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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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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...

13 of 13 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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 15 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.

5 of 5 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?'

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 02-05-18

Superb Narration of Wonderful Stories


This book is a collection of 40 stories from various authors who tell the story of Episode 4 A New Hope through the eyes of peripheral characters. The author list includes veteran favorites like John Jackson Miller, Paul S Kemp, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, Wil Wheaton and more. The stories themselves range from heartbreaking to hilarious. All proceeds from this book are being donated to charity. While the stories are wonderful, the true magic of this book comes from the incredible narration the voice talent provided. Every story truly came alive, crafted with loving care in their narrative. If you are thinking of reading this book, the audio book is a must for this selection. It really makes this book come alive. Narrators include the magnificent Jonathan Davis and Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Ashley Eckstein, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris and more. If you have to choose one medium, the audio book triumphs. A great collection of wonderful stories and even better narration.

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Appreciate the idea ...

I like the idea, but the execution was poor. The stories were often pointless and seeing one scene from a different perspective is a smart idea, but seeing the same scene from three or four perspectives was monotonous. For instance, Mos Eisley cantina isn't as interesting as the editors of this book seem to think. I think there were about eight stories derived from that particular scene. It was really quite maddening, listening to all these stagnant, uninteresting narratives. This story collection has almost zero momentum. I think George Lucas had the right idea, avoiding the gray minutae of the Death Star. It's like reading a story that takes place in a mundane office building with none of the charm of The Office. There's an idea for some of these writers, who are otherwise talented. This collection was just an excuse to make money off of a successful movie franchise without actually giving us something substantive. Great voice acting. It's a shame the stories were so painfully dull.

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So Dull

Among the worst audio books I’ve ever heard. I’m still struggling to get through to the end, so if there’s a redeeming story in the bunch I’ll update my review— so far it’s one awful story on Tatooine after another.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful