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William Shakespeare's Star Wars Audiobook

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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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 10-02-13
    Troy 10-02-13

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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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.

    32 of 32 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

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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.


    20 of 20 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

    10 of 10 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 2012

    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!

    9 of 9 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!!!

    4 of 4 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."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    TempestChaser Michigan 02-19-15
    TempestChaser Michigan 02-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great take on Star Wars"

    A true treat to listen to as you can almost see the play in your head. Expertly narrated by a brilliant cast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-24-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "the empire doth protest too much, methinks"

    This is such a great concept for a book, and executed with such enjoyment and wonder that you'll be completely willing to overlook a few minor mistakes. Here you have something NEW and FUN, a book unlike anything you've read before. As you can see from the publisher's description, it's the story of Star Wars Episode 4 written in Shakespearean Iambic Pantameter. The soliliques are here, the asides, the great references to Shakespeare lines and Starwsars fandom (such as a reference to Han shooting first.)

    Also, the author isn't afraid to rethink the characters. For instance, R2D2 speaks in beeps and squeaks, but then will give a monologue as an aside to the audience about how HE'S really the one controlling the action and how much he hates C3P0. If the gimic wears a bit thin in the middle and the author attempts to write stage directions at the end of the piece in a way Shakespeare never would, that's ok, because this is a fresh author and cast and they just want us to have fun with them. Go along for the ride.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Canadian eReader Montreal 02-22-14
    Canadian eReader 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.

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    Erin 05-29-16
    Erin 05-29-16
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    "Beep squeaks are a little annoying"

    This audiobook is amazing. The performance is amazing, the story is amazing. Everything about this book is amazing. The beep squeaks from R2D2 are a little annoying but I try not to notice them. If you love Star Wars and William Shakespeare, you will love this. Thank you for making this audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Radders07
    6/30/16
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    "Two things I love finally mashed up"

    I love Shakespeare and I love Star Wars so how could this not be a good thing! Performances are great with a bit more insight into the mind of R2D2. LOVED IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Tyn Y Gongle, United Kingdom
    1/9/16
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    "MAGNIFICENT...!!!!!"
    Would you listen to William Shakespeare's Star Wars again? Why?

    Deifnitiely, I will listen to this many times. Ian doescher has done a truly magical thing here. He has taken this book and kept it completely faithful while transforming it into a Shakesperian play. The voice actors are great and I cant wait to start the next.

    I only hope that the RSC produce this as a play... I'd pay to see it in a heartbeat.....


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is such a famous story and so many will know it "line for line" already so it's hard fopr voice actors to bring anything new to the story at all. Having said that they do..... They use the new syntax to bring out the emotions of the story in vbery different ways... you lkearn more of Moff Tarkin and his motivations and feelings for example.


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

    Would have but just couldn't take the time out... maybe my next listen.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many "Star Wars Geeks" out there (me included) and any adaptation runs the risk of not meeting the high expectations of such a strange and devoted following. George Lucas even fell foul of this with some of his decisions for Episodes 1,2 & 3. Certainly among many fans, episodes 4,5 & 6 are held in such high esteem that any "tampering" with them could lead to disaster!I am in this category, and was at first a little cautious when I heard about these books. I got the paper version first (a box set of hard backs) and thoroughly loved them. Then I saw them in Audible and listened to the narration sample. I was sold.....My only recommendation is this... FANTASTIC....GET IT ...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David J. James
    Warsaw, Poland
    12/1/14
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    "Extremely amusing"

    Both as a concept and how this then works out in practice it is brilliant. The more one knows about Star Wars and about Shakespeare, the bigger the laughs. Excellently done. It is good to have some light hearted pieces to listen to occasionally. I hope the same people do some more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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