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Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions!

As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama - in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you'll be convinced it was written by the Bard.

Cast of narrators:

  • Jessica Almasy
  • Daniel Davis
  • Jonathan Davis
  • Ian Doescher
  • Jeff Gurner
  • Ralph Adriel Johnson
  • Sean Kenin
  • January LaVoy
  • Marc Thompson

©2017 Ian Doescher (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Excellent addition to the series.

Excellent addition to the William Shakespeares Star Wars series. I wish they'd do the prequels.

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The Force is with Doescher's team!

Of all the audiobooks I've bought from Audible, the ones I've enjoyed most and replayed the most are Doescher's Bard-inspired take on Star Wars. This one is no exception. Before the pre-order was announced I was afraid that this series had stopped but I was glad to see there was more coming.

It has everything I've liked in the other 3 audiobooks and has a few improvements as well. The original voice cast returned and includes new voices as well. More movie music from the prequels is here and Chewie gets hits lines translated into English this time! Leah also stages a song after Han's death and is probably the best one in the series so far.

I've only listened to it once so far so if I have any complaints, I'd single out BB-8's bleeps of dialogue. It sounded quasi-French to me and less fitting than R2's from past audiobooks. Doescher's afterword said this was in 'skip code' but I've never heard of these things before so BB-8's dialogue makes no sense to me either in audio or print.

In any case, Ian Doescher and Co. have delivered once again. I'll look forward to replaying this one in the near future. My only wish would be for the prequels (#1-3) to be made into audio while we wait for the upcoming episodes 8 & 9.

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Exactly What You’re Expecting

I’ve read several of Doescher’s Shakespearean Star Wars books and they are all excellent. This one is equally compelling, if only for the sheer novelty of it. The language is flowery and intriguing in nearly every aspect of the book. Dramatic scenes involving Rey, Kylo Ren, Leia and even Chewbacca are enhanced by poetic soliloquies on loss, life and destiny. Unfortunately The Force Awakens film contains significant stretches of visual storytelling that do not translate well to the stage. Also the film’s comedic beats fall flat when translated to Shakespearean English. Finally the droids are given long and aggravating stretches of spoke gibberish which ought to have been replaced entirely with sound clips from the film. But overall this is a fun listen that adds depth to the more dramatic moments from the film.

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Loved this book much more than the movie

Another amazing book! I didn't like Episode 7 but this book made it enjoyable for me.

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Love These Books.

These Books are awesome!!!! A must for all Star Wars fans. If you don't enjoy them, I question your fandom!

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Wonderful save the droids

Loved every moment except the droids. They might read fine on paper but when spoken out loud it’s beyond silly. Even sillier than the rathtar song.

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well done

it really is the way you should experience these books. the cast is skilled, the word play joyful...get this.

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Where has this been all my life?

Oh my goodness! Where has this been all my life? A hilarious and satirical retelling of Star Wars written in the format of a Shakespeare play! I haven't laughed so hard in a while. Must read!

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Another absolute delight

Every one of these is a joy. They're clever, fun, and well cast. Listening to this on audio is the ultimate way to enjoy them. I had a smile through the entire listen. I am grateful to have heard some of these stories live as well. (AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY)

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Thy must listen to this

Ok! Ok! I know a lot of people do not like Shakespear. You survived it during High School English, and swore you would never read that again! Please put aside your bias, and listen to this book! This book is hilarious, heart wrenching at times, and every entertaining! From the beginning, when you are introduced to the story, you will find yourself laughing so hard, your belly will hurt! Ian Doesher has created a Shakespearean world within the sci-if world that we all love. Trust me! Read this book!! Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry.

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