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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins.

Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2012 Random House

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Excellent ending to the Thrawn trilogy

An excellent book encapsulating the fighting sprit of the rebels even when all odds seem lost. The books was a spectacular ending to the trilogy and really plays homage to Star Wars. The sounds effects were Perfect and it makes you feel as though you are there with the rebels and the empire. It is virtually like a movie, where you can just sit back and imagine the landscape, characters, and all of their adventures in the galaxy.

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This could've easily Beene the continuation of the saga

The epic ending to the Thrawn trilogy.
Well made, and Marc's narration is awesome.
A must buy,read,hear, for any Star Wars expanded universe beginner.

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Stunning finish to an epic story!

The performance really transports you to a galaxy far, far away! Even if you know the ending, you can't help but be moved. Superb!

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Ok

Always enjoy Marc Thompson narration. Good conclusion to this series. Enjoyed how Thrawn, who has to be one of my favourite characters in the Star Wars universe, seems to be the perfect anti hero.

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More than worth it!

I loved the book and absolutely loved the narrator. it's one of those series that just makes you think "now what" after you finish it because truly felt like it's one of the best book series ever.

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Fantastic

Marc Thompson does a fantastic job at narrating this epic novel. After listening to the Thrawn Trilogy, I can definitely say I will continue to listen to those audiobooks that he narrates.

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A fitting end to a great yarn.

As with the others in this series, very well performed, slickly produced and entertaining storytelling.

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the Empire strikes back again?

as always mark Thompson is a master.
the book was amazing and i really enjoyed it.
there hasnt been one book i disliked.
thrawns story is one i never knew so this was an amazing tale.

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this trilogy should have been three new movie

loved this trilogy. the story is fantastic. the characters are so easy to love, and the narrator does an excellent job by making them come alive with various voices.

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Great series

Amazing how some of the characters voiced sound like Hondo the pirate from the clone wars tv series. Lol

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  • Dr. Joe
  • 31-08-2016

Absolutely Exhilarating, Excellent Book-Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command to be better than the print version?

The production of this audiobook will blow your mind! It is movie quality. A perfect use of authentic Star Wars sounds, didn't over do it at all. I felt as if I were hearing the audio of a Star Wars movie. Marc Thompson is an absolute master.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command?

The last few chapters are jam-packed with action, and lead up to a great ending.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

Every character that Marc performed was very unique and very distinct. I love the accents and voices that he made for these characters. But his Han and Lando are my favorites.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Get ready for one hell of a ride baby!

Any additional comments?

Timothy Zahn and Marc Thompson make magic again!

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  • Ron
  • 11-07-2012

UNABRIDGED! Finally hear it all.

We finally get to hear the entirety of The Thrawn Trilogy. This book was well produced, Marc Thompson did a great job as normal. If you've made it this far in the Trilogy you won't be disappointed.

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  • Joel D Offenberg
  • 17-06-2015

Amazing End to an Amazing Trilogy

I read the Thrawn trilogy a couple of times years ago (in paper edition). I remembered them as being really good books...but I forgot just how totally fantastic they are. Until now.

The story is great---Timothy Zahn really captured the world of Star Wars, the feel for the stories and the characters (now 5 years after the events in Return of the Jedi) as they build the New Republic and still war with the remnant of the Empire. The new characters he added fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly. Zahn's pacing, story elements and writing just make them fun books. On top of that, Zahn wrote these books in the early 1990's, so they are not contaminated by the prequel or sequel films.

I would give Marc Thompson's narration 6 or even 7 stars if I could. He managed to catch many of the voices so sound much like the original actors from the films. Maybe not perfectly, but quite good given that it all came from one larynx...I assume the post-production played some games to enhance that, but even so. Amazing.

The post-production also added music and background sound effects to try to enhance the effect. In general, I liked that, although I think it got distracting on occasion.

The Thrawn series is published as a trilogy, but really it is one, large 3-part novel. You will need to commit to finishing the whole thing...especially since you will have a hard time putting it down once you start.

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  • benjamin
  • 01-12-2017

YOU WILL KILL LUKE SKYWALKER!!!

Great book series. I think Card, Jade and Thrawn are great additions to the starwars legacy. I Hope Mara and Card come back into cannon. A must read for any real starwars fan and surpasses most of the now cannon books.

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  • James E. Wyszynski
  • 06-01-2014

Great ending to a great series

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I loved this book. It was well thought up until the randomness of the ending. It's still a great Star Wars read.

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  • AaronSaint81
  • 12-06-2013

Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy is GREAT!!

What did you love best about Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command?

All three books are a GREAT LISTEN!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the character's had great character developement.....

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

Thrawn.......his voice is exactly what I expected The Grand Admiral's to sound like.....

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"......Thrawn Returns......"

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  • Shannon Carty
  • 13-04-2016

A huge must for every Star Wars fan

A thrilling listen from start to finish. Admiral Thron is a devious and threatening bad guy that most series can only hope to create. Full of excellent twists and turns, as well as interesting new characters. The narrator's ability to create voices make this book a colorful and engaging listen.

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  • Willie J. Perdue
  • 12-04-2016

Good Series

This was a great series. It sets up a lot of interesting future events. I wish this had been the next movie instead of the force awakens.

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  • Grant
  • 20-08-2012

The Triology that launched the expanded universe

What did you love best about Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command?

The book captured the essence of the movies but continued the development of the characters and rebel alliance to a reasonable standard. Luke is still learning what it means to be a Jedi Knight and what responsibilities that go with it, while trying to figure out where and how to begin rebuilding the Jedi. The New Republic is on shaky grounds of establishing a fair legitmate multi-species governing body strong enough to stand in the absense of the Empire and against the threat of remaining Imperial leaders with a divided forum.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mara Jade. An imposing and well trained character with great potential in the Force, Mara is battling an internal struggle to realise her past in a different light than all that she once belived. Forced into an allience with the person she most wants dead, she still finds the strength to determine her own destiny and find a new place in the galaxy.

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

Absolutly fantastic. Marc Thompson reads each character different so you can follow easily and finds the perfect imflections that you can believe you're listening to Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and others. The use of music and soundeffects from the movies also adds to the entertainment.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Where Garm Bel Iblis points out to Leia that the leader of the New Republic is so afraid of trusting the lives of those she was appionted to govern to less compentent people, she refuses to hand over such responisbilities to anyone she doesn't have absolute faith in.

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  • Cage
  • 30-07-2012

The Force Will Be With Us, Always...

The Thrawn Trilogy comes to a close in The Last Command, and I wish it didn't have to end.
If you've invested your time on the first 2 audiobooks, you won't want to miss this one! The story draws to a very satisfying conclusion, and for a Star Wars fan like myself, it's FUN! The sound effects, the sweeping Star Wars music of John Williams, and Chewbacca starring as himself! I generally don't care for music or sound effects in an audiobook, because it can be distracting. In this case, I love it! And Marc Thompson can throw a great voice on every character you put in front of him, rock solid performance!
P.S. Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy, anyone? I'd drop a credit or 3! Let's hope Marc Thompson will continue with an unabridged performance of the next series.

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