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

  • by Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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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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- David

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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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio