cover image Thrawn


Timothy Zahn, read by Marc Thompson. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 hrs., $50 ISBN 978-0-451-48624-0

Nearly three decades after debuting the character of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn in the first Star Wars inspired trilogy, Zahn crafts the origin story of his fan-favorite villain, tracing Thrawn’s rise through the imperial ranks as he proves to the Empire time and again the value of his military genius. Actor Thompson turns in a mixed performance for the audio edition. On the one hand, he develops great voices for the novel’s many characters and adds intensity to the story’s battle scenes. However, at other times, his performance can get overemotional. Regardless, the audiobook, which also includes a musical score and sound effects, provides a great experience for Star Wars fans. A Del Rey hardcover. (Apr.)