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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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    K. Burch 01-21-15
    K. Burch 01-21-15

    Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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    "Great Radio Drama!"
    Would you listen to Star Wars (Dramatized) again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars (Dramatized)?

    Leia and her stepfather getting into political and legal trouble after murdering an important Imperial dignitary.


    What about Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    T. Smith 01-03-15
    T. Smith 01-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "if you love star wars, get this."

    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.

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    SBlass 12-22-14
    SBlass 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb"

    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.

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    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14
    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A great play setting"
    Would you listen to Star Wars (Dramatized) again? Why?

    Oh, yes, indeed !! It is a great story ! Set in an old radio show style setting !


    What other book might you compare Star Wars (Dramatized) to and why?

    Clone Wars. Return of the Jedi. Empire strikes back.


    What does Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Hamill, brought the character to life. Not by video, but in my mind.


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

    The whole story had me captivated !


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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 Member Since 2015

    Find more reviews at AudioDramaReviews(dot)com

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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 Texas USA 05-19-14
    Ricardo Texas USA 05-19-14 Member Since 2014
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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 05-17-14
    Omtomyheart 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!

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    Philip V 05-07-14
    Philip V 05-07-14
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    "Just watch the movie"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I appreciate what they are trying to do, but this story is just meant for the screen. There are some awkward lines of a character explaining what they see in a way that just doesn't sound natural.


    What was most disappointing about George Lucas and Brian Daley (adaptation) ’s story?

    While the audiobook adds some details to the story, most of them were not interesting. I'm a big believer in "less is more," and this audio adaptation did the opposite.

    Additionally, it contained the intro and exit for each and every episode. I really didn't need the same 3 minutes of credits and music over and over and over... This is a result of them directly reproducing the radio broadcast without any editing.


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