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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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    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 09-11-11
    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2011

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "The first of the new..."

    This was the very first audiobook I ever listened to. That is, the abridged cassettes read by Denis "Wedge Antilles" Lawson, a long time ago, a couple states away. Now, finally, a perfect audiobook experience is available in this unabridged version of Heir to the Empire. This story was great when I read it back in high school, and is even better now! I always considered Timothy Zahn's trilogy to be Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, although they aren't officially recognized as such.
    The sound effects were distracting at first, because I don't hear many effects in other audiobooks, but considering the sounds and music are from Star Wars ( tattooed on my brain since childhood), I found them to actually enhance the story. This is my first listen to Marc Thompson ever, and it's no wonder why he does all the Star Wars narrations. Perfection! This is quite possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard. Bring on Dark Force Rising and The Last Command! The Force is most definitely with us...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 11-17-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 11-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Extremely high production values and great story"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Great for fans.


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

    Kashyyk, no question.


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

    No, but very few do


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book is like watching a movie with the video turned off, there are tons of effects, every voice is by a different actor. I've never heard an AB quite like this but really enjoyed the change. Will listen to the whole series now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-15-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "My favorite Star Wars Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.
    It's compelling, fun, and bring you back to what Star Wars was before the Prequels!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn! he's my favorite EU character of all time.
    He's smart, interesting, and has so much going for him. He's the Palpatine of the non-force-users.


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

    It will always be Han. Just awesome.


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

    I don't get moved by Films (with the exception of Act of Valor), Books, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite Star Wars book since the moment I read it for the first time. In the Star Wars cannon the films can overwrite any EU materiel, I loved this this book so much that I categorize any thing else that may contradict this novel as non-cannon.

    Anyways after This was released i had to listen to it and Marc does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. If you say your a Star Wars fan then read/listen to this! That's an Order!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13
    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13

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

    This was an incredible story. Zahn extended the Star Wars universe seamlessly and Marc Thompson breathes life into this great work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The saga continues. The worse part about the Star Wars movies is that they end. Heir to the Empire continues the story keep fans satiated.


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

    Marc Thompson does an incredible job brining all the characters to life. Admiral Thrawn is one of the coolest villains I've ever come across. Thompson also does a great job as Han Solo.


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

    The Storm of Thrawn.


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    T. MccRacken 05-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Great Production But"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    I loved the book but we need the rest of the Trilogy in the Unabridged version so we can continue the whole story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11
    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11

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    Wow, what an amazing production!

    I'm blown away by the quality and the performance that Marc Thompson has done.

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    S. Abouseda Fresno, Ca USA 09-01-14
    S. Abouseda Fresno, Ca USA 09-01-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story, even better narration"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    I was very surprised how good and how distinct the narrator made the voices of the characters. I enjoyed this book and the series very much. Some of the best story telling I have experienced on Audible.


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    Josh Swanson 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    probably


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

    The sound FX


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

    Great range in character voices


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

    many


    Any additional comments?

    great job, can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. Read all of these 20 years ago, it is nice to come back to them all these years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-29-14
    Scott Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Sequel to the Original Story"

    This series of books are a good sequel to the movies, and introduces a few new characters that I hope make it into future series. If you loved the movies, I'm fairly sure you will enjoy these books.

    A few points that prevent me from giving it a perfect score:
    1) The books seem to reference key points in the movies in flashback scenes that are not relevant to this story (Mos Eisley cantina, the battle on Endor, Luke's losing his hand, the Death Star, etc etc etc etc). And they sometimes flashback to the same event more than once. I think the books would have stood on their own fine without so many flashbacks to events that did not happen in this book. But I can see why they did it.

    2) The protagonist (Grand Admiral Thrawn) is known as a great strategist, but he's "too" great. Unnaturally great. Given almost no information, he can poke a hole through the Rebel Alliance's strategy and predict their true plan. I wish there were more subtle reasons why he made some of the calls he did. Does he have special powers? Other unmentioned spies? The book just has him diverting troops to the perfect spot at the perfect time for no reason.

    3) Meanwhile, the Alliance has the opposite problem. Leia is presented with a fairly obvious hint that something is strange, and she shrugs it off. But Thrawn is told of an inconsequential issue with a passing ship and he chases after it personally.

    Other than that, it's very engaging, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Denton, Texas United States 07-15-14
    Micah Denton, Texas United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great full cast production.......with one narrator"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Yes!
    Marc Thompson does a great job of differentiating all the different characters well and on a consistent basis. Th production includes various sound effects put to good use to make you feel like you're on the bridge of a Star Destroyer; without having to TELL you that you are.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mara Jade doesn't have a huge roll but she is pretty awesome.


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

    the VOICES. All the characters feel different and are instantly recognizable. A great narration.


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

    Nostalgia is pretty strong for me. Its a fun read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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