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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Being a fan of the franchise (with the exception of the prequels), I consider this a must have. Other fans of the original trilogy will surely enjoy hearing this classic sci-fi tale as it includes scenes from George Lucas' original screenplay which never made it into the film due to time and budget.
This radio drama is based of the novel based off the film. I wanted to listen to the novel read out as it was written like other books. Since there is no such recording on Audible when I searched for it, this would come up in all my searches I found. I bought it hoping that radio drama was not actually a radio drama with cheesy sound effects and bad acting but the book. In case you are hopeful (stupid) like I was, save your money and look elsewhere for the novel. I only listened to about 30 minutes of this and I only rated it because Audible made me in order to post this warning that I wish someone else would have done.
Great adaptation of the original Star Wars. Overall the voice acting is engaging and entertaining. I loved the extra scenes of Luke and his life on Tataooine. Recommended to all fans of the saga.
I wished the original han and leía were there ... but there was a time that their voices were spot on and truly forgot they were voice actors.... highly recomendé !
Especially if you are a newbie at seeing Star Wars--I recommend hearing this dramatized version of Star Wars before seeing the movie; I only saw the movie once in the theatre & once many years later & both times were challenging for me to follow--but this audio dramatically increased my understanding of all that transpired in the movie and I got so much more out of listening in this way--partly because I could pause it & look up a terminology online like "sand people, Tuscan warrior, wookie," etc. as I heard them mentioned and read up more on the characters as I went along--which of course I would not enjoy doing while watching a film. I highly recommend listening to this dramatization and taking notes if you are a newbie at Star Wars--made a huge difference for me! The Star Wars credits or theme song plays at the end and beginning of each chapter, and the music adds a lot to the listening; however--I would simply skip to the next chapter as soon as I heard the music & in the new chapter I would simply fast forward 30 seconds in-- if I did not want to hear the music & intro that occurred at each chapter or "episode" as they are called in the audio book. Highly recommend!
I was excited and felt the tension of battle just like I did 37 years ago when I saw the movie. Really worth using one of my credits. Can't wait to download the second installment. I don't have the patience or luxury of sitting down to read, this is my solution to experiencing and learning from great books. This was a good choice.
A die hard SW fan has been made to love this story even more by listening to the radio dramatization. It provides a fresh perspective on the narrative and details on characters only hinted on while watching the movie or left to conjecture by the audience member. Loved hearing the inclusion of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels providing familiarity but also taking liberties with certain lines of dialogue and delivery of it. This is a real treat and I cannot wait to listen to ESB and ROTJ dramatizations.
Too different to compare Star wars as a novel to the display. Both hugely enjoyable, gotta love the effects though.
Darth Vader, always has been, always will be, can't say anymore on the case.
Well we all know that one don't we.
"An Audio Masterpiece"
Certainly a great production, adding depth and colour to an already vibrant piece. Since it cannot be said that anyone listening to this can have failed to have seen the original movies, what you have here is rather an expansion upon the established themes, more detail of plot, character and development of the whirlwind adventure that is Star Wars.
The background scenes, cut from the original movie, are lavishly expanded upon. From Luke's feeling of isolation amongst the earthy farmhand companions of his youth, to Leia's burgeoning association with rebellion and the double life it entails, to Han's shady past, all are further wrought out in entertaining, touching and exciting scenes.
I would recommend this production to anyone who enjoyed the adventure, drama, and sheer wonder of Star Wars.
"star wars a new hope"
am a new member so the 1st book I went for is my all time fav star wars .I like the audible book because it has so much more story to hear you just get drag into the story .The best part of the story is the starting part as you get an insight in luke life on tatooine and how it will change for all time .You can put you head phones on and close your eyes and think your there with all luke ups and downs .so keep up the good work and I intend to get lots more books from your site and will tell all my friends
"Disappointed, as I wanted to like it."
I genuinely love Star Wars, the original movie, sometimes titled "a new hope", and was really pleased to see this audio book title for sale. I noticed that it was an audio book version of a radio serial, which had aired very successfully on NPR, which appeared to be a point in the audio book's favour. Unfortunately, it really, really, isn't. There is a quite lengthy introduction, both musically and as voice over to each episode, and having to hear each time that the radio adaptation was 'based upon stories, characters and situations created by George Lucas' quickly became irritating. Hearing a little plot synopsis at the start of each episode is fine for a radio serial, but again, as an audio book, it annoyed me.
Most surprising of all, the lovely music of John Williams is so overused that it feels like padding, between relatively short snatches of action. The incidental music at the same time as dialogue irritated me, as it distracted me from the dialogue.
In the interests of balance, I would add that the voice performances are fine, and it was nice to hear Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels reprise their roles, but the actor playing Han Solo just didn't sound quite right to my ears, he was a bit too 'american cowboy'.
I eventually got irritated enough with the audio book to skip to the end to hear the rebel alliance battle against the death star, which was hugely disappointing and anti climactic, perhaps because its just such a visual sequence, it was never going to translate well to audio.
In synopsis then, I am disappointed, perhaps because I expected too much that the audio presentation just couldn't deliver.
"A must for star wars fans!"
If you love star wars then you're sure to enjoy this. Yes, I agree with one of the earlier reviews that the opening credits are quite long but you soon forget about them once the adaptation begins. Listening to the familiar voices of Mark Hammil and Anthony Daniels really immerses you back into the world if star wars again. Not being restricted to screen, this really let's your imagination open up to the complete story.
Overall a highly recommended listen.
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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