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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This radio drama is based of the novel based off the film. I wanted to listen to the novel read out as it was written like other books. Since there is no such recording on Audible when I searched for it, this would come up in all my searches I found. I bought it hoping that radio drama was not actually a radio drama with cheesy sound effects and bad acting but the book. In case you are hopeful (stupid) like I was, save your money and look elsewhere for the novel. I only listened to about 30 minutes of this and I only rated it because Audible made me in order to post this warning that I wish someone else would have done.
Great adaptation of the original Star Wars. Overall the voice acting is engaging and entertaining. I loved the extra scenes of Luke and his life on Tataooine. Recommended to all fans of the saga.
I wished the original han and leía were there ... but there was a time that their voices were spot on and truly forgot they were voice actors.... highly recomendé !
Especially if you are a newbie at seeing Star Wars--I recommend hearing this dramatized version of Star Wars before seeing the movie; I only saw the movie once in the theatre & once many years later & both times were challenging for me to follow--but this audio dramatically increased my understanding of all that transpired in the movie and I got so much more out of listening in this way--partly because I could pause it & look up a terminology online like "sand people, Tuscan warrior, wookie," etc. as I heard them mentioned and read up more on the characters as I went along--which of course I would not enjoy doing while watching a film. I highly recommend listening to this dramatization and taking notes if you are a newbie at Star Wars--made a huge difference for me! The Star Wars credits or theme song plays at the end and beginning of each chapter, and the music adds a lot to the listening; however--I would simply skip to the next chapter as soon as I heard the music & in the new chapter I would simply fast forward 30 seconds in-- if I did not want to hear the music & intro that occurred at each chapter or "episode" as they are called in the audio book. Highly recommend!
I was excited and felt the tension of battle just like I did 37 years ago when I saw the movie. Really worth using one of my credits. Can't wait to download the second installment. I don't have the patience or luxury of sitting down to read, this is my solution to experiencing and learning from great books. This was a good choice.
A die hard SW fan has been made to love this story even more by listening to the radio dramatization. It provides a fresh perspective on the narrative and details on characters only hinted on while watching the movie or left to conjecture by the audience member. Loved hearing the inclusion of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels providing familiarity but also taking liberties with certain lines of dialogue and delivery of it. This is a real treat and I cannot wait to listen to ESB and ROTJ dramatizations.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
Much more immersive!
I loved the fact that the characters were much more fleshed out. For example, we see a good bit more of Luke's life. We also see more of Leia's homeward.
If you love the film and have never heard this, you owe it to yourself to do so. What a treat! On the whole, the performances are quite strong. Bonus: This holds up to repeat listens. One caveat: this was done several years ago so, some of the plot points are contradicted by he prequels. However, if, like me, you don't care for the prequels, then this is not a bother.
So I am a huge Star Wars fan and I try to not let that influence my reviews for this case though I think it is okay.So this was my first Audible purchase. I had heard rumors of this Star Wars Radio Drama from the 80s and had always been intrigued and wanted to listen to it. I finally got my chance and was not disappointed. I think that aside from having Mark Hammil and Anthony Daniels reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker and C-3P0 the best part of this has to be the addition of missing scenes and some more in depth thoughts that the characters were having where in the film it is subtextually communicated in their facial expressions and body language here it is read aloud and that adds so much to a story that most everyone is familiar with.
I have, and will always be a Han Solo fanboy. He is the embodiment of cool and dangerous. I used to wonder why girls always went after the bad boy, but you know I'd fall for one too if they were Han Solo.
They did those movies together once? Seriously though this is a completely different experience listening to them read lines that they had in the films again with more detail and your own imagination creating the scene. I feel like they were able to add more inflection and more resonance to their words because that's all they were relying on and not their bodies to direct the audience.
Yes, and I have. Twice. I used to do data entry, thats when I first got into audio books, and This audio play along with the other Star Wars Radio Dramas got me through a few days of that tedious job.
The production of this piece is amazing. They source the fantastic sound effects and foley of Ben Burt and the majestic score of John Williams to create an amazing atmosphere. You can close your eyes and it is like you are standing beside Luke watching the Twin Suns of Tatooine set over the dune sea. Just phenomenalIf you're a fan of Star Wars you really need to listen to this. There is so much here for a fan to enjoy. Even if you aren't a huge Star Wars fan there is a lot to appreciate here for anyone.
"The Film - Extended"
This is an outstanding dramatisation of the film, turning the original story into a 6-hour epic, full of new details and background that really adds to the story. If you're thinking of buying this, you've most likely seen the film - but if somehow you haven't, I would suggest that you need to see it in order to get the most out of this audio adventure. The sound design is fantastic, using musical scores and effects straight from the film. Mark Hamill reprises his role as Luke Skywalker and Anthony Daniels returns as C-3PO. Other lesser actors play the other characters, and while this takes some getting used to, after a while it seems perfectly natural. It would have been great to have the rest of the original cast (given that this was made originally in 1983), but several of the other actors are good sound-alikes.
