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Heir to the Empire: Star Wars: The 20th Anniversary Edition

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Timothy Zahn

Narrated By: Marc Thompson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2011

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Angelo L

    Correction! This is the 10th anniversary of this book. There's no way I'm that old!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ben W.

    Wish they used this instead of the new trilogy

  • Brian H

    I enjoyed it. It's a decent story but a tad bit underwhelming.

  • John K

    Marc Thompson is an amazing narrator and this book is the first in a wild three book series. Star Wars!!

  • Jonathan c

    Excellent book, highly recommend

  • Kayla Owens

    Great book good. Plot okay. Would recommend the book.

  • Jean-S├ębastien Cotte

    Excellent book.

  • Sean Ireland

    Definitely one of my favorite novels from the old EU. The Narrator does an excellent job making the work come alive, especially with the sound effects and the music. If you have never read HTTE, this is a great way to get to know. If you have, then revisit it in style with this audiobook. Thank you Timothy Zahn and Marc Thompson and

  • Jon Cooleen

    Whenever me my friends talk about Star Wars and the expanded universe, these books are the finest examples and my personal favorite in terms of story telling and why the old EU is such an awesome, fleshed out and amazing continuity. From the stellar voice acting to the awesome and iconic sounds and amazing story, the Thrawn Trilogy is easily one of the best an most well written of the Star Wars EU and I couldn't recommend them more!

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