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
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
This is a no-brainer if you're a Star Wars Fan. Even though there will be soon some debate as to the "Canonical" continuation of the series once the next movies come out, Heir to the Empire has been considered the continuation of the Star Wars movies. It will take a lot to change that for me. Great storywriting, plot and character development.
The narration performance is amazing. No way around that. Easy to understand and follow, and very engaging!
I read the Thrawn trilogy a couple of times years ago (in paper edition). I remembered them as being really good books...but I forgot just how totally fantastic they are. Until now.
The story is great---Timothy Zahn really captured the world of Star Wars, the feel for the stories and the characters (now 5 years after the events in Return of the Jedi) as they build the New Republic and still war with the remnant of the Empire. The new characters he added fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly. Zahn's pacing, story elements and writing just make them fun books. On top of that, Zahn wrote these books in the early 1990's, so they are not contaminated by the prequel trilogy.
I would give Marc Thompson's narration 6 or even 7 stars if I could. He managed to catch many of the voices so sound much like the original actors from the films. Maybe not perfectly, but quite good given that it all came from one larynx...I assume the post-production played some games to enhance that, but even so. Amazing.
The post-production also added music and background sound effects to try to enhance the effect. In general, I liked that, although I think it got distracting on occasion.
The Thrawn series is published as a trilogy, but really it is one, large 3-part novel. You will need to commit to finishing the whole thing...especially since you will have a hard time putting it down once you start.
A Star Wars classic. I never I never tire of re-reading and listening to this book. The story is excellent and well written, and if you listen to this audible version the performance is great too.
Excellent book. But the music, and overly dramtic reading was a little annoying. The background noise was mostly cool, but the chapter-number intro was supper annoying.
Also the overly dramatic music was also supper annoying during character dialog.
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!
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