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Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young listeners while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.

©2015 Adam Gidwitz (P)2015 Listening Library

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Gidwitz wants to be the star

when he got the memo they wanted this for younger audiences it seems Gidwitz imagined a 5 year old dressed in jar jar binks pajamas. He writes as if I'm an idiot and as if this is the first of the trilogy feeling he has to give background when it's least important. He distracts the story with what he thinks is comedy and interrupts every now and then with the most stupid "jedi lessons" that embarrass you just listening to them.

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I got a bad feeling about this...

This may be the worst Star Wars book I've ever read/listened to. I could barely make it through.

The style of storytelling spoiled for me what is a Star Wars classic and a cherished memory from my childhood. The commentary was snarky and poor, and the perspective from which the book is told was a bad idea. Unless you want to check a box that you completed this series, I would avoid this one.

The only bright point to this otherwise dismal Audio Book is Marc Thompson, who was masterful as always.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Horrible choice of storytelling

I could not keep myself interested. The story is told in the form of someone trying to convince a 3-4 year old that they are Luke.

"You walk into the hangar and see Han Solo - He's your friend and almost like a big brother. chewbacca is also there fiddling with wires on the Falcon. chewbacca is a wookie, which means he stands up like a man, but is hairy like a gorilla or sasquatch thing.."

it's meant to make you feel and pretend to be Luke, and introduce you to the universe, but who would start at TESB ? ANH in the same series is very different, which ruins the experience of this book further.I wish they had let that author write TESB as well.

Mark Thompson is doing a wonderful voice-job as always!

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  • Landon
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Marc Thompson is a miracle worker

The story wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't start every sentence off w/ "you". Saying "you" doesn't make me think I'm Luke Skywalker, saying "I" does. That puts me in the character's shoes, not being told I'm him from another's perspective.

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Worst ever

After 40 Star Wars books I figured I would never get tired or find a bad one. Wrong! After 5 minutes I was done. The new hope book was a great add to the Star Wars universe and gave some good insight to the characters. This book was the opposite. If this was the only Star Wars book you ever read it would be the only Star Wars book you ever read. This author needs to read the new hope retell And try again this was an epic fail.

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Worst Star Wars Book I've Ever Listened To

The title of this review may seem harsh, but I have to be honest. This was the worst Star Wars book I've ever listened to. Why? Well to start with the book's forward eludes to the fact that the story is going to be told in first person format as if the reader/listener was Luke Skywalker...ok... Fine, but the book fails to do this. Instead of referring to Leia and Han's scenes from Luke's/your perceptive the book falls back to third person. If you are going to introduce a mechanism like the first person perceptive of a well known character you have to stick to it. How? Well... If it was me I would use Luke meditation sessions as a super natural way of checking in on Han or Leia OR just the single meditation session with Yoda and R2 and the floating rocks to peer backwards. Beyond the gimmicky first person perceptive not being consistent the book tries to be comical at times "Wookies sound like a cross between a dog and an opera singer", "C3PO looks like a golden tin man". Yes that seems to be a Wizard of Oz reference. This is Empire Strikes Back, the attempt at comedy takes away from the darkest of all the Star Wars movies. *SMH*

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Hey, I enjoyed it! Great job Gidwitz!

I'm 19 and although I found the vocabulary a little childish at times and maybe the book a little over simplified, I could tell that love and care was put into writing it. As labeled it is for a young reader, but it grew on me and Gidwitz's retelling is an original on its own. He puts you at the helm as Luke Skywalker, interjecting every chapter with lessons that could help any kid struggling to fit in. I wish I had this when I was younger, those lessons would have really helped me.

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"Like a blaster being fired by a drunk."

What did you love best about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi??

Interesting retelling of the original story. Some of the commentary was silly but at the same time I enjoyed the detailed descriptions

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I have no idea what to expect next

After listening to the first book in this new audiobook series, Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy I had really high hopes for book two.

And my hopes and dreams for this audiobook were absolutely and undeniably smashed within about five minutes. I am not sure whose idea it was to change formats, one that was already set, even though it was quite high, mid-series.

Adam Gidwitz took the Empire Strikes Back, that I know and love and told it from a first person perspective. That on its own I am sure I could have gotten over. However, it was written as if a six or seven year old has no social skills, has never heard of Star Wars, and is training to be a Jedi, and needs to be convinced he is Luke Skywalker. Then there are the Jedi lesson in between each chapter. “Jedi have to breath too”, seriously?

If you are over the age of ten and love Star Wars. Do not waste your time and money with this abomination. I am not sure I have it in me to continue this series, obviously I have no idea what to expect.

Marc Thompson did what he could here. In fact I didn’t even realize it was him. He performed it as I am sure he was told and unfortunately it did not work at all. I think he was trying to sound like a seven year old or something. His performance just didn’t jive with me.

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Terrible.

I was not a fan of the author’s choices in this adaptation at all. Hated the second person narration. Even worse the narration was not written in universe either. Very jarring to be reading a Star Wars book and have the author make reference to The Wizard of Oz. Marc Thompson’s narration was very grating as well.

To be fair I’m not the target audience for this book. However, since this is the only canon adaptation we currently have it is a super frustrating choice.