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
This is a great audiobook, my first Star Wars book/audiobook and I am so glad it was. The sound effects in this (and many other Star Wars audiobooks) take this version over the top. In addition to the narrator doing a fantastic job, the sound effects really help make it feel like you're in the story and in the Star Wars universe!
This book got me hooked not just on this trilogy but on all the other Star Wars books. I was delighted to find that many others have sound effects and fantastic narrators as well and i highly recommend this and the other two books in the series for anyone who loves the movies.
I haven't listened to many audio books but this book was my favorite that I have ever read. I knew I had to listen to the audio version. It did not disappoint.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is my favorite character, because he is such a brilliant strategist and a complicated person.
The voices, especially Grand Admiral Thrawn.
.....I would leave that up to George Lucas :)
Time was well spent listenting to this book. I always enjoy Star Wars stories.
Could have used a little more action. Story line was a little weak and un-interesting but I realize this is the first book in a series and the books will probably build suspense along the way. Plus, how can Luke the Jedi master stud keep getting caught in near-death situations by non-Sith foes? Luke should be cast to be a little more powerful.
Marc Thompson read the book very well. The performance and effects of the reading are great.
This was really a top notch presentation. The background sounds really made it feel like you were being immersed in the story as it was going on around you. I've heard many other books that make you feel as though you're being read to, but this was a whole different experience. It was a refreshing surprise. I'm not opposed to a lower production value with good audio of a person reading, but this just brought it to a whole new level and you really deserve to hear this story while it completely surrounds you.
Even if you've read this story before, the added dimension that the production brings to the story is well worth the purchase credit. I'm off to listen to the next in the series.
It is among the top. One of my favorite audiobooks to this day.
It follows seamlessly after the great Star Wars movies.
He brings the characters to life AS I remembered them in the movie.
When I first heard the whirr of the lightsaber.
The sounds effects in this audiobook is second to none. Actual sound effects from Lucas Films.
Yes. Good enough for the non-Star Wars nut.
Han Solo was well voiced. Lando sounded like a bad Colt 45 commercial, almost comical.
Please do this for the other books
This is classic Star Wars. If you miss the universe from before Lucas ruined things with the prequels, this is what you're looking for. I wish this series had been made into episodes VII, VIII, and IX as long as Lucas had kept his hands off it. This book is probably the weakest of the series but its still a solid 8/10 and only gets better after this.
Every Star Wars fan.
Luke learning how to be a Jedi
Yes, on Par always great.
In a galaxy far far away.
Love all the Star Wars books even more when performed by Tompson.
Yes. This story began the continuing storyline after Return of the Jedi, and did it very well. Mr. Zahn was able to seamlessly pick up after the movies and continue an interesting and exciting storyline with characters I already loved.
Marc Thompson's narration is brilliant! He is able to capture all the characters individually in a way few narrators are able. He is a step above many that I respect and love to listen to. He's just that good.
This book was already in audio format before the 20th Anniversary Edition and was read by an excellent narrator. This revamp, however, is miles above anything that came before.
The narrator--wow, was there really only one!--made each voice so distinctive, expressive, and believable, even for someone like me who has watched the original movies so many times. I tried reading the trilogy because my daughter loved it so, but I kept bogging down and only got about half through this book. When all three came out in unabridged form I got them. What seemed a little hokey and very hard to follow in print came alive in these audiobooks. The story really was great. It was like having those other three installments to the 9-movie series once talked about. It really was as good as a movie. Truly five stars in every way--the story, the narration, and the production quality.
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