Heir to the Empire begins five years after Return of the Jedi. The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into a quarter of the territory it once controlled. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic, and Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.
But thousands of light-years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor's warlords have taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet - and have made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale: in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.
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"Well written." (School Library Journal)
The story is ok and well performed, but I just don't understand why publishers waste time creating abridged books. By not needing to use your eyes, your reading time is greatly expanded. Abridging is a travesty to begin with - even made worst by doing it on this format...and then not even offering the unabridged version. I don't see how any abridged book can get higher than a mediocre rating.
An unabridged version of this book does exist. I've borrowed it from my library (they had to order it from another library). While the Thrawn Trilogy is one of the best of the Star Wars books this abridgment is quite horrible, its not that its even read poorly, there is just so much interesting stuff that was cut out that it goes at breakneck speed that makes you ask how in the hell all these things happened so quickly. Please Audible, get the unabridged versions, and soon.
This is a fantastic novel, like all Zahn's Star Wars books, but the audio production is just terrible. The narrator's voice isn't a simple monotone: that actually might have been preferable. Instead, the voice of every character in every scene is made to seem as nonchalant as humanly possible. Whether it's Admiral Thrawn, Han Solo, Luke, or whoever, they generally come off as if they couldn't care less. Incredibly this even applies to several of the action scenes.
That, combined with the narrator's habit of mumbling the last part of most sentences, made this audio book unendurable for me. I gave up about 2/3rds of the way through...and I love Star Wars audio books.
This trilogy by Zahn is what brought Star Wars back into our collective conscience. Why then are his audio books abridged? I love the story, and I love being able to listen to it on my iPod at the gym, but slightly disappointed in not being able to listen to the entire work as Zahn originally penned it. It's still a good listen, even though it leaves out half the book. It would be awesome though, if there were radio drama style, unabridged, versions of his books.
I own all three of these stories in first edition hard cover and love reading them - great story. Last month I listened to a serious book so this month I wanted something lighter. The read is enjoyable and the soundtrack audio is well placed. My only frustration is that the audio book is abridged. There isn't anything in the description that says that it is abridged. This was very frustrating. Still a great audio book - so I would recommend it - just be aware it is not the full book.
I have listened to most of the series, and have been very happy. Great production with the audio talent, side effects and everything else you would expect from a Lucas based novel. This whole book was flat. The story really offers no interest, no sound effects to immerse you into the story. This really must have been a budget production for them. If you have enjoyed Star Wars audio books in the past, don't waste your time on this one.
I have read the book series a few years ago and decided to experience the audio book. The story is excellent, but the narrator is horrible. He mispronounces names of characters and locations. Also, he is very monotone and dull.
While I do not usually go for abridged editions, I really wanted the story presented here and I've had no time to read the print book myself.
As far as abridged books go, this book is very well presented as more of a one-man audio drama, with the majority of the audio being composed of dialog rather than the nice the detail the unabridged book most likely has. So, what you get here is the meat of the story with very little elaboration. It's almost like listening to another Star Wars movie. On that level, the audio does a very good job of conveying a story and giving you enough information to visualize the scene and what's going on.
The story here is very good and presents new features of the Star Wars universe that we were not exposed to in the films. The new characters presented here go on to play major parts in the Star Wars expanded universe, so this is a must read before going forward in the main Star Wars story line.
Overall, it was an enjoyable 3 hours and I'm looking forward to the day that I can sit down and read the complete work. I'm now moving on to the second book to see where the story goes from here. Keep in mind that this is only the first part of a three-part story.
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