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Publisher's Summary

When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership.

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development. Director John Madden guided a splendid cast, including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, reprising their film roles as Luke Skywalker and the persnickety robot See Threepio, through an intense 10-day dialogue recording session. Then came months of painstaking work for virtuoso sound engineer Tom Voegeli, whose brilliant blending of the actors' voices, the music, and hundreds of sound effects takes this intergalactic adventure into a realm of imagination that is beyond the reach of cinema.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Great Detail

This is just a great performance and a great way to take the story you know and hear more details that you can't cover in a movie.

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Just as good as when I heard it live..

I never thought I would find this,..I listened to it on my transistor radio, late in the evening before going to Navy Boot camp in 1981..and it still brings chills to me to close my eyes and use my imagination with both reading the book and seeing the movie numerous times. This is still one of the greatest SF stories ever told...Today's younger generation should listen to this and read the books if they haven't seen the movies to get a deeper understanding of the story....

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hated it

bring us the actual audiobook of Star Wars it was like watching listening to the movie with very little description of what was going on the sound effects in the screaming were annoying without painting the seen by words all the screaming actually gave me a headache and it was hard to listen to

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  • Alex
  • Chicago
  • 07-30-17

Radio Classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to kids or radiophiles interested in a first-rate radio play in the classic style of radio drama. Beautifully mixed audio and a throwback to the classic serials the Star Wars films were inspired by.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars (Dramatized)?

The T-16 race through Beggar's Canyon.

Which scene was your favorite?

Same as above.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This book is already a film.

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Not Bad!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, if they were curious. It has added information that made more sense than what the film lead on.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought the added background of Luke was interesting.

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Awesome!!!!

I loved it I lissen to it every night!!!! This book is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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it's star wars !!

it's a 10 out of 10..has great actors and great music and sound effects are awesome

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Very good

A must listen for any Star Wars Fan... it's almost like listening to the movie in 3d! Very well done.

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Great - even better than the movie

The extras here should have been in the movie. The first four chapters add depth to the whole story. I wonder if this is still considered canon. Rouge One with this audio fills in much backstory that the 1977 movie left out. This was fantastic.

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Awesome Old School Radio Drama

This was the best of the three radio dramas, made of the original Star Wars trilogy. The cast was great, and the expansion of the events from A New Hope were interesting and seemed to fit right into the story. I'm sure these extra scenes are not considered canon, but it's still fun.

It would great if they made these for Episode 1, 2, and 3.

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  • Victor
  • 06-21-16

brilliant

Fantastic just as I remember it from years ago absolutely a MUST for all star wars fans

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  • MR
  • 02-21-16

My first Audible

really good introduction to Audible. I remember listening to the original radio series so many years ago. recommended if you like Star Wars.

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  • AndyLangbo
  • 01-03-16

Brilliant

great voice acting, well dramatised for Radio,excellent pacing. Sound effects brilliant. would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Mark Salter
  • 12-24-15

The Force is strong with this one!

I remember listening to this on the radio as a youngster, back in the late 70s, or early 80s, and it hasn't lost any of the excitement of discovering new Star Wars that it had then. Mark Hamill & Anthony Daniels recreate their roles as Luke Skywalker & C-3P0, and are surrounded by an excellent cast of supporting actors filling the other famous roles. The new voices are similar enough for you to picture the appropriate characters, and they fulfil their roles well. The real pleasure, however, is the extra story & character content. Some of it I recognise a being part of George Lucy's original storyline (Luke and Biggs on Tatooine etc) but some, I'm guessing, is completely original and most of it expertly fills in holes in the film plot that you didn't even realise were there. And when you add in John Williams' wonderful score, and Ben Burrt's amazing soundscape you end up with a fantastic variation of a an great familiar story! :-)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-15

Star Wars The Considerably Extended Edition!

What did you like most about Star Wars?

Despite not benefiting from any visual effects, it was as engaging as the movie version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

I've thought about this, but I can't settle on just one.

What about Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels ’s performance did you like?

Their performances are as good as they were on the big screen.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it's not that sort of story, but it did make me nostalgic.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a shufty - I'm now listening to The Empire Strikes Back!

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  • Sarah Edmondson
  • 12-04-15

fabulous

I loved this. It was great to have original film cast members, especially mark hamil. Also great to get more back story and insight into some of the characters. Music by the ever amazing John Williams and original sound effects all make this a great listen. One of my best audio purchases. I quickly followed it up with the empire strikes back and return of the Jedi and was not disappointed. Fantastic listening!

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  • 12-01-15

Childhood memories relived!

If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Memorable. Exciting. Fun.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

I remembered the character conversations on Tatooine from listening about 30 years ago!

What about Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels ’s performance did you like?

They both portrayed the characters in the same way I remembered from the films.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a radio play in chapters so lends itself to part listening.

Any additional comments?

Brought back some memories of childhood car trips listening to the radio broadcasts.

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  • Michael
  • 10-14-15

Revisit Star Wars in this expanded audio version.

Enjoy Star Wars? Here is a way to enjoy it all over again! A fast-paced retelling of the Star Wars storey with extra scenes on Tatooine and Alderaan, that take place before the beginning of the movie. The voice cast, including some of the original movie cast, recreate the feel of the story while your mental images from the movie fill in the rest. This is as close as you can come to seeing the movie again for the first time.

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  • Adam Malone
  • 10-09-15

Cheesy? Probably. Amazing? Absolutely.

It fills in all the blanks you may have had from Star Wars, and is performed great by the cast... It does have a few cheesy lines, and is a little heavy handed at times, and you may want to skip to the next chapter after you hear the credits list after every episode, but there's no mistaking that this IS Star Wars.

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  • Nick B-H
  • 08-18-15

Gives some small insights and enjoyable

There is quite a bit of back story that I hadn't appreciated at the beginning of this play. I enjoyed that and the smaller, less significant fillers that crop up throughout.

I would love to have heard original voices of Darth, Han and Obi Wan but I guess it wasn't possible at the time.

This does work very well to destroy the potential boredom of any commute.