Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia

  • by Dave Wolverton
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Darth Vader and the emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on, and the Alliance must continue to struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking new allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes consortium, a cluster of 63 high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother. She wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder.
When Han Solo hears the news of Leia's impending nuptials, he reacts with shock. Han has always dreamed of marrying Leia. Yet, in spite of his heroic exploits, he feels she sees him as nothing more than a rogue and a pirate, unworthy of her hand. Now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Tricking Leia into accompanying him, Han flees with her to the beautiful and untamed planet Dathomir, where he hopes to win her heart.
Fearing the imperious queen's reaction to Han's rash move, Luke Skywalker forms an unlikely alliance with Prince Isolder to track down the runaways. Luke has been traveling the far reaches of the galaxy in search of the scattered lore of the Jedi Knights. But when he, Artoo, and Isolder set off to Dathomir, Luke does not suspect that he is beginning an adventure that will lead to the discovery of an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained "witches"...and a showdown with an invincible foe.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Better than I thought it would be! recommended.

Realistic as a film, sounds and voices from original movies, great story,I am very surprised by the book!
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- hedvikaka

Great story, but narrator ruins it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend that they listen to this book if they need to fill story gaps, but not if they can't ignore bad narration with multiple mispronunciations. Coruscant is pronounced "CorusKant", Han Solo sounds like a 1940's gangster, and Wedge Antilles sounds like Scotty from Star Trek. Very distracting after hearing the amazing Mark Thompson in so many great readings!


Who was your favorite character and why?

Luke Skywalker


How could the performance have been better?

Pronounce the words in the Star Wars universe correctly since most of the people who listen to these books are big Start Wars fans.


Did Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia inspire you to do anything?

Listen to the next story


Any additional comments?

Please have Mark Thompson narrate any book previously narrated by Anthony Heald!

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- Benjamin D Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio