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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Summary

He is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxy-wide criminal organization, and he seeks to displace Darth Vader as the Emperor's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. In the meantime, he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is Luke Skywalker.

Though he is cold and reptilian, Xizor has a certain predatory charisma that not even Leia can completely resist. Against the judgment of Chewbacca, who has promised the frozen Han to keep her from harm, Leia walks willingly into Xizor's lair in a dangerous play of passion and willpower to get the information she needs to defeat him.

And as the struggle between Xizor and Vader intensifies, Luke finds himself the potential prize of two of the most evil entities in the galaxy: one who wants him alive, and one who wants him dead.

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Critic reviews

"Anthony Heald is a superb performer for the various Star Wars audiobooks. He slides in and out of distinctive Star Wars characters with such smoothness that the characters are instantly recognizable, as if the original actors were working in ensemble." ( AudioFile)

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needs full version

needs full unabridged version as several parts were missing including important character development, action and important plot points but still enjoyable just too short

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please stop talking

read this years ago, thought I'd revisit it, story still holds up.
couldn't finish it, the narrator has quite possibly got the most annoying voice in the known universe, he sounds like mini-me.
his phrasing and timing were ok but the character voices were more annoying than his own (if possible)
I'll be avoiding any titles with his name on it.

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  • Kallie
  • 10-11-12

Would have been better Unabridge

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Great Star Wars book! Would of been better if this audiobook was unabridged full uncut instead of abridged. Oh well! Some of the best parts should of made it in full (not cut or shortened) like princess Leia's seduction. Still not a bad listen, good story line & performance. Always one of my Star Wars favorites.

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  • McSwonder
  • 09-10-15

Good but abridged

This is one of the best titles in the now legends series. I really liked this book. I just wish they made an abridged version.

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  • John McGillis
  • 08-09-17

An all-time classic, beautifully preformed.

Shadows Of The Empire is one of my all time favourite Star Wars novels (and comic, video game, etc) and it is wonderfully abridged and preformed here. My only minor gripe is a handful of mispronounced character and location names.
Highly Recommended to all Star Wars fans, especially 90's kids like myself.

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  • Skip Walter
  • 28-01-15

Tie up loose ends between Episodes 5 and 6

A must read at some point for all Star Wars fans. This is the book between episodes 5 and 6. Sort of like the Clone Wars movies for Episodes 2 and 3, but this one actually helps to tie things together. New villian.

Only problem is that the partial cast performance is definitely noticeable. It pulls you out of the story quite a bit, would have preferred it to remain a pure narration play rather than a partial performance, but that's just me.

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  • Wade Walker
  • 17-01-17

would be better as unabridged

considering the age of this audiobook, it isn't too bad. would be better if it was longer in duration and read be Marc Thompson.

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  • Scott C Atkins
  • 22-02-18

Luke to the Rescue

Great action, plot line, and character development following the events after Empire and before Return

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  • Assault Raptor
  • 15-12-17

The centerpiece to the game and comic's cornerstones

Shadows of the Empire is one the Star Wars EU's earliest pride of the litter. I've read the comic, played the game and nothing completes the experience like the audiobook. It's like watching a Star Wars movie without actually watching it. Let your imagination do the visuals while the authentic trademark sound effects provide the icing on your experience. In a nutshell, it's good writing, smooth pacing like hyperspace, all eargasm! Except for the fact that this is only the abridged version, hence the one star short rating.

For those who love this awesome chapter in Star Wars history, I reccommend you binge on the aforementioned comic and games to literally see the "Shadows" of the Empire. While the comic tells the same story, it branches off into Bob's Fett's POV, showing how much of a hassle it was delivering Solo's popsicle butt to Jabba with rival bounty hunters you saw on the Executor out to Rob his meal ticket. And in the game you play as the resident, "substitute Solo" Dash Rendar who gets his day in the limelight, steamrolling over stormtroopers, thugs, several AT-STs, even Fett and Xizor's personal rumble robot. Spoilers, it took more than one thermal detonator down the garbage dump to turn the big bad's castle to concrete gravel, guess who set the stage for the fireworks to really bring down the house.

All in all, this audiobook really gives off the swashbuckling vibes of Star Wars and another reason for Disney to commit seppuku with a lightsaber.

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  • David
  • 15-09-10

It's abridged, but a great listen nonetheless!

Anthony Heald does a phenomenal job narrating this great book. The production value is very high as well, as it features sound effects, famous themes, and even new music composed for the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack. I really enjoyed listening to this, even though it sadly is an abridged version of the novel. Nothing vital is cut out, but it does feel rather short in contrast.

Nonetheless, this is definitely worth a buy. It's the closes thing you get to having a 7th Star Wars film in the palm of your hand!

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  • Aaron Pfund
  • 11-03-19

The original bridge of the saga!

I'm glad to have bought and listened to this audio book! Even with this being abridged the story is still completely intact and griping as ever! and I can safely say that it has motivated me to buy the full story at a later date! really, the only criticisms I have is that BDD could've asked Lucas film to provide them more access to their iconic sound effects library for this and baffling decision to give Wedge a Scottish accent but these small potatoes in comparison with the entire product Highly recommended among any star wars fan worth their republic credits or spice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-19

Abridged Version. Only a fragment of the book.

What is there is okay, but at a little over 3 hours, you're only getting 1/3 (or less) of the book. It doesn't do this novel justice.