Regular price: $36.45

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – love a book or swap it for free
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $16.45/month
OR
In Basket

Publisher's Summary

Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling novel from best-selling author Timothy Zahn.

'I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.' 

Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favour, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown...and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance - neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged - by a test of their allegiance to the Empire...and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

©2018 Timothy Zahn (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    72
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    85
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fun while it lasted

was it impossible too hire a woman too do the women's voices, padme parts whereastruggle

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Timothy Zahn delivers again

Really good pace throughout the story and links to the previous interactions between Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome

This story was pretty good Thrawn is a true masterpiece I do believe and he doesn’t miss a thing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

loved it, does the thrawn books justice

i am alot more into the stories of the old republic, but this was great i enjoy thrawn and vader stories this was also great

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

need female voice actor!

story was great, performance was good for the most part, but they really should have used a female voice actor for the female roles.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved all of it

Loved the book and the narrator does an excellent job. Couldn't wish for a better narrator to tell this excellent story

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A struggle to finish

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, sadly I struggled to finish this one, great narration as usual by Marc Thompson. I think the story just jumped around between past and present too often.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great

I loved the performance and the overall story that Timothy has added to the lore of Thrawn

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not so great..

Story: too confusing and disjointed, the pacing is enough to keep the listener engaged but all the monologue gets tiring. The exposition and dialogue is long winded and takes away from the story.
The voice acting is hit and miss..Thrawn is A+ 100% perfect. Anakin is good too but Vader...ehh...needed the voice/modulation to sound like him. Palme was awful. Would it have been so difficult to use a woman?
The music is the usual but over used I think..sound effects are decent and add a nice touch. I didn’t enjoy the story and felt an opportunity was lost by not exploring the force sensitives, the politics between Chiss/Grisk worlds and even the impact of the mine collapse on Mokifchu (?).
Far from a favourite, bit of a chore to get through. You aren’t missing anything by skipping this one. Even for hardcore fans.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable

I love anything Thrawn related I just found the character of Anakin to grate on the nerves, voice acting is of the highest quality Sound fx on points. But the story not as engaging as the previous book still well worth a listen. My biggest flaw personally is that I couldn’t help but see Thrawn and Vader as a couple they sure bicker like one

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisana C L Rodrigues
  • 03-09-2018

a new Vader!

A Darth Vader as you can't imagine. and Thrawn being Thrawn. let's hope they take some of this store to make a new cartoon between Grand admiral Thrawn and Ezra in Unknown region of the galaxy far far way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • DAN
  • 12-11-2018

Good performance but slow and slightly dull

A fairy good tale but not Timothy Zain’s finest work. Personally I found it annoying jumping between the two stories of Thrawn and Vader and Thrawn and Anakin. The pace was a little slow. As usual Marc Thompson delivered a good performance although not convinced his use of the Irish accent really suited the miner characters. Overall it’s Okay but not excellent.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • James Bennett
  • 25-10-2018

Fantastic listen

I listen to audiobooks while walking. This made me take longer routes home/ to work.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Andy
  • 09-10-2018

Sadly not as good as it's predecessor

I love the Star Wars audiobook series as read by Marc Thompson. I think he gets the characters spot on and brings a lot of life to each book.

The story however was nowhere near as good as "Thrawn" which I found very hard to stop listening to. This story, split accross two time periods, was not nearly as gripping and I found the clone wars era story oddly annoying, always wanting to get back to the Empire era. Anakin reminded me of the whiney "Episode II" version of the character rather than the much more rounded and improved "Clone Wars" series character, which was a bit of a let down.

Overall I think the performance was superb as always but the story was very middle of the pack, still worth a listen for die hard Star Wars fans though.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marek
  • 25-09-2018

another fantastic audiobook

great plot with mysteries slowly reviled. great dialogue and description of background. pleasure to listen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alex C.
  • 15-09-2018

Great book

The story was fantastic, really enjoyed it.
The performance was good but was nothing special.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • G P Von Dinther
  • 13-09-2018

An Amazing Story

Absolutely loved it. Great sequel. Excellent narration. For all those that read 'Thrawn' you will not be disappointed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • sampson
  • 11-09-2018

fantastic

book is amazing. You don't need to be a star wars fan to enjoy. have fun

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Keith
  • 11-09-2018

Unique character

Some of the canon books for me are better than the recent Last Jedi movie, Bloodlines, Catalyst and the two Thrawn novels. It is great to see the Star Wars world expand into this territory.

Thrawn is a particularly excellent addition to the canon, let’s hope he enters the movies. This novel is as good as the first and touches on Vader in the best way I have read outside of the Skywalker saga.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tommy Dunderdale
  • 02-09-2018

Very good

Was very enjoyable not as good as 1st Thrawn book however it was still very good especially love the call backs to rebels and the expansion of rook as a character

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ciaran
  • 31-08-2018

Thrawn & Anakin & Darth Vader

A good book for someone Interested in the thrawn character. There are somewhat few surprises though.