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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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    Cage 09-11-11
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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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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2017
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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.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 11-17-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 11-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Extremely high production values and great story"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Great for fans.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)?

    Kashyyk, no question.


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

    No, but very few do


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book is like watching a movie with the video turned off, there are tons of effects, every voice is by a different actor. I've never heard an AB quite like this but really enjoyed the change. Will listen to the whole series now.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Terry S. Bellows 07-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Annoying sound effects"

    Terrific story, generally well narrated. The sound effects and background music were extremely distracting and took away from the story.

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    E. S. 10-02-16
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    "Feels Like Star Wars"

    Really enjoyed this book. Performance is excellent except for the women's voices but I think that can't be helped without bringing in a second reader. Story is well written. I tried some of the newer Star Wars books and this just blows them out of the water. Really like how Luke was written in this book. He seems like a difficult character to write but Zahn makes him interesting and very human.

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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.

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    Wolf_CPT 07-19-16
    Wolf_CPT 07-19-16
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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.

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    Amazon Customer St. Marys, Ohio USA 02-07-16
    Amazon Customer St. Marys, Ohio USA 02-07-16
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    "Good read!"

    This is one well put together novel. The story line is well thought out and has plenty of twists to keep your mind working.

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    NewType Somewhere, CA 02-05-16
    NewType Somewhere, CA 02-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this book!"

    And the series seems fun so far! I can't wait to hear more soon. The story and characters are amazing to follow after Return of the Jedi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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