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
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!
I've really gotten into audio books recently and am happy to share my thoughts on what I've listened to with other listeners.
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!
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.
Yes, though I couldn't! I would have gladly listened to the entire series in a sitting if I could.
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!
great to listen too. Great story telling and fluid. Voice characterization was well done
predictable and satisfying
his voice timing and pace provided a perspective and approach that added to the richness of the story
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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