Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young listeners while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.
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when he got the memo they wanted this for younger audiences it seems Gidwitz imagined a 5 year old dressed in jar jar binks pajamas. He writes as if I'm an idiot and as if this is the first of the trilogy feeling he has to give background when it's least important. He distracts the story with what he thinks is comedy and interrupts every now and then with the most stupid "jedi lessons" that embarrass you just listening to them.
This may be the worst Star Wars book I've ever read/listened to. I could barely make it through.
The style of storytelling spoiled for me what is a Star Wars classic and a cherished memory from my childhood. The commentary was snarky and poor, and the perspective from which the book is told was a bad idea. Unless you want to check a box that you completed this series, I would avoid this one.
The only bright point to this otherwise dismal Audio Book is Marc Thompson, who was masterful as always.
I could not keep myself interested. The story is told in the form of someone trying to convince a 3-4 year old that they are Luke.
"You walk into the hangar and see Han Solo - He's your friend and almost like a big brother. chewbacca is also there fiddling with wires on the Falcon. chewbacca is a wookie, which means he stands up like a man, but is hairy like a gorilla or sasquatch thing.."
it's meant to make you feel and pretend to be Luke, and introduce you to the universe, but who would start at TESB ? ANH in the same series is very different, which ruins the experience of this book further.I wish they had let that author write TESB as well.
Mark Thompson is doing a wonderful voice-job as always!
Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.
The story wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't start every sentence off w/ "you". Saying "you" doesn't make me think I'm Luke Skywalker, saying "I" does. That puts me in the character's shoes, not being told I'm him from another's perspective.
After 40 Star Wars books I figured I would never get tired or find a bad one. Wrong! After 5 minutes I was done. The new hope book was a great add to the Star Wars universe and gave some good insight to the characters. This book was the opposite. If this was the only Star Wars book you ever read it would be the only Star Wars book you ever read. This author needs to read the new hope retell And try again this was an epic fail.
The title of this review may seem harsh, but I have to be honest. This was the worst Star Wars book I've ever listened to. Why? Well to start with the book's forward eludes to the fact that the story is going to be told in first person format as if the reader/listener was Luke Skywalker...ok... Fine, but the book fails to do this. Instead of referring to Leia and Han's scenes from Luke's/your perceptive the book falls back to third person. If you are going to introduce a mechanism like the first person perceptive of a well known character you have to stick to it. How? Well... If it was me I would use Luke meditation sessions as a super natural way of checking in on Han or Leia OR just the single meditation session with Yoda and R2 and the floating rocks to peer backwards. Beyond the gimmicky first person perceptive not being consistent the book tries to be comical at times "Wookies sound like a cross between a dog and an opera singer", "C3PO looks like a golden tin man". Yes that seems to be a Wizard of Oz reference. This is Empire Strikes Back, the attempt at comedy takes away from the darkest of all the Star Wars movies. *SMH*
Interesting retelling of the original story. Some of the commentary was silly but at the same time I enjoyed the detailed descriptions
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After listening to the first book in this new audiobook series, Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy I had really high hopes for book two.
And my hopes and dreams for this audiobook were absolutely and undeniably smashed within about five minutes. I am not sure whose idea it was to change formats, one that was already set, even though it was quite high, mid-series.
Adam Gidwitz took the Empire Strikes Back, that I know and love and told it from a first person perspective. That on its own I am sure I could have gotten over. However, it was written as if a six or seven year old has no social skills, has never heard of Star Wars, and is training to be a Jedi, and needs to be convinced he is Luke Skywalker. Then there are the Jedi lesson in between each chapter. “Jedi have to breath too”, seriously?
If you are over the age of ten and love Star Wars. Do not waste your time and money with this abomination. I am not sure I have it in me to continue this series, obviously I have no idea what to expect.
Marc Thompson did what he could here. In fact I didn’t even realize it was him. He performed it as I am sure he was told and unfortunately it did not work at all. I think he was trying to sound like a seven year old or something. His performance just didn’t jive with me.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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The Story is still good no matter how you tell it, but the "lessons" that are placed every so often really killed this book for me. They were uninteresting and an unwanted addition.
I just wanted, "The Empire Strikes Back". But for some reason, the writer included about 40 minutes of garbage about teaching the young listener how to meditate. I have no intention of exposing my kids to this. in the same series, "A New Hope" was refreshingly written for young readers. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, THIS episode was simply terrible. Just tell the story, the modern classic that is "Empire"... not the writers own misguided attempt to indoctrinate kids into eastern mysticism.
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