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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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 !
The scenes on Tatooine fill in so many conversations and details which the movie couldn't do. Very fun to hear.
I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.
I hated the way it was read in a Radio type fashion where it kept repeating itself over and over again with each part starting.
Disappointing to be honest. It ended in a way which could have been improved ten fold.
I liked the performance when the story was actually read. I absolutely *hated* the was that each part started with an introduction that you have to listen to multiple times.
It nearly inspired me to return the book, but to be fair to Audible, I did not do that because I did kind of enjoy it, despite the multiple introductions.
Try a different book or future versions of Star Wars
It is in my top ten.
The back story and point of views by other characters. Kind of helped separate it from the movie. Wish they would have done the same thing in Empire Strikes back.
Their voice, lol. Really they just had more visual imagination to it. Really makes the listen fantastic almost like watching it.
No not really, but loved that Luke beat his friends in a race and when his best friends visits I think that was the most moving moment for me.
stick to the movie , it was rather dis jointed and un inspiring. chapters were distracting as well !!
I listened to this dramatization over and over as a kid in the early 80s, playing out all the parts with my brother's action figures. I had seen the movie once or twice, but wasn't able to see it over and over till I was in my early teens. This was the version that I fell in love with. The acting, music, and sound effects make it possible to fill in all the details with your imagination. This is masterful radio storytelling. Even the intros and outros for each episode bring back strong memories.
This was really a great listen for Star Wars fans. Even though only a couple of the actors are originals, the dramatized format does a good job of replicating the excitement and drama of the movie. All the great lines from the film are maintained though many scenes are elaborated to give more depth to the interactions and to make up for what the listener cannot see. I particularly enjoyed the extra material concerning Luke's piloting at home and his jedi training with Ben Kenobi. In nearly all cases, the extra material filled in gaps and explained actions that were largely inexplicable in the movie. It really felt like watching an extended cut of the movie in my car as I listened during each day's commute to work.
Keeping the original score in this audiobook and playing the relevant bits during vital scenes helped to remind me that the biggest star of the original movie was John Williams' music. The story would be much diminished without it.
The only downside was the lack of editing, as many other reviewers have complained, to remove the end credits and intro for each episode of the original 30-minute long programs. Perhaps there was some contractual reason to keep it in, but it is quite annoying to have the action stop every 30 minutes for 5 minutes of filler. Still, the overall experience is worth overlooking this.
The overall experience is comparable to seeing the original film. If you don't care for the movie, you probably won't enjoy this. If you do like the movie, you probably will.
Not the actual worst thing in the world. And to give some credit to the performance, the lines were the worst. I've listened to some of The Empire Strikes Back which was pretty good. Finally, it's okay, just could have been so much more enjoyable. Afterall, it does include some original soundtrack by John Williams which is still brilliant.
Listening to a story i already know by heart via the movies, with a few added tidbits and backstory.
Old Time Radio plays
Mark Hamill and Tony Daniels are solid and straight from the movie. Luke is fleshed out a bit more.
The same stirring scenes from the film.
I enjoyed it immensely. Its an easy listen and fleshes out Luke and Leia a bit more than in the original movie. Would have been interesting to see those additional bits filmed. Its a bit jarring at first to hear some of the voices as I'm used to the original actors that portrayed Han and Leia. Its interesting to hear the dialogue ive heard a thousand times with different tones and inflictions.
I definitely will. I doubt an explanation is needed, but its such a joy to revisit in depth a story that shaped my childhood.
So many memorable moments, I cant pick just one.
Probably the one where Luke raced his friend because it was a new scene i hadnt already seen in the movie.
Absolutely, and I did. It was so much fun.
Nope, I think you know what your getting here. It was a credit well spent.
"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.
A great download which fills out the original Star Wars movie with additional scenes. Really fun.
"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.
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.
"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.
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