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Star Wars (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

Star Wars (Dramatized)

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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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    Reginald Foushee' II 01-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved it"

    I just wished some of it was in the movie it would've given it more depth

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    Edward Holder San Antonio, TX 01-26-17
    Edward Holder San Antonio, TX 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One in a million"

    This is hands down a must for any fan of Star Wars or audio books. Its a full dramatization!! Really enjoyed it.

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    Ivan gomez 01-25-17
    Ivan gomez 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    It enriched a story I know so well.

    I wish this Han Solo was in the film, his arch is fantastic.

    And like rogue one, this fleshed out Tarken and gave a lot of insight into his character.

    The voices of the other actors take a little getting used to after years of listening to Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher (rip may the force be with you... always) but after a while don't notice it.

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    Stephen Humeston 01-05-17
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    "A very different version, but worth it for fans"

    This version was very different than just an audio adaptation of the film. It's more like what Star Wars would have been, had it not been so visionary and better than the shows of its age. This version was more melodramatic and clunky. Closer to a Twilight Zone episode than an epic...

    That being said, it's worth listening to for serious fans of the series. The characterization and fuller backstories of some characters provide some fun alternative perspectives to what we all assume were Luke, Han and Leia's motivations.

    -Han and Luke were shown as deeper characters
    -Obi Wan and Leia are shallower, or at least, less enjoyable
    -Vader really didn't feel convincing, his villainous-ness felt very forced and tawdry

    Some of the actions scenes didn't translate well to radio, but others held up fine and the extended portions of character development were engaging.

    All in all, a good listen for dedicated fans to hear what might have been, and to give better perspective on just how good the film version really was. But not recommended for casual fans expecting an audiobook version right from the film.

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    Sarah 01-04-17
    Sarah 01-04-17
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    "I loved it"

    this was and fascinating story, I wish is was the whole movie dramatized is a great way to tell the story.

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    Patrick 12-28-16
    Patrick 12-28-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Great version of the Star Wars New Hope story."

    I remember, as a child agonizing for each episode to be released on the local NPR radio station. It was good then, but even better now all together and being able to listen to the Episodes back to back.

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    Big_D_92 12-27-16
    Big_D_92 12-27-16
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    "How could u go wrong with Star Wars?!"

    I loved the concept of putting Star Wars (my favorite movie series of ALL time) into a very overlooked form of entertainment, the radio drama! Some might think the acting is a bit hoaky, but u almost HAVE to overact to be in a radio drama. It's so cool to hear Mark Hamill be Luke in this vain. I would recommend checking it out...especially if ur a fan of the best movie series in the galaxy far, far away!

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    DeeMichele Shea 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Oh the memories "

    Though I missed the original cast voices of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the story is always the greatest of its time and of all time, if you recognize how ahead if our times George Lucas truly was. Star Wars is a classic:)

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    FinalFrontier 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio theater Excellence"

    Whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or, like me, you just like good stories told well, this is audio theater at its best. I discovered this on CD through my local library, but when I realized Audible had it, I picked it up on impulse.

    This dramatization really adds a lot to the story, fleshing out Luke, Han Solo, and just about every other character. I'm sure it was both fun and challenging for many of the actors to rely on vocal tone and inflection rather than facial expression, but I think the challenge only adds to the enjoyment of this program.

    Anyone who has seen the movie will recognize the music and sound effects. I'm thankful that NPR was able to use the sound effects and music, and that they didn't have to write a new musical score from scratch. For many fans, the music is a true star in these films, and it's used well in this audio dramatization.

    I really enjoy this as a way to stimulate your imagination. In this age where there is so much visual stimulation, it's good to bring out a good audio theater producation like this, sit back with your iphone and a good sound system and let your imagination fly. You have all you need right in the story, since the characters describe what's happening, and you can fill in the rest by creating mental pictures of, for instance, what the ships might look like.

    In summary, whether you're a major Star Wars fan, or you just enjoy a good story told well, you can fine value in this audio program.

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    AManWithAPlan 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional!"

    This breathed new life into Star wars for me. The added scenes early on developed Luke and Leia's characters significantly pulling my empathy for them out more meaningfully during the rest of the basically action driven story. Really well done! I aspire to moisture farming one day.

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  • Sarah Edmondson
    12/4/15
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    "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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  • Miss
    12/1/15
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    "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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  • S J HUTCHESON
    10/28/15
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    "Spoiled by intro/credits"

    I enjoyed the story, even if some of the "voices" lacked a little. However, the intro and lengthy credits at the end of every flaming chapter really spoiled the experience... Poor job

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  • Michael
    10/14/15
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    "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
    10/9/15
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    "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
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    8/18/15
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    "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.

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  • Paul
    6/22/15
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    "Star Wars"

    Fantastic, fills in a few of the gaps adding to the story. A must for all Star Wars fans

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  • Simon Pell
    6/16/15
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    "Great production"

    Amazing. Fills in some gaps from the movies. Made me feel like a kid again. Loved it.

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  • Burgess79
    Aberdeen
    4/6/15
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    "Could of done with more stars"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    The added content and some scenes told from a different angle i.e. the Death Star run at the end, concentrates on Princess Leia on Yarin 4 while all the action come in over the radio communications.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels – was your favourite?

    Could of done with some more stars of the film, Mark and Anthony wasn't enough, but it was recorded a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

    Mark Hamill was the better of the two.


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  • dominic
    2/15/15
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    "Total immersion into another world"

    The direction and performances are utterly compelling, you just want to listen all day long.

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