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

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

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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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    Very well done performace of the characters and voices, however the sound of the Wookie speaking "Basic" now haunts my nightmares.

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    Jacob 06-18-16
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    "Thrawn Trilogy"

    Excellent book and I believe excellent starting point for those trying to understand who in the heck Thrawn is.

    I recently started reading Star Wars and am anxious to start the second book.

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    transfan 06-17-16
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    "this book is great."

    this is by far my favorite star wars story line, and now it's one of my favorite audio books.

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    "Better than Episode 7"

    blazed through this title! and will definitely be continuing this saga, the voice overs were amazing during the story

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    Amazon Customer FORT CARSON, CO United States 06-15-16
    Amazon Customer FORT CARSON, CO United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Excellent narration; the production is amazing! It's been years since I read these books and Mr. Thompson's narration brings them to life in the most delightful way!

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    Scott 06-07-16
    Scott 06-07-16
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    "Timothy Zahn and Mark Thompson are a perfect matc"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    Yes! I have enjoyed the entirety of this trilogy. I remember loving this trilogy when I read it upon original release, but hearing Mark Thompson narrate, with his wide range of voice work, combined with all the sound effects and music, truly bring these stories to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn. He is the coolest, most decisively calculating villain in the Star Wars universe. He isn't evil, but he is very steadfast in his convictions. His ability to out-think and out-maneuver his opponents at every step is astounding.

    That fact that everyone fears him, solely based on his abilities, is such a refreshing way to go about making a compelling villain. He doesn't operate through fear, or the dark side, just cold, uncompromising, calculations and logical reasoning.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is the best narrator I have come across, and has a wide range of voices that the throws at every single character. He doesn't merely read the text to you, like every other narrator, he actually impersonates the voice and energy of the character, making the story so much more enjoyable. It is literally as if a Star Wars movie was playing in my car while driving.


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

    It was a pretty well-paced ride.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Star Wars, you cannot go wrong with this series. It is hands down, one of the best things to come out of the original expanded universe.

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    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 06-02-16
    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 06-02-16 Member Since 2014

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    "excellent book"

    this story work as a paper/electronic book and an audio book. I have read the entire series and would recommend them to anyone

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    Armando Benavidez 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great First Star Wars Book to Read!"

    Great First Star Wars Book to Read! Performance and sound effects made my car into a movie theater!

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    "2nd time still awesome"

    this book was just as good the second time around truly great I enjoyed every second

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    S. Keating 05-28-16
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    "Superb production values and excellent reading!"

    Excellent and unabridged production makes you feel like it's from a movie. Superb vocal performance sounds like the original actors in many cases. Really amazing story told very well.

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    "Amazing"

    Everything you would want from an addition to the Star Wars universe. Great story, good written dialogue, all coming together with a great performance!

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