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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace | [Terry Brooks]

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captures the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins - the start of a legend - the story of Star Wars.
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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captures the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins, the start of a legend, the story of Star Wars. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.

© and (P)1999 Lucasfilm LTD. & TM.

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    Erik Blythe Washington DC 03-19-05
    Erik Blythe Washington DC 03-19-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the movie"

    Much like with Episode II, Lucas trimmed down a LOT of the story for "pacing" reasons when he made the final cut of Episode I. Unfortunately, those things would have added quite a bit to the story. In addition, Lucas has many movie-making skills, but writing dialogue and directing are NOT two of them.

    Fortunately, all three of those issues are fixed in the novelizations for Episodes I and II. If you're interested in Star Wars enough to even be reading this review right now, you'll probably enjoy the book. It was much better than the movie, and there's quite a bit of content that didn't exist in the film.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Huntington Beach, CA, USA 06-15-05
    Kevin Huntington Beach, CA, USA 06-15-05
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    "Well written, but cheesy sound effects"

    It would have been better had they not used sound effects; while some of them are actual Star Wars sound effects, some clearly are not (including a really cheesy motorcycle sound effect for Annakin's speeder). That aside, the narration was quite good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David P. Stinson Indianapolis, Indiana 02-28-10
    David P. Stinson Indianapolis, Indiana 02-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Way Too Much"

    The sound effects are really annoying. They are so loud that they really take you out of the story. The story itself is okay, but skip this unless you can really tune out distractions.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    rob 11-05-09
    rob 11-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "More Insight"

    Like all books, the big advantage over the movie is the additional insight that you get. While the action does closely mirror the movie the book lets you get inside the minds of the main characters and understand them better. They also discuss the history of the Jedi and Sith, which is not discussed in the movie. There are also a number of scenes that didn't make it into the movie. I could have done without the sound effects though. They add nothing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 05-21-08
    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 05-21-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Stupid sound effects"

    A couple of sound effects sprinkled through a book I can tolerate, but this book had constant sound effects and was really annoying.
    I also thought it was weird that George Lucas wasn't the author, but then it said in the intro that it was a novel based on his screen play. I was hoping for a more indepth story with more details and not just a retelling of what I had already watched on the big screen.
    The reader's voice did a barely tolerable job at mimicking Yoda's distinct voice. Also, the author didn't capture Yoda's famous reverse sentences. With this book, not impressed, I am.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 06-03-08
    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 06-03-08
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    "WOW"

    If you liked the movies and just want more information on the story this is a must read. I though that it was a great book. The sound effects and voices made the story that more fun to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fishing Dries Colorado 12-28-13
    Fishing Dries Colorado 12-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story. Action, suspense, and humor."

    My family loves this series. We started out with the original Star Wars trilogy in audio which is great also.
    After having heard the narrator read several westerns and Huckleberry Finn it took a little bit to accept his voice for sic-fi but he does a great job.
    Some have complained about the sound effects. My family thinks they were great.
    These stories are clean and kid friendly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason West allis, WI, United States 12-20-13
    Jason West allis, WI, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The sound effects make me cringe"
    Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Alexander Adams?

    He sounds great! He did his best impersonating jar jar binks so you gotta give him that.


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favorite?

    As the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all the SW books chronologically leading up to this book. I have not finished it(3 hours in) but will suffer through the epicly horrible sound effects. Watto's wings sounding like someone shaking a book and Queen Amidala's holovid background noise sounding like a cheesy 50's twinkle, the dirt bike speeder sound that others complained about isn't half as bad. I couldn't wait for some of the sounds to end and that has not happened before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 03-25-13
    Johnny James Coats, NC United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Just like the movie"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'ts just like the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've seen the movie, you've pretty much heard the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 06-03-08
    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 06-03-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Nothing special"

    If you've seen the movie you don't need to get the book. Some enhancement of Anakin Slywalker's character but not enough to thrill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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