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Star Wars (Dramatized) | [George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)]

Star Wars (Dramatized)

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.
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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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    Hubble PECULIAR, MO, United States 12-03-13
    Hubble PECULIAR, MO, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen"
    Where does Star Wars (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The back story and point of views by other characters. Kind of helped separate it from the movie. Wish they would have done the same thing in Empire Strikes back.


    What does Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their voice, lol. Really they just had more visual imagination to it. Really makes the listen fantastic almost like watching it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No not really, but loved that Luke beat his friends in a race and when his best friends visits I think that was the most moving moment for me.


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    Travis E. Poling Richmond, IN 01-26-13
    Travis E. Poling Richmond, IN 01-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Masterful radio drama--as great as the film."
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this dramatization over and over as a kid in the early 80s, playing out all the parts with my brother's action figures. I had seen the movie once or twice, but wasn't able to see it over and over till I was in my early teens. This was the version that I fell in love with. The acting, music, and sound effects make it possible to fill in all the details with your imagination. This is masterful radio storytelling. Even the intros and outros for each episode bring back strong memories.


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    Kittyi United States 01-07-13
    Kittyi United States 01-07-13
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    "Dissappointing"
    What would have made Star Wars (Dramatized) better?

    Not the actual worst thing in the world. And to give some credit to the performance, the lines were the worst. I've listened to some of The Empire Strikes Back which was pretty good. Finally, it's okay, just could have been so much more enjoyable. Afterall, it does include some original soundtrack by John Williams which is still brilliant.


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    Perez Balch Springs, TX, United States 01-05-13
    Perez Balch Springs, TX, United States 01-05-13
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    "Fun Radio Drama"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    Listening to a story i already know by heart via the movies, with a few added tidbits and backstory.


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

    Old Time Radio plays


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels – was your favorite?

    Mark Hamill and Tony Daniels are solid and straight from the movie. Luke is fleshed out a bit more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The same stirring scenes from the film.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it immensely. Its an easy listen and fleshes out Luke and Leia a bit more than in the original movie. Would have been interesting to see those additional bits filmed. Its a bit jarring at first to hear some of the voices as I'm used to the original actors that portrayed Han and Leia. Its interesting to hear the dialogue ive heard a thousand times with different tones and inflictions.

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    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 11-05-12
    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A must listen for Star Wars fans"
    Would you listen to Star Wars (Dramatized) again? Why?

    I definitely will. I doubt an explanation is needed, but its such a joy to revisit in depth a story that shaped my childhood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars (Dramatized)?

    So many memorable moments, I cant pick just one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one where Luke raced his friend because it was a new scene i hadnt already seen in the movie.


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

    Absolutely, and I did. It was so much fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, I think you know what your getting here. It was a credit well spent.

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-11-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "Great"

    Wish I heard this before seeing it. Hearing the credits over and over gets tiring but being the original broadcast I'm glad they didn't change anything so we can enjoy the very same production.

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    Amazon Customer 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Adds to the film"
    Any additional comments?

    I love Star Wars - the kids are getting into it too. This radio program has interesting details that you don't get in the movie, especially about Luke and Leia's back stories.

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    Jeff Mesa, AZ, United States 10-15-11
    Jeff Mesa, AZ, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Hear the Force!"

    If you liked the movie, you'll love the radio dramatization! It's about 5 hours long, which allows for expansion on the movie - there are scenes detailing how Leia came to be on the Tantiv IV and how they stole the plans for the Death Star. It also greatly expands the character of Biggs. In all, a great listen.

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    Zechariah 11-15-10
    Zechariah 11-15-10 Listener Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "So true..."

    I love these radio dramas. They're so true to the original movies! The additional scenes from the original script are great as well. And they don't become wordy in explaining whats going on like some radio drams I've listened to. Final thoughts: Completely a joy to listen to, and it's Star Wars!

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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 07-30-10
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 07-30-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Radio Drama"

    This was really great. It added a lot to the original story, in fact, it took over an hour just to get where the movie begins. I'd recommend this to any star wars fan.

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