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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

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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

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    Isaac 08-13-16
    Isaac 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    I was surprised to hear sound effects when I first started this book. I was skeptical, but very happy with how they were used. They really give a whole new feel to the way audiobooks work. It really feels like you're a part of what's going on, from wookie howls to the sounds of traffic. And the story is great, it ties in perfectly with the movies (well, before Force Awakens came out that is). Disney really shouldn't have gotten rid of all the canon. A perfect sequel in my opinion. Amazing book overall, most certainly would recommend.

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    Chris Thom Hastings, Ne 07-29-16
    Chris Thom Hastings, Ne 07-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "incredible story line great character development"

    well written book with excellent storyline and the characters are well developed and intriguing. I found the characters of Thrawn and Tallon Cards to incredible additions to the Star Wars line and hope to see them in film someday

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    Hugo A. Oliveros Castro Mexico 07-20-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story, performance, ambientation"

    great narration, voices, effects, all of it was great, i can't wait to continue with the next book

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    angela wheeler newbury park, ca United States 07-18-16
    angela wheeler newbury park, ca United States 07-18-16
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    "An awesome continuation for the hardcore SW fans"

    First off, if you've seen Force Awakens, just know that this is an alternate take on the events after Return of the Jedi.

    The writing fantastically captures the personalities of the main heroes of the Rebellion and paints a detailed backdrop of the struggles the New Republic faces after the Battle of Endor. The story is told from the perspective of the Empire's new leader and from Han, Leia, and Luke's as well.

    I think I bought the paperback of this at a K Mart in 95, but never finished it. I'm really glad I came back to it and this audiobook version is great. Marc Thompson does an AMAZING job at portraying all of the film-universe characters... and not a half bad job on the female voices. I really wish they would have taken a different approach with the Wookies. You'll know what I mean when you get there. It's nearly unbearable.

    As for the story itself, it does a great job of leading off the extended universe and I can't wait to read more, but there a few flimsy story points that could have used some reinforcement and I don't think Thrawn fills Vader's shoes threateningly enough. While his cunning comes across, he lets people off the hook and never once pulls a Kylo Ren... which would have made him a more menacing foe. I find his lack of outrage disturbing.

    All in all, a fantastic follow up to the movies that held the imagination of my entire youth. I cannot wait to get started on book #2... good thing I have a credit. ;-)

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    Amazon Customer 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sweet Zombie Jesus"

    3 deployments around the world and this shows up in my lap. I mean the character development of Thrawn as an almost omniscient being of pure warrior and tactical spirit send shivers down my armor plated back as I listens to his ability to out-strategize and out-maneuver the New Republic at almost every turn was by far the reason I woke up every morning.

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    Mat 07-12-16
    Mat 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really fantastic"

    It's impossible to properly do a Wookie voice and have it legible in English but I appreciated the attempts of the narrator to attempt this. Lol

    The book is incredible an while I have read the trilogy multiple times listening to it with this narration brought a whole new level of enjoyment. I highly recommend this book. Get it. You won't regret it.

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    marsha ferguson 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    Best Audiobook I have ever listened to. Much better than the Force Awakens. Love It!

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    ghillie suit review 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heir to the Empire Personal Review"

    PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY THIS BOOK. STAR WARS FAN OR NOT YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED BY THE WORLD, CHARACTERS, AND STORYLINE THIS SENSATIONAL NARRATION TAKES YOU THROUGH! I am a huge Star Wars fan but never really got into the Expanded Universe until now, this was the perfect book to do so and saying I highly recommend it is an understatement! Buy this book!!!

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    Sam 07-06-16
    Sam 07-06-16
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    "Truly an Amazing Time"

    One of the best Star Wars stories out there, and a worthy sequel to George Lucas's legendary trilogy.

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    david 07-05-16
    david 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very enjoyable"

    Loved this I'm new to the audio book world and would recommend to anyone who wants to lose themselves in the star wars universe

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