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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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