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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
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (845 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

“Another excellent addition to the new canon . . . Thrawn: Treason will reward you thoroughly for your time.” (GeekMom)

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a Thrawn story - whether that was Heir to the Empire and its sequels or Zahn’s new novels - you’ll find more of what you enjoy in Treason.” (Dork Side of the Force)

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

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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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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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Amazing

Best book in series, definitely recommend. The entire series has been great, but it's been building to this and it did not disappoint

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excellent rounding out to a wonderful character

I enjoyed this one. better then the 2nd book, not quite as good as the first in the series. Thrawn is one of the better characters in the star wars universe if you ask me. Because of his cool head in pretty much all situations he would have also made a badass Jedi IMO if he also could use the force, but is still an equivalently badass Grand Admiral.

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Best of the 3 books so far

This has been the best story line so far. It was equally as good as the first book with the second being a bit less interesting.


Good twists. Good overarching plot without sacrificing a current book plot. Good character development. Very entertaining.

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perfect set up for after episode 9

great story, perfect set up for a possible link with Ezra and thrawn post episode 9.

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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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Perfection

Read the title. that's all you need to know. Nothing else remains to be said

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Great end to trilogy

Both the story and performance by Marc Thompson were great! I liked this one the best of the 3 in the trilogy!

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A great end to the trilogy

This book is much more similar to the first than the second. It hits all the right notes with imperial politics, detailed space battles, well crafted new and old characters, and a mystery to tie it all together. Definitely read this if you read the previous two.

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  • A Texan 2
  • 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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  • 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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  • William
  • 2019-07-23

WTF! Takes place BEFORE Rebels finale!

why was this written before the rebels ending? 1hr into book and it looks like Thrawns terrible ending in rebels is how he actually goes out....i luv Zahns Thrawn books but if this is how the new trilogy goes it is yet another beyrayal by star wars. This was my last hope that not every part of star wars is dumping on the fans, guess i was wrong... Ps, so far Cpt.Pelleon doesn't exist in this EU, another knife to the heart...it's Ackbar all over again.

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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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  • Pneumaddict
  • 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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  • Kay
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kyle Joseph
  • 2019-07-25

This didn’t need to exist

Boring, overly complex story that goes nowhere and has no resolution. It’s set during Thrawn’s absence in the final season of Star Wars Rebels instead of after which is what most fans wanted. This is a pointless side story that doesn’t need to exist. The first Thrawn reboot book was absolutely fantastic but it’s been downhill ever since. If there’s a fourth Thrawn book I’ll be very hesitant to pick it up.

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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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  • Quentin Rothman
  • 2020-04-23

I LOVE IT

My god I already love the character of Thrawn, Faro, Vanto, and all the new ones that are introduced. Timothy Zahn does an excellent job at bringing this love to life. I'd say this one is probably the best of the trilogy, but I'm not even sure because all three books are just masterpieces. We know how the story ends in Rebels but I still want more!

And Marc Thompson, my god, what a narrator. He does an excellent job at bringing the voices to life. It makes the book so much better and I binged this in 3 days.

God I want more, and I sure as hell hope Timothy Zahn writes about what happens after Rebels to Thrawn and Bridger

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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