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William Shakespeare's Star Wars | [Ian Doescher]

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the audiobook you're looking for.

©2013 Ian Doescher (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Troy DALLAS, TX, United States 10-02-13
    Troy DALLAS, TX, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"

    I had a blast reading the book. Now to hear it performed, it's even better. Mashups like this usually don't impress me because most don't go for broke and waste time winking at themselves. This... this is greatness incarnate, and I daresay the Bard would approve.

    A full cast of pros playing it straight and yet still coming across with a Monty Python edge, the classic sound effects and music... it's comedy gold. I can't imagine how many times they had to stop recording in the attempt to not bust a gut. I haven't laughed this hard in ages, and I think I spooked my co-workers this morning.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Cole Albany, NY 11-20-13
    William R. Cole Albany, NY 11-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Billiam The First

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    "Perhaps to tell a greater truth."
    What made the experience of listening to William Shakespeare's Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the asides from R2-D2. I have wondered for 30 years what that little rustbucket has been saying, and I found out. I nearly drove off the road doing so, but I found out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    The aside from Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first act. When you hear it, you will understand.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Daniel Davis filled the role of Narrator perfectly, despite my misgivings at the beginning that Star Wars (of all things) didn't need one.

    The Shakespearean stage directions were fun. I have been saying 'Exeunt Droid' for three days, much to my wife's chagrin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I had been presented the opportunity, I would have. Probably best that I didn't. It might have killed me.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MANASSAS VA, United States 10-24-13
    Amazon Customer MANASSAS VA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Always busy - always in the car.

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    "So happy this book came along"
    If you could sum up William Shakespeare's Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    This was so great to listen to - but beware - laughter will happen even will driving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was put together - the characters - the Shakespeare references


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    R2D2 was the best - that cast was incredible


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

    I laughed for the whole first part of the book - and the second part - it was great - and I don't always like music or sound effects in other books, it was perfect in this book - especially enjoyed R2D2


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving this as a gift to 3 people and I have a couple of folks wanting to get it for themselves. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 10-18-13
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2010

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "To be, or not to be?"

    The author must have seriously considered the question when he sat down to write. Could a Star Wars book work in Shakespearean English? Should I even waste the time trying?

    I, for one, am glad Ian Doescher decided to do it, because it's GREAT! The characters have their own thoughts revealed in ways they aren't done in the movie, which leads to a twisted understanding of characters like R2-D2; apparently, he's not a happy-go-lucky droid: he's conniving and manipulative, even if it is for the better good.

    The narrators did a great job with the character voices, and some of them got the intonation just right, despite the fact that they were speaking in Shakespeare-era English.

    As both a Shakespeare fan and a Star Wars junkie, I'm excited to share this one with my kids, in the hopes that it will get them interested in the Bard before they have to read his real stuff in junior high!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AnthroGal West Lafayette, IN, United States 02-23-14
    AnthroGal West Lafayette, IN, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This was really fantastic. The narrators of all the Star Wars audiobooks came together to perform William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and it was the best thing ever. At first I was meh on it, but carrying on, I soon to grow to love this performance. Ian Doescher poked so much fun into the Star Wars film in the form of Shakespeare (the "Han shot first" scene among others) that I couldn't help but laugh really hard in public.

    Though only about 3.5 hours, it is worth EVERYTHING SECOND & CREDIT for it. I can't wait for "The Empire Striketh Back."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-13-14
    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Shakespeare would be proud!!!"
    What did you love best about William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    I enjoyed the entire book very hard to pick what I loved best about it!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How all the talented artist came together to pull this story off


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    R2-D2's attitude through out the story...


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

    I laughed out loud several times throughout the performance!!!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Star Wars or Shakespeare fans..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evelynne Robertson Montreal 02-22-14
    Evelynne Robertson Montreal 02-22-14 Member Since 2012

    When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.

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    "Wonderful writing and performance"

    In short, this is the most brilliant piece of writing I have read in a long time. I am a big fan of the original trilogy Star Wars movies and it’s just incredible how well they work in Shakespearean language. Doescher studied Shakespeare and is also a big sci-fi geek and his understanding of both media comes across very well. The dichotomy of the sci-fi content in old fashioned language adds a real interest to the writing. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun to play “spot the (adapted) Shakespeare quotation.” For example, we have “Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not” referencing Hamlet’s thoughts on Yorrick.

    I have both the audiobook (narrated by a troupe of Shakespearean actors including the author himself) and I strongly recommend experiencing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in audiobook format rather than the written word. The cast really brings it to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 10-02-13
    Chris United States 10-02-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Incredible!!!!!"
    What did you love best about William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    a fun and exciting romp in the stars with the bard!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Han or Obi Wan


    Any additional comments?

    the ONLY detractor to the book is R2-D2 saying beep and boop. the story would have lost nothing if the sound effects of his speech had been added. still and absolutely fan-freaking-tastic I hope that empire and Jedi are soon to follow!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dawnfyre Buffalo, NY USA 07-10-14
    dawnfyre Buffalo, NY USA 07-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Behold, a Tale Most Excellent Doth Unfold!"
    What did you love best about William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    It was fun to tie the phrases the author used back to other Shakespearean works. I was disappointed when Darth Vader's response to being flung out into space was only, "what's this." I was hoping to hear him say something more along the lines of, "my Empire for a stabilizer!"


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

    R2D2 plays the role of the Fool to its fullest and the internal monologues were sculpted from a solid character building stock.


    Any additional comments?

    Leia's mournful song after the destruction of Alderan was the only bit where I reached for my fast forward. Truthfully, that was the only part that stretched the linking too far in my mind's eye. Well, that and in some cases my ear picked out a modern phrase that stuck out for a moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Riverton, UT, United States 07-01-14
    Lori Riverton, UT, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!"
    Where does William Shakespeare's Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a super fan of Star Wars, this is the best purchase I have ever made from Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It followed the original storyline but had a little bit more humor.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were awesome, especially Marc Thompson (who does Han Solo's voice). Hearing Han Solo do William Shakespeare was hilarious!


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

    Moved? No, not really. Just very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to these three books over and over and over!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Verily; A great reteling."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben Kenobi. His rewritten diolog was the most fun to compare to the original and the small retcons added are a good way of tying the series together in a more believable fashion.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scenes with Like on Tatooine. the slow, character based scenes work particularly well in the Shakespearean format.


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

    It filled me the same excitement that Star wars used to give me as a boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad this exists. I'd never have thought of it but the two things work so well together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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