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t’s no secret that audiobook narrators are the key to a worthwhile listening experience. When it comes to Star Wars audiobooks, it’s the combination of the stories, the music, the sound effects, and the voices guiding readers through the unseen pages that transform traditional books into unforgettable adventures.

In 2020, the beginning of Timothy Zahn’s new Thrawn trilogy became one of the most highly-anticipated Star Wars books of the year. Zahn has been writing in this universe for decades, and his leap from Legends to Canon was in itself a widely successful endeavor.

He gave us more of Thrawn’s story in one trilogy … and then took us back to the very beginning for the launch of another.

If Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising’s success wasn’t apparent enough already, more proof it’s worth the praise has emerged. 

Marc Thompson, who has narrated numerous audiobook titles in Star Wars’ expansive history and took the opportunity to narrate Zahn’s latest story, shared that Chaos Rising had been chosen as a finalist in the 2021 Audie Awards. 

According to the Audio Publishers Association, the Audie Awards are “the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.”

Chaos Rising is a finalist in the Science Fiction category. Winners will be announced on March 22, 2021.

Thompson took to Twitter to thank Zahn and others involved in bringing Thrawn’s origin story to the audio medium.

“Very excited! I found out I got nominated for an Audie today!!! Great job Kevin Thompsen, Paul Goodrich, Justin Kilpatrick, Timothy Zahn , And everyone at Penguin Random House Audio!!!! I [am] honored to be a part of this.” 

Thrawn Ascendany: Chaos Rising was also awarded the title of Book of the Year in 2020 during the first annual Youtinees, Youtini’s official slate of awards in Star Wars publishing. 

Thompson has been a featured guest on two episodes of The Living Force podcast.

From all of us at Youtini - congratulations to all involved in this project. You truly have created something we’ll continue to praise for years to come.

Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good, the second book in Zahn’s latest Thrawn trilogy, releases on April 27, 2021. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

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