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 mainly like to read sifi.
I don't know, I nevber read the book.
Finding out why Mira hates Luke so much.
Luke and Mira meet
I can't wait to get the other two books that follow to see how it ends.
For me the most enjoyable part is the setting. Star Wars is just a wonderful fictional universe and the writing captures and expands on it. This is an excellent book and it comes across beautifully in the audio format, I highly recommend it for all Star Wars fans.
Lando's voice was done exceptionally well I thought. Each time I hear it it makes me smile. All that smooth yet greasy grace of the original character is captured perfectly by Marc Thompson.
The one thing that bothered me about this book was Leia. She seemed to have lost all the fire that made her such a great character. Her and Han together have no spark or sizzle to them just all gushing sap. Real married couples wouldn't be like that, let alone to fire hot heads like Han and Leia.
I like sci-fi and fantasy books Dresden Files is a must for anyone!!
Great narration by Marc Thompson. Loved the sound affects. All the charcters voices were spot on, except Han Solo. This book really brought me in from the being and I loved it to the end. I am a average star wars fan also. So if you liked the movies you will also like this book.
It is a first book in a saga but yet it has a grand battle at the end.
Luke was spot on!
Empire has just started fighting back!!!
no big lightsaber duels yet!
Great Audio Performance
I Like Han Solo, It brought the feel of the movies back to this episode
I feel he was able to bring all the parts to life.
When Luke was trying to escape from the syndicate that had captured him, well done.
I think this is one of the best Audio books I have ever purchased.
It was one of those stories you can't stop, you are drawn in and have to continue to listen to all the way to the end.
My brother owned a paperback of this book years ago and out of curiousity I read it, and the next one and the one after that. And then I bought copies for my own library. They were too good to put down. They became the first books in my library and still my favorites. Wonderfully fleshed out characters that you really care about. Tight story line, great antagonists/characters. I mean what would you call Karde? He isn't a bad guy or a good guy, an antagonist with his own reasons for doing things. And even Thrawn isn't a "bad guy" he is just opposing the Rebellion/New Republic. A great read.
This was the first Star Wars book I had ever read. I remember seeing it in book stores when I was young. As a teen when I became interested in Star Wars and read the book I was blown away. From this trilogy I became a huge fan of the universe of Star Wars... Timothy Zahn is very gifted. Should have been made into a movie.
I read this book back when I was in high school (mid 90s) and loved it. It was the only way to get some extra Star Wars back then. I remember it being epic. I just read it again at 34 years old and it's not exactly having the same effect. Timothy has cool ideas but his writing (like most sci-fi) is pretty weak and predictable. Still, I've gotta give it 4 stars for just being a fun, nostalgic read.
My biggest beef with the book that I didn't notice before is that Leia's dialogue is pretty lame. She pretty much just sounds like a lame Luke (aka pre-ROTJ Luke). Plus, Han Solo is suddenly really smart in this book. That pretty much came out of nowhere. Han Solo is pretty much my favorite Star Wars character but the guy was never too bright. Still, any Star Wars fan needs to check out this series.
Exceeds Phantom Menace
I can't commend Marc Thompson enough for his narration work on this title. This book begins what is arguably the best series of Star Wars books to date. What are you waiting for? Listen to it now!
I've loved listening to this book. I read it in hard cover many years ago but the terrific performance of Marc Thompson just bought the whole story to life - unlike some who's questionable performance is just a distraction.
With all the added sound effects it was almost like watching a movie (or maybe I just have a great imagination ;D).
The story is set a few years after Return of the Jedi. Leia and Han are married and expecting twins, and Luke is trying to train Leia to be a Jedi, meanwhile Grand Admiral Thrawn is travelling the Galaxy trying to drag the Empire back to it's former greatness and among his other plans, is trying to capture Leia...or Luke....or is he? And could there be another Jedi other than Luke working with Thrawn?
It's an exciting ride, and there are some new characters like Mara Jade who become pivotal to the future of Luke and the Republic.
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