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.
Gives you much more detail than the movie did and its well acted but the episode separations are anoyying.
I had heard bits and pieces of it when I was little, before I had seen the movie even. (I'm 42. VCRs weren't really a thing yet.) Listening to it now as an adult is sheer joy. It's more story, more characters, more Star Wars in general than the film version. There's insights into character that you just didn't get. It's also just a stunning example of pulp science fiction of the era.
This is an audio drama, not a narrated story. The dramatic actors do a great job of expressing the story. This drama tells a little of prior to the opening of the movie - Luke's life on Tatooine. The sound effects parallel the movie's sound effects and the music in the background is John Williams' score for the Star Wars Trilogy. I would rate this in the top two of the audiobooks I've listened to.
Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels have voices that help you visualize the movie I grew up loving. Ann Sachs also did a superb job as Leia in the whole trilogy. 5 stars all around!
With this version of StarWars you can finally get all the background information and scenes that were cut from the original movie. A must listen for any die hard StarWars fan.
I loved this. Great additional story I never knew was out there. it was a little jarring to hear iconic lines coming from anyone except Harrison Ford or Frank Oz, but I got over it pretty quick. the original cast members were a treat!