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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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  • Paul
  • Adelaide, Australia
  • 04-07-2014

Excellent Production

This is a production work, meaning you get sound effects like laser fire, various droid beeps, space ship noises etc.
There is one narrator, and though his voice doesn't match the original cast actors, he performs brilliantly, with each character having an unique and recognizable voice.
The story is my favorite of the expanded universe, introducing Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade among other greats.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 10-10-2015

Listened to it every chance I had

A highly polished production. The sound effects, music and engaging narrator made this a very cinematic experience. I have never read a star wars book before, and this one was an excellent start for me. Highly recommended.

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not a big star wars fan but this book is good

had a mate recommend this series while I was looking for some other sci-fi to read. it's my first dip into the expanded universe and very interesting. worth picking up even if you don't have a huge star wars knowledge

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

Always loved this story and was looking to read it again, so figured I'd give the audio book a go. Was plesantly surprised by the great performance of Marc Thompson, but on top of that the added music snippets and sound effects made this a truly fantastic and enjoyable experience that really feed on nostalgia from the original Star Wars trilogy. If you are a fan of Star Wars especially of the EU and this trilogy would absolutely recommend this audio book.

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One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard

WOW! Not only can this narrator do MOST of the voices faultlessly, there is music and sound effects!! This audiobook is the star of audiobooks. A standard has certainly been reached here.

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A great lead into a new story Arc

It was a great lead into the new story Arc, I wish the new movies were half as good

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Worthy of the star wars legacy.

Narrated well with acceptable impressions of beloved characters. A good solid story with a worthy replacement for Darth Vader and Emporer.

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Stellar performance, thoroughly engaging plotline!

I was really impressed by this production. The sound effects and music really added atmosphere to the story, though in a few instances the could've adjusted the levels better, as the music did interfere with hearing the narrator's voice. Speaking of which, Marc Thompson does a fantastic job of portraying a wide range of characters. The characters we know from the films sound similar enough to be believable, but it is the other voices, such as Thrawn and Karrde that really grabbed me. Definitely recommended!

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Meh

Love the narrator and Thrawn the character himself but find the plot to be very uninteresting from Leia, Han, and Luke’s perspective. Couldn’t finish it as a result

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Expanding the fun

what an amazing tale..
bring on book 2.
a must for anyone who wondered about what happens after vader and the emperor

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  • Jt
  • 25-10-2011

At last!

Very entertaining read. Marc Thopson wow. You just cant beat this guy as far as readers go. He took a really good book and made it that much better. If your a star wars fan this is a must read and if not read it anyways you might become one.

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  • Ryan
  • 06-09-2011

It's about time!

Marc Thompson is a fantastic narrator. I've listened to many of his books, and loved every one. I encourage everyone to buy this book immediately. We need to show that if they release unabridged star wars audio, then we'll buy it! It appears they've stopped making the horrible abridged releases already. However, I really hope this starts a new trend of releasing old star wars books unabridged. Hopefully it's not a one time thing.

As for the book, it's also fantastic. There are plenty of reviews of the material in the book on Amazon. Buy it. You'll love it.

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  • Real Buyer
  • 08-09-2011

Thank you for this AMAZING production.

What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) the most enjoyable?

It being a fully produced (soundtrack, effects and all) unabridged version.

What did you like best about this story?

A continuation of the saga

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

Overall good, only nitpick is that Han could have sounded a little more like Harrison. but overall it was great!

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

We need to get the other two books re done like this.

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  • Eric
  • 10-09-2011

Perfect

This book is one of the best Star Wars books that I have ever read and when it became available on audible I jumped at the chance to experience this riveting story again. The audio version of this book is excellent. Marc Thompson portrays every character very well in distinct voices. This rendition also contains music and sound effects. At first I found the sound effects very jarring and would take me out of the story. Fortunately I got used to these sound effects and instead of detracting from the story they reinforced the performance. After I listened to Heir to the Empire I was excited to continue listening. I looked up when Dark Force Rising would be released in anniversary edition, and discovered that it will only be released if Heir to the Empire preforms well enough. I hope that Marc Thompson narrates that version if it comes out or if it doesn't then he narrates the the complete trilogy anyway.

