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Download Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged), by Timothy Zahn
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25,890 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Zahn Narrator: Marc Thompson Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Here is a special edition 20th anniversary release of the #1 New York Times bestselling 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 2/18/2014

    " When I was a kid, this was a great book. Twenty years later, understanding what good writing is, well, I liked it a lot less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Peters | 2/14/2014

    " Not bad for a spin off. A nice way to tide yourself over for episode vii. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shinew | 2/13/2014

    " A great start to a great trilogy of books, Heir to the Empire introduces a new species to the Star Wars Universe, as well as showing the genius possessed by Grand Admiral Thrawn, possibly the greatest strategic mind in the galaxy, and a rarity in that he was a none human in a position of power in the Empire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah Kozar | 2/5/2014

    " It was fun to follow the main cast of characters as they continue their adventures after the Star Wars movies. Eventually, there got to be enough Star Wars books that it was too overwhelming to read them all, and I gave up, but this trilogy was the first I read and was definitely my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Litchfield | 2/3/2014

    " It was an ok read, forgot most of it the second I finished it though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christophe Empsen | 1/31/2014

    " All 5 Thrawn books of Zahn set in the Star Wars universe after Episode 6, easily rise above the movies in almost every aspect. Characters we love come to love adding many equally interesting new ones in a thrilling storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Armstrong | 1/23/2014

    " A decent read. Sometimes boring, sometimes great fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoy Zahn's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Butler | 1/18/2014

    " I've been wanting to read this trilogy for years, despite the fact that doing so would cement my nerd status. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, Star Wars can still be immensely entertaining if George Lucas isn't directly involved. What a shock. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Serrano | 1/13/2014

    " This book was incredible. The Star Wars universe is filled with junk, this is definitely a diamond in the rough. Witty, action packed, and a very in depth plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/13/2014

    " This is the only Star Wars book series that I've read, but I've always heard that it is one of the best. I found it to be excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Korinetz | 12/18/2013

    " This is by far the best Star Wars series I have every read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/7/2013

    " This novel jump-started the whole expanded universe of Star Wars. Its a a pretty good read, with interesting characters, namely the Imperial Admiral Thrawn, who is ruthless yet civilized, and odd combination for most Star Wars books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niel | 12/7/2013

    " Really enjoyed this! Follows on quite nicely from "Return of the Jedi." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Toth | 11/30/2013

    " Repackaged dialogue from the movies does not a good book make. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/17/2013

    " A very solid and enjoyable Star Wars novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andres | 8/29/2013

    " It was good. I was drawn to the Mara Jade character and the Grand Admiral Thrawn/Paellon interaction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nirzwan | 6/16/2013

    " Ha ha, I never read this you nerd! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 4/16/2013

    " The best Star Wars non-movie trilogy. These books could TOTALLY be made into movies and keep that awesome Star Wars feel (unlike Episodes I-III, echhh). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thecowman32 | 3/16/2013

    " I read the trilogy in the seventh grade (I think), and I loved it! I can definitely say that it was the best of the Star Wars novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Powelson | 1/20/2013

    " This book lived up to all the hype and more. If you even kind of like Star Wars this is a must read. I think Zahn had an easy job writing this considering all the characters are already formed but still such an awesome book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 12/7/2012

    " This book was an amazing start to a fantastic series not to mention introducing one of the best "villains" I have ever read, Thrawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/10/2012

    " This is the series that started it all for me. Every Star Wars book gets compared to this series and most are found wanting. This book (and this trilogy) are the closest feel to the original trilogy closely followed by the Jedi Academy trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jalayn | 6/28/2012

    " THE book that really launched the development of the Expanded Universe. Also, I think that if you read this book you'll encounter the most charming and interesting villain, notwithstanding Vador of course, you'll meet in all the Star Wars EU books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2012

    " This trilogy by Timothy Zahn are the only Star Wars books I've read (except Steven Perry's Shadows of the Empire) and they are worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rustin | 3/2/2012

    " One of the better Star Wars books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchell Gage | 1/7/2012

    " Very authentically continues where the movies left off - good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.C. | 11/5/2011

    " The frst of the post Original Trilogy Star Wars books, and still to this day one of the best. The introduction of new characters and new worlds felt perfectly in the vein of the first three Star Wars movies, but still carved out its own path.

    In short, I loved this story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/30/2011

    " Read this book 20 years ago and loved it. Just gave it another spin, this time an audiobook from Audible.com. Easily the best audiobook I've listened too (I've listened to many). Hopefully they will produce the other two books in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 10/27/2011

    " All of the books in the Thrawn Trilogy are excellent. I can't believe I haven't added this before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/16/2011

    " A fun continuation of the Star Wars saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 10/14/2011

    " Okay I liked the book but I was also glued to wookieepedia the entire time looking up aliens, planets, and creatures. I really want to cotinue in the EU books, but for anyone looking to start them PLEASE USE A WIKI! Otherwise its pure confusion, but if your a star wars fan you wont regret it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/2/2011

    " Actually damn good for a Star Wars book. It's been a while but my preteen self enjoyed thoroughly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 9/22/2011

    " Zahn is the master of Star Wars and was great to go back and see the beginnings of the New Republic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 9/16/2011

    " is a good sci-fi book, is very much like the original films, introduces new characters in a self-explanetory way. "

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