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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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.
While this is no longer "canon" according to Disney, I still loved the additional informational tidbits you don't get in Star Wars: A New Hope. Definitely worth listening to.
Gluten free and loving it!
As a fan of Star Wars, I found this to be very entertaining. There's more detail in some places that really fleshed out the story better. Definitely worth a listen!
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This is the best Star Wars audio book I've every listened too. Made me remember how magical the first three movies are too me. Episodes I-III and that bad Star Wars books had left me jaded.
Heard this many many years ago on the PBS radio station and was hooked immediately. The narrator was perfect and the work from Anthony and Mark expanded their movie work. This radio drama series enhances the movie and gives more detail to the characters and story. If you love Star Wars get this as well.
As a huge fan of the movie and the book, it was great to have the extra scenes brought to life with sounds and music from the movie. Voice acting by some of the original actors was a great touch. The full in actors do real justice to the original actors. The radio show format is a fun, and in no way takes away from the high production value, and format. If you want to be in the Star Wars universe while driving, hiking, or flying, grab this and hit the hyperdrives!
Amazing. Fills in some gaps from the movies. Made me feel like a kid again. Loved it.
"Could of done with more stars"
The added content and some scenes told from a different angle i.e. the Death Star run at the end, concentrates on Princess Leia on Yarin 4 while all the action come in over the radio communications.
Could of done with some more stars of the film, Mark and Anthony wasn't enough, but it was recorded a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
Mark Hamill was the better of the two.
"Total immersion into another world"
The direction and performances are utterly compelling, you just want to listen all day long.
"Great rendition but..."
Great version just wish you could select not to hear beginning/end credits I each chapter. Otherwise great rendition of a classic.
Too different to compare Star wars as a novel to the display. Both hugely enjoyable, gotta love the effects though.
Darth Vader, always has been, always will be, can't say anymore on the case.
Well we all know that one don't we.
"An Audio Masterpiece"
Certainly a great production, adding depth and colour to an already vibrant piece. Since it cannot be said that anyone listening to this can have failed to have seen the original movies, what you have here is rather an expansion upon the established themes, more detail of plot, character and development of the whirlwind adventure that is Star Wars.
The background scenes, cut from the original movie, are lavishly expanded upon. From Luke's feeling of isolation amongst the earthy farmhand companions of his youth, to Leia's burgeoning association with rebellion and the double life it entails, to Han's shady past, all are further wrought out in entertaining, touching and exciting scenes.
I would recommend this production to anyone who enjoyed the adventure, drama, and sheer wonder of Star Wars.
"star wars a new hope"
am a new member so the 1st book I went for is my all time fav star wars .I like the audible book because it has so much more story to hear you just get drag into the story .The best part of the story is the starting part as you get an insight in luke life on tatooine and how it will change for all time .You can put you head phones on and close your eyes and think your there with all luke ups and downs .so keep up the good work and I intend to get lots more books from your site and will tell all my friends
"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.
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