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
I think the story was good and it was fun to hear about characters that I loved as a kid again. The real strength of this book was the narrator. I enjoy books that play music and have sound effects and this book had it all. Great sound effects and the voices, except for Leia, were spot on. It was easy to get lost in this production. It was very well done.
I took a chance on this book because it was newly produced and it was not abridged. Most of the star wars books I have seen have always been abridged and I have never been interested in abridged books, I don't think an abridged book tells the story that an author wants told. This was a gamble that paid off and I will be finishing the Thrawn trilogy.
This is a great story that led to all the other great Star Wars books in the expanded universe. Timothy Zahn is the master story teller and the full unabridged version is fantastic!!
This is a deep story with your base Star Wars character, Luke, Han and the rest then give us some great new characters that will be the basis of many new adventures in the Star Wars Universe.
Marc showed a great range of voices and really brought the characters to life
I just geeked out tottaly for this book!!
Cant wait for the next two in the series!!!
The narration performance is out of this solar system and worth the credit, and or the purchase. The excellent story line is a bonus!
Definitely! To me this story is just like the original trilogy movies, and up there with the NPR radio dramas. Having a soundtrack with music and effects, and Marc Thompson's voice acting makes this more of a production than a book being read to me.
Having my favorite characters from the Star Wars universe on more adventures. I also enjoyed having new likeable characters introduced into the SW universe (Jade, Karrde, and Winter).
Being able to close my eyes and be pulled into the story. Having different character voices and expressive tones, I feel like I'm listening to actual conversations.
I was ecstatic when I learned Random House Audio decided to create this audiobook. I'm also happy to know that it was everyone's support of this audiobook that convinced them to enlist Marc to record the other too books in this trilogy.
Remember those paint by the numbers things when you were a kid, the ones where the scene was already drawn out for you and you had a little pot of paints to fill in the colors? That's what this novel reminds me of, the characters are pre-established, all we need to plug in a story and you have a novel. No real surprises here, also no real innovation. The story is weak and predictable, the characters we already know and know well so no real development there either. In the end I was just listening to get through it. The sound effects and narration voices are excellent and are the high point of the novel.
The first book in the Expanded Universe and still one of the best! The use of sound effects and music make for more of a feeling of a radio serial drama rather than an audio book. The narrator does a good effort throughout for the different characters, though the dialogue is cheesy at times, but this is Star Wars.
A Star Wars loving man from the South.
Because it's very convenient. One can listen to an audiobook anywhere, but the same is not true for beieng about to read.
I would compare it to Star Wars: Spector of the Past. They were both written by the same author and really give a sense of "Oh yes, if Star Wars really continued, then this is exactly what would have happened".
Han and Lando discovering that Karrde was keeping Luke hostage. Classic.
Yes it made me smile.
This was my first audible experience and I've decided to remain a member because of the surprisingly good performance of this book. Very impressive.
The story is everything you could want from a star wars trilogy. You fall in love with the original characters all over again. The narration is wonderful and truly enhances the experience. The only negative thing about this edition is that there is a large amount of theatrical sound effects. At many points the sound effects overwhelm the narration, when they should be background noise to enhance the narration.
I would recommend this to any Star Wars fan who wants to truly relive the spirit of the old stories! If you have ever loved Star Wars (the original trilogy), and enjoy audiobooks, ORDER THIS IMMEDIATELY!!! Why are you waiting? Reading this is taking too long! Go order it now and then come back to this review. It'll be here waiting when you get back.
The sound effects are very well done and add tremendously to the storytelling.
Marc Thompson's vocal performances are above reproach. He does Han, Luke, and Lando perfectly and distinctively. Talon Karde sounded like he was being played by Ricardo Montalban (which is absolutely fine in my book). Palleon was brusque and almost fatherly. And to actually hear his voice for Grand Admiral Thrawn gave me chills. Very, very well done!
The John Williams score (and all variations composed for all movies in the franchise) was present and really lent an emotional weight to the performance. Great stuff!
I was truly sad when the audiobook was over. I have read the books several times, but to hear it like this, I felt like I was really spending time with it. It had real personality that was truly reminiscent of the original trilogy. Now, I miss it like I would a person. I greatly hope that they put together the same performance quality for the two other books in the series!
I am a travel listener to and from work. I go through 100-125 books a year
It is a well put together audio book. I hope they decide to do more I do not listen to abridged at all. I feel it takes to much away from the story. I hope they decide to do the rest of them
I never listen to sci-fi before so I can't compare it to anything else I have listened to because they are not in the same category. I will have to start looking at more sci-fi but hard to get away from the thrillers.
Luke or Solo
Not sure where I would cry in this book but I did find myself laughing out loud with my wife giving me what the hell looks at me.
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