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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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    J. Rodriguez Bloomington, CA USA 08-07-13
    J. Rodriguez Bloomington, CA USA 08-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "For my first audio book THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Memorizing, Amazing


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I loved best about this story was the way it still keeps me entertain and still feels like if I am watching the next part to the Star Wars Saga... The Suspense of Jedi and Space Battles as if your actually there! The Background Sound really makes this book even more amazing! As if your watching the actual movie in you head!


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Its was amazing the way he adds emphasize to what he is reading and it isn't just one tone he uses but different one to different situation which keep you intrigued and at the edge of your seat!!!! Also the different voices that are added to the characters and of course Luke, Han, C3P0, sound just like them! Of course there is a con to the women voices they are not actually women voices which take away from the narrative but its something you can deal with if it doesn't concern you!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the first time Luke uses his light-saber in the story! Wow but of course I won't say anything for readers who haven't heard the book yet!


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    Amazon Customer United States 08-03-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Background sound effects..."
    What three words best describe Marc Thompson’s performance?

    Excellent representation of different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the Background sound effects very distracting and it would continually take me out of the story.

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    Joshua 08-01-13
    Joshua 08-01-13

    audio books keep me sane or at least i hope so

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    "The saga continues"

    I would Recommend this read to anyone who is a star wars movie fan. the narration and sound effects make you feel like you are in the movie theater. The action is non stop. and besides haven't you ever wondered what happen to Han and Leia well sit down close your eyes and immerse yourself into a universe where carrying a blaster might be a good idea and the force will always be with you

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    a fan Santa Clarita, CA, United States 07-16-13
    a fan Santa Clarita, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A must-listen for any Star Wars fan!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. The story is amazing by itself, and it's only made better by Marc Thompson and crew. (music, sound effects, voices, etc.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Talon Karrde is my favorite character so far. Especially with the smooth voice that Marc gives him. He's just such a stud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoy how Leia plays the part of the Mal'ary'ush when convincing the Noghri people that the Empire has been scamming them. She sort of comes alive with a confidence that she doesn't necessarily feel, but she is spurred on by her conviction that the Noghri people must be set free from the Empire's yolk. When she finds out that they have been enslaved to the Empire for 44 years, she flips out. I really love that passion.


    Any additional comments?

    Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire (Thrawn) trilogy is perhaps the quintessential post-Episode 6 work of Star Wars fiction. I am just about through the second book. It's truly an amazing performance and an amazing story.

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    Wesley ADAMS CENTER, NY, United States 06-27-13
    Wesley ADAMS CENTER, NY, United States 06-27-13
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    "Best book I've read this decade"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Definitely. The story keeps you guessing right to the end, and intertwines with the rest of the Star Wars universe perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mara Jade was a fascinating character, she is in every part of the book, but you don't know who she felt is until the end.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    All the characters voices were perfect, sounded like the original actors from the movies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I sat in my car just to listen to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13
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    "Greatest Star Wars voice mimic ever?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    Yeah, I haven't read the print version but with Marc Thompson's acting this must be better. He gets every single character spot-on. Plus the voices he created for Thrawn and Pellaeon are instantly classic and unchangeable. I liked Thrawn so much because of Thompson's portrayal that I went ahead and got the "Outbound Flight" audio book after these. Unfortunately compared to Thompson's Thrawn voice, Jonathan Davis' attempt in "Outbound Flight" falls flat on its face. To be fair, Thompson's Thrawn trilogy was released after, so had Jonathan Davis heard Thompson's Thrawn voice before recording, perhaps he would have impersonated it expertly.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to all three of his renditions of the Thrawn trilogy and I'm listening to his "Escape to Witch Mountain" at the moment. He seems to be great all the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well it's pretty long so no, but in a few sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    The first and second books in this trilogy are grand. The third is good too but the whole Luuke thing flies out from left field and just plain could have been done better. And just when you figure out what's happening the fight is already over, with some lack-luster fumbling intervention by Mara Jade. Most people would probably say that the Luuke idea was ridiculous, but I for one will say it could have gone over great if more attention was given to it rather than just rushing it out as an odd end to the series. An otherwise spotless 3-book masterpiece.

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    justin 06-19-13
    justin 06-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Marc Thompson at his best."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this audiobook was fantastic. Anyone who has ever watched the original starwars trilogy wants to know what happens after return of the Jedi, and the Thrawn trilogy brings you the answers in a glorious fashion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This series introduces Mara Jade, so that is my obvious choice. She now the right handmaiden of Talon Karrde who has taken over after Jabba's demise. She is surrounded in mystery, and always leaves you wanting to keep listening and figure out just what is goin on!


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    There is not a single thing about Marc Thompson's performance that I didn't like! Anyone who has ever heard his narration knows he is the best around. Excellent voice and subtle back round noises make for a great performance and really immerse you in that galaxy far far away.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The empire has a new leader now.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, great audiobook, awesome performance, good storyline. If you get this audiobook you won't be disappointed. This is a must for any starwars fan.

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    S. Donaldson Kirkland, WA USA 06-12-13
    S. Donaldson Kirkland, WA USA 06-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining story, but over-acted"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    The plot to the story is pretty good. There are some situations that seem out of character for the characters, but overall generally consistent with the series, and the original stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mara Jade is definitely over-acted.


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    Josiah COVINA, CA, United States 06-08-13
    Josiah COVINA, CA, United States 06-08-13
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    "Great Read, From Beginning To End!"

    I loved this Trilogy! (I refer not only to this book, but to the entire Thrawn Trilogy because in my opinion it cannot be judged except as a whole)

    It continued the Star Wars experience for me and kept me hooked form beginning to end.

    Marc Thompson has a real way with the voices of each character, very convincing!

    I think it is a great "first place" to begin after you have watched episodes 1-6. You do not have to have read any of those books to enjoy these.

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    Jindo Fox Silver Spring, MD United States 06-05-13
    Jindo Fox Silver Spring, MD United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprise! This holds up 20 years later."

    Twenty years ago, I eagerly devoured these books. At the time, Star Wars was over and there were no toys, comics, or movies on the horizon. This was a neat throwback to my childhood favorite, but I soon discarded it because of the things that bothered me at the time: the omniscient chess master of a villain, the mysterious femme fatale, and way too many callbacks like "I have a bad feeling about this." I donated my old hardcovers to the local library.

    Earlier this year, I tried the audiobook of "Scoundrels," also by Timothy Zahn, and the entertaining reading opened my eyes to he older books in the series. Marc Thompson performs a one-man theatrical reading of the book, bringing fun, unique voices to each character. My favorite is his Distinguished Southern Gentleman impression of Billy Dee Williams (Lando). He also gives a Ricardo Montalban "Rich Corinthian Leather" reading to Talon Karrde, a new character. It's silly, but it works.

    Thompson also nails Harrison Ford's Midwestern bray (Han Solo) as well as the Californian meditative Jedi as portrayed by Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker). Various posh accents (Thrawn, Winter, Mon Mothma) and the "harrumph harrumph" of Pellaeon are delightful as well.

    So how's the book today? Perhaps the prequels have lowered my standards, but Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, and Talon Karrde are more memorable than Count Dooku, Jar Jar, or the other doofuses in Episodes I and II. I still think Mara Jade's backstory is badly presented, and we are frequently told but not shown how smart Thrawn can be (clearly, he's been reading ahead). It would not make a good Star Wars film, but would be passable as a Game of Thrones-style miniseries. As a one-man radio play, it's a winner. I recommend checking out these books in audible format.

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