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 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!
I no longer just read... I process books!
I wish more audiobooks were like this! Let's bring back radio dramas! I'm looking forward to listening to Empire!
Before the new movies this offered a bit beyond the base Star Wars as well as enhancing what there already is. A top notch choice for any Star Wars fan.
This is a Good one, the Actors acted this out with great energy and Vigor,
Mark Hamill and Antony Daniels at their best! I liked it, a Little Campy but its a radio Drama, You should expect it.
If you ever wanted Star Wars in its original Cut with More scenes then ever, This is it! it really immerses you in the Universe!
the last 2 hours are Fantastic!
Kind of, it got a little annoying with the 2:30 minuted gaps between each episode. and a 5 hour version of A new hope is a little Monotonous.
A few Peeves
They couldn't make up their minds what they wanted to call the Tantive IV
they called the Tantivi the Tantive and the Tantivi four
and the lack of James Earl Jones as Vader was a disappointment
The woman who played Leia was a Little annoying at times too.
But Overall FANTASTIC!
A great download which fills out the original Star Wars movie with additional scenes. Really fun.
"This reminded me why I loved the original."
Fantastic to hear the story with extra parts about Biggs/canyons etc. I really enjoyed this version and with the next months credit bought empire strikes back.
The quality is excellent & original casting for many parts makes it really worth getting if you are a fan of the film.
Fantastic. The story has been fleshed out so that it contains more than the original film. This is the First Original Film, and not the Phantom Menace.
"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.
Yes, it is a radio adaptation, but do we really need three or four minutes of credits in each of the twenty minute chapters?
James Earl Jones nailed Darth Vader's voice in the films, unfortunately the voice in this adaptation has nothing like that feel (in fact, it reminds me vaguely of a Vogon from one of the Hitchhikers' guides)
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