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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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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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    Level 27 Escape Tucson, AZ 04-07-14
    Level 27 Escape Tucson, AZ 04-07-14
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    "Fun Star Wars Adaptation"
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    This Shakespearean adaptation is a really fun take on Star Wars. Like most of Shakespeare's work, I find it much easier to listen to this book than to read it. At first I thought that the premise of this book would get old really fast but it didn't. I think this is, at least partially, because the book is read by a cast of voices rather than just one. This is essential because otherwise it would be virtually impossible to tell who was speaking without knowing the script of Star Wars intimately. That being said, I think it probably really helps to be fairly familiar with the plot of A New Hope to really enjoy the book's premise and creativity. Ian Doescher, the author, skillfully manages to stay fairly true to the style of Shakespeare and Star Wars and he preserves the defining characteristics of both.

    I really enjoyed the monologues that the characters take during the story, which helps keep the reader informed as to the character's motives and thoughts on the events taking place around them.

    [Exeunt]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Menomonie, WI, United States 02-26-14
    Robbie Menomonie, WI, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Shakespearian Star Wars, who knew!"

    Marc Thompson and the rest of the cast clearly had a very enjoyable time with this production. Theatre was a very large part of my life at one point which meant Shakespeare was too. It's a brilliant adaptation and anyone who likes Star Wars and/or the works of William Shakespeare should check it out. Archtypes that Shakespeare clearly defines in many of his works are easily translate to the Star Wars Universe:R2-D2 as Puck and Darth Vader as Iago.
    For those who are not into Shakespeare, but enjoy Star Wars this is a great way to understand Iambic pentameter if you have difficultly with it. The Audio production last only slightly longer then the movie itself, so a person could nearly follow along with the audio production with the movie if they have any difficulties with the language.
    For my part I found this a greatly entertaining listen and would recommend to anyone who enjoys Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 05-04-14
    Michelle LEMON GROVE, CA, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2011

    Michelle Huss

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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to William Shakespeare's Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes, without a doubt. The performance drew me into the story. Not everyone will like it, but I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character and always has is Darth Vader. He is mysterious, (well before he became a cute blond boy with a bad hair cut), ruthless and knows how to get a job done, but these are not the reasons I like him. Vader is the symbol that even the worst of us, (me), can find redemption.


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

    Variety. I know I can make up the possible voices inside my mind but listening to the different characters provides that variety. I still enjoy reading the books. I have a kindle fire, I get whisper sync with professional narration. Speaking of which, when will these books become whisper sync?


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

    I have always had extreme reactions to Star Wars ever since I was a kid and experienced Star Wars for the first time, I still have extreme reactions as if I read or watched or listened for the first time. Star Wars had and still has a way of capturing my imagination and holding it for long periods of time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Shakespeare, you will love this audio book and the second one which is also on Audible and I am waiting for The Jedi Returneth to come out and starting to get impatient.I do recommend this book if for nothing else a means to get away for a while and learn the proper King James language and expand your vocabulary.

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    Michael 05-04-14
    Michael 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I fell in love with Star Wars all over again!"
    What made the experience of listening to William Shakespeare's Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    The writing was masterful an the voice acting superb. I fell in love with Star Wars all over again, as it resurrected that feeling of epic nostalgia that I hadn’t felt since I watched ‘A New Hope’ as a child.


    What other book might you compare William Shakespeare's Star Wars to and why?

    Obviously Shakespeare's work.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    All the internal monologues.


    Any additional comments?

    If you’re not hooked after Darth Vader’s opening internal conflicting monologue, I’ll give you your money back!

    0 of 0 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.

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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-06-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Hmmm - Okay, maybe a little better than Okay"

    Love the idea of this book, and I am a Star Wars fan. However, I don't feel as strongly as others that have reviewed this book. I have seen many five star reviews, and it was well done, but I guess the audible version left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 10-02-13
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Silly and interesting."
    Where does William Shakespeare's Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high but very well done.


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

    The Death Star Battle.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Marc Thompson's voice work was excellent.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I hoep they make more of these.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Levine Florida, USA 10-03-13
    Alex Levine Florida, USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "'Tis a fine conceit--but no more"

    I downloaded this book on the strength of the very clever idea behind it, together with the brief preview sample. Unfortunately, Ian Doescher can't write quite well enough to see his inspiration through. In a way he's set himself up, by advertising this as a work by the greatest playwright of the English language. Very few could write to that standard. What we have here is a few formal elements of Elizabethan verse, with very little substance. It's a shame. Shakespeare gave us some amazing villains (King Lear's Edmund comes to mind), and a truly vile yet tragic Darth Vader might have been cut from that cloth. Doescher's Vader is pallid. Another part of the problem is that the dialogue hews too close to Lucas's original. And let's face it, George Lucas may be a visionary, but his dialogue is notoriously weak. In the original series, this fact was masked by inspired casting. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guiness, and James Earl Jones could coax melody from a lawn mower. But we don't have them in this recording. Lucas's dialogue is not notably improved by the insertion of archaic verb forms, the occasional inverted word order, and an surfeit of asides and short soliloquies. The amusement value of hearing words like "droid" and "blaster" amidst this tortured syntax soon wears thin. If you like Star Wars but don't really know or don't care about Shakespeare, this may be for you. Or not. It's certainly not for me.

    And why do we have a "chorus?" Jeez, is this supposed to be Shakespeare, or Sophocles?

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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