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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire | [Steve Perry]

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

He is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxywide criminal organization, and he seeks to displace Darth Vader as the Emperor's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. In the meantime, he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is Luke Skywalker.
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He is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxy-wide criminal organization, and he seeks to displace Darth Vader as the Emperor's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. In the meantime, he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is Luke Skywalker.

Though he is cold and reptilian, Xizor has a certain predatory charisma that not even Leia can completely resist. Against the judgment of Chewbacca, who has promised the frozen Han to keep her from harm, Leia walks willingly into Xizor's lair in a dangerous play of passion and willpower to get the information she needs to defeat him.

And as the struggle between Xizor and Vader intensifies, Luke finds himself the potential prize of two of the most evil entities in the galaxy: one who wants him alive, and one who wants him dead.

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"Anthony Heald is a superb performer for the various Star Wars audiobooks. He slides in and out of distinctive Star Wars characters with such smoothness that the characters are instantly recognizable, as if the original actors were working in ensemble." (AudioFile)

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    Kallie Minnesota, United States 11-10-12
    Kallie Minnesota, United States 11-10-12
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    Great Star Wars book! Would of been better if this audiobook was unabridged full uncut instead of abridged. Oh well! Some of the best parts should of made it in full (not cut or shortened) like princess Leia's seduction. Still not a bad listen, good story line & performance. Always one of my Star Wars favorites.

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    David Hazlet, New Jersey, United States 09-15-10
    David Hazlet, New Jersey, United States 09-15-10

    Wherever you go, there you are.

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    "It's abridged, but a great listen nonetheless!"

    Anthony Heald does a phenomenal job narrating this great book. The production value is very high as well, as it features sound effects, famous themes, and even new music composed for the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack. I really enjoyed listening to this, even though it sadly is an abridged version of the novel. Nothing vital is cut out, but it does feel rather short in contrast.

    Nonetheless, this is definitely worth a buy. It's the closes thing you get to having a 7th Star Wars film in the palm of your hand!

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    Johnathan Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-13-13
    Johnathan Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-13-13
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    "An Entertaining Diversion"

    This was exactly what I wanted: a diversion between listening to the NPR editions of EST and RotJ. It was on sale for $7 and was worth that.

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    Trent Bloomington, IL, United States 12-21-08
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    "Terrible abridgement, very poor narration"

    I haven't read the book, but I was looking for something light to listen to in the car on the way to work. I'm not sure how much of the book they cut out for this abridgement or whether it was any good even with the missing material, but this audiobook sounds like a writer's outline or pitch for a book...not an actual book. There is no plot, no character development, no anything. There go here, do this, go there, do that. The End. Even at the low price, this is a huge ripoff because you aren't getting an actual book with this thing. I'm also listening to the Legacy of the Force series and at a little over 6 hours each, they leave enough material to be decent enough...although they would also be better unabridged. Rule of thumb, if you see a star wars audiobook that is under 6 hours, pass on it. You will not be happy with what you get. Also, email the publisher and demand that they stop producing abridged audiobooks. I did and they actually did send a response to me. If enough people complain, they may reassess their position on this issue.

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