The galaxy is at war.
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen - the Death Star. The rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.
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The new focus. The story follows, as the title says, the Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. The story of Luke on the farm, and Ben Kenobi is glossed a bit over, or told in memories of the character and similar. The fight between Ben and Vader is seen trough Luke's eyes, and so a bit different. But all in all, the story keeps it's core and the small bits the author chose to add from her fantasy are great additions that feel natural, and even sometimes add to your appreciation and understanding of the characters
Marc Thompson is the best Star Wars narrator out there. There is no comparing. He could have done the female voices as well, but Rebecca Soler delivers a great performance as well!
I got a bit teary eyed at some points, the author has added small thoughts to the character in key moments that feel natural, and adding something for both new and old listeners.
The only negative I could say is that This book is actually TOO good! I'll explain;
ANH made me instantly want to move on to ESB and ROTJ. However, they are written by two other authors in a VERY, VERY different way. and unfortunately, that killed it for me. it's almost like this book was written for new and old fans, while the other two are written for a younger audience, and as a first-time introductions for kids not familiar with the story.
My advice would be listen to this, then listen to the samples from the ESB and ROTJ and judge for yourself.
More attention to the Star Wars Universe and understanding how the force works, and the fact that Leia should not be able to dupe Vader with the force during an interrogation without him saying, "Hey! wait a minute, she just used the force to repel my Dark Side mind probe.
Marc Thompson did a fine job, after an hour of Rebecca Soler I was begging for Marc to come back, but that is mainly because Leia comes across as whiny, and over-emotional in the bad sense.
This is the first audio book that I had to quit out of frustration. An hour was dedicated to Leia getting captured, an hour! I finally quit when Leia uses the force to wrap herself in a warm blanket that the Dark side could not penetrate. The author is trying to tell me that Vader was just like, " oh well she fought off me and the interrogation droids attempts to get information, nothing to see here." I had to turn it off, and quickly jump into Plagueis to shake my bad mood.
If you're a Star Wars fan you will enjoy this. If you're a Star Wars geek you will love this.
If you can recite the Sith code or Jedi Code from memory and explain how to apply it to everyday life, this book will annoy you to no end.
It is impossible for me to delineate between the movie and this audiobook because the book conjures up the scenes that have been burned into my cerebral cortex. The most memorable moment for me was when Obi-wan sacrificed himself for the good of everyone else at the hands of Darth Vader.
Not fair; can't choose.
Yes, and I tried to do that, even listening in the grocery store.
I enjoyed the extra comments and deeper dialogue the audio book provides.
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Being a huge nerd, I love Star Wars and have since the first time I ever saw it. After reading this in the synopsis, "Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before", I had to know more.
So here I am left with a dilemma, how does one write a review of one of the most iconic and influential, at least to me, stories of all time? Answer is I wouldn't even try.
What I will do is tell you about how I felt listening to a familiar, yet new, version of the classic.
The book was broken up into three aptly named parts that didn't overlap. The Princess part was told from the point of view of Princess Lia. Starting with her ship being boarded by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. To being held captive and tortured by Vader and the interrogation droid and the destruction of her home world Alderaan. The next part was The Scoundrel. Told from the point of view of Han Solo. Picking up in the cantina in Mos Eisley. Moving through his meeting of Obi Wan and Luke to the infiltration of the Death Star and ultimately the death of Obi Wan. The final part was The Farm Boy. Taking us through the escape of the Death Star to it's ultimate destruction.
I am very happy that Alexandra Bracken didn't try to reinvent anything. She simply added the thoughts and insights from each of the parts main characters. While also filling in some story that was not explicitly mentioned in the original. For example, she told us of Lea's backstory of being on the senate, we get to find out that Han Solo isn't quite as two dimensional as many think he is, and that like had to go through trials before being allowed to fly an X-Wing with the rebels.
If you are a Star Wars fan and are open to story that you know, yet you only know the surface. You should really check Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy out. You just might be pleasantly surprised as I was.
Marc Thompson's performance was absolutely uncanny, flamboyant and extraordinary. Somehow he has figured out a way to almost flawlessly mimic all of the characters of Star Wars that we know and love. Simply said he nailed it! He performed all of the male roles throughout the story and was the primary narrator for the final two parts. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job too. She performed all of the female dialog in the audiobook and was the primary for the first part. I cannot think of any other voice actors that could have pulled off as much magic as these two.
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I knew pretty much what to expect from the book but the audiobook just blew me away. It was so realistic I caught myself trying to hide the tears in my eyes. If you only ever get one audiobook make it this one. I've only reviewed a few audiobook and this is at the top of the list. Do yourself a favor and get the audiobook. Job well done by the production department and it's narrating crew!
Alexandra Brackens retelling of Star Wars is a character driven novel that monuments the action-thriller film. The third person perspective of Leia, Han and Luke invites the audience to explore and discover the depth of each character from the original film. Connecting so many of the facial expressions, physical responses, or awkward motions from the film to the characters’ internal dialogue in the novel was enchanting to say the less. And the exceptional narration of the audiobook opens the age/gender range of audience to the whole family, including my 4 year old daughter. 6 out of 5 stars!
She did an incredible job of capturing our memories. I felt I was really there on Tatooine. As the twin suns set causing a golden glow across the sand dunes you can feel their warmth on our cheeks.
I've always wanted the movies in an audible form. I just finished listening to "Star Wars A New Hope the Princess the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy". This is about as perfect as I could hope for. Magnificent! Even had a the deleted scenes. I clapped & cheered at the end. Hey now!
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