A really good follow up to the movies. Princess Laya is a little softer than I remember. Lots of new people in this series that would be fun to follow. Great story line, and the delivery is amazing.
So did not read the novels between the movies and this series. And apparently there was a lot going on. Laya organa solo is carrying twins! Are you kidding me how did I miss that?
I have never heard of Mark Thompson before but I am really impressed with the amount of characters he can keep up with.
The first part of the Thorn Series makes you think the Empire just got its second wind and is over the Death Star money pit.
Lots of new characters but the good ones are still in this one. Mark has a great Solo voice too.
I've been a big Star Wars fan since episode 4 came out in the 1977. With the exciting news about Disney's purchase of Lucas, I decided to try Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1. I was sadly disappointed. What a rip off. Overly simplistic, poorly developed, and sophomoric, Zahn should stick to writing comic books. I would give the book zero stars if that were possible.
There's something good about listening to an audio book where you see the voices you hear as they're familiar figures from the silver screen. Full of Star Wars action and adventure. The ending was a bit unsatisfying, but I supposed that's what you get when you listen to a trilogy. A must for Star Wars fans as it answers the question, "what happens after the movie is over".
This is a great audiobook, my first Star Wars book/audiobook and I am so glad it was. The sound effects in this (and many other Star Wars audiobooks) take this version over the top. In addition to the narrator doing a fantastic job, the sound effects really help make it feel like you're in the story and in the Star Wars universe!
This book got me hooked not just on this trilogy but on all the other Star Wars books. I was delighted to find that many others have sound effects and fantastic narrators as well and i highly recommend this and the other two books in the series for anyone who loves the movies.
I haven't listened to many audio books but this book was my favorite that I have ever read. I knew I had to listen to the audio version. It did not disappoint.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is my favorite character, because he is such a brilliant strategist and a complicated person.
The voices, especially Grand Admiral Thrawn.
.....I would leave that up to George Lucas :)
Time was well spent listenting to this book. I always enjoy Star Wars stories.
Could have used a little more action. Story line was a little weak and un-interesting but I realize this is the first book in a series and the books will probably build suspense along the way. Plus, how can Luke the Jedi master stud keep getting caught in near-death situations by non-Sith foes? Luke should be cast to be a little more powerful.
Marc Thompson read the book very well. The performance and effects of the reading are great.
This was really a top notch presentation. The background sounds really made it feel like you were being immersed in the story as it was going on around you. I've heard many other books that make you feel as though you're being read to, but this was a whole different experience. It was a refreshing surprise. I'm not opposed to a lower production value with good audio of a person reading, but this just brought it to a whole new level and you really deserve to hear this story while it completely surrounds you.
Even if you've read this story before, the added dimension that the production brings to the story is well worth the purchase credit. I'm off to listen to the next in the series.
It is among the top. One of my favorite audiobooks to this day.
It follows seamlessly after the great Star Wars movies.
He brings the characters to life AS I remembered them in the movie.
When I first heard the whirr of the lightsaber.
The sounds effects in this audiobook is second to none. Actual sound effects from Lucas Films.
Yes. Good enough for the non-Star Wars nut.
Han Solo was well voiced. Lando sounded like a bad Colt 45 commercial, almost comical.
Please do this for the other books
This is classic Star Wars. If you miss the universe from before Lucas ruined things with the prequels, this is what you're looking for. I wish this series had been made into episodes VII, VIII, and IX as long as Lucas had kept his hands off it. This book is probably the weakest of the series but its still a solid 8/10 and only gets better after this.