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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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    Jenna United States 12-04-12
    Jenna United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the best!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    Incredible full on production. This is so much more than just a narrator reading a book. The narrator is incredible about sounding like the original actors in the movie series. I have really enjoyed to sound effects for R2D2, Chewbacca, starfighter laser guns, etc. Really fun to listen too!


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    Jim St Paul, MN, United States 11-30-12
    Jim St Paul, MN, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun listen for Star Wars fans!"
    Any additional comments?

    This story is great for the Star Wars fan who wants to follow Luke and friends into the future from episode VI (Return Of The Jedi). The performance was good with the exception of the wookie who speaks english. The sounds made during and after a sentence were like fingernails on a chalkboard. Most of human voices are really well done and similar to the way I remember hearing them in the movies.

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    Chris Fredericksburg, VA 11-29-12
    Chris Fredericksburg, VA 11-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Addicting"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    A really good follow up to the movies. Princess Laya is a little softer than I remember. Lots of new people in this series that would be fun to follow. Great story line, and the delivery is amazing.


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

    So did not read the novels between the movies and this series. And apparently there was a lot going on. Laya organa solo is carrying twins! Are you kidding me how did I miss that?


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

    I have never heard of Mark Thompson before but I am really impressed with the amount of characters he can keep up with.


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

    The first part of the Thorn Series makes you think the Empire just got its second wind and is over the Death Star money pit.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of new characters but the good ones are still in this one. Mark has a great Solo voice too.

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    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-17-12
    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must for Star Wars Fans."

    There's something good about listening to an audio book where you see the voices you hear as they're familiar figures from the silver screen. Full of Star Wars action and adventure. The ending was a bit unsatisfying, but I supposed that's what you get when you listen to a trilogy. A must for Star Wars fans as it answers the question, "what happens after the movie is over".

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    Nurlip 10-12-12
    Nurlip 10-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatness of the movies continued"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    lasersniper 10-09-12
    lasersniper 10-09-12
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    "Childhood book is a great listen"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn is my favorite character, because he is such a brilliant strategist and a complicated person.


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

    The voices, especially Grand Admiral Thrawn.


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

    .....I would leave that up to George Lucas :)


    Any additional comments?

    AMAZING

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    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Scott Dallas, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a bad book but I was hoping for more."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time was well spent listenting to this book. I always enjoy Star Wars stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Marc Thompson read the book very well. The performance and effects of the reading are great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    sure


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    John GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 09-28-12
    John GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Really a story telling"

    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.

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    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-28-12
    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A True Episode 7"
    Where does Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among the top. One of my favorite audiobooks to this day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It follows seamlessly after the great Star Wars movies.


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

    He brings the characters to life AS I remembered them in the movie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I first heard the whirr of the lightsaber.


    Any additional comments?

    The sounds effects in this audiobook is second to none. Actual sound effects from Lucas Films.

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    H. Jones New York, NY United States 09-07-12
    H. Jones New York, NY United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good enough for the non-Star Wars nut.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Han Solo was well voiced. Lando sounded like a bad Colt 45 commercial, almost comical.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    terrific job


    Any additional comments?

    Please do this for the other books

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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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