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...
It was the first dramatized story I bought from audible. I cant bring myself to spend more than $10 on a five hour audio play, so I wont buy the next one in the series. All in all, it was perfect to buy when it was on sell. I enjoyed it on my road trip.
R2R2 really landed his speaking parts
Help us obi-one, Youre our only hope
Star Wars Radio Drama. Need I say more? Perhaps one of the greatest science fiction movies of the twentieth century, Star Wars has captured the hearts of millions and lost a few of them along the way as the series went back in time. Of course I’m talking about the prequels, but that’s not the purpose of this review.
This adaptation of Star Wars IV: A New Hope was released on NPR back in 1981. Many others, have been fortunate to get it on audible.com, years after its original broadcast. Those expecting the movie but in audio form, will be presently surprised.
The runtime of the audio drama is 5+ hours and the the movie is less than 3. That means there’s at least 2 hours of extra story that adds more dimensions to the characters. We spend more time on Tatooine in the beginning, getting to know Luke as more than just a whiny farm boy. Or, at least, he has a bigger motivation for wanting to leave the planet than originally portrayed in the movie.
The acting done by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels is top quality. However, most of the cast from the first film do not make an appearance. That being said, the only actor who felt out of place was the person playing Darth Vader. Even so, near the end I came to accept the voice.
If there was one flaw early on that drove me up the wall it would be the unnatural timing of Darth Vader’s respirator. It went on and off constantly without any rhyme or reason. Thankfully it became background noise after a while, but when first introduced to one of the greatest villains in history, it came off as a grown man with breathing issues.
Fans of Star Wars and audio drama will be sure to get their money’s worth
It goes without saying that the story is "5 star" for a rating, but I really wanted to know how this stood up as a radio drama. Obviously I'm from the generation were Star Wars was the best movie ever. This also means I can remember long drives with radio theatre as an entertainment medium. I must admit that the voice acting and production was expertly done.
If you want a commuting story to bring you back to your youth, before you needed to commute to work, give this version a try. I think you'll find that it's quite enjoyable.
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.
I am not a Star Wars fanatic by any means and I thought this production was very entertaining.
The only gotcha is that they are presented in their original form. Which means you hear all of the credits at the end of each chapter and at the start of each chapter you are also presented with a flash back of what happened in the previous chapter.
Besides that I loved it !
A mother, a wife, part-time professional trying to fit it all in...
loved the audiobook to listen in the car. it was so fun reliving the movie as we listened in the car, on the way to school, running errands, etc. My kids loved it!
I appreciate what they are trying to do, but this story is just meant for the screen. There are some awkward lines of a character explaining what they see in a way that just doesn't sound natural.
While the audiobook adds some details to the story, most of them were not interesting. I'm a big believer in "less is more," and this audio adaptation did the opposite.
Additionally, it contained the intro and exit for each and every episode. I really didn't need the same 3 minutes of credits and music over and over and over... This is a result of them directly reproducing the radio broadcast without any editing.
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.