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
Definitely. The story keeps you guessing right to the end, and intertwines with the rest of the Star Wars universe perfectly.
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.
All the characters voices were perfect, sounded like the original actors from the movies.
Definitely. I sat in my car just to listen to this book.
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.
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.
Well it's pretty long so no, but in a few sittings.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The empire has a new leader now.
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.
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.
Mara Jade is definitely over-acted.
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.
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.
I purchased this book based on the over whelming positive reviews.
I'm about 1/4 of the way through the book and am getting very bored.
Much of what I have a problem with other reviewers have stated on Amazon's reviews of this book: a dark Jedi that can communicate with Imperial troops light years away, a secret animal that can cancel out the Force, and the gratuitousness use of cliches from the movie. They all make it difficult for me to listen to.
My biggest issue though, is that the narrator turns Leia into a whining little girl. It's disrespectful to the character.
Overall, I'm feeling the same disappointment that I felt while watching The Phantom Menace when it came out. I had such high hopes and expectations that makes the disappointment all the worse.
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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.
The cast and crew of this piece made Zahn's book come alive, and I very much enjoyed it. The sound effects are jolting if you are expecting a quiet listen however, but I have to say it is well done.
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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