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 !
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...
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.
Engineer the Bass Player
This is a great performance. It is interesting because it contains a lot that was not in the movie, and also shows what might have been with a different cast. Brock Peters makes a great Darth Vader, Han Solo sounds a lot more slimy, etc.
Let's compare it to the film version instead: not as good as the film, but the expanded script and additional information they are able to include makes it interesting for fans of the film.
I would compare it to the classic pulp adventure stories, like Flash Gordon, and John Carter of Mars in that the hero wins, good is easily defined vs the evil, and there is a lot of daring do committed by small groups that enables victory.
This form questionnaire asked me to choose from Mark Hamill or Anthony Daniels b/c it doesn't recognize that this was a full cast performance. I liked the job done by Brock Peters as Darth Vader best.
I thought given the extra backstory about Biggs Darklighter in this presentation, it made his death more compelling.
What an awesome new tid bit I found out about Star Wars! I absolutely loved listening to this audiobook despite the fact that I have watched the movie a billion times! I had no idea what to expect to be honest with you, because I didn't look deep into the description, I just saw that it was Star Wars, and it was Audible's daily deal for $1.99 so I grabbed it!
This audio version of Star Wars was an adaption of the original with a greater emphasis on character development. We were introduced to some of Luke Skywalker's friends, and how out of place he felt, even with them. Luke's best friend Biggs was just like Luke in the sense that he wanted to be a pilot and joined the Academy. The story was accompanied by a full array of sound effects, and music that made the whole experience exciting and new for me as an avid audible listener.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it was worth every penny and more!
The narrators/actors for this book were phenomenal! I would like to just add a few more names of the wonderful narrators that were involved in the making of this adventure! Perry King as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Brock Peters as Darth Vader, Anthony Daniels as C3PO, Ann Sacks as Princess Leia, and Bernard Barons as Obi-Wan. They all did a fantastic job with the performance and I give them 5 Stars!
No matter how many times you've seen chapter 4 this is still a must hear, it has extended scenes that are very amusing
I certainly enjoy Star Wars, even though I am not a die hard fan of it.
The radio drama here is a fine alternative from any movie, although some parts should have been narrated rather than announced by a character (or characters)
This, by the way, was made after the 3 movies were made, so things can sound inconsistent with the prequels.