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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I listened to this on NPR when it first broadcast. it was a wonderful way to spend time with the family and listen to a radio serial.
Since each chapter has a definite ending marker, it's a great way to introduce kids to listening to stories. a couple of original cast members are in the program and the sound effects make it a treat. enjoy this with your family.
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 !
"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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