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
The story is very good but the performance made the book. You barely have to use your imagination to see the story.
Lots of good & interesting parts. But those are to far apart. These books don't really have filler pards, but the story is thin at times.
Ya. Over all its a good to ok series.
When Luke fights the Master. I don't wana say any more & spoil it.
This is a rating on the hole series.
Anarcho-Capitalist with a long commute.
Yes! I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan, and I will at least complete the Thrawn Trilogy. Timothy Zahn has done a wonderful job of crafting a new an interesting experience within the framework of the existing universe, and Marc Thompson is a talented narrator to be sure. The ability to capture so many iconic characters so well--both from an author's and narrator's standpoint is very impressive.
This is part of the reason that I've docked the Story 2 stars. It's already got a lot of "sequelitis." As the book was drawing near the end, I could already feel the cliffhanger. However, rather than a moment of pure suspense and build towards the next installment, I came away from this with a fairly good idea of where things were headed and a sense that the book just arbitrarily ended there.
Lando Calrissian. Not a perfect replication of the cinema original--perhaps a bit more "plantation owner"--but very enjoyable and appropriate.
Absolutely. As some have mentioned in their reviews already, Lucas almost made this trilogy into movies. It will be interesting to see if there is any inspiration from this title when the real Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX are released.
Predictable but enjoyable. If you're a seasoned Star Wars veteran, get it without a second thought.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
Nostalgia, expansion, performance
General Thrawn. He was the new addition to the movies of my youth and he definitely had the same wonderful sense of villainy as Vader and the Emperor. A cold calculating villain who's goals of order gave him a fantastic greyness that lent depth to the story.
He was fantastic in his imitations of all the characters. I have seldom seen a more complete and amazing voice acting job and I have listened to many.
I went in with an open mind and I wasn't disappointed. I have heard by many if you are going to read any expanded universe this is the series to do. You also couldnt have ask for a better performance then this one on the narration.
I enjoy "Sherlock Holmes." Classics like "Dracula" and "The Three Muskeeteers,"but predominately Star Wars. Thanks Audible!
No question about it. I got through it a lot faster and the sound effects helped my visualization.
Thrawn is a brilliant tactician and written well as a villain who is not egocentric or pompous, simply that darn good!
Too many to name just one.
THE WHOLE BOOK
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
he voices characters well.
it's a long book, dont have that much free time
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.
Marc Thompson's excellent narration.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Marc Thompson did a GREAT job and I don't think I could pick out a favorite.
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...
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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