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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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    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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    Gerard Rye, Australia 08-20-12
    Gerard Rye, Australia 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Intro back to Star Wars"

    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.

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    JH Tewksbury, MA USA 08-20-12
    JH Tewksbury, MA USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Still good after all these years"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Great production quality!


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    They were all very well done, but I liked Lando best for some reason.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    GM 08-17-12
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    "The way audiobooks should be performed!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Han Solo. He got the tone just like Harrison Ford - almost as if Mr. Ford did it himself.


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    Mcwaters Corona, CA, United States 08-15-12
    Mcwaters Corona, CA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Superb Narration"

    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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    Stasi BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 08-13-12
    Stasi BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enthralling!"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very entertaining!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story felt like you were watching the original episodes 4-5-6 again for the first time. With Hollywood moving to make "every" series a Bourne series (Why did James Bond loose his humor and just focus on being a BA) The Thrawn Anthology is a refreshing step back in time (yeh, a bad pun) when stories were a little more entertaining because of the story and not just the death count.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    The different voices kept the 18 hour book interesting. Although, some of the voices did sound like a cliche.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Great book for a long road trip.


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    Rob Mountain View, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Rob Mountain View, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2001

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

    This edition had a number of sound effects to go along with the good reading that helped bring the story to life.


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    Ross Mackae Sandy Oregon 08-13-12
    Ross Mackae Sandy Oregon 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent Star Wars Saga"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    I found that this book filled in some of the gaps in the Hans Solo - Princess Leha saga.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Leha's escape from the ambush on Kashyyyk, while pregnant with the twins.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Marc Thompson just doesn't have a sufficient vocals range. His various voices are rather monotonous and repetitive. When you compare him to the vocals of other audio books performers, like Jim Dale or Gerard Doyle, he just doesn't stand up.


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

    There are always moments that move me in the Star Wars books. I am a true fan of Lucian Philosophy/Theology and the books that communicate his creation.


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