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.
©1991 Timothy Zahn (P)2011 Random House Audio
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The characterization of Thrawn and the narrator made this a very enjoyable listen. Thrawn is a believable and interesting antagonist that fits well into the Star Wars universe. The narrator does an excellent job building and conveying the novels' moods.
A memorable moment in this novel revolves around the antagonist, Thrawn. Thrawn goes toe-to-toe with a dark jedi without fear. Thrawn does not feel his enemy because he understands and has already countered his enemies ability to attack. It made for a very enjoyable listen.
Mr. Thompson is fantastic with voices and conveying the mood of the scene. Each voice fit the character and was memorable. The mood of the scene helped the situation unfold organically.
From the fringes of the galaxy comes the greatest tactical mind of the day.
It's easy to get lost in this novel with the great narration. Be careful starting this book because you'll definitely want to listen to the two subsequent novels afterwards.
I'm a long time Star Wars fan. When you throw an expanded universe at me I want to resist but so far I've been impressed and this first story in this series is no different. Well done and I'm impressed by the writing. It's easy to see the characters in these stories. I'll be downloading the next book immediately.
Everything you would want from an addition to the Star Wars universe. Great story, good written dialogue, all coming together with a great performance!
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