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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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    Robert Trophy Club, TX, USA 05-19-12
    Robert Trophy Club, TX, USA 05-19-12 Member Since 2007

    Sci-Fi fan extraordinaire! Not Fantasy; just Sci-Fi.

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    "Most Excellent"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    I listen to books on the road to help me sleep. Well this kept me up! I liked the abridged since I had read the books. This performance of the full story was outstanding. Pleas do the next two.


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

    The whole interaction with Thrawn, Paeileon and Karrde played well.


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

    Excellent as always


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

    Just when you thought it was over.


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    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 05-18-12
    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Where is the rest of the trilogy!"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Voices were great. Story was fun, exciting.


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

    ysalamiri blocking the force


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

    All had the right characterizations.


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the rest on audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margot las vegas, NV, United States 05-17-12
    Margot las vegas, NV, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally unabridged star wars"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    The same


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

    When mara jade revelas her past. Of course that is my favorite part anyway. Hearing thrawn talk about knowing a planets 'art'


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love the music and sound effects. I didnt like how mara sounded like a petulant teenage boy


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

    Yes.


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    Amazon Customer Ammon, ID, United States 05-15-12
    Amazon Customer Ammon, ID, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Awsome Book, A must buy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to my friends because it is an awesome book, just about everyone has seen the original Star Wars films, that is all you need to jump right into this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The understandable characters, Timothy Zahn makes characters living a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away seem like real people.


    What about Marc Thompson???s performance did you like?

    His flair for portraying multiple characters


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

    Star Wars the way it was meant to be!


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    Randell Alan Calvert Knoxville, TN United States 05-08-12
    Randell Alan Calvert Knoxville, TN United States 05-08-12

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    "Simply excellent!"

    I was blown away by the quality, attention to detail, and overall excellent treatment to this book. The voices, music, and sound effects are all done to perfection. This audio experience has made it a brand new book to me! I can't recommend this high enough for any fans of sci-fi, even if you don't like Star Wars. PLEASE finish the trilogy in this same manner!!!

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    Piotr Koszur 04-21-12
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    "Simply amazing performance and a classic book too"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    The amazing performance by Marc Thompson. The variety in his voices, the understanding of what he is reading... Simply amazing. I wish all audiobooks were read this well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Admiral Thrawn - the accent, the sound of genius.


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

    Sadly, I haven't yet had the pleasure, but I will gladly look to other books read by Mr. Thompson.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. I know the story very well having read it as a kid.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has to appear in everyone's library. Even if only to see how amazing an audiobook can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tomas Perris, CA, United States 04-21-12
    Tomas Perris, CA, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You can love Star Wars again..."
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lando


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Great


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

    George Lucus is dead, lets enjoy Star Wars again!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a top notch production with special effects and actors protraying your favorite Star Wars characters. This is the perfect antidote to the last Star Wars movies!

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    Daryl Madison Heights, Michigan, United States 04-15-12
    Daryl Madison Heights, Michigan, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    I really liked the music and sound affects.


    Any additional comments?

    It is too bad that the rest of the trilogy is not available in unabrigded form. It's okay I still know how to read.

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    Raymond PLAINFIELD, IN, United States 04-07-12
    Raymond PLAINFIELD, IN, United States 04-07-12
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    "Wow! What a great story."

    The story was great and well put together. I would say that this is a must for any Star Wars fan. The only complant I have is that the other two books is the series are abridged and the voice work is not nearly as well done as Marc Thompsons. Get this one you won't be sorry!

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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 03-29-12
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 03-29-12

    Mike

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    "Fantastic start to the new Trilogy!"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    It was very easy to engross myself in this book. It was the next best thing to watching it on the screen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thrawn without a doubt is an amazing and complex character.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    His tone and inflection were perfect. He also gave each character their own personality and accent in his narration making it very easy to follow and imagine.


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