We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook

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....
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

Here is a special edition 20th anniversary release of the number-one New York Times best-selling 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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (5415 )
5 star
 (3837)
4 star
 (1199)
3 star
 (291)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (31)
Overall
4.6 (5071 )
5 star
 (3429)
4 star
 (1196)
3 star
 (341)
2 star
 (74)
1 star
 (31)
Story
4.7 (5062 )
5 star
 (4024)
4 star
 (792)
3 star
 (177)
2 star
 (44)
1 star
 (25)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Michael A. Tereck 01-14-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The one that started them all!"

    I've already read this series, but am now enjoying the audio versions. They are just as good! My only complaint is the voice or accent of Talon Kard... It's just not how I imagined him, and it about drove me crazy! ;) other than that, a must read or listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Arthur 01-12-15
    Arthur 01-12-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic! One of the best Star Wars fictions."

    Hands down one of the best trilogies written. Timothy Zahn creates a masterpiece worthy of the true name Star Wars!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nick Rebhun 01-12-15
    Nick Rebhun 01-12-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well done, all around"

    Story was nice, though on the odd occasion I'd notice an out-of-place choice of wording.
    Narration was very well done, and I think the only thing I would have liked to see was a more diverse soundboard. The editing makes repeated sounds fairly tough to notice, particularly when they aren't repeated in succession, so great job on that. Speaking of the sound effects, there was one use (that I counted) of what I believe is R2-D2's "self introduction" tone sequence, which was not used when R2 was introducing himself.
    Perhaps I'm just being a picky nerd, but icing like that really completes the experience, for me.
    Overall, worth a listen! Would definitely recommend to a friend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael 01-10-15
    Michael 01-10-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing!"

    Listened to it all in 3 days. The effects, voices and music were amazing! Can't wait to listen to the others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cesar 01-09-15
    Cesar 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprisingly fantastic"
    Any additional comments?

    I went into this book with low expectations, fully expecting to return it for something else. However, it really is very well done. The sound effects really lend themselves to the story. And the voice actor is CRAZY good. You forget you are only listening to one actor. The story itself was decent. Honestly if it was just the book I would have given up on this one early. But the performace is really top notch and the actor deserves a lot of praise for infusing the book with so much life. Definitely a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christina Bunch 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like Listening to a Movie"

    John Williams music cues do not disappoint wonderful sound effects. And wonderfully read. Brilliant voice acting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Gieseking 12-31-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book!"

    Narration was awesome as was the story, really enjoyed hearing the story of Thrawn and seriously hope JJ Abrams is lying about not having expanded universe characters in the upcoming sequel!

    Thrawn is a better villain than Vader and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes!

    Only downside was I wish they'd get more people to do the voices... Amazing job for one guy to do it all but sometimes it got a little distracting. No impact to the overall enjoyment of the book though... Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James 12-30-14
    James 12-30-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Above Expectations"

    I love audio books. This entire performance was way above par. The unabridged reading combined with John Williams' music and excellent sound effects were delightful. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian 12-06-14
    Brian 12-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Enthusiast

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great performance. Decent story"

    I had heard that if you're going to read any of the Star Wars books, this is the trilogy to read. So I gave it a shot. I have to say that the production of the audiobook was amazing. There was music and sound effects. The narrator did an excellent job of mimicking the voices of the original movie actors. So I have no complaints there.

    As for the story itself, I think it just felt like if I had read it when I was 12, I would have loved it. As it was, it didn't really do anything for me. I've always liked Star Wars, and I thought I would really like this, but I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Anderson 10-30-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character and the plot


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

    no


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

    no I enjoyed the whole book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.