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by Anthony Heald,Steve Perry

  • ISBN: 0739316656
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Author: Anthony Heald,Steve Perry
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Price-less; Abridged edition (October 12, 2004)
  • FB2 size: 1101 kb
  • EPUB size: 1544 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 263
Download Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (AU Star Wars) fb2

Still, it was a wonderful performance by TV, movie actor Anthony Heald, (TV's Boston Public, "Silence of the Lambs") whom I've enjoyed as an actor for years.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Still, it was a wonderful performance by TV, movie actor Anthony Heald, (TV's Boston Public, "Silence of the Lambs") whom I've enjoyed as an actor for years.

A great Star Wars book that takes place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It introduces a new character who is in conflict with both Darth Vader and the good guys. Shadows of the Empire feels very much like the Star Wars movies and has some overlap from a different perspective. It's a really great read that fits nicely between the two movies.

The Shadows of the Empire audio book is an abridged audio reading of the Shadows of the Empire novel originally published by author Steve Perry, performed by actor Anthony Heald. The audio book was originally published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing in 1996 as part of the larger Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a 1996 multimedia project created by Lucasfilm. The idea was to create a story set between the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and to explore all commercial possibilities of a full motion picture release without actually making a film.

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Written by Steve Perry, Audiobook narrated by Anthony Heald. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Narrated by: Anthony Heald. Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura. Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins.

An all-new Star Wars adventure by the author of Spindoc

An all-new Star Wars adventure by the author of Spindoc. Illuminating the shadowy outlines of a criminal conspiracy that exists in the background of the galactic empire, Shadows of the Empire introduces a dastardly new character-a mastermind of evil who dares to oppose one of the best-kwn villains of all time: Darth Vader.

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Shadows of the Empire illuminates the shadowy outlines of a criminal conspiracy that exists in the background of the events in the movies, ruled by a character new to us. Prince Xizor is a mastermind of evil who dares to oppose one of the best-known fictional villains of all time: Darth Vader. The story involves all the featured Star Wars movie characters, plus Emperor Palpatine and, of course, Lord Vader himself.
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If I could, I'd give this 4 1/2 stars, for as much I enjoyed this abridgement, there was one small thing that bothered me: it doesn't use much of the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack, by Joel McNeely, aside from Xizor's Theme. There is great music on that CD, and I was hoping a lot of it was used in this one.

Still, it was a wonderful performance by TV, movie actor Anthony Heald, (TV's Boston Public, "Silence of the Lambs") whom I've enjoyed as an actor for years. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of voices he uses in this for the different Star Wars characters, most notably Darth Vader, which was electronically modified and deepened, giving the listener a good mental image of the Sith Lord, though the voice is definitely not James Earl Jones, or even the late Brock Peters(voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars Radio Drama Trilogy), but it is sufficient.

Some of the other reviewers have noted that since this is an abridgement, a lot of material is removed from the performance. This is a fact, but in my humble opinion, it does not overly hurt the story. To my knowledge, there is not an unabridged version available.

But I'm glad to have this in my audio book collection. It's good listening while I'm in my car, working. Better that than most of the garbage on radio these days!
I remember when I first read this years ago I thought it was awesome. I particularly liked how the book came out alongside the Nintendo 64 video game and Hasbro toys. However, after rereading the novel, it comes up a bit short. In retrospect, I think my memories of the novel were shaped by the video game, which I loved. The novel itself seems to have a lot packed in, but also feels empty. Xizor, the head of the Black Sun crime syndicate, plots to assassinate Luke in order to get revenge on Darth Vader. Already, based on Return of the Jedi, we know what happens. Some subplots in the novel really feel like forced, designed to explicitly explain events in Return of the Jedi, such as the capture of the Death Star II plans. Other parts seem too dramatic or unrealistic, such as how Luke essentially utilizes Rogue Squadron for personal missions (wouldn't the Alliance High Command be a bit peeved?).

None of the new characters is particularly interesting. Xizor comes across as an overconfident playboy rather than a genuine villain. As another reviewer said, it would have been more interesting if we had seen Xizor actually succeed at something before he fails. As it stands, it looks like he's just playing out of his league with Vader and the Emperor. Dash Rendar is more interesting, but at the end of the day is just too much of a stand-in for Han Solo. His character takes a few interesting turns, but at the end it's hard to care too much about him. It would have been better to explore a completely new personality.

More tellingly, 15 years on, neither XIzor nor Black Sun have made much of an appearance in other Star Wars Expanded Universe works (Dash Rendar hasn't either, but he will feature in a book coming out later this year called Shadow Games). Rereading this novel really makes one wonder how Xizor and Black Sun were so powerful in Shadows of the Empire yet never mentioned elsewhere. In retrospect, this only highlights the lack of impact the Shadows of the Empire novel has had on the Star Wars universe.
Shadows is a must read for all Star Wars fans. I enjoyed the prologue in which Xizor overhears the conversation between Vader and Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back. The setting was brilliant, during a time of great uncertainty for Luke and Leia and thier friends. Another aspect that was interesting was how Perry added things (that he really did not need to do) that had a bit of an effect in Return of the Jedi like we find out where Leia got that bounty hunter suit from that she wore as a disguise when trying to save Han in Return of the Jedi. I hoped for just one small meeting between Luke and Vader (not a lightsaber duel) before the story goes into Jedi. The return to Tatooine expanded the aspects of the planet in A New Hope that is not done well in Return of the Jedi. Overall, again, a great story that would be awesome if turned into a movie. It had the right atmosphere like with the movie trilogy. Anyone wants to tallk Star Wars with me, I would be happy to talk.
I love this book for the simple fact its got not one, not two, but three villains. Aside from my fave, Palpatine, it introduces another, Prince Xizor who dares to go up against another fave Lord Vader. Its an action packed book with lots of scheming, dirty dealings and fighting scenes. The glimpses into Vader's thoghts was a real treat and I was glad to see that the ending left you guessing a bit. A great addition to the Star Wars saga. Anthony heald who is my favorite narrator in audiobooks does a fantastic job bringing each character to life; using sound effects i.e mechanical breathing when Vader was speaking was a nice touch and you got to love Xizor's theme which plays throughout this great audio production; one of my top audiobooks in my collection and one which has given me countless hours of listening enjoyment. Highly recommended.
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This review covers the audio cassette book (2 tapes, 3 hours). This was a pretty good tale, but, as an abridged version, it felt like some things were left on the cutting room floor. Once again, Anthony Heald does a great job in acting out all the various characters. The story line was weak and choppy. It does, however, fill in some of the gaps between episodes V and VI, so worth listening to for that. The sound-effects were well done, with the usual music score from the movies. Worth the purchase price.
This book is one incredible book considering the fact that Perry really couldn't develope the characters very much. It lets us in on Darth Vader's thoughts and it shows us how he isn't always thrilled to do the Empiror's bidding and we find out that Vader feels for his son. This, of course, leads to the ending of Return of the Jedi. An incredible book!!! A must-read!!!

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