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Star Wars (Dramatized) | [George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)]

Star Wars (Dramatized)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-04-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "USE THE FORCE"

    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

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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 05-23-14
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "No more Dramatization"

    This is the second Dramatization I have listened too. In theory they should be good, in reality... ugh. I really don't like them. I like strait books, and I like it when there are multiple narrators for a book, but the whole acting an book into audio I don't like. I think it is probably the same reason I don't like abridge versions, I want to decide what to read and what to leave out. if its a dramatization I want to watch it not listen to it, all the background noise is distracting when its not visual at least for me. this one I can't even finish.

    All and all its not bad and if you enjoy Star wars and dramatization you will enjoy it. But the style is not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 05-06-14
    SuSuz Lutz, Florida United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to evaluate."

    The storyline: great! The performances: great! So, why only 2 stars? Because of the %&*@$ mixing of the music with the unending credits . between . every . single . chapter/episode. Instead of getting 5+ hours of story, I would imagine its barely 4 hours worth of storyline, and interspersed another hour of music and credits. The music itself was wonderful, just at a volume MANY levels above the dialogue. And full, (I mean full) credits were narrated between each and every segment of the story. It was beyond irritating to have to constantly turn down the volume from blowing out your ears with John Williams wonderful music, to having to readjust the volume to hear what was being said in the radio play It was also beyond irritating to hear multiple times the full credits that no doubt took up a fifth of the length of the entire purchase. I would NOT recommend this version because of the bad mix edit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    08-22-09
    08-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb FX, voices not so appealing"

    Only a three star rating here... the sound effects are superb, direct from the big screen (X-Wings, TIES, lightsabres, droids etc.). However... the characters voices just didn't always work (for me at least). I was the most disappointed in Solo and Leia. Star Wars was THE movie I grew up with, so maybe I am a little prejudiced - If you're a Star Wars fan, the best thing to do is to check for yourself !

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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 11-16-10
    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 11-16-10 Member Since 2010

    Hittormiss

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    "Same as Empire Strikes Back"

    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...

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    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14
    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Its like the old Sugar Creek Gang in outter space"
    Where does Star Wars (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the first dramatized story I bought from audible. I cant bring myself to spend more than $10 on a five hour audio play, so I wont buy the next one in the series. All in all, it was perfect to buy when it was on sell. I enjoyed it on my road trip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    R2R2 really landed his speaking parts


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Help us obi-one, Youre our only hope


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    Michael Bergonzi Champaign, IL, United States 06-08-14
    Michael Bergonzi Champaign, IL, United States 06-08-14
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    "Audio Drama Reviews: Star Wars IV"

    Star Wars Radio Drama. Need I say more? Perhaps one of the greatest science fiction movies of the twentieth century, Star Wars has captured the hearts of millions and lost a few of them along the way as the series went back in time. Of course I’m talking about the prequels, but that’s not the purpose of this review.

    This adaptation of Star Wars IV: A New Hope was released on NPR back in 1981. Many others, have been fortunate to get it on audible.com, years after its original broadcast. Those expecting the movie but in audio form, will be presently surprised.

    The runtime of the audio drama is 5+ hours and the the movie is less than 3. That means there’s at least 2 hours of extra story that adds more dimensions to the characters. We spend more time on Tatooine in the beginning, getting to know Luke as more than just a whiny farm boy. Or, at least, he has a bigger motivation for wanting to leave the planet than originally portrayed in the movie.

    The acting done by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels is top quality. However, most of the cast from the first film do not make an appearance. That being said, the only actor who felt out of place was the person playing Darth Vader. Even so, near the end I came to accept the voice.

    If there was one flaw early on that drove me up the wall it would be the unnatural timing of Darth Vader’s respirator. It went on and off constantly without any rhyme or reason. Thankfully it became background noise after a while, but when first introduced to one of the greatest villains in history, it came off as a grown man with breathing issues.

    Fans of Star Wars and audio drama will be sure to get their money’s worth

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-29-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic movie made into radio theatre"

    It goes without saying that the story is "5 star" for a rating, but I really wanted to know how this stood up as a radio drama. Obviously I'm from the generation were Star Wars was the best movie ever. This also means I can remember long drives with radio theatre as an entertainment medium. I must admit that the voice acting and production was expertly done.

    If you want a commuting story to bring you back to your youth, before you needed to commute to work, give this version a try. I think you'll find that it's quite enjoyable.

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    Ricardo L. Texas USA 05-19-14
    Ricardo L. Texas USA 05-19-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very Entertaining .."

    I am not a Star Wars fanatic by any means and I thought this production was very entertaining.

    The only gotcha is that they are presented in their original form. Which means you hear all of the credits at the end of each chapter and at the start of each chapter you are also presented with a flash back of what happened in the previous chapter.

    Besides that I loved it !

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    Omtomyheart SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-17-14
    Omtomyheart SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    A mother, a wife, part-time professional trying to fit it all in...

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    "we are star wars fans"

    loved the audiobook to listen in the car. it was so fun reliving the movie as we listened in the car, on the way to school, running errands, etc. My kids loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Justan
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    4/9/13
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    "A must for star wars fans!"

    If you love star wars then you're sure to enjoy this. Yes, I agree with one of the earlier reviews that the opening credits are quite long but you soon forget about them once the adaptation begins. Listening to the familiar voices of Mark Hammil and Anthony Daniels really immerses you back into the world if star wars again. Not being restricted to screen, this really let's your imagination open up to the complete story.

    Overall a highly recommended listen.

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  • Mr
    Washington, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Enhanced entertainment"

    A great download which fills out the original Star Wars movie with additional scenes. Really fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Baggaley
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    12/23/12
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    "This reminded me why I loved the original."

    Fantastic to hear the story with extra parts about Biggs/canyons etc. I really enjoyed this version and with the next months credit bought empire strikes back.

    The quality is excellent & original casting for many parts makes it really worth getting if you are a fan of the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Star Wars"

    Fantastic. The story has been fleshed out so that it contains more than the original film. This is the First Original Film, and not the Phantom Menace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "enjoyable but a bit annoying"

    I enjoyed the story, its a US production for radio and has a full cast and sound, action effects are great. My only criticism is that at the end and start of every chapter has an announcment of cast, produced by etc etc. This could so easily be removed and the normal gap and "chapter ??" entered, how about an updated editors version audible? Would make it much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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