This version was very different than just an audio adaptation of the film. It's more like what Star Wars would have been, had it not been so visionary and better than the shows of its age. This version was more melodramatic and clunky. Closer to a Twilight Zone episode than an epic...
That being said, it's worth listening to for serious fans of the series. The characterization and fuller backstories of some characters provide some fun alternative perspectives to what we all assume were Luke, Han and Leia's motivations.
-Han and Luke were shown as deeper characters
-Obi Wan and Leia are shallower, or at least, less enjoyable
-Vader really didn't feel convincing, his villainous-ness felt very forced and tawdry
Some of the actions scenes didn't translate well to radio, but others held up fine and the extended portions of character development were engaging.
All in all, a good listen for dedicated fans to hear what might have been, and to give better perspective on just how good the film version really was. But not recommended for casual fans expecting an audiobook version right from the film.
I remember, as a child agonizing for each episode to be released on the local NPR radio station. It was good then, but even better now all together and being able to listen to the Episodes back to back.
I loved the concept of putting Star Wars (my favorite movie series of ALL time) into a very overlooked form of entertainment, the radio drama! Some might think the acting is a bit hoaky, but u almost HAVE to overact to be in a radio drama. It's so cool to hear Mark Hamill be Luke in this vain. I would recommend checking it out...especially if ur a fan of the best movie series in the galaxy far, far away!
Though I missed the original cast voices of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the story is always the greatest of its time and of all time, if you recognize how ahead if our times George Lucas truly was. Star Wars is a classic:)
Whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or, like me, you just like good stories told well, this is audio theater at its best. I discovered this on CD through my local library, but when I realized Audible had it, I picked it up on impulse.
This dramatization really adds a lot to the story, fleshing out Luke, Han Solo, and just about every other character. I'm sure it was both fun and challenging for many of the actors to rely on vocal tone and inflection rather than facial expression, but I think the challenge only adds to the enjoyment of this program.
Anyone who has seen the movie will recognize the music and sound effects. I'm thankful that NPR was able to use the sound effects and music, and that they didn't have to write a new musical score from scratch. For many fans, the music is a true star in these films, and it's used well in this audio dramatization.
I really enjoy this as a way to stimulate your imagination. In this age where there is so much visual stimulation, it's good to bring out a good audio theater producation like this, sit back with your iphone and a good sound system and let your imagination fly. You have all you need right in the story, since the characters describe what's happening, and you can fill in the rest by creating mental pictures of, for instance, what the ships might look like.
In summary, whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or you just enjoy a good story told well, you can fine value in this audio program.
This breathed new life into Star wars for me. The added scenes early on developed Luke and Leia's characters significantly pulling my empathy for them out more meaningfully during the rest of the basically action driven story. Really well done! I aspire to moisture farming one day.
I really felt me on a galaxy far far away recalling memorable moments. The parts that were excluded from the movie are present in consistently in the audio drama. The original sound effects and the participation of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, Luke Skywalker and C3PO respectively, greatly values the work.
I was taken back to the day I saw this space drama in the theater. So exciting & heart warming. The original music is one of my great loves. I also appreciated the extra tidbits that were not in the movie. Great job! Thanks from a SW fan.