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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dramatized)

Like its predecessors, this electrifying drama boasts a splendid cast (including Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt), a greatly expanded script, with many scenes and characters not found in the movie, and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence.
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Fifteen years after National Public Radio's wildly successful adaptation of Star Wars, and 13 years after The Empire Strikes Back, the trilogy hurtled to its long-awaited thrilling conclusion with Return of the Jedi.

Like its predecessors, this electrifying drama boasts a splendid cast (including Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt), a greatly expanded script, with many scenes and characters not found in the movie, and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.

© and (P)1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Rob Mack Miami, Florida 02-01-08
    Rob Mack Miami, Florida 02-01-08 Member Since 2013

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    "Great"

    Before reading the previous review , I did not know that mark Hamill was not in this audiobook, I love all the Star Wars (Dramatizied) audiobooks so much, it is like watching the movie inside your head . It is the greatest listening experience I have had. I am speaking of the series, not just Return of the Jedi, which I loved, though minus Billy Dee, whose voice is very distinctive I felt a little cheated but it was still great because all the other characters are so well casted to the original voices. I loved Ann Sachs, her voice is captivating as Leia and Perry King as Han Solo is very good and they have good chemistry in this book. This is the best audiobook ever as far as I am concerned. I don't know why it is not number one every week.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Renton, WA, USA 12-29-07
    David Renton, WA, USA 12-29-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Glad they finally finished it!"

    It took ten years for NPR to comlpete the Star Wars trilogy and even though it's missing Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, nearly half the program time and depth of story of the first installment, it's still a modern radio classic, and now it's available on Audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Akron, OH, USA 04-11-08
    Tonya Akron, OH, USA 04-11-08
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    "Somewhat Dissappointed"

    I was admittedly disappointed with the way the Rancor scene was handled. It seemed rushed to me. At the same time I appreciated that they got someone who could easily be mistaken for Mark Hamill, as the voice actor they got to replace him sounds almost like him. Ann Sachs and Perry King kept the chemistry going between their characters. As for 3PO his narrative comments on the scenes in the story are excellent. The major problem I had was with John Lithgow. What was the matter with him when they recorded this? When he played Yoda in "Empire" he did a passable job. This time around, it was just plain awful. Sorry John, I like you as an actor, but this time around, the parts you played should have been left on the cutting floor!! So I give this a 3.5 stars.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 11-16-15
    Christopher 11-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "To bad it is over"

    Such A great end to the trilogy really like the teleplay very amazing love the additional backstory you get so worth the credit or the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P.A. 09-05-15
    P.A. 09-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well acted and a good deal."

    Been looking for a way to listen to this book for a while now, without having to pay expensive prices for it USED. Well acted for what it is, pity they couldn't get mark hamill to do it. Very well produced. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. United States 04-23-15
    A. United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mmm. Voice talent and writing"

    I liked the production but the voice talent is not as strong as before. The writing is a bit hokey at times but it is a worthy ending to the radio dramas. Parts 1 and 2 are much better though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Braddinpdx 04-19-15
    Braddinpdx 04-19-15

    MSU Spartan grad living in PDX. History, Mystery, Sci Fi

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    "Shortest of the radio dramss"

    A the weakest of the 3 dramas. this one is burdened by 5 mins of musical score st the end of each chapter.

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    RUTH E PARKER 04-07-15 Listener Since 2004
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    "GREAT!"

    Wonderful deatails along with some humer.
    Insight on the story line and people.
    If you are a fan of Star Wars this is a must!!!
    READ THE BOOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 10-08-14
    Pen Name 10-08-14
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    "Great ending to a Radio Saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, any Star Wars Fan should have this in their collection along with Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the expanded scenes that were not in the film.


    What does Anthony Daniels, Ed Asner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anthony Daniels IS C3PO. Not having him on board would have ruined it. Ed Asner did a great narration between chapters across all three of the Star Wars Radio Dramas


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Return of the Jedi: Better, Longer, Deeper!


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, the story on this one is far shorter and less involved than the previous two Radio Dramas. Brian Daley was ill when he was writing the script, and sadly passed away shortly after it was recorded in the studio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coffeeiv United States 12-08-15
    Coffeeiv United States 12-08-15 Member Since 2011

    coffeeiv

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    "NOW I'm ready to see The Force Awakens."
    Where does Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 25, probably because I am a Star Wars fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's got everything I need to be not only entertained, but reminded what it means to walk that line between wholeness and fragmentation.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Daniels and Ed Asner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. But I LOVE Ed Asner. His voice is nostalgic to me because I grew up watching Mary Tyler Moore every Saturday night in the 70s.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh, now COME ON.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lee
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    2/13/12
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    "Not as good as it should be..."

    I loved the National Public Radio productions of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes back - they really did engage with me as a listener and enhance the well known story into something fresh.

    Return of the Jedi is almost there but not quite.

    There are some great performances from the returning actors, Perry King as Han Solo, Ann Sachs as Princess Leia Organa, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO & Bernard Behrens as Obi-Wan Kenobi. However Joshua Fardon as Luke Skywalker makes Luke sound like he is ten years old and Paul Hecht as The Emperor is unconvincing.

    However, the worst part of this production is that at the end of every chapter is roughly five minutes of SW theme music. Obviously I adore this music, but not at the end of every chapter. Its addition smacks of lack of content to fill up the episodes.

    Tragically Scriptwriter Brian Daley died only hours after recording concluded and subseqent changes to fit in with the Star Wars prequels were added by another writer. Therefore for this reason alone, I would suggest that this production was unable to be given the gloss and polish of its predecessors.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • paul young
    9/8/15
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    "excellent"

    What a story from start to finish I will play it again and again. it was well worth paying for

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  • Miss J
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    8/14/15
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    "Fantastic entertainment, true enjoyment."

    These books had me enthralled. It does help to have seen the movies once or twice but I honestly couldn't hope for better entertainment.
    Miss J

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  • Amazon Customer
    UK, North West
    7/16/15
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    "Good but not much added"

    It's good but a bit of a let down after the other 2 that had more of the original cast and extra story. This is much shorter especially if you take out the music/credits. Having said that if you've got the credits it's hard to buy the other two and not this. Still scoring that the credits and music weren't just put at the end of the last episode.

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  • Gerry
    3/1/15
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    "Classic story!"

    Apart from the ewoks, this is a great ending to a great trilogy! Perry king makes a great solo! Mark hammil is great as Luke skywalkwer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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