First, this is the Star Wars we all know and love -- and if you haven't seen the movie then go watch it now (and if you don't love it, this dramatization won't change your mind).
It is a dramatization. Mark Hamill and and Anthony Daniels are back as Luke and C-3PO, and the rest of the voice actors do a respectable job (although the guy doing Han Solo tries a bit too hard at times -- he's no Harrison Ford).
I'm not entirely sure how they filled in an extra 4 hours of time. The nice thing is that the story is expanded -- more back story on Leia and the droids, and a good bit more on Luke's life on Tatooine, plus a bit more scattered throughout the rest of the story. It just didn't feel like an extra 3+ hours worth.
The annoying part was that this was a series of 13 (I believe) half hour or so radio episodes, so at the beginning of each episode/chapter, there was roughly a minute and a half of music and reminders of where the story was, and at the end was more music and credits that lasted anywhere from one to four minutes. So there was about an extra three to five minutes of time padded onto each episode. I get why they did it, and if this were being played on the radio like it originally was for NPR, it makes a lot of sense, but if you're listening straight through, it gets really annoying to have that much time wasted or to have to fiddle with the controls to bypass those sections (probably missing the right spots and having to backtrack to add to the annoyance.) It would be great if those sections could either be spliced out or set up as mini-chapters or bookmarks that can be skipped directly.
The sound effects seemed like they were pulled straight from the movie (which is certainly possible -- I haven't read enough of the history of this production to know if that's the case), and were generally good, although sometimes overwhelmed the dialogue.
On the whole, I enjoyed this quite a bit -- it's been fun to listen to the story again, and I'll likely revisit it many times in the future, along with the movies.
I enjoyed listening to this dramatization of Star Wars. It was good to hear some of the details that were lacking from the movie. It would have been great if ALL of the original actors had been available to read their characters' parts. I'm glad they were able to get Mark Hamill to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. The other character/voice actors did fine, too, but the original actors' voices would have been a real treat.
Delightful expansion of scenes only referenced offscreen in the film. Uses sound and characters - and some actors - from the movie. A brilliant addition to any fan's experience!
Considering this was 5 hours plus, I thought they would be fleshing the story out more - they did a bit, but much of the extra time was intro and exit from a 30 minute radio broadcast from which this was taken - very irritating. Star Wars, as it turns out, is pretty dull without the visual special effects. I made it about half way through before turning it off.
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First, let me say THANK YOU to audible for offering this dramatization! (I was lucky enough to get this on a special deal, too!)
When I was 10 years old, I laid on my parent's giant waterbed and listened to several of these episodes on their AM radio, over a period of several weeks. They were released (I think) in 30 minute segments, and I just happened to stumble upon them. I was blown away, listening to Luke Skywalker race his hopper across Tatooine and talk with Bigs about joining the academy. It was like a movie, complete with the actual sound effects, actors, and music from the movie. At the time, I was utterly engrossed with anything sci-fi, and Star Wars rocked my world.
I'd thought about that radio re-enactment multiple times over the next 30 years, but never saw any reference to it (probably didn't look too hard to be honest), and had almost resigned myself to thinking I had just imagined it. Until stumbling across it again on Audible.
WOW. My childhood came rushing back during the first thirty minutes of listening, and it's just as I remembered - only better; because now I can hear the ENTIRE dramatization. While it's a relatively short audiobook (~5 hours), those extra 3 hours are fantastic. No filler, just great background into the characters and Star Wars galaxy. Can't recommend highly enough.
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I enjoy this drama, and it gives you just enough to remind you of the original story. There are some off points that make it unique. They tell the story from key people from the movies, such as Luke Skywalker, and you will hear and experience points that did not occur in the movie but the story line follows the movie.
Darth Vader first appears.
Voices made the story feel more like Star Wars.
This book add much to the movie, It is multicast
When I heard Luke threading the Stone Needle to prove he is just as good as Biggs
Yes, I heard this many many years ago when I used to listen to public radio and heard it for the very first time. When I had to go on a trip and was going to miss a chapter I put a cassete recorder next to the radio, set it to record and plugged both in to a timer. When i got home I hurried into my bedroom and rewinded the tape. I got to listen to the chapter with the added sound effects of KC our cat meowing for attention. I remember it fondly
The scenes on Tatooine fill in so many conversations and details which the movie couldn't do. Very fun to hear.
It is in my top ten.
The back story and point of views by other characters. Kind of helped separate it from the movie. Wish they would have done the same thing in Empire Strikes back.
Their voice, lol. Really they just had more visual imagination to it. Really makes the listen fantastic almost like watching it.
No not really, but loved that Luke beat his friends in a race and when his best friends visits I think that was the most moving moment for me.
I listened to this dramatization over and over as a kid in the early 80s, playing out all the parts with my brother's action figures. I had seen the movie once or twice, but wasn't able to see it over and over till I was in my early teens. This was the version that I fell in love with. The acting, music, and sound effects make it possible to fill in all the details with your imagination. This is masterful radio storytelling. Even the intros and outros for each episode bring back strong memories.