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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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    Gary MCKINNEY, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Gary MCKINNEY, TX, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A geek's wet dream"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

    The fact they use accurate sound effects as well as character impersonations makes this book fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Not going to spoil it :)


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Amazing ability to impersonate characters.


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

    I would but do not have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait for the other 2 books!

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    Neil LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-10-12
    Neil LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-10-12
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    "Not so good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time was not well spent. Over 13 hours and almost no action. Luke Skywalker only pulls his lightsaber a total of 3 times! Too long, too boring.


    What was most disappointing about Timothy Zahn’s story?

    The way the unimportant details dragged on and on with almost no action. The final


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

    My first Marc Thompson performance but he did a GREAT job.


    Do you think Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't buy the sequels. Heck, I wouldn't listen to them if I got them for free like I did this book. Too boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard this is the best of the Star Wars novels, if that's the case, then this will be my last Star Wars Novel. It's the first one I've ever listened to and it was incredibly boring. I'll stick to watch The Clone Wars series.

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    Joy 03-06-12
    Joy 03-06-12
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    "Glad It's Unabridged - Do the Next One"
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    Timothy Zahn caught the excitement of the Star Wars series. This is a great series as it carries on with what happens in the

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    Candi Coffin 03-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent production."
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Mostly that it is unabridge. Excellent narration on top of a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they will do the other two books in the trilogy also. And I really hope this starts a trend of unabridge Star Wars and Star Trek titles being done!

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    Steven MENDON, UT, United States 02-14-12
    Steven MENDON, UT, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen don't buy until they finish the series"
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    Marc Thompsom does a great job with effects but I would wait until the unabridged series is finished.

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    Jon Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-13-12
    Jon Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A fantastic Entry to the Expanded Universe"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best so far, however I've only completed 2 books. The performance alone I think will keep this ranked among my top.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Marc Thompson was truly splendid with the wide range of characters he portrayed. His Lando got me every time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sucked me into the expanded universe and now I'm hooked. I only wish there were more expanded universe Star Wars books that were unabridged.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up books 2 and 3 on my Kindle after listening to this so that I could finish the trilogy. I truly hope they continue releasing unabridged versions of books 2 and 3 of the Thrawn Trilogy and Marc Thompson does the narration. I would put whatever book I was listening to on hold to listen to them.

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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 02-07-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 02-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "MUST LISTEN!!!!!"

    Simply great. The story and narrative is very good. Very engaging. I can not wait for book 2.

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    James Middlebury, VT, United States 02-06-12
    James Middlebury, VT, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Please Let it be the First of a Reboot"

    I would buy them all again. This should be the start of a massive project to have the entire Extended Universe Unabridged. The book is still superb and should not be missed.

    Wish list for the future books.

    Re level music sometimes a bit loud and hard to hear narration
    New music that is not from the films but still Star Wars

    Author commentary Standard. I enjoyed Zahns explanations of his work,

    A Bi or Tri monthly or Multi book release, I dont want to wait 20 years for all of them. and the faster they come out the better. And everyone can agree with that

    Train Marc in correct pronunciations of names and planets. And please no Nixon, you know what I mean.

    Ever Star Wars fan need to buy this book and ask Random House and Lucasfilm to start on this ASAP. Why should fans suffer from old limitations of audiocassette, we’re digital now with no constraint. Let your voices be herd and no voice is louder then a Star Wars Fan.

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    Al United States 01-23-12
    Al United States 01-23-12
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    "Star Wars unabridged - we need more."
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is great, I wish there were more of these unabridged books on recordings. Having been a fan of the series and reading the books years ago the opportunity to listen is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    I am not sure I have a favorite moment from this book. It seems the entire book kept my rapt attention to the point of getting in trouble with


    Any additional comments?

    When will the other 2 books in this mini series be put on audio books unabridged?
    More please.

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    Brent 01-04-12
    Brent 01-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    This is one of the best Star Wars books there is. Thrawn is an unbeatable character and the narration by Marc Thompson was amazing.

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