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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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    Wil 02-21-16
    Wil 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best Star Wars books"

    Thrawn is one of the greatest non-movie characters in the SW universe and this series is top toctch. The narrator is amazing

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    Christian 02-16-16
    Christian 02-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    so good had to re listen to it like 3 times crazy good I need more

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    Camille Jex 02-15-16
    Camille Jex 02-15-16
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    "Star Wars at its best."

    Great way to re-read a great book. The performance was spot on and nearly as immersive as the movies. Way better sequel than The Force Awakens.

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    Michael K. See Pittsburgh, PA 02-15-16
    Michael K. See Pittsburgh, PA 02-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "my first star wars book"

    I just wish Disney had honored the timeline. this was an amazing story and it is sad to see the EU die.

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    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 02-09-16
    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Wow, the Force is truly with Zahn and Thompson!"

    I got this book because I am a fan (not quite a fanatic) of the original trilogy of films and I am quietly tolerant of the second trilogy. But the number of books that are part of the Star Wars universe is overwhelming in number and uneven in quality. This though is the gold standard of spinoffs. At least until the newest film came out if you are a fan of all things Jedi, this is the book for you. The story itself by Timothy Zahn is a good, solid Star Wars story. What makes this one of my favorite Audible purchases (I have hundreds of Audible books), is the marriage of a fine tale with a perfect narrator. Marc Thompson's narration is flawless. Absolutely flawless. I rarely listen to a book, much less a trilogy, a second time. This is an exception. Thompson's reading of a wondrous tale transported me back to that feeling of wonder I had on seeing Lucas's original classic when I was a nerdy fourteen year old new to Southern California. Enjoy!

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    Kyle Detroit 02-09-16
    Kyle Detroit 02-09-16
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    "Marc Thompson is a pro"

    Marc Thompson does justice to Zahn's iconic Heir to the Empire with his exceptional voice acting.

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    RickM ID, USA 02-09-16
    RickM ID, USA 02-09-16

    I've really gotten into audio books recently and am happy to share my thoughts on what I've listened to with other listeners.

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    "Great Starting Point For My First Dip Into the EU!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1?

    Since this was my first jump into the expanded universe there really wasn't a single moment that stood out to me. What impressed me most was getting the whole crew; Luke, Chewy, Han, Leia, Lando, the droids...it all felt so natural! I can't wait to listen to more to be honest!


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Marc has a terrific range of voices and makes it very clear who each character is by giving them a unique voice. He even does alien well! His performance really sealed the deal on this being a great audio book and series as I wrote this right after listening to the third book and his performance is great throughout all three.


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

    Yes, though I couldn't! I would have gladly listened to the entire series in a sitting if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a good starting point for the Expanded Universe then this series is for you. Zahn spins a good tale that has all the hallmarks that have made Star Wars such a captivating story for all of these years!

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    Matthew C Butler 02-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "very enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    great to listen too. Great story telling and fluid. Voice characterization was well done


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable and satisfying


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice timing and pace provided a perspective and approach that added to the richness of the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    snow


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    jonathan bradford 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    This is a great book. An excellent start to another trilogy! Timothy Zahn does the Star Wars empire justice.

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    C.Murphy 01-31-16
    C.Murphy 01-31-16
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    "I liked it"

    it was a good book. it was read nicely with a good plot. now to look for the book after this one.

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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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