(Audio) Book Review: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.


Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 (20th Anniversary Edition), is so far the best audiobook I’ve listened to yet. Timothy Zahn did a fantastic job with the story line, and Marc Thompson is an INCREDIBLE narrator. He’s so good, that regardless of the title, I think he would just make any story better. The overall production value is through the roof.

A few of my favorite things:

  • The story line is directly after Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. Perfect, if you’re like me, and you wanted more out of the original franchise.
  • The narration is amazing. It actually feels like you’re listening to the movie. Complete with sound effects, different voices for everyone (including C3P, R2D2, Yoda), as well as sound effect (lasers, explosions, and the whirring of the lightsaber).
  • It’s Star Wars!

Audiobooks like this, help me appreciate how differently you can experience a story – book, movie, being told in person, and audiobook. Each has has its own unique characteristics that bring a story to life.

I cannot wait for book 2 (Dark Force Rising) to come to audiobook form. The force is strong in this one.

2 thoughts on “(Audio) Book Review: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.”

  1. I’m not sure DARK FORCE RISING is going to be re-released in annotated form, nevermind audio. You need to send a note to Lucasfilm AND the publisher, Random House.

    (Marc Thompson is indeed amazing. But be sure to also check out Daniel Davis narrating DARTH PLAGUEIS. An amazing performance. It will be out beginning of 2012.)

    Keep listening.

  2. @eastriver. Thanks for the comment! So far it is STILL my favorite audiobook, I will definitely send a note over for the next one in the series.

    Marc is turning out to be one of my favorite narrators, I will indeed check out Darth Plagueis when it comes out.

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