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Star Wars

Star Wars is one of the most beloved franchises in the sci-fi & fantasy genre – and with nine films, five television series, dozens of novels, and countless video games released to date, the limits of its universe seem positively endless. We wondered: what's it like to go from fan to creator? We asked five authors of recent Star Wars novels to tell us about the thrills, challenges, and surprises of writing within the universe.


Written by Timothy Zahn:


Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
  • By Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(5435)
Performance
(5147)
Story
(5135)

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

Jeremy schulz says: "Un-Surprisingly, Beautiful"
Thrawn (Star Wars)
4.8 ( 5435 )

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
  • By Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(9608)
Performance
(8911)
Story
(8907)

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

Jt says: "At last!"
Star Wars: Heir to the...
4.7 ( 9608 )

Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

  • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
  • By Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(2568)
Performance
(2377)
Story
(2379)

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

Ezekiel says: "Zahn is simply the best."
Star Wars: Specter of ...
4.6 ( 2568 )

Star Wars: Outbound Flight

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
  • By Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
Overall
(691)
Performance
(551)
Story
(547)

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. But the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

Preston says: "Great story, enlightening for fans.HATE ABRIDGED"
Star Wars: Outbound Fl...
4.3 ( 691 )

Written by Chuck Wendig:


Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
  • By Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
Overall
(8108)
Performance
(7651)
Story
(7639)

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

Jason says: "Disappointing and Frustrating"
Aftermath: Star Wars
3.8 ( 8108 )

Star Wars: Life Debt - Aftermath, Book 2

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
  • By Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
Overall
(4840)
Performance
(4490)
Story
(4470)

Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig's New York Times best-selling trilogy.

Sara says: "Huge improvement over "Aftermath", but not perfect"
Star Wars: Life Debt -...
4.4 ( 4840 )

Empire's End: Aftermath: Star Wars

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
  • By Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated By Marc Thompson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3407)
Performance
(3165)
Story
(3151)

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

RC says: "meh"
Empire's End: Aftermath
4.5 ( 3407 )

Written by Claudia Gray:


Star Wars: Bloodline - New Republic

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
  • By Claudia Gray
  • Narrated By January LaVoy
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(7136)
Performance
(6638)
Story
(6621)

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Amazon Customer says: "fantastic"
Star Wars: Bloodline -...
4.5 ( 7136 )

Star Wars: Lost Stars

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
  • By Claudia Gray
  • Narrated By Pierce Cravens
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(5270)
Performance
(4920)
Story
(4914)

This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

Matt H. says: "Cure for the Aftermath Blues"
Star Wars: Lost Stars
4.6 ( 5270 )

Written by Alexander Freed:


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
  • By Alexander Freed
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(2506)
Performance
(2303)
Story
(2301)

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

Acts238preacher says: "Better than the movie!"
Rogue One: A Star Wars...
4.7 ( 2506 )

Battlefront: Twilight Company: Star Wars

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
  • By Alexander Freed
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(2234)
Performance
(2095)
Story
(2094)

A companion novel inspired by the hotly anticipated video game Star Wars: Battlefront, this action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil.

jordan says: "The War in Star Wars"
Battlefront: Twilight ...
4.2 ( 2234 )

Written by E.K. Johnston:


Star Wars: Ahsoka

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
  • By E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated By Ashley Eckstein
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(6181)
Performance
(5741)
Story
(5729)

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa - and the Rebel Alliance.

Gabriel says: "Really enjoyed this."
Star Wars: Ahsoka
4.5 ( 6181 )