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 teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
Much more immersive!
I loved the fact that the characters were much more fleshed out. For example, we see a good bit more of Luke's life. We also see more of Leia's homeward.
If you love the film and have never heard this, you owe it to yourself to do so. What a treat! On the whole, the performances are quite strong. Bonus: This holds up to repeat listens. One caveat: this was done several years ago so, some of the plot points are contradicted by he prequels. However, if, like me, you don't care for the prequels, then this is not a bother.
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!
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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