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Star Wars (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program
Star Wars (Dramatized)
Written by: 
George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
Narrated by: 
Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
Star Wars (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

Star Wars (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Excellent Listen"
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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.

    Excellent listen.

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    Bill Jones CRAWFORDVILLE, FL, US 08-16-15
    Bill Jones CRAWFORDVILLE, FL, US 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Star Wars"

    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.

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    Ben 08-04-15
    Ben 08-04-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Star Wars Radio Show is out of this world!"

    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!

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    Matthew Bennett 08-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly fun"

    Great for travel and for parts not in the movie. Always fun to listen to.

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    Steven 07-30-15
    Steven 07-30-15
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    "Pure awesome"

    I love Star Wars so reading this was just the best. Its the same story you just hear it a new way.

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    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-24-15
    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-24-15 Member Since 2013

    I no longer just read... I process books!

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    "Wow! It got me to love Star Wars all over again!"

    I wish more audiobooks were like this! Let's bring back radio dramas! I'm looking forward to listening to Empire!

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    Derek Messer 07-24-15
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    "amazing!"

    it felt like you were in the movie itself. it was so real, the voices were excellent and the sound effects were on point.

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    G. Parish 07-22-15
    G. Parish 07-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Beyond Star Wars"

    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.

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    Christopher 07-21-15
    Christopher 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This was such a good add on to the movie. One thing I did not like Laihs voice. But it was great

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    FireStormJRVW 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Star Wars!"
    Where does Star Wars (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars (Dramatized) to and why?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the last 2 hours are Fantastic!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    4/7/13
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    "Enhanced entertainment"

    A great download which fills out the original Star Wars movie with additional scenes. Really fun.

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  • J. Baggaley
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    12/23/12
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    "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.

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  • Jeff
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    "Star Wars"

    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.

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  • Peter
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    12/23/12
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    "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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  • Jaspal
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    12/31/11
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    "Extremely disappointing"

    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)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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