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 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!
Engineer the Bass Player
This is a great performance. It is interesting because it contains a lot that was not in the movie, and also shows what might have been with a different cast. Brock Peters makes a great Darth Vader, Han Solo sounds a lot more slimy, etc.
Let's compare it to the film version instead: not as good as the film, but the expanded script and additional information they are able to include makes it interesting for fans of the film.
I would compare it to the classic pulp adventure stories, like Flash Gordon, and John Carter of Mars in that the hero wins, good is easily defined vs the evil, and there is a lot of daring do committed by small groups that enables victory.
This form questionnaire asked me to choose from Mark Hamill or Anthony Daniels b/c it doesn't recognize that this was a full cast performance. I liked the job done by Brock Peters as Darth Vader best.
I thought given the extra backstory about Biggs Darklighter in this presentation, it made his death more compelling.
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What an awesome new tid bit I found out about Star Wars! I absolutely loved listening to this audiobook despite the fact that I have watched the movie a billion times! I had no idea what to expect to be honest with you, because I didn't look deep into the description, I just saw that it was Star Wars, and it was Audible's daily deal for $1.99 so I grabbed it!
This audio version of Star Wars was an adaption of the original with a greater emphasis on character development. We were introduced to some of Luke Skywalker's friends, and how out of place he felt, even with them. Luke's best friend Biggs was just like Luke in the sense that he wanted to be a pilot and joined the Academy. The story was accompanied by a full array of sound effects, and music that made the whole experience exciting and new for me as an avid audible listener.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it was worth every penny and more!
The narrators/actors for this book were phenomenal! I would like to just add a few more names of the wonderful narrators that were involved in the making of this adventure! Perry King as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Brock Peters as Darth Vader, Anthony Daniels as C3PO, Ann Sacks as Princess Leia, and Bernard Barons as Obi-Wan. They all did a fantastic job with the performance and I give them 5 Stars!
No matter how many times you've seen chapter 4 this is still a must hear, it has extended scenes that are very amusing
I certainly enjoy Star Wars, even though I am not a die hard fan of it.
The radio drama here is a fine alternative from any movie, although some parts should have been narrated rather than announced by a character (or characters)
This, by the way, was made after the 3 movies were made, so things can sound inconsistent with the prequels.
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