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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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    Terah 12-31-15
    Terah 12-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book, audio was rough."

    In a long car drive the background sounds made it very hard to hear the narrator.

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    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 12-29-15
    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2010

    part time gourmet, full time nerd

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    "Good story, but were the sound effects necessary?"
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    I have that kind of autism that is very sensitive to repetitive noises. It makes me want to gauge out my eardrums. So I found the sound effects in this production very distracting.

    Granted, I LOVED the Imperial March and the lightsaber sounds. It's the constant background noises that stopped me from enjoying the story. There are constant beeps and chirps to make ambiance and it drove me NUTS.

    If you don't mind noises that take away from the narrators voice, I highly recommend this audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Star Wars: Heir To the Empire"

    This is my first Star Wars book and also the first time I had heard Marc Thompson narrate a book. I was impressed with this reading of the book. This book also has sound effects. The book kept me interested with good story line and lots of action. I could visualize the characters better because I had seen the movies. The book ended with a to be continued.

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    Daniel Maag 02-10-15
    Daniel Maag 02-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Revisited this in audio form. Disappointed."

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story now as much as I did 20 years ago. However the performance, or shall I say the effects used in the performance, left much to be desired. Mr Thompson wasn't the problem. The over use of effects and sound editing interrupted and distracted me from the story more than added to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-03-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Background sound effects..."
    What three words best describe Marc Thompson’s performance?

    Excellent representation of different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the Background sound effects very distracting and it would continually take me out of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 09-11-11
    Amazon Customer LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2013

    Michelle Huss

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    "Better than the first"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have the original audio book of this book, but this one better due to the outstanding performance. I love the performance of this book so much better than the first. The narrator sounds like he is acting not just reading and the narrator got the names and pronunciations correct in this one unlike the first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have this book in many formats it is my favorite of the Thrawn Trilogy. I like the depth of all the characters


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

    This one is only the second one I have listened to and was okay at seeing him as narrator, but much more pleasantly surprised at how well he narrated this novel. This is an outstanding performance from him. I really like Johnathan Davis as well, but they made a great choice with Mr. Thomson.


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

    All the above at different and various places. I like when a book draws me in and makes me part of the story instead of just a listener. This book is one of those types of books.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding book and wonderful performance. Thank you for this outstanding option.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cage 09-11-11
    Cage 09-11-11

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "The first of the new..."

    This was the very first audiobook I ever listened to. That is, the abridged cassettes read by Denis "Wedge Antilles" Lawson, a long time ago, a couple states away. Now, finally, a perfect audiobook experience is available in this unabridged version of Heir to the Empire. This story was great when I read it back in high school, and is even better now! I always considered Timothy Zahn's trilogy to be Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, although they aren't officially recognized as such.
    The sound effects were distracting at first, because I don't hear many effects in other audiobooks, but considering the sounds and music are from Star Wars ( tattooed on my brain since childhood), I found them to actually enhance the story. This is my first listen to Marc Thompson ever, and it's no wonder why he does all the Star Wars narrations. Perfection! This is quite possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard. Bring on Dark Force Rising and The Last Command! The Force is most definitely with us...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 07-29-16
    Matt 07-29-16
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    "So Good Feel Guilty I Did Not Read It"

    The only Star Wars book I have read was, " Shadows Of The Empire." With my job, using Audible is a perfect way for me to get caught up while I work. It is nice to hear sound effects and voice over, sort of feeling like I am listening to the audio of a movie. I am excited to start the next in the series, " Dark Force Rising." I am incredibly intrigued to see where the storyline leads as well as the new version that Timothy Zhan will be writing as well as how Disney will tie all of this new extended universe together. If you are at all of a Star Wars and or Star Trek fan I can with full confidence already recommend this trilogy. If you are like me and have a hard time trying to find time to sit and read and are constantly on the move a.k.a. walking and public transportation, as well as a busy work day in your cubicle but have access to headphones,, I personally believe this is a must buy, or perfect for your first free download already convinced me to purchased the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf_CPT 07-19-16
    Wolf_CPT 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Felt like reading the books again"

    I am a huge fan of the Thrawn trilogy, and the performance was just outstanding.

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    M. Sweat 05-09-16
    M. Sweat 05-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A decent addition to the Star Wars stories"

    I don't typically enjoy a TON of sci-fi/fantasy for adults but I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. This book has all the old characters you know and love and plenty of the action you'd expect from the Star Wars universe. While some aspects of the story were a bit cheesy or melodramatic, overall it was enjoyable and held enough interest to convince me to seek out the other books. Admiral Thrawn as a character was that menacing/mysterious combination that I can't wait to learn more about. The narration was mostly spot on with two glaring exceptions. I could not take the Leia voice Marc Thompson used, and Luke's voice also seemed quite passive and without emotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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