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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized) | [George Lucas]

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of Star Wars and Return of the Jedi.

© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12
    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-20-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "great production"

    terrific again, love the extra dialogue of the characters, vader is more evil in these versions rather than seeing the movies.

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-09
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    "Fantastic production"

    This was a fantastic production and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The cast and special effects are superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14
    Chris's Card Winchester, Virginia 11-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Chris W.

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    "Excellent dramatization of this story"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    It was easy to get lost in each episode of the book. Wonderful for all ages !


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about who to trust. A great moral, I learned from this story !


    What about Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams,’s performance did you like?

    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 !!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story was very interesting !!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 10-08-14
    Pen Name 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Spectacular performance all around"
    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams,’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    AudibleQun 05-14-14
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    "The middle is amazing"
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    I love this recording. It feels like you have the movie on, but you're putting up dishes in the kitchen, so you can't see the screen (yes, I'm aware that I just completely outed myself). Unfortunately, as this is a radio broadcast that is split up into multiple episodes, there is an introduction and a credit section every 25 minutes or so, which does get annoying.

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    Books and Cats 04-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"

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    "Great fun to listen to for star war fans!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    May the force be with you! Not exactly three words buts it's lots of fun to listen to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    When Leah, Han, and Luke end up in the trash compactor. That scene was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love R2-D2 and C3po's bantering back and forth. The scene where Hahn tells R2 that Wokkies are known to tear people's arms out of their sockets if they lose. So C3po tells R2 to like the wokkie win! classic!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When C3p0 tells R2 that he must come back safely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audio version of the beloved movie. If you love Star Wars or would like to introduce audible books to the younger generation-this is a great start

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    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 12-20-13
    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 12-20-13 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.

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    "Much, much better than Star Wars"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    This was read like a story without the interruptions of saying the same thing over and over like Star Wars did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't really have a favorite character. Liked them all :)


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of them.


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

    Great science fiction!


    Any additional comments?

    A good read / listen. Recommended for Science Fiction fans.

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    William Glencoe, MO, United States 01-11-12
    William Glencoe, MO, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Game-box PC builder/Star Wars Lore master.

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    "Dramatized"
    What did you like best about Star Wars? What did you like least?

    Loved the movie, read the book years ago, and currently own nearly 100 star wars audiobooks. Accidently bought the (Dramatized) its not like the regularly narrated books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its always Han.


    What three words best describe Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams,’s voice?

    Very well done.


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    Val B. Sigler ohio 12-26-08
    Val B. Sigler ohio 12-26-08
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    "Twenty years plus old and still great!"

    i am a big Star Wars fan and love the original 3 from back when they came out on the big screen and i was little. Still watch it and will enjoy listening to it with some of the main characters reading it!

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  • Rosie and Duncan
    North Scotland, United Kingdom
    11/8/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    9/24/11
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Baggaley
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    12/23/12
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    "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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