My only criticism is that Darth Vader doesn't feature as prominently in this adaptation as he does in the film. Also, some scenes would be difficult to follow by sound alone unless a listener had already seen the movie and could visualize the action once more.
If you consider yourself a Star Wars expert, you'll enjoy the extra scenes of Luke Skywalker with his friends on Tatooine, the schemes of Grand Moff Tarkin as he plans to use the Death Star to seize power from the Emperor and many more besides. If you're a casual fan, you'll simply enjoy being whisked along by the breathtaking pace of an fine epic sci-fi romp that is entertaining to the last. Well worth your money; great value for an Audible credit.
"An excellent adaptation"
The Star Wars Trilogy was a smash hit when originally distributed on film. Now, without the need for Cinema, TV or DVD Player this superb story comes to life through the old fashioned medium of audio. The Radio Trilogy is superb - It loses none of the excitement, drama, or even the subtle comedy elements in this format! A number of purely visual comedic elements from the films have been skilfully transposed, to great effect in this version.
With George Lucas' great original storyline, brilliantly re-written for radio by Brian Daley, a superb cast - including, amongst others the voice of the original Luke Skywalker in the form of Mark Hamil - and a fantastical array of super sound effects, The listener is very soon transported to George Lucas' 'Galaxy far, far, away'. . . .
. . . .And, once there, is just as quickly enjoying and indeed sharing the adventures of Luke Skywalker and friends as they fight Darth Vader, his Emperor Master and the Star troopers of an evil Empire!
This radio edition, because of its brilliant script really does manage to relate what is essentially a visual feast of a story in such a way that the listener is easily able to imagine the settings and characters so well described, and to thoroughly enjoy, and be completely blown away by this still epic space opera!
Whether you are a child or an adult: If your wish is to escape into a world of high octane adventure, drama and incredibly fast and furious action, I reccommend you look no further than this brilliantly scripted Radio Trilogy!
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi are all stories I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to - several times over! In my humble opinion this audio version is every bit as enjoyable as the original movies were, and even now so long after the original radio broadcasts, I believe the audio book is able to enter and hold the imagination of the listener!
"An undiscovered gem!"
If you're a great big kid like me (or have kids like me that you're happily reliving your childhood through) then this is FANTASTIC stuff. Love the way that the characters are given the chance to develop more than in the movie. If you love the original trilogy strap yourself in for an awesome ride!
"A great addition to the Star Wars family"
This is a must for any Star Wars fan.
I remember hearing fragments of this a long time ago so I was delighted that it is available from Audible.
Though some of the voices are a little odd at first, you soon settle into the change and enjoy this great piece of audio theatre. It pacy, punch and thoroughly enjoyable. Some of the additional scenes which are not featured in the movie are brilliant and add an extra dimension to the well known narrative.
If you love Star Wars then you need to listen to this...
"Fills in some gaps"
I really enjoyed this radio adaptation. The production values were very high and it was great with sound effects and music. I just wish for this audio book version they could've removed all the opening and closing credits before and after each chapter. It got a bit tedious. I was glad to listen at the very beginning and very end. But that would've sufficed.
Also, the action scenes didn't translate all that well without the visual element. The final scene was a little anticlimactic, as a result. But anyone who has seen the movie will have "seen" it in their mind's eye.
The added scenes were the best part though adding depth and a whole layer of meaning to the story.
The voice acting is excellent. Mark Hamill shines especially.
Love it, and highly recommend it. Listened to the whole thing in a couple of days, and as soon as it was finished I bought Empire Strikes Back.
"Excellent and Highly Recommended!"
This was one of our earlier purchases from audible when we first signed up over 2 years ago and since then this audio book has been listened to many times. I have no idea why its taken so long for us to review it!
Excellent story and very well done as an audio book as well. The narration is great and really adds to the story, you have different narrators for the characters and this really helps to make it an enjoyable listen. You get into the story and if you have seen the original star wars movie you'll even see yourself imagining the scenes as you listen.
This is such an enjoyable audiobook and one we listen to often and would highly recommend to all. We are now building up the other series on audio books and they are all just as enjoyable.
"better than the movie?"
I proper love this, maybe if Alec Guinness was in it I could even prefer it to the film.
I remember forcing my parents to stop the car in a car park so included listen to this in the radio. It was great to listen to the entire story in one go.
Fantastic just as I remember it from years ago absolutely a MUST for all star wars fans
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