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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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    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 San Diego, CA 02-05-16
    NewType San Diego, CA 02-05-16 Member Since 2014

    I'm yo' huckleberry. And that's just my game!

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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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    Matthew 01-18-16
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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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    Terah 12-31-15
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    "Good book, audio was rough."

    In a long car drive the background sounds made it very hard to hear the narrator.

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    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 03-06-15
    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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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    Brandi Myers 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13
    Daniel Keys Aurora, CO USA 07-01-13

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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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    "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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    A Texan 2 11-07-11
    A Texan 2 11-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A most welcome unabridged production"

    Twenty years ago, Zahn jump starting of the expanded, post ROTJ Star Wars with an epic trilogy that remains a standard by which all later Star Wars books were judged. Seeing this special edition unabridged recording inspired me to revisit this title to see how well it held up. For the most part, it has aged well. Zahn offering a compelling and swift moving narrative giving us a look at life in that galaxy far far away after the Rebellion's victory.
    Most important of all, though, is the unabridged redition of the complete story. To many Star Wars novels suffer from their abridgement into audiobook form. This gives the full experience and I hope that we will get to have the other two books of this trilogy in unabridged form soon as well.

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    trey 05-05-16
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    "Sound Effects"

    Do you enjoy the sound effects of Star Wars? Have you made R2D2 sounds your phone notification? How about the sound of space flight? This book contains multiple chapters in which x-wing sound is continually playing I the background. That nice high pitch whine really brings out the over dramatic fight scenes. I should have just read the book.

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