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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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    Amazon Customer LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 09-11-11
    Amazon Customer LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2013

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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.

    7 of 8 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...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 03-06-15
    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, excellent production! "

    Zahn is the best when it ones to Star Wars books, and his Thrawn trilogy is the best example. The narrator does a stellar job, and the addition of musical and send effect elements gives this an almost radio play feel that I absolutely adore.

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    Brandi Myers 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply amazing"

    The individual voices were spot on. The new characters were perfectly in line with the Star Wars series. A must read (listen)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-15-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite Star Wars Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.
    It's compelling, fun, and bring you back to what Star Wars was before the Prequels!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn! he's my favorite EU character of all time.
    He's smart, interesting, and has so much going for him. He's the Palpatine of the non-force-users.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    It will always be Han. Just awesome.


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

    I don't get moved by Films (with the exception of Act of Valor), Books, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite Star Wars book since the moment I read it for the first time. In the Star Wars cannon the films can overwrite any EU materiel, I loved this this book so much that I categorize any thing else that may contradict this novel as non-cannon.

    Anyways after This was released i had to listen to it and Marc does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. If you say your a Star Wars fan then read/listen to this! That's an Order!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13
    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Thrawn Thriller"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    This was an incredible story. Zahn extended the Star Wars universe seamlessly and Marc Thompson breathes life into this great work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The saga continues. The worse part about the Star Wars movies is that they end. Heir to the Empire continues the story keep fans satiated.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Marc Thompson does an incredible job brining all the characters to life. Admiral Thrawn is one of the coolest villains I've ever come across. Thompson also does a great job as Han Solo.


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

    The Storm of Thrawn.


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    "A Great Production But"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

    I loved the book but we need the rest of the Trilogy in the Unabridged version so we can continue the whole story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11
    C Wu Redondo Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11

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    Wow, what an amazing production!

    I'm blown away by the quality and the performance that Marc Thompson has done.

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    rory 06-28-15
    rory 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    Fantastic, wish I had experienced this sooner, an epic worth of succeeding the Star Wars original trilogy, could not stop listening

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    K. Cox Retardville, USA 06-25-15
    K. Cox Retardville, USA 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    The story is a well written continuation of the Star Wars Legacy. what impressed me the most, however, was the incorporation of multiple voices, sound effects, and music. it was as much fun to listen to as the movies are to watch.

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