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DK Audio presents the audiobook edition of I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, written and read by Anthony Daniels.

Including a foreword written and read by J. J. Abrams and a selection of music from the Star Wars films, composed by John Williams.

"The odds of me ever writing a book were approximately...Oh, never mind. My golden companion worries about such things - I don’t. I have indeed now written a book - telling my story, in my voice, not his - recognising that our voices and our stories are inextricably intertwined."

When Star Wars burst on to the big screen in 1977, an unfailingly polite golden droid called C-3PO captured imaginations around the globe. But C-3PO wasn’t an amazing display of animatronics with a unique and unforgettable voice-over. Inside the metal costume was an actor named Anthony Daniels.

In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film - from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

With a foreword by J. J. Abrams, this audiobook is a nostalgic look back at the Skywalker saga as it comes to a close. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story reveals Anthony Daniels’ vulnerability, how he established his role, and what he accomplished, and it takes listeners on a journey that just happens to start in a galaxy far, far away.

"Gloriously witty, keen and spirited" (J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Music from the original motion picture soundtracks for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi was composed and conducted by John Williams. It was performed by the London symphony orchestra in 1977, 1979/80, and 1983. Copyright to the remastered 2018 recordings are held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd. Music from the original motion picture soundtracks for A Phantom Menace was composed and conducted by John Williams. It was performed again by the London Symphony Orchestra in 1999. Copyright to the remastered 2018 recordings are held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd. Music from the Star Wars movie The Force Awakens was composed by John Williams, conducted by John Williams and William Ross and performed by the Hollywood Freelance Studio Symphony in 2015. Copyright to the 2015 recording is held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd.

©2019 Anthony Daniels (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gloriously witty, keen and spirited" (J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

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A must listen for any Star Wars fan

This is perhaps the best self-narrated autobiography that has ever been released. Anthony Daniels is a true joy to listen to. He reveals details of all 9 films that I never heard before. Just hearing his wonderful voice makes any fan smile.

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Great listen before the final chapter

Great behind the scene stories makes me want to go back and rewatch the original trilogy to find those Easter eggs.

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A Life of Being That Droid

Great walk down memory lane with Anthony Daniels, as C3PO or just Threepio. I have the autographed copied of the book, but hearing it from Daniels, himself, is having him tell the story to you...so much better than reading it on pages. Story begins in 1977, and now, 2019, will end the Threepio story with Rise of Skywalker. Wonderful audiobook, a Star Wars fan collectible.

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Great

I enjoyed this memoir. I have seen the Star Wars movies in bits and pieces. One of these days I will sit down and watch them in order and all the way through. I was surprised to learn there was a man inside the costume of C-3PO. I guess I thought it was an animated robot with a man doing the voice.

The book is well written. Daniels provides information and in-sight into his role as C-3PO; but, not a lot of information about the movie or other actors, which worked out fine for me. If you are a C-3PO fan, you will enjoy this memoir.

The book is nine hours and twenty-seven minutes. Anthony Daniels does a good job narrating his own book.

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Thank the Maker!

If you are a Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy this delightful memoir by Anthony Daniels giving his unique perspective on his involvement in the SW saga. He even talks about the infamous SW Holiday Special, as well as C-3PO's visit to the Donny & Marie show in the late 70s.

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Stories from an Icon

And speaking of icons...seriously, why have we not yet made that Oscar Statue a tiny C-3PO yet? And then give this man an Oscar? This story gave me a deeper appreciation to the work it took to make 3PO a fully realized being you fall in love with from the start. This was such a fun listen, and so honest- Mr Daniels pulls no punches in the most polite, lovely way. This is one of those autobiographies I’ll end up listening to more than once. For having such a limited field of view behind that mask, this man saw so much over his decades giving life and humor to this beloved droid. Thank you!

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Delightful!

The first time I saw this in the bookstore I almost bought it, and flipping through it I decided to put it back on the shelf. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was 9 years old when the first film hit the screens. And who doesn't love C-3PO? The book seemed to be made up of short anecdotes about the making of the films from Mr. Daniels' perspective. I thought to myself, this might be even better as an audiobook. A month or so later I decided to download and listen to the Audible version. What a delightful piece of storytelling! Listening to Anthony Daniels narrating his own stories of the thrills and spills, the joys and frustrations of being C-3PO made me walk around with a silly grin on my face whenever it was playing. Often I laughed out loud and occasionally it made me misty-eyed. I got a huge kick out of Mr. Daniels' changing his voice to sound like the other people in his story-- George Lucas, Mark Hammill, Ewan McGregor-- and when he impersonates Sir Alec Guinness he sounds EXACTLY like the legendary actor. (It's easy to forget that C-3PO was trained and has worked as a classical stage actor.) If you are a fan of Star Wars, I highly recommend listening to this book.

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The human inside C-3PO

I have really enjoyed this book. Thank you for writing it. And whether you intended it or not, I will now and forever more see the human inside C-3PO.

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So glad I got this

I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I got everything I could’ve wanted from this book. Lots of lore, stories about on-set mishaps, insider info about cast and crew. Anthony shares his personal story in such a touching and honest way.

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Delightful

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. A must listen for anyone who loves The Star Wars Universe.

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A wonderful journey with Anthony Daniels

If you're a fan of the movies, this book is worth reading. many good stories from the behind the scenes of the movies and a wonderful insight about what the journey of becoming C3-PO was for Anthony Daniels.