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Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy

Chaos Rising, Book 1
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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The first book in a new trilogy set before Thrawn traveled to the Empire and became a grand admiral. Journey to the Unknown Regions and learn more about Thrawn’s origins and his home: the Chiss Ascendency.

©2020 Timothy Zahn (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Excellent

As always, an excellent book from Marc Thompson. I anxiously await the next book. The story being read by Timothy Zahn always provides a believable Thrawn voice as well as many other characters along the way.

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Brilliant

Zahn and Thompson did an amazing job. The story was great and Marc Thompson’s narration brilliant as always.

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Brilliant as expected

If you like the other Thrawn novels this will be no exception. Great narration, brining this world to life.

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Zahn Strikes Again

I honestly can't praise Timothy Zahn enough for the world he has created within the Star Wars universe. This book went into far more detail about Chiss politics than I ever thought I'd need to know and yet it was fascinating the whole way through. And let's not forget Marc Thompson's performance... unparalleled. With such detailed voice acting you become so invested in every characters path, even the minor characters. His performance lends a richness to the story and a real depth to the stakes that you can really hear in each characters voice. Bravo. I really hope we get to see a movie or TV series adaptation of these books in future. Truely awesome.

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Great addition to Thrawn's Cannon

Having read, or rather listened to, the new Thrawn trilogy to get up to date with the new Cannon. I love this audiobook and can not wait for the next addition. This is a glorious insight into Chiss culture and military function. It introduces new enemies and provides great backstory into the relationship with Ar'alani. I personally enjoyed the details of the ruling families and the aristorcra, the Mith family of course being the best. So grab your Questus, download this data and enjoy.

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this is definitely a thrawn book

nice addition to the thrawn series, I look forward to the following in this series.

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Thrawn origins

Great back story to Thrawn and great story and the action and adventure is epic

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Thrawn was done very well but female characters very distracting and made it difficult to follow

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Thrawns back

Thrawns back and kicking aliens butt and taking names! You always know when a Thrawn book comes out its GOLD!

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nice

love it so much, never thought I'd care about the politics of the chiss but I guess I do haha

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  • 02-09-2020

Living among Chaos

An amazing story, but not an easy one perhaps. We are finally introduced to de closed culture of the Chiss and they many intricate characteristics. we also see a new side of Thrawn and Ar'alani, giving more depth to the old characters while introducing new ones that open paths and insights to the story. Although the story can be understood with no prior knowledge if you have been reading the previous novels of Thrawn, either form the new trilogy or Heir to empire you'll obtain an incredible amount of information about the always mysterious side of the star wars galaxy, and it's dynamics. You can truly feel the Chaos that surrounds the characters either because of their location and what it entails to live in that area of space, and even the patterns in actions move in this nature, creating the scenes of an intricate story and civilization. It also accomplished perfectly in giving life to that part of Star Wars Galaxy, ever present never seen like this before.

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  • Connor
  • 26-10-2020

Exactly what I always wanted. All Thrawn.

Captivating from the beginning, and a spectacular insight into an entire other side of the Star Wars universe. The galaxy far far away is quite big, and this book takes on some of the unknown areas, previously unexplored. Amd does it brilliantly.

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  • Brian
  • 25-10-2020

Good book

Great to see a younger Thrawn. Loved the tie in with alliances. Would recommend for SW fans

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  • Joseph C.
  • 16-10-2020

A must read for Thrawn Fans

have to say what an amazing book that leaves you wanting more After the first trilogy of Thrawn this is an amazing backstory of one of the smartest Star Wars characters Read the first 3 books before this one it will make it so much more enjoyable in my opinion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2020

Looking forward for the next chapter

Narrator is a as good as Lars Mikkelsen, I like the expand of the Star Wars universe to more than just Imperials vs Rebels

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  • Zeno Zokalj
  • 06-10-2020

Impressive. Most impressive.

I loved this book. It's basically a prequel to Thrawn, first book of this trilogy and although there is no Empire, it gives a deep knowledge and understanding of Chiss Ascendancy and their culture. Zahn didn't disappoint and Marc Thompson, as always, turned this into an exciting radio drama rather than just the book. His Thrawn voice is based on Lars Mikkelsen's Thrawn from Star Wars Rebels, much different (and better) than his old Thrawn voice from The Thrawn Trilogy. His performance is stellar, immersing me deep into this book in a matter of minutes. Highly recommended, just as first two books of this new Thrawn trilogy. And I want more.

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  • Gorgeous bird
  • 03-10-2020

Zahn back to his best.

Star Wars: Thrawn has been my all time favourite Star Wars book (of the new canon) Thrawn mastery over tactics compared to his weakness of political understanding and even standard etiquette was brilliantly demonstrated and I was waiting for Thrawn too pull another rabbit out of his hat. However, the too sequel books did not interest me quite as much, they simply seemed long and draggy without Thrawn having an arcing goal. (I believe they missed Eli Vanto as the middle man between the reader and Thrawn) However, this book is back to author Timothy Zahn's best. Although it does get complicated at parts, particularly if you aren't paying full attention to the book. However, the memories interludes are fascinating and Thrawn weakness' of politics but also normal social interaction are highlighted as he battles the Chiss Leadership and struggles to come to terms with his relationship with Ar'alani. My biggest criticise would be there is an argument that there is an excessive amount of new characters for one book. Particularly given the books nature to jump around it can make remembering whom is whom and whom is connected to who difficult. However, this is too be expected given it is a new location within the expanded Star Wars Universe (ignoring legends). Overall, I think this is an excellent Star Wars Book. There are some parts which are confusing and possibly excessive storylines however it is a fantastic start to the new Thrawn Triology - getting me worried about the Chiss Leadership, invested in Thrawn and Ar'alani's relationship and intrigued about Chiss secrets (e.g. Skywalker and the Capital City.

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  • duwain
  • 29-09-2020

Great

Another great book from Timothy Zahn within the star wars universe , very compelling can't wait for the next, if only they let him write the movies lol

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  • Reuben Troon
  • 26-09-2020

Amazing, one of my favorites

Amazing, can't wait for the next one,one of my favorites. love the narrator. Really enjoyed Thrawns strategic mind

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  • sam whiting
  • 25-09-2020

ace!

as always brilliant! love the story and narration. can not wait for the next one!

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  • Leaf Scott
  • 22-09-2020

Thrawn the detective

This feels like Thrawn has finally morphed into sherlock Holmes. It no longer feels like star wars. Quite disappointed as I love Thrawn when he is part of the galaxy we know. There is too much unknown universe building going on. I would have preferred for the book to have dealt more with the chis homeworld