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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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    David New York, NY, United States 02-02-14
    David New York, NY, United States 02-02-14

    I enjoy "Sherlock Holmes." Classics like "Dracula" and "The Three Muskeeteers,"but predominately Star Wars. Thanks Audible!

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    "Thrawn!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    No question about it. I got through it a lot faster and the sound effects helped my visualization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thrawn is a brilliant tactician and written well as a villain who is not egocentric or pompous, simply that darn good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name just one.


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    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14
    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    THE WHOLE BOOK


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to and why?

    if you read other zahn books, its like that. if you are new to star wars books, it immerses you into the book - feels like you are watching a movie


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

    he voices characters well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it's a long book, dont have that much free time


    Any additional comments?

    great book!

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-13
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    "Just geat!"

    I was so excited when I discovered that Marc Thompson would be reading the unabridged version of the Thrawn trilogy. After listening I must say I was not disappointed! Thompson does such a good job with all the different characters, he has to rank as my second favourite narator. The story was great - as all books by Zahn are.

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    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 11-12-13
    Shane Snyder Otsego, Minnesota 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fitting Sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    Marc Thompson's excellent narration.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Thrawn was by far the most enjoyable new charecter. However, Thompson's impressions of the classic charecters is nearly spot-on; with Luke Skywalker being my personal favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    Apparently, in 1991, the word "sardonically" was free. Like, it cost absolutely nothing extra to add that word to your book... so, Timothy Zahn exploited this bargain to the fullest extent. While I eventually lost count I think it's safe to say every single chapter included at least one use of the word (30 times?). At that point I'd say that particular word was used to the point of distraction. Will someone please get Mr. Zahn a thesaurus?

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    William Indianola, MS, United States 11-11-13
    William Indianola, MS, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Like listening to a movie"
    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Thompson is a man of a thousand voices. He did a great job imitating the essence of the original actors - granted some of the new characters had familiar voices too (I think he imitated Antonio Banderas and Jack Nicholson). Even his female voices were feminine enough to keep the narration moving smoothly - unlike other male narrators who sound like drag queens when performing female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    The first movie I ever saw was the original Star Wars. In fact most memories of my childhood revolved around some bit of Star Wars memorabilia. Listening to this production of a new Star Wars trilogy brought all of those memories rushing back. The plot and descriptions were equal to that of Return of the Jedi and left me far more satisfied than my experience watching The Phantom Menace.

    However, the end of this book didn't feel as dramatic as I expected. Nonetheless, it was very entertaining and I only hope the next audiobook in the series is as good.

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    Thomas 11-11-13
    Thomas 11-11-13 Member Since 2011

    A linehaul truck driver that spends most of his driving time at night. FM and talk radio can only take you so far at night, so I have filled my night miles with audiobooks - it is a great fit!

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    "Fantastic Sequel to the Movies"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Absolutely! As a Star Wars fan, I have seen all the episodes multiple times and like the movies, this will be a book series that I will listen to multiple times to pick up the little things that one misses on the first time.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Marc Thompson did a GREAT job and I don't think I could pick out a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This audiobook is a production. As you sit and listen to the story, the picture is painted in your mind as they throw in sound effects and background sounds. It is a book that you don't want to end and hate to have to stop in the middle...


    Any additional comments?

    As you think about the movie franchise, each movie had a "Grand Finale" scene, and you knew that there was another movie coming... The only criticism of the book and of the trilogy is that it left you hanging with "...to be continued". That being said, make sure you have the next two books in your wish list and ready to be purchased, because you will not want to wait until "next month" to continue on the journey!

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    Firas Al-Samarraie Huntington, West Virginia United States 10-31-13
    Firas Al-Samarraie Huntington, West Virginia United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Looking for the sequel"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Yes, I absolutely love Star Wars.


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

    Mara Jade


    Any additional comments?

    Could anyone tell me what the next book would be (in chronological order) after reading this one?

    Thanks!!

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    Kurt Manilla, Australia 10-27-13
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    "A must listen for Star Wars fans."
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Griping, Exciting, Fun.


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

    Marc Thompsons voice acting is up there with the best, he doesn't simply read the book he brings it to life allowing you to sit back and enjoy.


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    Christiana Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 10-07-13
    Christiana Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read, sadly I am too busy, now however all my drive time is book time!

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    "Not even finished!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    Everything, the music, the sound effects, the voices. Everything about it makes it feel like I am watching a film, the picture is painted clearly in my head and they gave me the rest! I have not even finished the book and cant wait to get to the rest!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices and sound effects.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    He acted out the emotions of every part so well... you could believe in the emotions you heard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Action throughout the galaxies!


    Any additional comments?

    I am super happy with the way the story is playing out!

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    Phillip S. Daniells 09-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "It was a lot more than I expected."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone that like Star Wars will like this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the characters really sounded like they did in the movies


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    was pretty good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    can't think of any


    Any additional comments?

    none

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