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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 | [Timothy Zahn]

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

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....
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a special edition 20th anniversary release of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel that reignited the entire Star Wars publishing phenomenon—unabridged for the first time. The biggest event in the history of Star Wars books, Heir to the Empire follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia after they led the Rebel Alliance to victory in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

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. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to create.

The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale - in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.

More in the Thrawn Trilogy we have. And listen to all of our Star Wars titles you can!

©1991 Timothy Zahn (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a bad book but I was hoping for more."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time was well spent listenting to this book. I always enjoy Star Wars stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Marc Thompson read the book very well. The performance and effects of the reading are great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    sure


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    John GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 09-28-12
    John GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really a story telling"

    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.

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    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-28-12
    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A True Episode 7"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the top. One of my favorite audiobooks to this day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It follows seamlessly after the great Star Wars movies.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life AS I remembered them in the movie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I first heard the whirr of the lightsaber.


    Any additional comments?

    The sounds effects in this audiobook is second to none. Actual sound effects from Lucas Films.

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    H. Jones New York, NY United States 09-07-12
    H. Jones New York, NY United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good enough for the non-Star Wars nut.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Han Solo was well voiced. Lando sounded like a bad Colt 45 commercial, almost comical.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    terrific job


    Any additional comments?

    Please do this for the other books

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    Steven RIVERVIEW, FL, United States 09-03-12
    Steven RIVERVIEW, FL, United States 09-03-12
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    "Classic Star Wars from Before Lucas Ruined It"

    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.

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    Shawn Erie, PA, United States 09-03-12
    Shawn Erie, PA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Thompson nails as always!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Every Star Wars fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Luke learning how to be a Jedi


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, on Par always great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In a galaxy far far away.


    Any additional comments?

    Love all the Star Wars books even more when performed by Tompson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy WASHINGTON, IN, United States 09-03-12
    Troy WASHINGTON, IN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Marc Thompson kicks it up another level"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This story began the continuing storyline after Return of the Jedi, and did it very well. Mr. Zahn was able to seamlessly pick up after the movies and continue an interesting and exciting storyline with characters I already loved.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc Thompson's narration is brilliant! He is able to capture all the characters individually in a way few narrators are able. He is a step above many that I respect and love to listen to. He's just that good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was already in audio format before the 20th Anniversary Edition and was read by an excellent narrator. This revamp, however, is miles above anything that came before.

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    Sarah Hebron, KY, United States 08-27-12
    Sarah Hebron, KY, United States 08-27-12
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    "Thrawn trilogy--three credits well spent!!"

    The narrator--wow, was there really only one!--made each voice so distinctive, expressive, and believable, even for someone like me who has watched the original movies so many times. I tried reading the trilogy because my daughter loved it so, but I kept bogging down and only got about half through this book. When all three came out in unabridged form I got them. What seemed a little hokey and very hard to follow in print came alive in these audiobooks. The story really was great. It was like having those other three installments to the 9-movie series once talked about. It really was as good as a movie. Truly five stars in every way--the story, the narration, and the production quality.

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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 08-24-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Blah"

    Not a very good book. I had trouble sitting through it. I find it hard to believe that Luke Skywalker would get severe depression and Han Solo would have confindence problems. Even if I could get over that, which I did not, the story line was just not that good.

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    Ram Nez-Ziona, Israel 08-20-12
    Ram Nez-Ziona, Israel 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    I liked it and looking forward for the next audiobook
    I didn't like some of the sound features like the space flight hum or other background sounds but other than that it is a great performance, one of the best I heard.

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