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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 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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    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.

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    Scott 07-29-14
    Scott 07-29-14
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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.

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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 2015
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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 2014
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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.

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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-24-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I have never said this about a book MASTERPIECE!"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is 1 or 2. This is a by far the best Trilogy I have ever heard. The narration was MASTERFUL!


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

    It was incredible how well the narration was performed. Each character literally came alive!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They were all great. I especially like the characters Talon Card, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, they were both awesome!


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

    No but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect continuation of the Star Wars Saga. It is a must listen for any Star Wars enthusiast!

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    Jason 05-13-14
    Jason 05-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The true second trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    A far more interesting, fleshed out and REAL Star Wars story. The very best of the EU, and finally unabriged with Marc Thompson doing his finest.

    A must read for any Star Wars fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Felt like a true follow up to the original trilogy, and introduced the franchises next great villain.


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

    Greatness


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    K 05-11-14
    K 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the story, but the perfornance of Leia"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    The printed version was better only because I could hear all of the character in my head.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Thompson’s performance?

    Princess Leia's voice was awful! All other characters were fine, but her voice ruined it for me. Her spunk was lost in translation.


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

    I enjoyed to listening to the story I had read so many years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo Leia's part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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