Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.
Something Wookiee this way comes!
©2014 Ian Doescher (P)2014 Random House Audio
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.
If you've heard Verily A New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back, you already know what to expect. This falls right in line and completes the trilogy in its greatness. For those who have not yet experienced this... you're in for a treat. Shakespearean puns and mangled quotes run amuck through the galaxy far, far away, accompanied with all the ham-fisted, Monty Python style acting. And yet, there is another level of experience, as one would expect from reading the Bard's original works, so all of the drama and gravitas of the story is there to be had. Add in the familiar sound effects and classic John Williams music you remember, and this most unlikely mashup becomes a few hours of pure fun.
But then, having enjoyed the previous two, I'm already biased. You've not experienced Shakespeare until you've heard him in the original Huttese, and the songs from Jabba's band and the Ewoks just drive this performance over the top. It's a blast.
I can't think of any I'm afraid.
The narration and writing.
I wouldn't sence there's already a film
I hope the author makes more Shakespeare style stories if he wishes.
Unlike other mashups that are nothing more but thinly veiled attempts to make money off of venerable titles (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, the most obvious example), this trilogy is definitely NOT a one-trick pony. Hard to believe, but each installment actually got better. That is saying a lot, since I thought the first book was amazing, and “Return of the Jedi” was my least favorite movie of the original trilogy. But Doescher clearly took great pains to honor both of the great legacies to which he is beholden. And the production values on the audio versions of these books is among the best I have ever encountered. Music from the actual movie soundtrack is expertly inserted in just the right places, the actors’ voices are very close to those of the original actors, and there is also an afterword read by Doescher in which he explains some of the techniques he used to combine his two inspirations.
One thing I really liked about the whole trilogy which I didn’t mention in my reviews of the other two books is the way Doescher assumes the listener/reader has seen the prequel movies. The sly references to the prequels made me laugh out loud, for instance, in this installment when the ghost of Obi-wan makes a comment about midi-chlorians.
To anyone who is a lover of Star Wars, I cannot recommend these three audiobooks more highly.
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