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Heir to the Empire Audio Book trilogy

’m a Star Wars fan. Many years ago, there was little to no Star Wars to be consumed.

We call that the dark times.

Then in 1991 we got our first new Star Wars content in quite sometime.

Timothy Zahn’s book Heir to Empire opened the world of Star Wars back up to fans. What happened after the events of Return of the Jedi in 1983.

Heir to the Empire was released eight years before we got our next Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace in 1999.

I was in high school when the novel came out and it reignited my dormant love of star Wars. And even more importantly it got me reading again.

In true Star Wars fashion the story is the first of trilogy, with Dark Force Rising and The Last Command round out the trilogy.

The audiobooks I recently finished listening to are the 20th anniversary editions, read by Marc Thompson. Thompson does all the voices, doing his best Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. And then he adds different voices to all the different characters. Since a lot of the characters are not from the original trilogy there is no known actor that he has to imitate, but I do hear a trace of Antonio Banderas and Jack Nicholson in a few of the characters. I was quite impressed with Thompson’s range of voices, a true audio actor.

I enjoy his voice and interpretation of Grand Admiral Thrawn more than the actor that recently played him on the Ashoka show on Disney+. Thompson’s Thrawn is more cunning and obviously militarily intelligent.

The books also add the classic John Williams soundtrack, and sound effects.

I was listening in my car at one point and had to pause the book because I was hearing some background noise, and it turned out to be from the audiobook.

I recommend the audiobooks of course. They also give an idea of what could have been the movie sequels.

If you have an Audible membership then I recommend at least listening to the first book Heir to the Empire.