National Public Radio's 1981 adaptation of Star Wars was one of the most successful presentations in the history of radio: and a very tough act to follow. Nevertheless, two years later, the members of the Star Wars production team eagerly returned to create a radio version of The Empire Strikes Back.
Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.
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The performance is great and the story more detailed than the movie. Loved these when I got hold of them on cassette back in the early 80s. Am glad to have the complete production now.
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terrific again, love the extra dialogue of the characters, vader is more evil in these versions rather than seeing the movies.
I mean, I dig that Billy D. Williams and Mark Hammel are back in the mix. But it's like a "shortened" version of the movie. No new discoveries. On to the next book in the series before Return of the Jedi,..(Honor Among Thieves).
Almost as good as the first Star Wars radio drama, but Empire has many more visual scenes than episode IV, so some if it doesn't translate as well, but it's still great stuff.
Converting a visual story to a radio play is tough. Action needs to be described by somebody in the scene. They worked it in creative ways and skipped describing things that didn't matter. I really enjoyed the enhanced scenes that weren't in the original, almost like getting the deleted scenes put back.
TIP: If listening on an iPhone, remember double clicking your earbuds will get to the next chapter (helpful to skip the credits on each episode). MAY THE FOuRth would be a nice day to enjoy it all over!
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Brian Daley is amazing in his ability to expand the classic Star Wars stories and tell us the rest of the story. A must for any true Star Wars Fan. Luke is performed by Mark Hamel and 3PO performed by Anthony Daneils! Awesome!
It was easy to get lost in each episode of the book. Wonderful for all ages !
Learning about who to trust. A great moral, I learned from this story !
They brought the characters to life. Always a joy to have characters from a movie, read the story to you. Stirring up memories, as one listened !!!
The whole story was very interesting !!
Yes. The radio Dramas were produced and put out on National Public Radio. I listened to them and loved them as a child and I still do!
This story adds on to the films, and expands where there simply was not time in the films. Vader comes off FAR more evil in the Radio Dramas. They take the existing characters and scenarios and flesh them out more than the movies could. Mark Hamill (Luke), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando) reprise and expand their roles from the film.
I've listened to the Original Star Wars Radio Drama which featured Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels. Their performance really shines in this one. Sadly, I've not heard anything else with Billy Dee Williams in it, but with his svelte voice, I'm sure it would come across great!
It took me back to sitting in front of the radio, staring in awe. Waiting for the next episode was the WORST. For a true experience, listen to each episode then wait a week for the next. Ah, who am I kidding? Listen to them as much as you can!
I loved the fleshing out of the characters. I don't have the original Star Wars Drama on Audible as I had bought a CD copy a few months ago.
"Excellent and Highly Recommended!"
We got this after enjoying the first audio book in the series (Star Wars) and couldn't be happier with getting the next in the series. It wasn't long after purchase that we started listening and before we knew it we had listened to it all.
Its an excellent story and done very well for audio listeners, with great narrators and its great having different narrators for each character as its makes it a very enjoyable listen. You get into the story really well and if you gave seen the films (the original ones) then you even start to imagine scenes from the film.
Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and cannot wait to get the next in the series. Highly recommended to all and I know this will be listened to again and again.
"Another jewel in the Star Wars crown"
Before you listen to The Empire Strikes Back, listen the Star Wars.
The advice isn't isn't based on potential plot confusion but it will help to embed the voices, style and feel of the production which is strangely familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time.
Again, the performances are strong and the additional scenes are a intriguing for those that are fans of the film.
Once again, Perry King's performance of Han Solo is as good as Harrison Fords.
It's lovely, enjoy it!
"good but so much time on credits"
I won't go into the story as you should know it already. Performances are good and you get used to the ones different to the films pretty quickly. What I will say is there is about 1 minute before each episode of music and credits and nearly 4 minutes after some episodes! Make use of the skip buttons to avoid them.
"Great story telling"
Great just like being back a kid at the cinema
Can't fault the reading or acting highly recommend this audio book
"Another fantastic production"
Has the same high quality production as the original and because of the increased length of running enables them to add in some small sub parts that make some parts of the film make more sense.
Highly recommended if you are a fan of the films (& most would say this was the best film of the original 3)
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