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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

    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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    MJP_MD Chicago, IL 11-17-13
    MJP_MD 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. MccRacken 05-18-12

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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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    "Masterful performance"

    Wow, what an amazing production!

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

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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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    Michelle South Bend, IN, United States 07-05-14
    Michelle South Bend, IN, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great for old and new fans of all ages!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Yes! I had read the Heir to the Empire series ages ago when they were first released -- Marc Thompson brings the all ready known characters and story up to fantastic levels. The added sound effects are amazing and fun, they envelope the listener, including them in the story... like an old radio play. I recently gave this book series and audio book to my 13 year old, who also enjoyed them immensely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All. Growing up a Star Wars fan and reader of related novels... this series is the best.


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

    n/a


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    Damian 06-25-14
    Damian 06-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "not completely sold"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    anybody that loves star wars would love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    my hang ups are that many of the women in this book were written poorer than the men. i could relate to the male characters as if they were real, but the female characters seemed like a teenage boy described them.

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    SYFI-Ed 06-21-14
    SYFI-Ed 06-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A STAR WARS Movie trilogy for my Mind!"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 maybe best every, If i had my way Marc Thompson would be narrating all classic SI-FI, space operas, ect... I have listen to some great books with dull narration, Marc Thompson and RANDOM HOUSE could revive so many really great books, and sound effects! Great movie for my mind!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lando and Thrawn! Karrd! Skywalker, I loved them all!


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

    Top Notch, I wish he would go back and do all STAR WARS books unabridged and with this detail to voices and the great sound effects! Why doesn't other SI-FI books have all this great depth!

    He could make so many great classic SI-FI come back to life with great narration of character voicing as well as the great sound effects, just enough effects without overwhelming the narration, perfect!


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

    Laughed in parts, really made me think of Han and Lando and the smuggler banter. Also just made me feel like this audio book will set the bar high for future purchases. You are really watching/ listening to a a great movie in the star wars.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish more books were this thorough, unabridged only please, RANDOM HOUSE, HEAR ME, KEEP THIS GOING! FIND MORE GREAT SI-FI and get Marc Thompson on it! Keep whoever does the editing and sound effects as well! Great job all! This one was worth every penny and will keep me buying books with this crew of people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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