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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a 13 year old girl that doesn't know anything about Star Wars but wanted to know more about it so I picked up this book. The story was amazing and kept my interest the entire way though. It was a bit slow getting to the main point in the story but the overall book was good. This book gave me a greater understanding of what Star Wars is about and that it's more then just a science fiction novel. I hope my review helped.
Awesome Epic Adventures !!!
Anakin over coming some of his fears, with the Force that is inside him !! And meeting Yoda and other characters !
Binks ! One never knew what Jar Ja would do, next ! Amazing character !
I knew I was not setting, in one session and listen to this all the way through. A lot of information to absorb.
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
Above all, I love Star Wars. In the films, this story was my least favorite due to the heavy handed try at creating a new frenzy from an old classic.
In the story itself, there was a decent backstory, but a lot of the moments left out in the film didn't matter much in this book for me. I think after all of it, there was not a whole bunch I took away from it other than being another take on the first episode.
The narrator... not too shabby. Some of the voices were annoying. Jar Jar is still a tool in my opinion. And for God's sake, Palpateen, not Palpatiine...
It still has the same plot issues everyone complains about the movies for however it is a must read. it explains things about the story that the movies couldn't possibly capture, gives you some backstory that was interesting to learn, and shows you more of Anakins life before meeting the Jedi.
He sounds great! He did his best impersonating jar jar binks so you gotta give him that.
As the narrator
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.
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