The storyline: great! The performances: great! So, why only 2 stars? Because of the %&*@$ mixing of the music with the unending credits . between . every . single . chapter/episode. Instead of getting 5+ hours of story, I would imagine its barely 4 hours worth of storyline, and interspersed another hour of music and credits. The music itself was wonderful, just at a volume MANY levels above the dialogue. And full, (I mean full) credits were narrated between each and every segment of the story. It was beyond irritating to have to constantly turn down the volume from blowing out your ears with John Williams wonderful music, to having to readjust the volume to hear what was being said in the radio play It was also beyond irritating to hear multiple times the full credits that no doubt took up a fifth of the length of the entire purchase. I would NOT recommend this version because of the bad mix edit.
This was really a great listen for Star Wars fans. Even though only a couple of the actors are originals, the dramatized format does a good job of replicating the excitement and drama of the movie. All the great lines from the film are maintained though many scenes are elaborated to give more depth to the interactions and to make up for what the listener cannot see. I particularly enjoyed the extra material concerning Luke's piloting at home and his jedi training with Ben Kenobi. In nearly all cases, the extra material filled in gaps and explained actions that were largely inexplicable in the movie. It really felt like watching an extended cut of the movie in my car as I listened during each day's commute to work.
Keeping the original score in this audiobook and playing the relevant bits during vital scenes helped to remind me that the biggest star of the original movie was John Williams' music. The story would be much diminished without it.
The only downside was the lack of editing, as many other reviewers have complained, to remove the end credits and intro for each episode of the original 30-minute long programs. Perhaps there was some contractual reason to keep it in, but it is quite annoying to have the action stop every 30 minutes for 5 minutes of filler. Still, the overall experience is worth overlooking this.
The overall experience is comparable to seeing the original film. If you don't care for the movie, you probably won't enjoy this. If you do like the movie, you probably will.
Only a three star rating here... the sound effects are superb, direct from the big screen (X-Wings, TIES, lightsabres, droids etc.). However... the characters voices just didn't always work (for me at least). I was the most disappointed in Solo and Leia. Star Wars was THE movie I grew up with, so maybe I am a little prejudiced - If you're a Star Wars fan, the best thing to do is to check for yourself !
This is the second Dramatization I have listened too. In theory they should be good, in reality... ugh. I really don't like them. I like strait books, and I like it when there are multiple narrators for a book, but the whole acting an book into audio I don't like. I think it is probably the same reason I don't like abridge versions, I want to decide what to read and what to leave out. if its a dramatization I want to watch it not listen to it, all the background noise is distracting when its not visual at least for me. this one I can't even finish.
All and all its not bad and if you enjoy Star wars and dramatization you will enjoy it. But the style is not for me.
The story in and of its self is well done. What isnt done well is the repetitive re-announcing and ending of where this was done. You could easily cut 35 min of this Star Wars dramatization by taking out the NPR announcements and chapter endings and Star Wars theme music at every start and end of every chapter...
I wished the original han and leía were there ... but there was a time that their voices were spot on and truly forgot they were voice actors.... highly recomendé !
Especially if you are a newbie at seeing Star Wars--I recommend hearing this dramatized version of Star Wars before seeing the movie; I only saw the movie once in the theatre & once many years later & both times were challenging for me to follow--but this audio dramatically increased my understanding of all that transpired in the movie and I got so much more out of listening in this way--partly because I could pause it & look up a terminology online like "sand people, Tuscan warrior, wookie," etc. as I heard them mentioned and read up more on the characters as I went along--which of course I would not enjoy doing while watching a film. I highly recommend listening to this dramatization and taking notes if you are a newbie at Star Wars--made a huge difference for me! The Star Wars credits or theme song plays at the end and beginning of each chapter, and the music adds a lot to the listening; however--I would simply skip to the next chapter as soon as I heard the music & in the new chapter I would simply fast forward 30 seconds in-- if I did not want to hear the music & intro that occurred at each chapter or "episode" as they are called in the audio book. Highly recommend!
I was excited and felt the tension of battle just like I did 37 years ago when I saw the movie. Really worth using one of my credits. Can't wait to download the second installment. I don't have the patience or luxury of sitting down to read, this is my solution to experiencing and learning from great books. This was a good choice.
A die hard SW fan has been made to love this story even more by listening to the radio dramatization. It provides a fresh perspective on the narrative and details on characters only hinted on while watching the movie or left to conjecture by the audience member. Loved hearing the inclusion of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels providing familiarity but also taking liberties with certain lines of dialogue and delivery of it. This is a real treat and I cannot wait to listen to ESB and ROTJ dramatizations.