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.
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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.
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.
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.
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
In this dramatization of the final story in the original Star Wars trilogy, I was disappointed that Anthony Daniels was the only original actor to portray his part (C-3PO). Lando Calrissian didn't sound at all like Billy Dee Williams, and I kept getting distracted by wondering who was talking, and then realizing it was supposed to be Lando. The other actors did a fine job, and if you love the Star Wars universe, you will enjoy this. I still wish James Earl Jones would have done Darth Vader, though! The extra details available in a radio drama make this a pleasure to listen to.
Yes, any Star Wars Fan should have this in their collection along with Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back
I enjoyed the expanded scenes that were not in the film.
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
Return of the Jedi: Better, Longer, Deeper!
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.
Possibly... I liked that it shows some things from the book that were not in the movie, but there were times when some of the characterizations (particularly Vader) that it seemed a bit awkward. I did like the book, but for the story and not based upon it being an audio drama of the movie.
"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.
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