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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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Great Narration

The narrator does multiple voices, and he does then REALLY well. I enjoyed the background sounds and didn't find them distracting at all, rather the opposite. Love the inclusion of music too.

The plot is contrived, and kind of drops a few threads without any grace, but it's got all your favorite characters in it and the new ones are interesting.

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A New Hope

I was just sitting here thinking that this book had no motivation, no rise, no climax and no resolution. Then I realized that I had begun to focus on the book from Luke, Han, and Leia's perspective. The book doesn't work if you do that. However, if you think of it from Thrawn's perspective it has all of those elements. There were some things that make you scratch your head, but they are outweighed by the good. Marc Thompson is the best there is. His Han voice and Luke voice are amazing. I finished this book in a few days only because of work and school. I could have finished it in two. I recommend this book to those who are looking forward to the new Thrawn book in April 2017 or who enjoy him on Rebels.

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the 7 we should have had

realistically this should have been the 7,8,9 trilogy however this audio book suffices with the amount of detail and of course great narration.

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Amazing!

This book was an amazing read and honestly I love the whole trilogy. Plus the narrator really sold it for me. My experience was overall amazing!

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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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Excellent

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

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  • Doug
  • MN, USA
  • 11-16-16

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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love the sounds!

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

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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

Star Wars at its best!

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