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

  • von Timothy Zahn
  • Sprecher: Marc Thompson
  • Serie: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy
  • 13 Std. 13 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.


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Is doesn't get better than this.

If you buy an audiobook you expect someone to read out loud a story someone else wrote, so you have expectations regarding the writer and the reader. Never before did I encounter an audiobook which I would describe as "the best way possible", or "it doesn't get better than this".

At first, I'd like to talk about the performance and production value of this audiobook.
Marc Thomson delivers a voice acting performance I've never before witnessed while listening to an audio book. He brings the characters to live with different voices and a contrasting way of speaking that is incredible. Not even on previous Star Wars audiobooks did he such a great job and I already praised him for his performance in for example "Darth Bane". In this one, he does it even better.
Also, the production value is gigantic. Not only is there original Star Wars music added to many parts of the performance, it also fits all the time and never feels unnecessary or distracting.The same is true for the many different sound effects like R2D2's beeps or Chewi's growls. It is simply incredible.

Now to Zahn's Story. Obviously it is split over three books so you will not get the entire Thrawn storyline in this audiobook alone, but this one - the first of the three - will introduce you to a lot of new and exciting characters while also doing to familiar ones like Luke, Han and Leia justice, by once again throwing them into the fray to save the New Republic.
With Thrawn, Zahn created one of the, if not the most interesting character in all of Star Wars. This time, the villain isn't a dark evil person with mystical powers that likes to torture enemies and their own alike, no. This time, the villain is a tactical genious, who respects his own people and scares his enemies, not with a dark cloak, but with an incredible omniscience and understanding of what they would do in certain situations. This one is never dull, never repetitive and always very inventive and interesting. Probably one of the best Star Wars book series to date.

I absolutely recommend this audiobook to everybody that loves Star Wars and Science Fiction in general. I'd be pleased to know what you thought about a certain Grand Admiral.
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- Jonathan

Spannende Geschichte - nervige Hintergrudgeräusche

Was genau hätte man an Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 noch verbessern können?

Wie kann man nur so absolut entnervende Hintergundgeräusche einspielen? Mal übertönt das Lasergezucke den Sprecher. Mal soll ein kontinuierlicher Pfeifton 10 Minuten lang den Jetantrieb in der unendlichen Weite des Weltraums hinterlegen. Weniger wäre hier deutlich mehr gewesen. Wäre die spannende Geschichte nicht gewesen, hätte ich nicht wieder eingeschaltet und weiter gehört.

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- Ruediger Freimann

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 06.09.2011
  • Verlag: Random House Audio