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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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    Dr. Joe 08-23-16
    Dr. Joe 08-23-16
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    "Han,Leia,Luke,Lando,Chewy,3PO,R2 and more...YES!!!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 again? Why?

    This was such an amazing story and production that I blazed through it at hyper speed! I will most definitely be listening to it again and again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There isn't anyone as cool as Lando...or as brash as Han...or as calm as Luke... or as diplomatic as Leia! Who could pick a favorite from that amazing bunch, they compliment one another so well?


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Marc Thompson performance to hear, and it won't be my last! There aren't enough superlatives to describe how amazing he is. An absolutely impeccable rendition or Han, Lando, and Luke...not to mention a fine job as Leia. What a broad range of very distinct and unique voices for each character. Such an incredibly talented performer.


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

    Early on in chapter two when old Obi-won Kenobi spoke to Luke and brought some sad news...it was very emotional and moving. Another impeccable rendition by Marc Thompson as Obi-won! I'm still blown away by his talent!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful story by Timothy Zahn, very well written, engaging and broad in characters and situations. This truly had the sweetness and purity and the feel of a Star Wars story. I've waited so long for this!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Cox 08-20-16
    Nate Cox 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AWESOME"

    the narrator is amazing!!! great voices and sound effects throughout the entire book. it was an awesome listen.

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    Jackson Marotta 08-18-16
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    This book helped me view the story of episode seven in a whole new way.

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    David 08-16-16
    David 08-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    amazing book cant believe i haven't read it before this and can't wait for the next two

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    David DENVER, CO, United States 08-15-16
    David DENVER, CO, United States 08-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    Marc Thompson is amazing. He has the voices and sounds down to a science. I thought Han was actually speaking. Loved the book.

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    Denise L. Martinez Reno, Nevada USA 08-13-16
    Denise L. Martinez Reno, Nevada USA 08-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't bother reading aftermath"

    This book is excellent. 5 stars for sure. These read just like the movies and pick up right after return of the Jedi. Listened to heir to the empire in one day of continuous listening.

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    Isaac 08-13-16
    Isaac 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    I was surprised to hear sound effects when I first started this book. I was skeptical, but very happy with how they were used. They really give a whole new feel to the way audiobooks work. It really feels like you're a part of what's going on, from wookie howls to the sounds of traffic. And the story is great, it ties in perfectly with the movies (well, before Force Awakens came out that is). Disney really shouldn't have gotten rid of all the canon. A perfect sequel in my opinion. Amazing book overall, most certainly would recommend.

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    Chris Thom Hastings, Ne 07-29-16
    Chris Thom Hastings, Ne 07-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "incredible story line great character development"

    well written book with excellent storyline and the characters are well developed and intriguing. I found the characters of Thrawn and Tallon Cards to incredible additions to the Star Wars line and hope to see them in film someday

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    Hugo A. Oliveros Castro Mexico 07-20-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story, performance, ambientation"

    great narration, voices, effects, all of it was great, i can't wait to continue with the next book

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    angela wheeler newbury park, ca United States 07-18-16
    angela wheeler newbury park, ca United States 07-18-16
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    "An awesome continuation for the hardcore SW fans"

    First off, if you've seen Force Awakens, just know that this is an alternate take on the events after Return of the Jedi.

    The writing fantastically captures the personalities of the main heroes of the Rebellion and paints a detailed backdrop of the struggles the New Republic faces after the Battle of Endor. The story is told from the perspective of the Empire's new leader and from Han, Leia, and Luke's as well.

    I think I bought the paperback of this at a K Mart in 95, but never finished it. I'm really glad I came back to it and this audiobook version is great. Marc Thompson does an AMAZING job at portraying all of the film-universe characters... and not a half bad job on the female voices. I really wish they would have taken a different approach with the Wookies. You'll know what I mean when you get there. It's nearly unbearable.

    As for the story itself, it does a great job of leading off the extended universe and I can't wait to read more, but there a few flimsy story points that could have used some reinforcement and I don't think Thrawn fills Vader's shoes threateningly enough. While his cunning comes across, he lets people off the hook and never once pulls a Kylo Ren... which would have made him a more menacing foe. I find his lack of outrage disturbing.

    All in all, a fantastic follow up to the movies that held the imagination of my entire youth. I cannot wait to get started on book #2... good thing I have a credit. ;-)

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