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.
© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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 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.
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.
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 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...
The radio dramatization of StarWars is a jewel from a time long ago.
Having access to all 13 chapters gives you the flexibility to really understand the scene.
Give it a listen
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
Yes. Well written, acted, and produced, I wish there were more radio dramas of this caliber at Audible.com. This one in particular expands upon the story a little, giving the listener some more background on characters like princess Leia, making it much more than a retelling of the film and well worth return visits.
Leia and her stepfather getting into political and legal trouble after murdering an important Imperial dignitary.
The performances all had energy. It seemed like all the actors involved were enjoying their work without letting that enthusiasm spoil the mood and intent of their individual characters. I especially loved the guy who played Han Solo.
This and The Empire Strikes back are excellent. Return of the Jedi however felt like an exercise in tedium, like everyone involved just shrugged their shoulders and phoned the last one in.
this was just amazing. kinda wish it wasn't broken into sections, but it was still worth it. I could see everything and felt it all over again.
I don't know what I can possibly say in my review that has not been well said in the other reviews here on Audible. Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels bring to this radio dramatization of Star Wars the reincarnation of the movie experience through the single sense of hearing. Well directed, an excellent script, and the original music and excellent sound effects leave nothing to memory alone and feed to the imagination the imagery that the mind's eye supplies to any fan of the movie series. Oh, did I forget to mention I liked it very much? This is one of the jewels of my Audible library, I highly recommend it.
Oh, yes, indeed !! It is a great story ! Set in an old radio show style setting !
Clone Wars. Return of the Jedi. Empire strikes back.
Mark Hamill, brought the character to life. Not by video, but in my mind.
The whole story had me captivated !
"Disappointed, as I wanted to like it."
I genuinely love Star Wars, the original movie, sometimes titled "a new hope", and was really pleased to see this audio book title for sale. I noticed that it was an audio book version of a radio serial, which had aired very successfully on NPR, which appeared to be a point in the audio book's favour. Unfortunately, it really, really, isn't. There is a quite lengthy introduction, both musically and as voice over to each episode, and having to hear each time that the radio adaptation was 'based upon stories, characters and situations created by George Lucas' quickly became irritating. Hearing a little plot synopsis at the start of each episode is fine for a radio serial, but again, as an audio book, it annoyed me.
Most surprising of all, the lovely music of John Williams is so overused that it feels like padding, between relatively short snatches of action. The incidental music at the same time as dialogue irritated me, as it distracted me from the dialogue.
In the interests of balance, I would add that the voice performances are fine, and it was nice to hear Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels reprise their roles, but the actor playing Han Solo just didn't sound quite right to my ears, he was a bit too 'american cowboy'.
I eventually got irritated enough with the audio book to skip to the end to hear the rebel alliance battle against the death star, which was hugely disappointing and anti climactic, perhaps because its just such a visual sequence, it was never going to translate well to audio.
In synopsis then, I am disappointed, perhaps because I expected too much that the audio presentation just couldn't deliver.
"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.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content