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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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    Shane 09-20-16
    Shane 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Some quotes were recycled from the original trilogy, which is a bit trite. Otherwise, the story is incredible, and the villains are breathtakingly well-written.
    This is the Episode VII we deserved!

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    LL edmonds, washington, United States 09-18-16
    LL edmonds, washington, United States 09-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    "STOP the sound effects!"
    Any additional comments?

    What are producers thinking when they drown out story narration with sound effects? I can't listen to this through all the noise going on. Total disappointment/disaster. I thought it would stop as the story progressed, as it usually does (seriously, producers...noise over the top of narration even for a few introductory minutes is NOT appreciated), but it seems they have made this part of the story = FAIL. It would be nice if this is going to become a trend, that the book be labeled as a theatrical type performance rather than an audiobook which, in my opinion, it no longer is when these annoying sound effects are added.

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    Joshua 09-15-16
    Joshua 09-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Storytelling"

    This book was extremely well developed and Marc Thompson does a great job of bringing the characters to life. It is an excellent production with music and sound effects added in as well. This was my first listen to an audiobook and, I can confidently say, it won't be my last.

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    Tyler Huffman 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The real Episode VII"

    The story that launched the Star Wars Expanded Universe still holds up today as a superior tale to the new Disney canon.

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    William McMurray 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic, except for the "special edition" part"

    The story and narration are spectacular. However, if I understand correctly, the 20th Anniversary Edition is supposed to come with some special features, including a novelette. These are not actually included, so it feels like false advertising.

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    seth 09-02-16
    seth 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heir to the Empire."

    Great story!!! classic Zahn and masterfully read by Marc Thompson. Would recommend to any star wars fan.

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    Denise T. Brown Costa Mesa, CA 08-31-16
    Denise T. Brown Costa Mesa, CA 08-31-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Not prone to hyperbole, the story was just great"

    I'm not prone to hyperbole. I thought the story was just that good. Btw, most of the book is slow moving. A good set up for subsequent novels.

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    Dwayne A.McClellan Baltimore, Maryland 08-23-16
    Dwayne A.McClellan Baltimore, Maryland 08-23-16 Member Since 2017

    If you can't find the time to do it right, how will you find time to do it over

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    "One down two to go,"

    To be continued indeed, this looking to be great series.
    All Star wars fans should read and listen 👂.

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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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