When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development. Director John Madden guided a splendid cast, including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, reprising their film roles as Luke Skywalker and the persnickety robot See Threepio, through an intense 10-day dialogue recording session. Then came months of painstaking work for virtuoso sound engineer Tom Voegeli, whose brilliant blending of the actors' voices, the music, and hundreds of sound effects takes this intergalactic adventure into a realm of imagination that is beyond the reach of cinema.
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Didn't even know this existed. Has Mark Hamill the original Luke Skywalker. Sound effects and music are really cool too. Wish they did this kind of stuff on the radio now a days.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Excellent additions to the story. A great radio drama that captures the action and tickles the ears.
The additions to the story were intersting and helped make the story interesting, especially the race at the begining.
No I have not.
The moments with Obi Wan were just as powerful if not more so on the radio.
Great example of radio drama excellence.
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 brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE FORCE CAN HAVE A STRONG INFLUENCE ON THE WEAK MINDED
I must preface this by letting you know that the movie was my favorite of all time. In 1977 I was eighteen and single. Before this I had never gone to see a movie more then once. After seeing this, every time I came upon a friend who had not seen it, I insisted on taking them. I ended up going to the theater seven times. STAY ON TARGET. This dramatized version was an excellent way to bring the story to audio. Besides being very entertaining, much was added to the story and some background information not included in the movie was explained. If you are a fan of the movie, this is a must.
I HAVE A VERY BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS
I will say that I missed James Earl Jones and Harrison Ford. The person who did Han Solo's voice sounded too much like Luke Skywalker. When talking together it could get confusing on who was talking. Also this is 25 or so minute episodes. Each episode starts with and is followed by the theme music. I love the theme music, but it is very loud and if you listen to the whole thing in one day, it is over kill. This was originally done on NPR, as you are told 13 times, an episode at a time.
HELP ME OBI-WAN KENOBI YOUR MY ONLY HOPE
The story in and of its self is well done. What isnt done well is the repetitive re-announcing and ending of where this was done. You could easily cut 35 min of this Star Wars dramatization by taking out the NPR announcements and chapter endings and Star Wars theme music at every start and end of every chapter...
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!
"My first Audible"
really good introduction to Audible. I remember listening to the original radio series so many years ago. recommended if you like Star Wars.
great voice acting, well dramatised for Radio,excellent pacing. Sound effects brilliant. would highly recommend to anyone.
"The Force is strong with this one!"
I remember listening to this on the radio as a youngster, back in the late 70s, or early 80s, and it hasn't lost any of the excitement of discovering new Star Wars that it had then. Mark Hamill & Anthony Daniels recreate their roles as Luke Skywalker & C-3P0, and are surrounded by an excellent cast of supporting actors filling the other famous roles. The new voices are similar enough for you to picture the appropriate characters, and they fulfil their roles well. The real pleasure, however, is the extra story & character content. Some of it I recognise a being part of George Lucy's original storyline (Luke and Biggs on Tatooine etc) but some, I'm guessing, is completely original and most of it expertly fills in holes in the film plot that you didn't even realise were there. And when you add in John Williams' wonderful score, and Ben Burrt's amazing soundscape you end up with a fantastic variation of a an great familiar story! :-)
"Star Wars The Considerably Extended Edition!"
Despite not benefiting from any visual effects, it was as engaging as the movie version.
I've thought about this, but I can't settle on just one.
Their performances are as good as they were on the big screen.
No, it's not that sort of story, but it did make me nostalgic.
Well worth a shufty - I'm now listening to The Empire Strikes Back!
I loved this. It was great to have original film cast members, especially mark hamil. Also great to get more back story and insight into some of the characters. Music by the ever amazing John Williams and original sound effects all make this a great listen. One of my best audio purchases. I quickly followed it up with the empire strikes back and return of the Jedi and was not disappointed. Fantastic listening!
"Childhood memories relived!"
Memorable. Exciting. Fun.
I remembered the character conversations on Tatooine from listening about 30 years ago!
They both portrayed the characters in the same way I remembered from the films.
This is a radio play in chapters so lends itself to part listening.
Brought back some memories of childhood car trips listening to the radio broadcasts.
"Spoiled by intro/credits"
I enjoyed the story, even if some of the "voices" lacked a little. However, the intro and lengthy credits at the end of every flaming chapter really spoiled the experience... Poor job
"Revisit Star Wars in this expanded audio version."
Enjoy Star Wars? Here is a way to enjoy it all over again! A fast-paced retelling of the Star Wars storey with extra scenes on Tatooine and Alderaan, that take place before the beginning of the movie. The voice cast, including some of the original movie cast, recreate the feel of the story while your mental images from the movie fill in the rest. This is as close as you can come to seeing the movie again for the first time.
"Cheesy? Probably. Amazing? Absolutely."
It fills in all the blanks you may have had from Star Wars, and is performed great by the cast... It does have a few cheesy lines, and is a little heavy handed at times, and you may want to skip to the next chapter after you hear the credits list after every episode, but there's no mistaking that this IS Star Wars.
"Gives some small insights and enjoyable"
There is quite a bit of back story that I hadn't appreciated at the beginning of this play. I enjoyed that and the smaller, less significant fillers that crop up throughout.
I would love to have heard original voices of Darth, Han and Obi Wan but I guess it wasn't possible at the time.
This does work very well to destroy the potential boredom of any commute.
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