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.
©1991 Timothy Zahn (P)2011 Random House Audio
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.
Every Star Wars fan.
Luke learning how to be a Jedi
Yes, on Par always great.
In a galaxy far far away.
Love all the Star Wars books even more when performed by Tompson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I asked a 15 year old who loves the Star Wars franchise what I should read to fet back into it. Really enjoyed it. Except for background noise I felt like I was in a Tunnel. Am downloading the next now.
Great production quality!
They were all very well done, but I liked Lando best for some reason.
I read the book when it first came out and was wondering if it would still hold its magic. It does. The production quality of this book is top notch. I wish this trilogy would be made into film!
Marc Thompson is fantastic especially intermixed with the Star Wars sound effects in the background. His accents and portrayals of the different main characters were great - I even like the fact that he kept Lando's pronunciation of Han's first name just like Billy Dee did it.
I had read this series when it first came out and it was great then and great now. Story-wise it is the direct sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy with the original cast of characters.
Han Solo. He got the tone just like Harrison Ford - almost as if Mr. Ford did it himself.
I read this when it came out, and was excited to see it made an audiobook. I waited until we got the unabridged version.
IMHO Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter series is the gold start by which all other aduiobook performances should be measured. Marc Thompson gives Mr.Dale a real run for his money. He is extremely skilled at it and makes the experience better. I cannot give him enough praise.
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