• Star Wars: Dark Force Rising: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (16,754 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord - Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council - only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness...and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Marc Thompson Delivers Again!

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Having listened to the First volume of the Thrawn Series done by Thompson, I knew I had to wait until he completed his versions of the second two volumes. I am glad I waited. The story is excellent, as most people already know. However, Thompson gives an excellent performance enhanced by a great and not overbearing soundtrack, deliver an amazing entertainment experience. Get this audio-book, you will not be disappointed.

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UNABRIDGED!!

Finally the unabridged version. What more could you want? Marc Thompson did a great job with the reading and the production quality seems to be on pair with all the other Star Wars books. I would say this is a must have.

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The adventure continues...

Following in the footsteps of last year's 20th anniversary release of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, Marc Thompson delivers another perfect performance with this second installment of The Thrawn Trilogy. For the uninitiated, this series' popularity helped launch the expanded universerse we all take for granted now. For example, the 'Imperial Planet' was first named Coruscant in this trilogy. If you enjoyed it as much as I did, this audiobook will make you want to listen to the third and final book, The Last Command, thankfully also available unabridged and narrated by Marc Thompson. The Force is strong with this one!

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Marc Thompson,Timothy Zahn what else do you need?

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Marc Thompson' performance of this brilliant story is second to none. He created voices for previously unknown characters and did a fantastic job on mimicing the characters we all know from the first three films. His portrayal of Grand Admiral Thrawn really made the character come to life. He was menacing and always in control. Really great series.

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excellent !

proper sequel to episode 4 5 and 6
way better than the new disney star wars

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Like "Empire" the middle volume is great

Where does Star Wars: Dark Force Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

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Marc Thompson's reading

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice acting. Mark and Jim Dale are the best.

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Another great book by Tim Zahn. Hope they re-do the "Hand of Thrawn" series. Un-Abridged and with Marc Thompson doing the reading.

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should have been the next movies in the series

I wish these would have been the next movies in the series. much better story than episode VII. GREAT JOB BY Timothy Zahn

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Why didn't they use this writing for the movie!?

The force awakens is a horrible recycled plot. This trilogy thus far has been great! I'm pretending the movie in my head is the one in theaters.

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True spirit of original movies

If you are a true Star Wars fan this series is a must-classic story that does justice to the original trilogy and it’s characters unlike the last set of movies especially the Last Jedi and the trash that it was

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Great performance, decent story

Awesome performance of the OT characters voices, he's got Han and Luke perfected.
Story was a little lackluster but hey it's Star Wars

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  • M Langer
  • 09-06-21

If you listen to this,

you already know what to expect, so I give you the only caveat due here: You won't be able to obtain the third book in this series read by Marc Thompson on Amazon.co.uk.
It seems to be available on Amazon.com and Amazon.de, but I didn't try to buy it there. It's rather sad, that you can't finish this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-22

Finest in the trilogy.

The most interesting superweapon in the franchise, the best plot twist since Empire Strikes back, some of the best written EU characters. And the most engaging space battles among all the novels.

This, like KOTOR, is more Star Wars than Star Wars.

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  • Pu3r360
  • 06-09-21

brillaint middle arc

the 2nd act to the THRAWN trilogy feels exactly like the empire strikes back of book sequals hero's learn more even bitter sweet overall loss but the story presents the idea of hope and a chance to beat the impossible

brillaint characters and story over all as always from Zhan !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-21

This is good story telling.

I loved the imperfection of the rebellion and the flawless character interactions that holds through to George Lucas' Stat Wars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-19

It's awesome, except for the whistle sound

The book is amazing. It gives a good sense of scale, is well written and very well told. The characters are really well done although they do seem a little similar sometimes.
It does have a really annoying whistly noise though which is why I deducted one star.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 08-30-19

really well read and great story

really well read by Marc Thompson and the story is really well written by Timothy Zahn

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  • Liam
  • 05-07-16

Learn to love the word sardonic

Loved the audio book a good continuation of the series. Great production and thoroughly immersing. But seriously the author loved the word sardonic it's like he just learnt the word and just thought I'm going to put this in every situation

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  • Dali
  • 09-02-18

Another fantastic book!

Really enjoyed this book. They should have been the new movies. Suspenseful right to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-22

Excellent. A trip down memory lane.

I loved it. I read these books when I was a kid and loved the way Marc Thompson narrates the story and brings the characters to life. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Kieran
  • 04-07-22

sardonic as a sardine from Sardinia

amazing audiobook and as always a brilliant performance. have enjoyed all the other thrawn books and worked my way backwards to this original trilogy. just uses "sardonic" an awful lot...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-27-21

loved it

wonderful great story and brilliantly read
highly recommended. Almost removes the bad taste The last Jedi left

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  • mitch
  • 02-11-21

You can't go wrong with Thrawn!

Another perfect entry into a Thrawn series by Timothy Zahn. Marc Thompson nailed it as usual.

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  • Sean O'Connor
  • 09-10-20

Still great

Got a little lost in the story and didn't catch everything which made it confusing but still amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-20

a decent book if a bit slow ,well narated though

after listening to the new complete Thrawn trilogy, which occured during the empire with familiar charectors and really enjoying it.
I felt this book and the one before it where a bit slow and plodding , probably doesnt help that its no longer cannon.
Its still a decent read but doesnt have the impact i imagine it once did.

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  • Conor
  • 03-21-20

its "The Empire Strikes Back" of Audiobooks

Picks up where Heir to the Empire left off, I consumed this voraciously. A blessing that I'm writing this now in 2020 and not having to wait for a painstakingly long time between books because I couldn't have waited between books.

Excellent production, essential listening for SW fans.

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  • Steve Tonks
  • 08-20-19

Brilliant!

Wonderful performance of a fantastic story! Marc Thompson's performance really brings the story to life. If you loved the book, then you'll love this.