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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Dramatized) | [George Lucas]

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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Publisher's Summary

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

    chessmack

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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    4 of 4 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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    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.

    0 of 0 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!

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    Pen Name 10-08-14
    Pen Name 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 11-24-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 11-24-12 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "Return of....Anthony Daniels"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Burch 01-03-15
    K. Burch 01-03-15

    Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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    "Not as Good as the First Two"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's a semi-weak follow-up to the previous two Star wars dramatizations. The production values are good for the most part, but the production itself (and the script) feels lazy compared to the first two outings.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 05-02-13
    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 05-02-13
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    "Overall fine, but some characterizations awkward"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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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
  • 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

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