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Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn, Book 2: Vision of the Future

Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of the New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one last play for victory. Having implicated the Bothans in the genocide of the Caamas, they now plan an attack on Han and Leia that is also to be blamed on the Bothans. If they are successful, the New Republic will be torn asunder. To prevent inevitable disaster, Luke, Leia, Han, and their friends must prove the Bothans innocent and reveal the Empire's treachery. But time is running out.

The cunning major Tierce has joined with the ambitious Moff Disra in the Empire's master plan. At its heart lies the most elaborate con of all: the rumor that the legendary Grand Admiral Thrawn, long believed dead, has returned to lead the Empire to a prophesied triumph. The news of Thrawn's return is already rallying Imperial forces against the New Republic.

As Leia travels to a secret rendezvous with an Imperial commander who claims to want peace, Han and Lando Calrissian journey into enemy territory to learn the truth of Caamas destruction. Meanwhile, Luke and Mara Jade infiltrate a hidden fortress where Thrawn's most fanatical followers await his call to arms. And Talon Karrde returns to his underworld past and a brutal crime lord whose knowledge may save the Republic. But it is the truth about Thrawn that is most important. In his hands, alive or dead, rests the fate of the New Republic.

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"Anthony Heald is a superb performer for the various Star Wars audiobooks. He slides in and out of distinctive Star Wars characters with such smoothness that the characters are instantly recognizable, as if the original actors were working in ensemble." (AudioFile)

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should be marked as an abridged version.

Also the narrator needs to learn how to pronounce the names he's reading. Chimera is not a difficult word to get right, or at least not difficult to correct if there had been any editing done.

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  • David
  • 05-03-2007

Too Much Left Out

Visions of the Future is perhaps the best Star Wars novel ever written by Timothy Zahn, and it is 697 pages long in paperback format. Needless to say, in order to create an audio version of the book would require the cutting of some material. The Thrawn Trilogy, when you combine all three books has about the same page length as the combined length of the two Hand of Thrawn books. However, to cut 697 pages to 3 hours of narration is an act of injustice. Whole sections of the plot are left out, in particular with regards to the developing relationship between Mara and Luke. Their entire journey through the caverns is excluded, as well as all the amazing dialogue of those scenes that show the development of their characters, and the rekindling of their affections for each other. Other key scenes and plot elements are excluded as well. Han Solo disappears from Leia's side and then appears on the Imperial Captial without any explanation because those scenes were eliminated. Also Talon Karrde's wonderful journey in search of his former mentor is gutted to almost nothing, thus his character gets almost no attention towards developing from a smuggler to a man in love who becomes an upstanding citizen at the end of the story. If you can over look those frustrating facts then you can enjoy a well voiced and excellent sound track applied to the story. However, do yourself a big favor, especially if you like to read excellent novels of length, just buy the book and read it on a nice sunny weekend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2008

Very Disappointing

I know this book is abridged - but the abridgement was terrible! They skipped a huge section of the book, basically most of the part with the Chiss, and it barely made sense. I would definately not get this book again and am leary of the other abridgements in this series.

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  • Teresa
  • 13-03-2013

Good story, but I would rather have it unabridged

I really liked the book when I read it unabridged. I didn't realize that it was abridged until I started listening to it. The shortened version leaves out too much flavor that I like in Zahn's writing, which is why I gave the overall two stars. I loved the first three Thrawn books by Zahn and expected these two to be as well narrated. Anthony Heald did a decent job with the book, but is a poor second to Marc Thompson's narration that included accents for introduced characters and good copies of known character voices and so Performance got three stars. I gave the story a three, not because I didn't enjoy the story, I love the unabridged version, but because so much of the book was trimmed out or summarized. Timothy Zahn's Scoundrels is also narrated by Marc Thomson and I highly recommend it.

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  • Jed Record
  • 14-08-2019

Horrible performance

This audio performance was literally painful to listen to. It was full of mis-pronounciations, bad voices, and monotone dramatic scenes. Even if you love Thrawn, especially if you love Thrawn, this book is not worth a download.

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  • Brenda B
  • 18-03-2019

Not the same as book 1

How can you change the voices of all the characters in book 1? It's awful! Admiral Akbar, Shada , Han , Leia, C3PO, Card all different voices and bad voices! It's distracting from the story. Not sure if I can finish the whole book.

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  • Anthony Burton
  • 22-06-2018

Good story; poor narrator

common place names mispronounced; didn't flow well from first book; character voices mixed up from first book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2017

I did not know there were more than one narration

If I had not listened to Marc Thompson's version of book 1 and found it to be EXCELLENT. I would have never known what I would be missing. The Narration by Anthony Heald is good but does not come close to the quasi-dramatization of the Thompson's work and who would have thought there would be more than one narration. I would love to return this copy, but I have already purchased the Thompson copy and while I finished this one I can already see that the Thompson copy adds so much more. In the Heald copy the music is out of place and dominates the storyline from time to time without adding any real benefit to the story line.

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  • Adam Melton
  • 09-10-2017

I wish the voice acting was as good as the sound effects

I wish the voice acting was as good as the sound effects. It’s hard to listen to when you got drawn in by the voice actors from the original Thrawn trilogy.

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  • Fishfry
  • 11-08-2017

Too short

Its a zahn book ,but it ahoykd have been a 1 book volume instead of a very short second story. Below Zahn usual quality. Save your credit!

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  • A random joe
  • 06-01-2014

I dont like abridged books too much

Would you try another book from Timothy Zahn and/or Anthony Heald?

I bought the unabridged version of this when it became available. I'm not a fan of anthony Heald though, marc thompson does a much better job

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

most interesting - mara and luke hook up. Least interesting - the annoyances of abridgement.

What aspect of Anthony Heald’s performance would you have changed?

he doesnt differentiate the characters well, makes them all sound like senior citizens with whiny accent.

Could you see Star Wars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

this should be episode 10-11, depending on how the movie goes by the books

Any additional comments?

I am listening to the unabridged version of this now. I HATE abridged versions

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  • Lewis
  • 13-03-2017

change in voice acting

the change in voice acting between the two parts is jarring. all the characteristics of the cast is changed it does diminish the enjoyment somewhat.