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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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    aravindh 11-27-16
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    "Excellent storyline and narration"

    Excellent storyline backed up by wonderful memories narration and sound effects! I see now why Timothy Zahn is held as the godfather of starwars literature!

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    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 11-22-16
    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 11-22-16 Member Since 2016

    "Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."

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    Best narrator ever for one of the best sci fi stories ever....highly recommended. Trust me.

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    Susan K 11-20-16
    Susan K 11-20-16

    Wife, Mother, "Nana" and student - I am also a cruise addict.

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    "The story is good but the narrator is amazing!"

    I'm glad I finally got to these books. It makes driving to work more interesting!

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    Doug MN, USA 11-16-16
    Doug MN, USA 11-16-16
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    "A nice start to a trilogy. Believe the hype!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a story its great. Its does a great job in keeping old characters developing while introducing new ones that compliment the world well without being overshadowed. It crafts a complete story but leaving enough loose ends to keep me interested in part 2. I give it 4 stars as there was a slight drag in the middle where a couple of chapters have a big scheme planned and executed by the main characters only to have it completely unraveled by the main antagonist within a page. It was too easy and made all the development go to waste and provided zero payoff. The performance is great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'll omit the old characters as its like picking your favorite child. Talon and Mara Jade are interesting but the infamous Grand Admiral Thrawn takes the spotlight for a good reason. I'll spare and details as why to avoid spoilers. Ultimately, he breaks the mold of many traditional sci-fi villains in the best ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At over 13 hours? No.


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    Matt 11-16-16
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    "love the sounds!"

    Hans voice sounds like puddy...but it's all good. I loved the sounds in the background

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    chad 11-14-16
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    "The ambience noise is terrible"

    The story is great and the sound effects are cool, but the drone of ambience noise hour after hour is so bad. Almost made me give up on novel. Hoping the next book doesn't have it or I'm going to read it in print.

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    Mr Rathgar, Ireland 11-07-16
    Mr Rathgar, Ireland 11-07-16 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Star Wars at its best!"

    An excellent beginning to the expanded Star Wars universe by Timothy Zain and now unabridged!

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    Bhc 11-06-16
    Bhc 11-06-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm in my mid 60s and Love Audible, I'm trying many different types/styles of Audio books, I'm Dyslexic so Audible is wonderful,Love Audible

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    really Good story line, Narration Ehixcellent
    much better than others , we'll written, good turns and twists looking forward to part 2....

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    Connor 11-05-16
    Connor 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    it was like having an entire movie in my head I definitely recommend it especially when you're sitting in traffic for long periods of time

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    Keith M Thomas 11-03-16
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    "the story yet good, is missing depth/excitement."

    The writing of this saga seems to be missing that old star wars feel. George Lucas was and will always be the original writer that puts the story first. this chapter of the series seems to me to be thrown together as an attempt to continue the story line that quickly fails from the beginning. it just seems to me that the old characters don't have the same demeanor. they have been changed by the author and doesn't feel the same at all.

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