Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story now as much as I did 20 years ago. However the performance, or shall I say the effects used in the performance, left much to be desired. Mr Thompson wasn't the problem. The over use of effects and sound editing interrupted and distracted me from the story more than added to it.
I had high expectations for the thrawn series as in hadn't read it yet, and the content met those expectations.
The performance was above and beyond what I expected. The reader's voices were varied enough to easily discern different characters and he gave each of them a memorable voice so it was easy to remember who was talking.
The effects provided in the background gave a great atmosphere and context to each scene.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
This is a no-brainer if you're a Star Wars Fan. Even though there will be soon some debate as to the "Canonical" continuation of the series once the next movies come out, Heir to the Empire has been considered the continuation of the Star Wars movies. It will take a lot to change that for me. Great storywriting, plot and character development.
The narration performance is amazing. No way around that. Easy to understand and follow, and very engaging!
I read the Thrawn trilogy a couple of times years ago (in paper edition). I remembered them as being really good books...but I forgot just how totally fantastic they are. Until now.
The story is great---Timothy Zahn really captured the world of Star Wars, the feel for the stories and the characters (now 5 years after the events in Return of the Jedi) as they build the New Republic and still war with the remnant of the Empire. The new characters he added fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly. Zahn's pacing, story elements and writing just make them fun books. On top of that, Zahn wrote these books in the early 1990's, so they are not contaminated by the prequel trilogy.
I would give Marc Thompson's narration 6 or even 7 stars if I could. He managed to catch many of the voices so sound much like the original actors from the films. Maybe not perfectly, but quite good given that it all came from one larynx...I assume the post-production played some games to enhance that, but even so. Amazing.
The post-production also added music and background sound effects to try to enhance the effect. In general, I liked that, although I think it got distracting on occasion.
The Thrawn series is published as a trilogy, but really it is one, large 3-part novel. You will need to commit to finishing the whole thing...especially since you will have a hard time putting it down once you start.
A Star Wars classic. I never I never tire of re-reading and listening to this book. The story is excellent and well written, and if you listen to this audible version the performance is great too.