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Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40th anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

  • Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
  • Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
  • Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
  • Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
  • Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter's final flight during the Rebellion's harrowing attack on the Death Star.
  • Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.

Plus 34 more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from Ben Acker, Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Sabaa Tahir, Elizabeth Wein, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig

Narrated by a full cast, including:

  • Jonathan Davis
  • Ashley Eckstein
  • Janina Gavankar
  • Jon Hamm
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • January LaVoy
  • Saskia Maarleveld
  • Carol Monda
  • Daniel José Older
  • Marc Thompson

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book - a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children's books - valued at $1 million - to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education. Over the past 16 years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than 88 million books to First Book.

©2017 Renée Ahdieh (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A New View of A New Hope

What a fantastic collection of stories. Take a bunch of side characters who were bit parts in the original Star Wars movie and give them a story to tell. You remember those guys in the band playing the Cantina? Yeah, let's tell their story. Remember that little M1C6 droid who Chewbacca scared on the Death Star? Yeah, he has a story. How about the stormtrooper who Obi Wan used his Jedi mind powers to fool into believing that C3PO and R2D2 weren't the droids they were looking for? Fantastic continuation!
There are stories in here from a ton of angles, including Lando, Yoda, Obi Wan, and Mon Mothra, as well as that red R5 unit who blew up at Uncle Owen's farm and the monster in the trash room. These stories fill out a universe so well fleshed out already. Even things like the stormtrooper bopping his head on the door make sense now.
And the voices. Oh, the voices are so great. This book is just about the perfect book. What a great anthology of the Star Wars Universe's lesser known characters. I not only highly recommend this one but I, myself, will be listening to it several more times in the future.I have a new hope that they will do a project like this for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in short order.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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No One has Raved About this yet?

Getting a secondary perspective on a New Hope adds so much incredible depth to the story and deepens the "relationship" SW fans may have on the film that started it all to an immeasurable degree.

If you are a SW fan and it has changed your life for the better you HAVE to get this audiobook!

And may I mention... it's canon...

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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These are the Stories You’re Looking For

I’ve laughed, cried, gasped, snickered and smiled through this entire book and still want more. This is an ingenious idea to have the POV of so many characters whose appearances in the movie was minimal but whose contribution to the overall story was critical for the rebellion’s success. I hope they do this with Episodes 5 & 6 as well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't wait to put this down. Hard Pass

First, why did anyone think adding poetry to this was a good idea. that was just awful to listen to. Just plain bad.

Second, there are contradicting stories and some that contradict established Canon.

I had to force myself to finish this. Just an overall bad experience. I recommend that anyone pass on this book. Save your money or credits for a book that won't make you hate it.

Bottom line, Hard Pass

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not good...

This is the first Star Wars book I read where I really was disappointed with the overall feel and tone and I've read all the new Canon, or listened rather. This was the definition of filler. Some stories added a little bit to the overall A New Hope experience, but the majority were just details that are better left unknown. I would avoid reading this if i could go back. I contemplated many times skipping the remaining eight hours of the book. Some stories and performances were good but it doesn't excuse the overall lack of entertainment in this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dissapointing

Very disappointed. I was expect stories that would add value to the Star Wars story; but there were only a handful of the stories that did that. It seemed like half of the stories were from inside the Cantina. Also, these are only stories about Episoide IV.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story, great performance, but...

I enjoyed this, but some of the background sound effects are incredibly annoying. Especially the "aboard ship" electronic noises. It's a constant beeping and chirping sound that distracts from the excellent performance of the narrators.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very fun

An interesting look into the world of Star Wars outside of main story line; if not necessarily canon, still entertaining. The multitude of stories covered characters only glimpsed in the films but add a depth to the events of the main story line. Furthering the idea that the Force is intertwined and influences more than the reader may have originally thought.

Some of the stories dragged on a little longer and more repetitive than I would have liked and some of the voice acting was rather annoying to the point I almost skipped a story or two but thankfully stopped before I did.

All in all, a fun collection for any Star Wars fan than ever wondered, 'what's that guy's story?'

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  • Jesse
  • SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada
  • 10-22-17

39 gems

The only complaint I have is with the story about the mouse droid. It might have been better to read but was unlistenable. Still the other 39 stories are good.

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Well worth the time!

I have always been a fan of alternate viewpoints, and this is great. I don't care for all the stories, but that is what is great about an anthology of short stories. Some are great, some not so much, but overall the book is worth it.
Some of the voice actors are also better than others. But the fact that this is a full on production makes it wonderful. I have always wished that audiobooks had background music, and this does and more. Some clips from the original soundtrack, sound effects of laser blasts, howling wind, a hyperdrive, and voice modifiers for stormtroopers and Darth Vader. It is awesome!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful