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Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 | [Timothy Zahn]

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

More in the Thrawn Trilogy we have. And listen to all of our Star Wars titles you can!

©1991 Timothy Zahn (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Narrator Marc Thompson is unbelievably good at character voices. He's the Jedi master of Star Wars voices. His performance, combined with superb sound effects and background audio textures, makes this a vivid, heart-pounding performance.

    A definite "can't miss" for all Star Wars fans. Possibly the best audio book you've ever heard in the series.

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    "Good trilogy to re-read before episode 7, 8, and 9"

    I liked this one better the second time around. I read them 15 or so years ago. I think the Marc Thompson performance was the key. His voices along with the Lucas soundtrack in the background really helped.

    My guess is that episode 7 will be 15 to 25 years past Return of the Jedi. So I think this series is a good filler between the two stories. The series introduces a lot of new characters that keep reappearing in later books so it will be nice to see how they use in the movie's to come.

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    "Great SW book from Timothy Zahn"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    I think the sound effects hands down set listening to Star Wars Audiobooks apart from other audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think this trilogy is the sequel to the original Star Wars saga. I think it picks up 5 yrs after Return of the Jedi. I think listeners will enjoy the story and the joy of listening to a Star Wars audiobook.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Once again solid sound effects


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that maybe the Thrawn Trilogy will be the next set of movies to come out.

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    "Best Audiobook Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    Sound effect, amazing character voices, and the music. It is like you're watching a Star Wars movie in your mind. This audiobook is a work of art.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn. I love his confidence. He is the perfect bad guy.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is a full production. It doesn't miss a beat and will satisfy any Star Wars fan.

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    "Wonderful production of one of my favorite stories"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    I'm certainly glad I read the book originally, but the production value does bring a lot to the table. John Williams score and sound effects like lasers and Chewie's roar were actually really great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thrawn is one of the most compelling characters I've read. Thompson's voice for Thrawn is amazing.


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    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    How accurate the characters were written. The characters such as Luke, Han, etc., acted how you would expect them to act. I also liked the new characters introduced, such as Talon Card, Mara Jade, and Admiral Thrawn. They were very interesting, deep characters.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to and why?

    You could compare this to the original Star Wars trilogy. I felt this trilogy was a continuation of the original trilogy


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Admiral Thrawn. He made him sound cool and calculating.


    Any additional comments?

    Before reading this book I was a little apprehensive about a Star Wars book where the main enemy didn't use the force as that is a cornerstone of Star Wars, but I was pleasantly surprised

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    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    The fact that the narrator's Han Solo actually sounded like Han Solo.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    He actually sounded like the characters from the movie and his narrator was unique from the characters.


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    Like listening to a movie, the narrator ans the sound FX were both spot on. This is not only a well.written book and i hope they use it to make the new movies, but it is also fabulously produced.

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    "Best Audiobook I've Ever Listened To"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    The sound effects. It really draws you into the story. Felt like I was listening to a movie.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn. He sounded to powerful and cold, just like the character. He definitely made Thrawn sound like the experienced, deadly grand admiral he is.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile. It was a great story and Marc Thompson did an amazing job.


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    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely great listen!


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    One of the best books I've listened to since joining Audible a few months ago. I will be getting the rest in the series!

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