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
love love love the adaption. I own all the books and enjoy the audio version - voice actors are mostly spot on, with one caveat for me; I'm not a huge fan of the man playing han solo....he over emphasized the drawl and it ends up making him sound corny. others may not share my opinion, so overall I say it's definitely worth buying!
As a lover of both Shakespeare and Star Wars, this caught my attention as soon as I came across it. I was not disappointed at all. I plan to keep this audiobook on my device for the foreseeable future, because like any good book, I know I'll be able to open it up to any point and become instantly immersed again.
Over and over and over again. This combines my favorite author with my favorite movie series, what's not to love?
The various Shakespeare-style addition to the innermost thoughts of the characters added to the story, giving each character a depth only hinted at in the original films. I enjoyed the use of foreshadowing, soliloquies and monologues, interacting with the "audience" in true globe fashion.
It's almost impossible to choose just one, but if I had to I would go for the scene when Luke is cleaning the droids at his farm on Tatooine. There are moments in Luke's mind and [surprisingly] in R2D2's that wonderfully foreshadow the rest of the story.
I was laughing out loud many times, and even when such an extreme reaction was not provoked, I found myself grinning in delight during the course of the book.
I imagine I will enjoy the prequel trilogy even better than the films if they are done half as well as this trilogy.
Doescher pulled it off. The mix of Shakespeare and Star Wars was a stroke of brilliance on his part, and he manages to evoke BOTH the Bard and the Force in this highly enjoyable "play." It's got everything from "A New Hope" that you remember, but placed within a Shakespearean voice. The voice actors' performances are also fantastic--Luke sounds like Luke, Han sounds like Han, and I could've sworn Anthony Daniels did the voice of C-3PO until I looked at the credits. Star Wars purists should be happy at such a tactful and beautiful expansion of the Lucasfilm realm in this audiobook.
Lucasfilm encouraged Doescher to go beyond the original film in his ideas, and it's interesting to listen as all of the characters--including Darth Vader and R2-D2--have their own monologues, similar to how a Shakespearean character would. My favorite such inclusion was when Luke comes out onto the stage in his stolen Stormtrooper outfit, holding his helmet in hand like Hamlet does with Yorick's skull, and musing about life and death. This is just one of the many Shakespeare references within the book--Doescher often quotes famous Shakespeare lines within this narrative, such as the one that follows:
Original Star Wars: "What's that flashing?"
Shakespeare Star Wars: "But, soft? What light from yonder flashing breaks?!"
You gotta love it. Doescher also throws in a lot of tidbits that diehard Star Wars fans will enjoy. Listen for the following:
(1) Han's commentary on whether or not he shot Greedo first.
(2) A subtle but rather pronounced Star Trek reference. (Yes, Doescher did break the sacred boundary in this one line, but it's funny!).
(3) And more!
If you love Star Wars and if you're not afraid of Shakespeare (and no one should be), listen to this audiobook!
The ensemble cast did a fantastic job. Some of these voice actors sound very close to the actors from the films (the one who played Luke Skywalker in particular). But they don't content themselves with imitation. They deliver the lines in a very evocative way, and when you hear John Williams' score at the key points, you will be sold.
First of all, Ian Doescher is an amazingly talented man for being able to recreate Elizabethan verse so effectively. He should be applauded simply for being able to rework the movies into so many lines of iambic pentameter. But when you hear characters who were mute in the original films proclaim multiple lines of clever soliloquy or when you recognize allusions to other Shakespearean plays or even Star Trek (!) you will be even more impressed that he was able to pack so much more in while staying faithful to the original.
This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)
The story was, well, Star Wars. Add asides and iambic pentameter with an occasional sonnet. Weird, but strangely likable
Drama, suspense, humor and Shakespeare. What more could you ask for!?! As a fan of both Star Wars and modern Shakespeare interpretation this story hit on every level for me. If you're a fan ... even a little ... of the Shakespeare style then this is perfect for you!
I wasn't sure what do expect. Star Wars is Shakespearean and loved all iambic pentameter and Shakespeare insults. Loved it. Can't wait ti listen again with the kids.
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