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 tried a few Star Wars books and comics before and didn't have to high expectations for this one, but decided to give it a try since it gets so much rave.
This is more like a radio play than an audiobook. Which suits the story very well.
I have to say the this trilogy is the best experience I have had with audio books so far.
I liked how it brought back the feeling I remembered from watching the original Star Wars movies back in the old days. It does take the time to introduce us to the characters while moving the story along.
Han Solo was my favorite. Han always supplies comic relief in tense situations. He is very much the same character as in the movies, and it really sounds like Harrison Ford. Though I'm not sure Marc Thompson is doing all the voices, or if they had a few voice actors do some lines. If he did he has an really impressive range. All the female voices are obviously performed by a man though.
I wouldn't call it extreme but i certainly chuckled more than once.
You do have to read all three of the books to get the whole story but they can be enjoyed separately.
I guess these books came out before the prequel movies and I did note a few inconsistencies in the Star Wars universe, but these books are far more enjoyable.
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I would listen to this story again because it is so well written and performed.
Admiral Thrawn was my favorite character because he has so much depth.
He really is THE actor for Star Wars reading... so many great voices and such good pacing.
I defiantly will. It's just like watching the episode 7 and by that I mean it's feel like a movie and not a book. The sound effects and the voices made by Thompson, gives this audio-book a special feel to it.
I especial love the new character Talon Karrde. The "neutral" smuggler who have don't want to choose between the republic and the empire, but gets caught in the middle of it all. I really hope that they going to make the rest of the series like this book.
Really haven't listen/read that many books, so no.
The voices of the characters. He gets very close to the actors from the movie and he has some good voices for the new ones too. The music and effects also have to be included here because they are also a really important part of what makes this book better as a audio-book than me reading.
The Empire strikes back yet again :P
Please make the rest of the series like this one! please!
I don't know why, but I just could not enjoy this audio book. the story seemed so good but it just sounds dull and uninteresting when I hear the narrator. I read the book since and loved it so maybe it just wasn't the narrator I wanted to hear..
Able to listen to it on my way to and from work
His ability to have different voices
They utilized fantastic voice acting and environment sounds. The soundtrack (ambient sounds and music) really added to the experience. I felt like I was watching one of the Star Wars films!
When I first realized the soundtrack would be used throughout the book; it really adds to the story.
He does a fantastic job interpreting the characters and expressing their emotions. I had previously read the story and felt like I picked up a lot more from listening to his interpretation vs. just reading it myself.
Yes, certain parts made me laugh. More it brought back all of the emotion and joy of watching the original Star Wars trilogy.
This is a fantastic audio book adaptation; this is the new bar by which I will judge all other audio books.
Unabridged. Marc Thompson. - Seriously all you need. I think we are at the point where it is safe to say that Lucas Arts needs to get this guy to read all the EU books.
I read the book when it came out. What I like best at this point is getting to hear it read by Marc Thompson. The production value is top notch.
The scene with Leia on Kashyyk when the Nogri recognizes her scent as a Skywalker.
Heir to the Empire.
Its a perfect tag line because it has two possibilities. Is Leia the heir or is Thrawn?
Wooh hooh. I have waited forever for an unabridged version for this book (and others in the series). Well it is here and is among the best performances I have ever heard. Marc Thompson is an amazing narrator. He nails the character voices (well the male ones anyway) we all know and love, and brings to life the other characters new to this wonderful expanded universe.I recommend that you all give this book a listen. Especially those who love Star Wars.Phil
The most memorable part for me in the book is where you find out that the Emporer was controlling the troops at Endor.
He just NAILS the characters of Luke, Han, Lando, etc. All of them are amazing!
Read the book any way you can but listening to this is just the best.
Great Unabridged Story!
Marc Thompson's delivery of all of the characterless from the classic to the expanded universe are excellent. He adds a dimension to the story that places you in the moment. It would not be the same without him.
I think the story was good and it was fun to hear about characters that I loved as a kid again. The real strength of this book was the narrator. I enjoy books that play music and have sound effects and this book had it all. Great sound effects and the voices, except for Leia, were spot on. It was easy to get lost in this production. It was very well done.
I took a chance on this book because it was newly produced and it was not abridged. Most of the star wars books I have seen have always been abridged and I have never been interested in abridged books, I don't think an abridged book tells the story that an author wants told. This was a gamble that paid off and I will be finishing the Thrawn trilogy.
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