Listen to Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes now

June 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Random House Audio has an excerpt for the first chapter of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes: An Expanded Universe is Born, featuring the voices of actor Marc Thompson, editor Betsy Mitchell, and author Timothy Zahn.

Highlights from the audio excerpt:

  • Timothy Zahn wanted a military villain, but an Admiral seemed too ordinary so he chose a Grand Admiral instead. He first discovered the rank in Orville Prescott’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
  • Just like The Original Trilogy, Zahn wanted to feature a Star Destroyer in his Rebellion-era books’ opening scenes.
  • Grand Admirals were appointed and only answerable to the Emperor.
  • The idea of Darth Vader’s elite troopers, 501st Legion, “played with in other books.” Perhaps a reference to Allegiance or Choices of One?

You can listen to the excerpt here at Random House Audio.

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: Behind the Scenes will be available as an unabridged audiobook download and traditional compact disc format September 6, 2011. If you can’t wait til then, the above excerpt can be downloaded as well!

Posted by: Dancelittleewok

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