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Thrawn (Star Wars)

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Timothy Zahn

Narrated By: Marc Thompson

Date: April 2017

Duration: 16 hours 56 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

Praise for Thrawn

“The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”—New York Daily News

“Quite the page-turner.”—Flickering Myth


  • Anonymous

    Absolutely a great story, giving you more insight to the star wars universe leading up to the creation of the Death Star!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Cameron F

    The Farseer trilogy is a masterpiece. I think it had a worthy ending. I do suggest that you don't expect Fitz to be a hero in the traditional way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Abdullah Al Farhan

    Good story and thrilling

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ryan C

    Great insight into Thrawn. Would love to see a movie that explores his role more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jonathan c

    Great book highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris F

    Thrawn! A brilliant and inspired character. Timothy Zahn clearly tapped into the mojo, allowing the muse to move his fingers as he typed. When I was first introduced to him in Heir to the Empire in 1991 I was blown away. Marc Thompson is an amazing perforner! He could make the tax code interesting. I kept forgetting there was not a cast performing...just one talented man! If you haven’t already, get the first 3 books. The books that set cannon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Denardo C

    Need more Thrawn, you got to love the way he read and manipulate everyone and get it right every time the best strategist I've ever seen or better yet heard haha!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • John C

    I've loved pretty much all of Zahn's previous works and was thrilled to see more exploration of Thrawn's 'origin' story. Unfortunately, this particular endeavor left me wanting and as the first audiobook version, I had very mixed feelings about the interpretation. Regarding the audio production, the effects and music were initially nice at enhancing the atmosphere, but eventually felt very artificial and looped. For the most part, the mixing/balance were quite well done; that said, there were a few more 'intense' scenes of combat or tension where the dramatic music or explosions almost overwhelmed the dialog. The chapter headings did help break apart sections and the narrator was able to use distinctive voices to help clearly identify who was speaking. However, many seemed more caricature than character, falling to very modern and worn stereotypical speech patterns. Worse, some of the aliens were so heavily processed to be nearly unintelligible. (The description of one such voice is, admittedly, both musical and grating; however, I would gladly have sacrificed some of the 'realism' for something easier to understand and less likely to make me want to pull my earbuds out until that passage was over.) Finally, Thrawn's near-constant inner monologue as he 'reads' his companions and opponents is distinguished from his dialog with a well done echo filter, but becomes *extremely* repetitive. *** Spoilers Follow *** First the good: Thrawn is one of the most complex and interesting characters in fiction and this certainly extends that impression of unparalleled strategy and tactics. The introduction of the Chiss Ascendancy as a concept and Eli Vanto as Thrawn's aide and protege definitely got me hooked and left me wanting much more; hopefully, a series of full novels will explore both. Nightswan also is an intriguing foil and, in my opinion, should have been given a little more time for development. Or maybe this is just a teaser... Now the bad: As noted, structurally, Thrawn's musings and analysis are initially compelling to show his process of sizing people up with body language and his near-infrared spectrum sight. Similarly, using Vanto as an expository device effectively provides a way for Thrawn to explain his tactics and strategy. However, after a few chapters of this, the former becomes extremely tedious and repetitive and the latter simply artificial. Nevertheless, both still work within the structure of the novel. Alas, I cannot say the same for the treatment of Arihnda Pryce, who gets plenty of development, but all highly unlikeable and not very compelling or believable. For all the premise of her extremely savvy politicking and willingness to do anything to advance her power and career, this IS the Star Wars universe we're talking about and I cannot buy her not getting a blaster bolt through the head much past a third of the novel. She is pretty naive in combat and dirty tricks and, as we've seen in the Clone Wars animated series and elsewhere, many rivals would have taken her out through poison or treachery rather than risk her further manipulations. Most of the supporting cast of her threads were equally uninteresting and I felt like that entire portion of the book was tacked onto the more engaging Thrawn/Vanto storylines as a contractual afterthought that the author had little investment in.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Dan

    Awesome story!

  • Anonymous

    it's an amazing story and very well read, I like it a lot!

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