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  • G. Grimsley
  • 08-09-2011

Finally! Unabridged after 20 years!

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

Heir to the Empire was the very first book that ignited my passion for literature as a teenager. Imagine my disappointment when this wonderful book could only be found as an abridgment in audio format. Now, with the 20th anniversary, the fans are rewarded by an unabridged version of Heir to the Empire. I would highly recommend to anyone who has ever loved the Star Wars series, that they read/listen to this story. Fans of the SW saga will be delighted by the same level of action and intrigue Timothy Zahn placed into this book as George Lucas put into the series. Whether you are a life-long SW fan or new to the series, you will not be disappointed by this series. Hopefully, the fans will not have to wait too long for the rest of the Thrawn trilogy to be available in an unabridged format.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction between the original characters was wonderful and true to the movies. The new characters were also marvelously developed and wonderfully complex. This book does indeed read like the 7th episode in the SW saga.

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

They may have defeated the Emperor and Darth Vader, but the Empire may not be as defeated as they think.

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  • Long Shot Review
  • 08-09-2011

Excellent

I hope they do this for the rest of the Thrawn Trilogy. Hell I hope they do it for the rest of the Star Wars books

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  • Princeps P
  • 09-09-2011

Finally!!!!!!!


This is a great addition! Like a previous reviewer mentioned we need more Star Wars books that are unabridged and Marc Thompson as the narrator. This is the book that started it all for the expanded universe and is a must read for any Star Wars fan. I just hope they continue the series with the following books. Truly a great production with sounds and Thompson at the helm.

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  • Unger
  • 14-09-2011

Beware of this book!

This audiobook feature promises many annotations from Timothy Zahn and much more, to which is true to a very slight degree, but nothing like what is promised in the Product Summary. I downloaded this audiobook as it's finally available in unabridged formatting, and the promised novella isn't in the download, so I strongly suggest those wishing to read that novella to either purchase the hardcover edition of this book, or to contact Audible's customer support and request an explanation. Because selling a product or service and not delivering on a promise is blatant false advertisement. So I urge true fans of Zahn's work to beware, and get this resolved.

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  • Michelle Huss
  • 11-09-2011

Better than the first

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have the original audio book of this book, but this one better due to the outstanding performance. I love the performance of this book so much better than the first. The narrator sounds like he is acting not just reading and the narrator got the names and pronunciations correct in this one unlike the first.

What did you like best about this story?

I have this book in many formats it is my favorite of the Thrawn Trilogy. I like the depth of all the characters

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

This one is only the second one I have listened to and was okay at seeing him as narrator, but much more pleasantly surprised at how well he narrated this novel. This is an outstanding performance from him. I really like Johnathan Davis as well, but they made a great choice with Mr. Thomson.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All the above at different and various places. I like when a book draws me in and makes me part of the story instead of just a listener. This book is one of those types of books.

Any additional comments?

Outstanding book and wonderful performance. Thank you for this outstanding option.

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  • E. S.
  • 02-10-2016

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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  • Josip Domsic
  • 26-01-2018

Sound effects made this audiobook my favorite

Random House Audio is from now on my first choice. Sound effects plus multiple voices created unique experience

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  • Joseph Berwick
  • 05-01-2018

Fantastic from start to finish

This is the first time I've listened to any audio book. Highly recommended to any Star Wars fan.

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  • Gavin
  • 21-04-2017

great read! cant wait for the next one

was enjoyable and interesting! definitely a great fit into canon. next one please... a long time ago....

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  • Lars Eirik Holte
  • 11-05-2015

Amazing

Everything you would want from an addition to the Star Wars universe. Great story, good written dialogue, all coming together with a great performance!