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.
The abridged version leaves out too many of the fun details. And Denis Lawson does a good job but the pronunciation of Chimaera as "kih-moor-ah" and Nkllon as "New Kylon" drives me batty every time. Maybe the abridgment authors changed the spellings.
I was very happy to see that the older Star Wars books were available, this one is a good rendition, I dislike the addition of the music in the background, but overall very enjoyable.
I am a fan of the original movies and have always wanted to get into the expanded universe that has been created in literature, but unfortunately this just didn't do it for me. A neat taste of the Star Wars world but nothing like the feel of the movies. It serves as an ok sci-fi story on its own.
I enjoyed all 3 books in this series. my only issue is the narrator changes, this ruins some of the character connection. But I am glad it was C3-P0 (voice actor, not the driod you are looking for)who carried it on.
"unsupported kindle format"
I went to download this audio book to my kindle fire. I had to try several times for it to process, then was eventually told unsupported format. Very strange as audible is programmed into the kindle! So inconveniently will have to listen on my pc now which totally ruins the ease of the experience.
"By "Abridged" they mean "Cut to the bone"."
It was a great story, but they've left only the bare structure of it - the details that gave it life are gone. Such a let down.
"Great story and performance"
It had been years since I read the books buy I enjoyed listening to the story and the performance was good.
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