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
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.
Top 5 maybe best every, If i had my way Marc Thompson would be narrating all classic SI-FI, space operas, ect... I have listen to some great books with dull narration, Marc Thompson and RANDOM HOUSE could revive so many really great books, and sound effects! Great movie for my mind!
Lando and Thrawn! Karrd! Skywalker, I loved them all!
Top Notch, I wish he would go back and do all STAR WARS books unabridged and with this detail to voices and the great sound effects! Why doesn't other SI-FI books have all this great depth!
He could make so many great classic SI-FI come back to life with great narration of character voicing as well as the great sound effects, just enough effects without overwhelming the narration, perfect!
Laughed in parts, really made me think of Han and Lando and the smuggler banter. Also just made me feel like this audio book will set the bar high for future purchases. You are really watching/ listening to a a great movie in the star wars.
I just wish more books were this thorough, unabridged only please, RANDOM HOUSE, HEAR ME, KEEP THIS GOING! FIND MORE GREAT SI-FI and get Marc Thompson on it! Keep whoever does the editing and sound effects as well! Great job all! This one was worth every penny and will keep me buying books with this crew of people.
It is 1 or 2. This is a by far the best Trilogy I have ever heard. The narration was MASTERFUL!
It was incredible how well the narration was performed. Each character literally came alive!
They were all great. I especially like the characters Talon Card, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, they were both awesome!
No but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire listen.
This is a perfect continuation of the Star Wars Saga. It is a must listen for any Star Wars enthusiast!
A far more interesting, fleshed out and REAL Star Wars story. The very best of the EU, and finally unabriged with Marc Thompson doing his finest.
A must read for any Star Wars fan.
Felt like a true follow up to the original trilogy, and introduced the franchises next great villain.
The printed version was better only because I could hear all of the character in my head.
Princess Leia's voice was awful! All other characters were fine, but her voice ruined it for me. Her spunk was lost in translation.
I enjoyed to listening to the story I had read so many years ago.
Redo Leia's part.
Yes, though I would recommend the paperback.
Ralrra's voice by the actor.
The portrayal of Ralrra on Kashyyk is annoying at best, and un-listenable at worst. It's VERY hard to listen to those in those sections. Other than that, the narrator does a great job and this is one of, if not the best, of the Star Wars trilogies. Also check out Kevin J Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy.
There are added sound effects in the background. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked it, but it grew on me quickly. I am not a big audiobooks listener, I found the additional effects rather nice. The narrator's voice is clear and easy to understand as well and his character voices are distinct from one another so it is always easy to tell who is speaking in the story.
It definitely adds to the Star Wars universe. As I stated above, I also, to my surprise, found I liked the sound effects and occasional background music.
I did not like his female voices. The female characters in this story are strong, confident women, but his voicing of them makes them seem somewhat...damsel-in-distress. I felt they were overplayed.
Yes. I finished it rather fast, and it was entertaining. I only got the first one in the trilogy having never read a star wars book before, and I am now planning to purchase the others to continue the story.
As I stated above, i am new to Star Wars books. I am a Star Wars fan, and finally thought I would check out some of the literature. I spent some time looking around the internet to come up with the best book to start with and the overwhelming suggestion was with this series. After making it through this book, I am glad to have started here. Apparently there are other books that, chronologically, come before this one, but this does seem to make a good starting point.
I was at the theater when the original Star Wars movie arrived and changed everything. The quantum leap in special effects in the Star Wars movie is always credited as the main differentiator from previous sci-fi movies. More importantly, though, it was the characters and the universe that captured everyone's imagination.
Zahn picks up the story roughly 10 years after The Return of the Jedi. He includes all the heroes you would expect (Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Lando, Chewie, etc.) and handles them deftly. They've grown a bit and settled into their roles in the New Republic, but they are the same characters everyone would expect. More importantly, though, Zahn expands the universe with an additional set of great new characters and a villain equal to the task of replacing Darth Vader. Zahn's villain, Commander Thrawn, is different from Vader in his power isn't from own brutal strength and malevolence but from the fact he is four steps ahead of you at every turn. Thrawn if more a Moriarty than a monster.
I picked up this audiobook in 2013, having not read a Star Wars novel since 1979 (Splinter of the Mind's Eye). This story not only reignited my love for the Star Wars universe, it helped wash a bit of the bad taste left in my mouth from Star Wars Episodes 1 - 3.
One cannot over-emphasize how good a job Marc Thompson does with the narration. He is truly the gold standard in Star Wars narration that all others will be compared.
One additional note: Zahn's novels are not only well-written but are kid-safe as well. Zahn doesn't fall prey to the writing crutch of making the story more gritty or darker in order to try and make it more exciting. I had no qualms about giving these to my kids and they had no qualms about asking me for more of his novels.
The story is very good but the performance made the book. You barely have to use your imagination to see the story.
Lots of good & interesting parts. But those are to far apart. These books don't really have filler pards, but the story is thin at times.
Ya. Over all its a good to ok series.
When Luke fights the Master. I don't wana say any more & spoil it.
This is a rating on the hole series.
Anarcho-Capitalist with a long commute.
Yes! I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan, and I will at least complete the Thrawn Trilogy. Timothy Zahn has done a wonderful job of crafting a new an interesting experience within the framework of the existing universe, and Marc Thompson is a talented narrator to be sure. The ability to capture so many iconic characters so well--both from an author's and narrator's standpoint is very impressive.
This is part of the reason that I've docked the Story 2 stars. It's already got a lot of "sequelitis." As the book was drawing near the end, I could already feel the cliffhanger. However, rather than a moment of pure suspense and build towards the next installment, I came away from this with a fairly good idea of where things were headed and a sense that the book just arbitrarily ended there.
Lando Calrissian. Not a perfect replication of the cinema original--perhaps a bit more "plantation owner"--but very enjoyable and appropriate.
Absolutely. As some have mentioned in their reviews already, Lucas almost made this trilogy into movies. It will be interesting to see if there is any inspiration from this title when the real Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX are released.
Predictable but enjoyable. If you're a seasoned Star Wars veteran, get it without a second thought.
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