a big improvement over the second book with it's ill suited team-up between Thrawn and Vader/Anakin. This book sees Thrawn back in form and gives us a good look into the Chiss Ascendancy from which he originally came. This time, there's no involvement with the Rebellion, but instead an external threat to the Empire that Thrawn has to deal with.
Still, while I enjoyed it and found it an overall satisfying conclusion...it still lacks somewhat compared to the original Thrawn trilogy of the now Legends time line. I think the biggest reason is, back then, Timothy Zahn was essentially blazing the new trail for the post-ROTJ Star Wars universe. At that time, there was nothing and Zahn was free to take us into an uncharted future with Thrawn as a great successor nemesis to the New Republic after Vader and the Emperor were to the Rebellion.
Now, bringing him back into that pre-Death Star timeline, Thrawn is reduced somewhat to being just another major player like Vader, Tarkin, Krennic, etc. subservient to Emperor Palpatine.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm glad we get to have Thrawn back in the new canon, especially in the Rebels TV series. But, I think this iteration doesn't quite live up to the menacing mastermind that challenged the New Republic back in the 90's.

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  • Kay
  • Texas
  • 2019-07-24

An Extraordinary Addition!

Timothy Zahn's latest trilogy continues to single handedly promote Thrawn to one of my favorite Star Wars characters of all time! I greatly enjoyed the return of Eli and Faro, as well as the introduction of new and fun additions to characters I hope to keep under my watch in future novels.
I know that if and when there will be a forth book (or a new story entirely), and that when the permissions to the timeline are finally granted, then Zahn and Thompson are going to be there to continue the Star Wars story to the highest caliber, and I will be waiting with great anticipation to experience it for myself when that happens.

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  • Trevor Lee
  • Woodstock. NY
  • 2019-07-24

Zahn and Thompson at their best

I found Treason to be much more enjoyable than Alliances (although I liked that story, too). My only complaint is somewhat petty, but the sound effects on the Chiss vessel sounds too much like "Boyz in tha Hood"(the song). But this isn't the first SW audiobook to make use of this particular sound effect. The characters seem written for Marc Thompson, and his performance is excellent - and without over the top alien dialects (think the New Republic Senate leader or the winged bird things in Hand of Thrawn duology. Very enjoyable.

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  • scott
  • 2019-07-25

another amazing story from Timothy Zahn

loved the book, just as good as the previous two in this trilogy. I hope there's more to come

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  • Ha
  • 2019-07-24

The Best Zahn Story!

The return of Eli Vanto is so welcoming. I had incredible high exceptions for this book and Zahn succeeded. The new characters Ronan, Waffle and Mole was so unexpected and fun. Finally the character development on Faro was so satisfying. Thank you for this incredible story, I hope we'll see another Thrawn story in the future.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-08-16

Not the best Thrawn story

I am a big fan of the legends Thrawn books. I also am a fan of Timothy Zahn’s writing. However, there are parts in this story that are simply tedious. Zahn’s use of internal logic being written out for each person loses its luster when it results in illogical thinking. It seems like a silly l exercise especially when the it leads the character back around to what would have simply been their initial reaction. I realize that some characters’ actions must be illogical or even a mistake, but using this prose too often, or as a quick way to slam the story along loses its effectiveness. It makes Thrawn’s ability seem diminished. The battle sequence was classic Thrawn and great like the older books.

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  • Jason
  • San Francisco
  • 2019-08-15

Good amount of Treason, just not from Thrawn

An entertaining book, similar in quality to the previous one in the series but not as good as the first. If you came expecting to see Thrawn's loyalties strained and tested, you will be sorely disappointed.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-25

Du suspens et du rythme

Bon audio book l'action est bien rythmée et la performance de Marc Thomson toujours au top. Remise en question de l'alègence de Thrawn, une coopération avec les Chiss. Pas mal d'informations sur le déroulement du projet Stardust il vaut largement le premier en terme de qualité