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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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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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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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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

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Should be canon

I really believe that this trilogy should belong in the official canon. It enhances the Star Wars history and GA Thrawn is definitely an equal to Vader and the Emperor. Marc Thompson will ruin other narrators for you. Easily one of the best audiobooks I've purchased, in my opinion.

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  • Mark
  • salt lake city, UT, United States
  • 03-06-15

Great story, excellent production!

Zahn is the best when it ones to Star Wars books, and his Thrawn trilogy is the best example. The narrator does a stellar job, and the addition of musical and send effect elements gives this an almost radio play feel that I absolutely adore.

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Revisited this in audio form. Disappointed.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story now as much as I did 20 years ago. However the performance, or shall I say the effects used in the performance, left much to be desired. Mr Thompson wasn't the problem. The over use of effects and sound editing interrupted and distracted me from the story more than added to it.

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Simply amazing

The individual voices were spot on. The new characters were perfectly in line with the Star Wars series. A must read (listen)!

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Thrawn Thriller

Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

This was an incredible story. Zahn extended the Star Wars universe seamlessly and Marc Thompson breathes life into this great work.

What did you like best about this story?

The saga continues. The worse part about the Star Wars movies is that they end. Heir to the Empire continues the story keep fans satiated.

Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

Marc Thompson does an incredible job brining all the characters to life. Admiral Thrawn is one of the coolest villains I've ever come across. Thompson also does a great job as Han Solo.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Storm of Thrawn.

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Greatest Star Wars voice mimic ever?

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

Yeah, I haven't read the print version but with Marc Thompson's acting this must be better. He gets every single character spot-on. Plus the voices he created for Thrawn and Pellaeon are instantly classic and unchangeable. I liked Thrawn so much because of Thompson's portrayal that I went ahead and got the "Outbound Flight" audio book after these. Unfortunately compared to Thompson's Thrawn voice, Jonathan Davis' attempt in "Outbound Flight" falls flat on its face. To be fair, Thompson's Thrawn trilogy was released after, so had Jonathan Davis heard Thompson's Thrawn voice before recording, perhaps he would have impersonated it expertly.

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

I listened to all three of his renditions of the Thrawn trilogy and I'm listening to his "Escape to Witch Mountain" at the moment. He seems to be great all the time.

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

Well it's pretty long so no, but in a few sittings.

Any additional comments?

The first and second books in this trilogy are grand. The third is good too but the whole Luuke thing flies out from left field and just plain could have been done better. And just when you figure out what's happening the fight is already over, with some lack-luster fumbling intervention by Mara Jade. Most people would probably say that the Luuke idea was ridiculous, but I for one will say it could have gone over great if more attention was given to it rather than just rushing it out as an odd end to the series. An otherwise spotless 3-book masterpiece.

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A Great Production But

Would you listen to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) again? Why?

I loved the book but we need the rest of the Trilogy in the Unabridged version so we can continue the whole story

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  • charlie
  • 07-31-16

fantastic book narrated by a fantastic performer!!

fantastic book narrated by a fantastic performer!!
struggled to stop listening!! amazing performance would definitely recommend to everyone who loves or finds star wars interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

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  • Lachlan
  • 02-14-17

Inredible

Incredible tale and should be one of the movie the make for sure even though this is now not canon

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