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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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    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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    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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    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 06-20-15
    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Engineer the Bass Player

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    "Great alternative take on Star Wars"

    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.

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    Peter Flynn Iowa City, IA United States 06-16-15
    Peter Flynn Iowa City, IA United States 06-16-15
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    "Memories from Childhood"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I thought given the extra backstory about Biggs Darklighter in this presentation, it made his death more compelling.


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    Paranormaly Yours 06-09-15

    Blogger, audiobook lover, and all around cool chic!

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    "Outstanding listen!"

    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!

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    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!

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    A. Fernando Blanco Soto Mexico, Mexico 06-02-15
    A. Fernando Blanco Soto Mexico, Mexico 06-02-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Absolutely absorting"

    No matter how many times you've seen chapter 4 this is still a must hear, it has extended scenes that are very amusing

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    Sean Lynott Boise, Idaho United States 05-05-15
    Sean Lynott Boise, Idaho United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Force will be with them. Always."

    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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    Xanatos 04-26-15
    Xanatos 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    It's Star Wars. You know the story and now you can listen to it. Having Mark Hammil is great, but no James Earl Jones throws you off a bit.

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    Walter Hudson 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome classic"

    A great retelling of the film with expanded content and fascinating new perspectives. Probably listen through twice a year.

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