This series of books are a good sequel to the movies, and introduces a few new characters that I hope make it into future series. If you loved the movies, I'm fairly sure you will enjoy these books.
A few points that prevent me from giving it a perfect score:
1) The books seem to reference key points in the movies in flashback scenes that are not relevant to this story (Mos Eisley cantina, the battle on Endor, Luke's losing his hand, the Death Star, etc etc etc etc). And they sometimes flashback to the same event more than once. I think the books would have stood on their own fine without so many flashbacks to events that did not happen in this book. But I can see why they did it.
2) The protagonist (Grand Admiral Thrawn) is known as a great strategist, but he's "too" great. Unnaturally great. Given almost no information, he can poke a hole through the Rebel Alliance's strategy and predict their true plan. I wish there were more subtle reasons why he made some of the calls he did. Does he have special powers? Other unmentioned spies? The book just has him diverting troops to the perfect spot at the perfect time for no reason.
3) Meanwhile, the Alliance has the opposite problem. Leia is presented with a fairly obvious hint that something is strange, and she shrugs it off. But Thrawn is told of an inconsequential issue with a passing ship and he chases after it personally.
Other than that, it's very engaging, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Marc Thompson does a great job of differentiating all the different characters well and on a consistent basis. Th production includes various sound effects put to good use to make you feel like you're on the bridge of a Star Destroyer; without having to TELL you that you are.
Mara Jade doesn't have a huge roll but she is pretty awesome.
the VOICES. All the characters feel different and are instantly recognizable. A great narration.
Nostalgia is pretty strong for me. Its a fun read.
Yes! I had read the Heir to the Empire series ages ago when they were first released -- Marc Thompson brings the all ready known characters and story up to fantastic levels. The added sound effects are amazing and fun, they envelope the listener, including them in the story... like an old radio play. I recently gave this book series and audio book to my 13 year old, who also enjoyed them immensely.
All. Growing up a Star Wars fan and reader of related novels... this series is the best.
anybody that loves star wars would love this book.
my hang ups are that many of the women in this book were written poorer than the men. i could relate to the male characters as if they were real, but the female characters seemed like a teenage boy described them.
Top 5 maybe best every, If i had my way Marc Thompson would be narrating all classic SI-FI, space operas, ect... I have listen to some great books with dull narration, Marc Thompson and RANDOM HOUSE could revive so many really great books, and sound effects! Great movie for my mind!
Lando and Thrawn! Karrd! Skywalker, I loved them all!
Top Notch, I wish he would go back and do all STAR WARS books unabridged and with this detail to voices and the great sound effects! Why doesn't other SI-FI books have all this great depth!
He could make so many great classic SI-FI come back to life with great narration of character voicing as well as the great sound effects, just enough effects without overwhelming the narration, perfect!
Laughed in parts, really made me think of Han and Lando and the smuggler banter. Also just made me feel like this audio book will set the bar high for future purchases. You are really watching/ listening to a a great movie in the star wars.
I just wish more books were this thorough, unabridged only please, RANDOM HOUSE, HEAR ME, KEEP THIS GOING! FIND MORE GREAT SI-FI and get Marc Thompson on it! Keep whoever does the editing and sound effects as well! Great job all! This one was worth every penny and will keep me buying books with this crew of people.
It is 1 or 2. This is a by far the best Trilogy I have ever heard. The narration was MASTERFUL!
It was incredible how well the narration was performed. Each character literally came alive!
They were all great. I especially like the characters Talon Card, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, they were both awesome!
No but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire listen.
This is a perfect continuation of the Star Wars Saga. It is a must listen for any Star Wars enthusiast!
A far more interesting, fleshed out and REAL Star Wars story. The very best of the EU, and finally unabriged with Marc Thompson doing his finest.
A must read for any Star Wars fan.
Felt like a true follow up to the original trilogy, and introduced the franchises next great villain.
The printed version was better only because I could hear all of the character in my head.
Princess Leia's voice was awful! All other characters were fine, but her voice ruined it for me. Her spunk was lost in translation.
I enjoyed to listening to the story I had read so many years ago.
Redo Leia's part.
Yes, though I would recommend the paperback.
Ralrra's voice by the actor.
The portrayal of Ralrra on Kashyyk is annoying at best, and un-listenable at worst. It's VERY hard to listen to those in those sections. Other than that, the narrator does a great job and this is one of, if not the best, of the Star Wars trilogies. Also check out Kevin J Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy.
There are added sound effects in the background. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked it, but it grew on me quickly. I am not a big audiobooks listener, I found the additional effects rather nice. The narrator's voice is clear and easy to understand as well and his character voices are distinct from one another so it is always easy to tell who is speaking in the story.
It definitely adds to the Star Wars universe. As I stated above, I also, to my surprise, found I liked the sound effects and occasional background music.
I did not like his female voices. The female characters in this story are strong, confident women, but his voicing of them makes them seem somewhat...damsel-in-distress. I felt they were overplayed.
Yes. I finished it rather fast, and it was entertaining. I only got the first one in the trilogy having never read a star wars book before, and I am now planning to purchase the others to continue the story.
As I stated above, i am new to Star Wars books. I am a Star Wars fan, and finally thought I would check out some of the literature. I spent some time looking around the internet to come up with the best book to start with and the overwhelming suggestion was with this series. After making it through this book, I am glad to have started here. Apparently there are other books that, chronologically, come before this one, but this does seem to make a good starting point.