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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Whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or, like me, you just like good stories told well, this is audio theater at its best. I discovered this on CD through my local library, but when I realized Audible had it, I picked it up on impulse.
This dramatization really adds a lot to the story, fleshing out Luke, Han Solo, and just about every other character. I'm sure it was both fun and challenging for many of the actors to rely on vocal tone and inflection rather than facial expression, but I think the challenge only adds to the enjoyment of this program.
Anyone who has seen the movie will recognize the music and sound effects. I'm thankful that NPR was able to use the sound effects and music, and that they didn't have to write a new musical score from scratch. For many fans, the music is a true star in these films, and it's used well in this audio dramatization.
I really enjoy this as a way to stimulate your imagination. In this age where there is so much visual stimulation, it's good to bring out a good audio theater producation like this, sit back with your iphone and a good sound system and let your imagination fly. You have all you need right in the story, since the characters describe what's happening, and you can fill in the rest by creating mental pictures of, for instance, what the ships might look like.
In summary, whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or you just enjoy a good story told well, you can fine value in this audio program.
This breathed new life into Star wars for me. The added scenes early on developed Luke and Leia's characters significantly pulling my empathy for them out more meaningfully during the rest of the basically action driven story. Really well done! I aspire to moisture farming one day.
I really felt me on a galaxy far far away recalling memorable moments. The parts that were excluded from the movie are present in consistently in the audio drama. The original sound effects and the participation of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, Luke Skywalker and C3PO respectively, greatly values the work.
I was taken back to the day I saw this space drama in the theater. So exciting & heart warming. The original music is one of my great loves. I also appreciated the extra tidbits that were not in the movie. Great job! Thanks from a SW fan.
Gives you much more detail than the movie did and its well acted but the episode separations are anoyying.
I had heard bits and pieces of it when I was little, before I had seen the movie even. (I'm 42. VCRs weren't really a thing yet.) Listening to it now as an adult is sheer joy. It's more story, more characters, more Star Wars in general than the film version. There's insights into character that you just didn't get. It's also just a stunning example of pulp science fiction of the era.
This is an audio drama, not a narrated story. The dramatic actors do a great job of expressing the story. This drama tells a little of prior to the opening of the movie - Luke's life on Tatooine. The sound effects parallel the movie's sound effects and the music in the background is John Williams' score for the Star Wars Trilogy. I would rate this in the top two of the audiobooks I've listened to.
Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels have voices that help you visualize the movie I grew up loving. Ann Sachs also did a superb job as Leia in the whole trilogy. 5 stars all around!
With this version of StarWars you can finally get all the background information and scenes that were cut from the original movie. A must listen for any die hard StarWars fan.
I loved this. Great additional story I never knew was out there. it was a little jarring to hear iconic lines coming from anyone except Harrison Ford or Frank Oz, but I got over it pretty quick. the original cast members were a treat!
"Childhood memories relived!"
Memorable. Exciting. Fun.
I remembered the character conversations on Tatooine from listening about 30 years ago!
They both portrayed the characters in the same way I remembered from the films.
This is a radio play in chapters so lends itself to part listening.
Brought back some memories of childhood car trips listening to the radio broadcasts.
"Spoiled by intro/credits"
I enjoyed the story, even if some of the "voices" lacked a little. However, the intro and lengthy credits at the end of every flaming chapter really spoiled the experience... Poor job
"Revisit Star Wars in this expanded audio version."
Enjoy Star Wars? Here is a way to enjoy it all over again! A fast-paced retelling of the Star Wars storey with extra scenes on Tatooine and Alderaan, that take place before the beginning of the movie. The voice cast, including some of the original movie cast, recreate the feel of the story while your mental images from the movie fill in the rest. This is as close as you can come to seeing the movie again for the first time.
"Cheesy? Probably. Amazing? Absolutely."
It fills in all the blanks you may have had from Star Wars, and is performed great by the cast... It does have a few cheesy lines, and is a little heavy handed at times, and you may want to skip to the next chapter after you hear the credits list after every episode, but there's no mistaking that this IS Star Wars.
"Gives some small insights and enjoyable"
There is quite a bit of back story that I hadn't appreciated at the beginning of this play. I enjoyed that and the smaller, less significant fillers that crop up throughout.
I would love to have heard original voices of Darth, Han and Obi Wan but I guess it wasn't possible at the time.
This does work very well to destroy the potential boredom of any commute.
Fantastic, fills in a few of the gaps adding to the story. A must for all Star Wars fans
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.
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