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Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia

Narrated by: Anthony Heald
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Darth Vader and the emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on, and the Alliance must continue to struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking new allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes consortium, a cluster of 63 high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother. She wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder.

When Han Solo hears the news of Leia's impending nuptials, he reacts with shock. Han has always dreamed of marrying Leia. Yet, in spite of his heroic exploits, he feels she sees him as nothing more than a rogue and a pirate, unworthy of her hand. Now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Tricking Leia into accompanying him, Han flees with her to the beautiful and untamed planet Dathomir, where he hopes to win her heart.

Fearing the imperious queen's reaction to Han's rash move, Luke Skywalker forms an unlikely alliance with Prince Isolder to track down the runaways. Luke has been traveling the far reaches of the galaxy in search of the scattered lore of the Jedi Knights. But when he, Artoo, and Isolder set off to Dathomir, Luke does not suspect that he is beginning an adventure that will lead to the discovery of an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained "witches"...and a showdown with an invincible foe.

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"Anthony Heald is a superb performer for the various Star Wars audiobooks. He slides in and out of distinctive Star Wars characters with such smoothness that the characters are instantly recognizable, as if the original actors were working in ensemble." (AudioFile)

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  • Drew English
  • 17-06-2018

Incomplete Book

I own the paperback of this book and this version only covers part of a few chapters. It is only 3 hours long. Big disappointment

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  • Benjamin D Smith
  • 29-12-2014

Great story, but narrator ruins it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend that they listen to this book if they need to fill story gaps, but not if they can't ignore bad narration with multiple mispronunciations. Coruscant is pronounced "CorusKant", Han Solo sounds like a 1940's gangster, and Wedge Antilles sounds like Scotty from Star Trek. Very distracting after hearing the amazing Mark Thompson in so many great readings!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luke Skywalker

How could the performance have been better?

Pronounce the words in the Star Wars universe correctly since most of the people who listen to these books are big Start Wars fans.

Did Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia inspire you to do anything?

Listen to the next story

Any additional comments?

Please have Mark Thompson narrate any book previously narrated by Anthony Heald!

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  • hedvikaka
  • 31-01-2016

Better than I thought it would be! recommended.

Realistic as a film, sounds and voices from original movies, great story,I am very surprised by the book!

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  • Jesse
  • 27-06-2019

I love this book.

For some crazy reason this one of the most disliked EU books. For me it’s one of my favorites. We begin about 3ABY with Han coming home from a long mission for the New Republic. When he gets home the capital seems to be besieged by the Hapan fleet. Things take a turn when we find out it’s a diplomatic envoy. A New Republic barely on it’s feet is offered a powerful ally. The Hapens. The only price. A marriage of Prince Isoldar and Princess Leia. Han, fearing (wrongly) that Leia would choose to accept the proposal, abducts Leia. He takes her to a planet he’s won in a high stakes sabacc tournament. Dathomir. That’s right. The Nightsisters make there debut here. Without his book the EU and the new “canon” would be a sadder place.

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  • Jason Randolph
  • 13-02-2019

Leia

I enjoyed this story. It was done well, and I didn't know Leia fell out of love with Han Solo. And Solo was surprized to find a princes was interested in Leia.
So Han went to a Sabbacc game and won a planet.
Read or listen to this book and enjoyed the ride.

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  • Ben Hodgkins
  • 10-01-2019

meh

alright story. not great. some funny parts but it sewmed kind of modgepodged together. meh.

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  • Tanner Brasser
  • 06-08-2018

Not Your Typical Romance... Come on It's Star Wars

For those of you who saw the credits roll for Return of the Jedi and thought, "BUT are Han and Leia are going to get married?" well, this is the book for you. This isn't your typical Romance, largely because its Star Wars. But it is a blast. Those seeking romance and those seeking action can both be pleased here (perhaps akin to a Gerard Butler RomCom).

But let's talk about the true draw to this book (in my opinion). This is no longer canon, for those concerned, but this story had much to do with influencing current canon. The Nightsisters of Dathomir had a long run on The Clone Wars and Rebels, and this is where that all started. And they are the reason I keep coming back to this book. A primitive society of ladies who use the force and ride rancors. What more could you ask for?

The biggest disappointment is the abridged story. It's a nice length, but I've read the book and I wish I could've heard the whole thing. For those unfamiliar with this story, I think it will feel completed and conclusive.

Story Quality: One can find much to enjoy here. Admitedly, it can be cheesy at points, and yet much of the novelty and fun makes up for it.

Audio Quality.: Fantastic. You couldn't ask for better.


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  • Naomi M.
  • 27-04-2018

Story okay but character portrayal & narrator iffy

What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia the most enjoyable?

I remember reading some of Wolverton's young adult novels when I was a kid. He still writes well, keeps the pacing nicely, and overall keeps me entertained with the story. I just wasn't super keen on the whole tribal/witch thing going on on the planet Dathomir... Apparently it's part of the Star Wars EU lore, but the portrayal of it felt a bit tacky to me. Also, like some of the other reviewers pointed out, Leia's fickleness over Isolder seemed like a miss character-wise. I wasn't sold on the Isolder guy at all. On that note, Han's method of forcing his ultimatum on Leia didn't seem quite true to his character either--at least not in that situation.

What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia to and why?

I would not discourage reading this book. However, I would recommend "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan" by Claudia Gray over this one. Star Wars purists may disagree with me, but I found it a much, much more enjoyable read and I feel like it represented what I like about Leia much better than this book did.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Heald?

Anthony Head? Maybe Shatner himself...Not sure, but I was not a fan of the narration. As other reviewers pointed out, I winced a little every time I heard "Chorus-Scant." But even more so, I was amused that he sounded like a caffeinated version of William Shatner. His cadence was very similar to the melodramatic Shakespearean actor, except his voice was higher and he spoke at a pace that made him sound hyper. I'm also used to hearing narrators mimic the original actors fairly well, but he fell pretty short with all of them. I feel like he should have at least been able to get Han right.

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  • s
  • 06-10-2017

Ugh....disappointing

I usually regret listening to abridged books but there is not an option here at audible for most of the star wars true cannon. So i did.....the narrator keeps annoyingly saying corus"skant" which makes me nuts....mispronouncing the most important planet name in the whole of all the star wars books (yes I know I am a nerd)...but other than that I just found the characters were not written true to the usual spirit of the story done by the other authors so much better. Han is embarrassed of the Millenium Falcon? Say what? Leia is seemingly in love with han one day and swooning and forgetting him the next over some guy she just met? maybe it is the poor abridgement but I don't see how that works. Not how the princess is normally portrayed and kinda just disappointing. I hope at some point Carrie Fisher read this and beat up the author.

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  • Kimberly
  • 07-05-2017

Still love it!

I read this book many years ago and loved it then. It is great to hear it now.

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  • Tarjinder
  • 17-10-2016

Courtship of princes leia

Always liked how leia forgot about han when a prince came along lol but its a good book fave moment luke finding all the reader disks and the wedding