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 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.
The sound FX
Great range in character voices
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.
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.
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.
Mara Jade doesn't have a huge roll but she is pretty awesome.
the VOICES. All the characters feel different and are instantly recognizable. A great narration.
Nostalgia is pretty strong for me. Its a fun read.
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.
All. Growing up a Star Wars fan and reader of related novels... this series is the best.
anybody that loves star wars would love this book.
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.
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!
Lando and Thrawn! Karrd! Skywalker, I loved them all!
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!
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.
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.
It is 1 or 2. This is a by far the best Trilogy I have ever heard. The narration was MASTERFUL!
It was incredible how well the narration was performed. Each character literally came alive!
They were all great. I especially like the characters Talon Card, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, they were both awesome!
No but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire listen.
This is a perfect continuation of the Star Wars Saga. It is a must listen for any Star Wars enthusiast!
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.
Felt like a true follow up to the original trilogy, and introduced the franchises next great villain.
The printed version was better only because I could hear all of the character in my head.
Princess Leia's voice was awful! All other characters were fine, but her voice ruined it for me. Her spunk was lost in translation.
I enjoyed to listening to the story I had read so many years ago.
Redo Leia's part.
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