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Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire

Narrated by: Denis Lawson
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Heir to the Empire begins five years after Return of the Jedi. The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into a quarter of the territory it once controlled. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic, and Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light-years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor's warlords have taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet - and have made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale: in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.

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©1992 Timothy Zahn (P)2007 Random House

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"Well written." (School Library Journal)

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Broken Reading

What would have made Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire better?

Reading the full book rather than just the 4th of the book as it recorded here

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Denis Lawson?

Marc Thompson, would have done better justice to the masterpiece that Timothy Zhan had written

What character would you cut from Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire?

None

Any additional comments?

This recording must be redone with the full book being read as key elements are either lost or completely ignored in favour of the time constraint.

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great book. its a shame its no longer canon

great book. its a shame its no longer canon. look forward to the sequels. may the force be with you

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  • Cheryl
  • 01-11-2008

Good, but why waste time creating abridged books?

The story is ok and well performed, but I just don't understand why publishers waste time creating abridged books. By not needing to use your eyes, your reading time is greatly expanded. Abridging is a travesty to begin with - even made worst by doing it on this format...and then not even offering the unabridged version. I don't see how any abridged book can get higher than a mediocre rating.

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  • J. R. Zagar
  • 15-04-2008

Unabridged Please...

An unabridged version of this book does exist. I've borrowed it from my library (they had to order it from another library). While the Thrawn Trilogy is one of the best of the Star Wars books this abridgment is quite horrible, its not that its even read poorly, there is just so much interesting stuff that was cut out that it goes at breakneck speed that makes you ask how in the hell all these things happened so quickly. Please Audible, get the unabridged versions, and soon.

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  • Ian
  • 14-05-2011

awful narration

This is a fantastic novel, like all Zahn's Star Wars books, but the audio production is just terrible. The narrator's voice isn't a simple monotone: that actually might have been preferable. Instead, the voice of every character in every scene is made to seem as nonchalant as humanly possible. Whether it's Admiral Thrawn, Han Solo, Luke, or whoever, they generally come off as if they couldn't care less. Incredibly this even applies to several of the action scenes.

That, combined with the narrator's habit of mumbling the last part of most sentences, made this audio book unendurable for me. I gave up about 2/3rds of the way through...and I love Star Wars audio books.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-05-2011

horribly edited

they really need to make a verion of this that includes more than 30% of the actual book

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  • Marc
  • 12-05-2011

Not as good as unabridged

This was sooo short compared to all the rest of the unabridged novel...a bit disappointing...

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  • Thomas
  • 06-12-2015

Icky performance

The reading is irritating. With pauses that are


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And the VOLUME THAT IT IS READ in is annoying with LOUD LEVELS IN THE READING AND THEN SUDDEN

shifts to softness

AND BACK TO LOUD.

Thumbs down.

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  • Sean
  • 12-09-2009

Love the book, dislike the abridged part

This trilogy by Zahn is what brought Star Wars back into our collective conscience. Why then are his audio books abridged? I love the story, and I love being able to listen to it on my iPod at the gym, but slightly disappointed in not being able to listen to the entire work as Zahn originally penned it. It's still a good listen, even though it leaves out half the book. It would be awesome though, if there were radio drama style, unabridged, versions of his books.

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  • Rick
  • 20-08-2008

GREAT BOOK - Wish it was unabridged though

I own all three of these stories in first edition hard cover and love reading them - great story. Last month I listened to a serious book so this month I wanted something lighter. The read is enjoyable and the soundtrack audio is well placed. My only frustration is that the audio book is abridged. There isn't anything in the description that says that it is abridged. This was very frustrating. Still a great audio book - so I would recommend it - just be aware it is not the full book.

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  • Jeremy
  • 30-06-2007

One of the worse Star Wars audio tapes

I have listened to most of the series, and have been very happy. Great production with the audio talent, side effects and everything else you would expect from a Lucas based novel. This whole book was flat. The story really offers no interest, no sound effects to immerse you into the story. This really must have been a budget production for them. If you have enjoyed Star Wars audio books in the past, don't waste your time on this one.

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  • Paul Moore
  • 12-12-2019

short but good

too short for a full credit. otherwise a very good book. narrator hard to understand occasionally

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  • D. M. Gannon
  • 19-02-2017

Poor.

I read the original paperback many years ago. This abridgement has torn the book to shreds. Not worth the credit. Would advice everyone to avoid.

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  • A. R. Cousins
  • 02-06-2014

By "Abridged" they mean "Cut to the bone".

What disappointed you about Star Wars?

It was a great story, but they've left only the bare structure of it - the details that gave it life are gone. Such a let down.

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  • Ollie/mrs T.
  • 24-06-2018

Abridged version, bought it without realising it.

This is the abridged version of the novel, it guts it down to a measly three hours. Don't let this be your first experience of this great story.

The superior, non abridged version is sadly unavailable in the UK. Seeing as it's been on the site since 2011 it will probably never be available in the UK. Deeply disappointing :(

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  • james farr
  • 05-09-2018

way too much cut

Hated how some of the best bits of the book were missing, butchered in short.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2018

Classic

Great series hope the stuff under Disney is allowed to be upto scratch and as immersive in the expanded universe

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  • Claire P
  • 07-05-2018

A Great Start

An excellent start to a trilogy Im longing for more of, a true Star Wars book.

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  • Lucifer Althor
  • 05-04-2018

Imperial assessment.

A few incorrectly pronounced names and planets, but otherwise a very good story. Totally worth a shot.

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  • Dan
  • 17-03-2018

Amazing

I liked thrawn from the rebels TV show and now like him even more! the narration was also superb

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  • Evgenij Valentinovic Klenin
  • 31-12-2017

The perfect antidote to Disney's "Last Jedi"

For those disillusioned with Disney's "Last Jedi", this is a perfect book / audiobook to enter the original Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars.

An exciting beginning to the Heir of the Empire / Thrawn Trilogy, which also adds new interesting characters and dimensions to the original Star Wars Story. I can't wait to read / listen to the second part of this trilogy!

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  • Matthew elliott
  • 15-06-2017

loved it.

Was awesome fun I loved the story and the music was an awesome touch. Looking forward to listening to the next one.

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