I saw the original movies as a kid and heard this as well. I didn't appreciate it when it aired originally but years later, I'm surprised how much I really enjoyed this.
It made me fall in love with this story all over again.
There is so much more to this story through this than the movies or books and my hat is off to the producers who really knew what they were doing. The later stories of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are also worthwhile.
Sure the actors aren't the same, but the story is so much more rich and satisfying, I really didn't care after about the third episode of this multipart series.
If you liked (or loved) Star Wars you owe it to yourself to rediscover this great story told in a fresh and remarkable way.
I am long time All Things Considered listener and enjoy all the interviews, commentary, reviews, etc that the talented staff at NPR produce everyday. I commute on a train most days and listen to books or work on my computer while riding. I can't always tune in to our local NPR station to catch ATC in its entirety and thought that subscribing to it would be a great thing.
I signed up for the subscription but was disappointed that a daily broadcast wasn't even available until 10pm that night. So for me, this wasn't going to work. If you like ATC and can wait until tomorrow or late at night to listen to the show, then this will probably work for you. Think of it as if you're recording that day's show and will listen to it later. Like a Tivo or VCR...
I'm passing on it for now until if and when can be downloaded as it's being produced...that shouldn't be impossible someday.
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