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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,651 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Zahn Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters and 12 Jedi Knights, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy: Outbound Flight.

But unknown to Master C'baoth, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward...and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission's most dangerous challenge. What begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn's unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Thaxton | 2/20/2014

    " A very interesting book overall delving into the story of Outbound Flight and Jorus C'Boath. Would have been better without the forced-feeling parts played by Obi-Wan and Anakin during the first half of the book. The book would have been better with them in a much more reduced role - perhaps leaving the story after the first thread on the diplomatic mission. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 2/18/2014

    " An excellent book from the original master of the Star Wars novel. Filled with intrigue throughout, Zahn weaves a complex, yet simple story about a doomed exploratory mission. One of the things I absolutely loved about this book is the two themes that are brought up throughout and are just as important in our world as in the SW galaxy: preemptive action and the proper position in society for those with exceptional gifts (i.e. Jedi ruling over average people). The former underlies our debates over Iraq and the latter has been debated since Plato's Guardians. Zahn comes out against both preemptive action and Jedi domination as those who are on the opposite side (i.e. Thrawn and C'Baoth) end up dead or severely punished. The one thing I didn't like was the haphazard way Obi-Wan and Anakin exit the novel. True, they needed to stay alive, but considering how useful they actually turned out to be (before I started reading I thought they were just kind of thrown in there without a care) it would have been nice to see them take part in the final battle or be in a concluding epilogue where they are part of a search team that turns up empty handed. All in all, a great novel that all SW fans should cherish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 2/18/2014

    " Great story. Introduces the future Grand Admiral Thrawn. Timothy Zahn can bring the Star Wars universe to life like no one else. Highly enjoyable one off story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 15655 Stockton | 2/15/2014

    " A very good book it has many twist and turns taking it through 2 or 3 perspectives. Several battles and Arguments. Also many surprises and questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 2/15/2014

    " Didn't really get too goo till last 3rd of the book in my opinion. Thrawn rules!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/5/2014

    " The best of the Star Wars EU novels surrounding the events of the prequal trilogy, Outbound Flight continues Zahn's mission for writing Star Wars stories that equal the power of the movies. The book is compelling Sci-fi/Action throughout and the ending is surprisingly touching. While Zahn's own Heir to the Empire has still not been equalled or surpassed in quality, this book comes closer than any other Star Wars novel I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/18/2014

    " I was reading this book, but I became bored about 3/4th the way through, and now I have no idea where it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Cothern | 1/17/2014

    " From Publishers Weekly Another puzzle piece in the Star Wars universe falls into place with this action-packed prequel to Hugo-winner Zahn's Star Wars: Survivor's Quest (2004). Familiar characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, young Anakin Skywalker and the evil Lord Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) make appearances, but the true star is Commander Thrawn, a red-eyed, blue-skinned alien. On the Outbound Flight, a mammoth Jedi exploration and colonization vessel sent to far-off reaches of the cosmos to identify potential Force-users and hunt down a lost knight, Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth struggles with an inappropriate lust for power. Thrawn's attack on the ship (secretly influenced by Darth Sidious's agents) insures his own eventual exile from his race and sets other sinister wheels in motion. As these old and new characters wrestle with difficult moral questions, Zahn deftly portrays their inner struggles in fluid prose, while also affirming his status as a skillful creator of dazzling futuristic worlds. Though more time with the doomed Outbound Flight's passengers, who are the subject of Survivor's Quest, would round out the story, the book is nonetheless an enthralling page-turner sure to appeal to its target audience. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Product Description It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery–only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend . . . and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project. The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight. Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward . . . and, ultimately, to fail. Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission’s most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn.” Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds–and the most diabolical of adversaries. Timothy Zahn’s unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend. From the Hardcover edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnny Layton | 1/15/2014

    " The book was good, and well written. Not my personal favorite, but it was great to see a younger Thrawn engaging a Non-Clone Jorus C'Boath! The storyline itself was very interesting and helped closed some doors for me on questions I had after the Thrawn Trilogy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Lopez | 12/28/2013

    " one of my favorite books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/25/2013

    " Great book. Introduces Chiss in star wars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 12/22/2013

    " Timothy Zahn, my God I loved this book. The characters were so real and so human. You could sense the emotion from each character and such characters like Jorus C'Both and others....when I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. A must read for any star wars fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer Noble | 7/13/2013

    " Really good Star Wars book. Kept me entertained for a while. Timothy Zahn is also one of my favorite authors. Provides some backstory to a couple key characters in later books, such as Thrawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephan Randle | 6/24/2013

    " Obi wan kenobi and his young padawan, Anakin Skywalker are sent on a mission to help master Jorus C'baoth and his padawan Lorana Jinzler in a situation on Barlok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 4/29/2013

    " This book is one of my favorite Star Wars novels. We also get introduced to "Thrawn" for the first time. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 4/11/2013

    " Very good book, the best of SW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/27/2012

    " I've always been a Star Wars fan and Timothy Zahn has been one of the best authors to pen books in this universe. So far, its been an interesting introduction to the future Grand Admiral Thrawn that terrorized the New Republic in his original debut, Heir to the Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry E | 8/21/2012

    " Good tale. Fast moving action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 8/19/2012

    " Obi-Wan and Anakin pitting their wits against Thrawn? It seemed like a fantastic premise for a prequel novel by Timothy Zahn, and I was greatly anticipating it -- but I was mildly disappointed with the result, and it seems like a missed opportunity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/10/2011

    " This one kept me reading non stop. I hadn't read a star wars book in a long time and this has gotten me back to reading them. This is a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 2/18/2011

    " Liked the interaction with the outer rim species. Didn't drag on. Liked out how it came together at the end. Good SW novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/27/2011

    " Zahn's novels are always an entertaining, quick and easy read, and this one was no exception. Nothing earth shattering, but it keeps you interested and the pages fly by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/17/2010

    " This book was a dream come true. I'd been waiting ever since we got that bit of Thrawn's backstory in Vision of the Future, hoping that someday we'd get the whole story. At last, we did, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Seeing a young Thrawn in his natural habitat was such a treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 11/8/2010

    " this book had a cool concept of fleeing a war entrenched galaxy, and had alot of cool plot twists, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marchel | 11/7/2010

    " It tells about a journey to the outer ring. A remarkable and doomed journey, with 18 jedi, 6 master and 12 knight.

    It all happen when Anakin still a padawan for master Obi-wan Kenobi.

    Very nice, if you really "hunger" for stories about Star Wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 11/1/2010

    " Really good Star Wars book. Kept me entertained for a while. Timothy Zahn is also one of my favorite authors. Provides some backstory to a couple key characters in later books, such as Thrawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 15655 | 10/13/2010

    " A very good book it has many twist and turns taking it through 2 or 3 perspectives. Several battles and Arguments. Also many surprises and questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 8/25/2010

    " A good set-up story, but it takes so long to pay off! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebekah | 3/10/2010

    " I was reading this book, but I became bored about 3/4th the way through, and now I have no idea where it is. "

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About the Author
Author Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars Thrawn trilogy, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.