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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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    Marcus 10-06-16
    Marcus 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I think I chose well my first audio drama."

    I really felt me on a galaxy far far away recalling memorable moments. The parts that were excluded from the movie are present in consistently in the audio drama. The original sound effects and the participation of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, Luke Skywalker and C3PO respectively, greatly values the work.

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    D 10-04-16
    D 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Fun!"

    I was taken back to the day I saw this space drama in the theater. So exciting & heart warming. The original music is one of my great loves. I also appreciated the extra tidbits that were not in the movie. Great job! Thanks from a SW fan.

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    Matt Warner 10-04-16
    Matt Warner 10-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    Absolute perfection!! Just a fantastic audiobook, full drama, sounds ect all perfect!! Can listen to over and over.

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    peistuff 09-06-16
    peistuff 09-06-16
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    "Great book but the separate episodes were annoying"

    Gives you much more detail than the movie did and its well acted but the episode separations are anoyying.

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    Charles Strobel 08-23-16
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    "An old Star Wars fan dream."

    I had heard bits and pieces of it when I was little, before I had seen the movie even. (I'm 42. VCRs weren't really a thing yet.) Listening to it now as an adult is sheer joy. It's more story, more characters, more Star Wars in general than the film version. There's insights into character that you just didn't get. It's also just a stunning example of pulp science fiction of the era.

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    David 08-12-16
    David 08-12-16
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    "Great Back story, Good Dramatics 5 Stars"
    Where does Star Wars (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an audio drama, not a narrated story. The dramatic actors do a great job of expressing the story. This drama tells a little of prior to the opening of the movie - Luke's life on Tatooine. The sound effects parallel the movie's sound effects and the music in the background is John Williams' score for the Star Wars Trilogy. I would rate this in the top two of the audiobooks I've listened to.


    What does Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels have voices that help you visualize the movie I grew up loving. Ann Sachs also did a superb job as Leia in the whole trilogy. 5 stars all around!


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    Randall H. 08-01-16
    Randall H. 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The full story"

    With this version of StarWars you can finally get all the background information and scenes that were cut from the original movie. A must listen for any die hard StarWars fan.

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    Aaron 07-18-16
    Aaron 07-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great for the fan"

    I loved this. Great additional story I never knew was out there. it was a little jarring to hear iconic lines coming from anyone except Harrison Ford or Frank Oz, but I got over it pretty quick. the original cast members were a treat!

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    Amazon Customer 07-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must have for fans of the original trilogy"

    Being a fan of the franchise (with the exception of the prequels), I consider this a must have. Other fans of the original trilogy will surely enjoy hearing this classic sci-fi tale as it includes scenes from George Lucas' original screenplay which never made it into the film due to time and budget.

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    garrison 07-11-16
    garrison 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great"

    loved it. fun to hear what was going on in the intermonologue of the characters.

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  • Ben
    Broughton, United Kingdom
    2/8/15
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    "Great rendition but..."

    Great version just wish you could select not to hear beginning/end credits I each chapter. Otherwise great rendition of a classic.

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  • J. Coffey
    Newquay, Cornwall
    12/12/14
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    "Classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    Too different to compare Star wars as a novel to the display. Both hugely enjoyable, gotta love the effects though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Vader, always has been, always will be, can't say anymore on the case.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Well we all know that one don't we.


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  • Timothy
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    1/29/14
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    "An Audio Masterpiece"
    What did you like most about Star Wars?

    Certainly a great production, adding depth and colour to an already vibrant piece. Since it cannot be said that anyone listening to this can have failed to have seen the original movies, what you have here is rather an expansion upon the established themes, more detail of plot, character and development of the whirlwind adventure that is Star Wars.

    The background scenes, cut from the original movie, are lavishly expanded upon. From Luke's feeling of isolation amongst the earthy farmhand companions of his youth, to Leia's burgeoning association with rebellion and the double life it entails, to Han's shady past, all are further wrought out in entertaining, touching and exciting scenes.

    I would recommend this production to anyone who enjoyed the adventure, drama, and sheer wonder of Star Wars.


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  • Mrs
    Southend on Sea, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "star wars a new hope"

    am a new member so the 1st book I went for is my all time fav star wars .I like the audible book because it has so much more story to hear you just get drag into the story .The best part of the story is the starting part as you get an insight in luke life on tatooine and how it will change for all time .You can put you head phones on and close your eyes and think your there with all luke ups and downs .so keep up the good work and I intend to get lots more books from your site and will tell all my friends

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  • Pottery Debs
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "Disappointed, as I wanted to like it."

    I genuinely love Star Wars, the original movie, sometimes titled "a new hope", and was really pleased to see this audio book title for sale. I noticed that it was an audio book version of a radio serial, which had aired very successfully on NPR, which appeared to be a point in the audio book's favour. Unfortunately, it really, really, isn't. There is a quite lengthy introduction, both musically and as voice over to each episode, and having to hear each time that the radio adaptation was 'based upon stories, characters and situations created by George Lucas' quickly became irritating. Hearing a little plot synopsis at the start of each episode is fine for a radio serial, but again, as an audio book, it annoyed me.



    Most surprising of all, the lovely music of John Williams is so overused that it feels like padding, between relatively short snatches of action. The incidental music at the same time as dialogue irritated me, as it distracted me from the dialogue.



    In the interests of balance, I would add that the voice performances are fine, and it was nice to hear Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels reprise their roles, but the actor playing Han Solo just didn't sound quite right to my ears, he was a bit too 'american cowboy'.



    I eventually got irritated enough with the audio book to skip to the end to hear the rebel alliance battle against the death star, which was hugely disappointing and anti climactic, perhaps because its just such a visual sequence, it was never going to translate well to audio.



    In synopsis then, I am disappointed, perhaps because I expected too much that the audio presentation just couldn't deliver.



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  • Justan
    CRIEFF, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "A must for star wars fans!"

    If you love star wars then you're sure to enjoy this. Yes, I agree with one of the earlier reviews that the opening credits are quite long but you soon forget about them once the adaptation begins. Listening to the familiar voices of Mark Hammil and Anthony Daniels really immerses you back into the world if star wars again. Not being restricted to screen, this really let's your imagination open up to the complete story.

    Overall a highly recommended listen.

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  • Mr
    Washington, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Enhanced entertainment"

    A great download which fills out the original Star Wars movie with additional scenes. Really fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    uk
    12/23/12
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    "This reminded me why I loved the original."

    Fantastic to hear the story with extra parts about Biggs/canyons etc. I really enjoyed this version and with the next months credit bought empire strikes back.

    The quality is excellent & original casting for many parts makes it really worth getting if you are a fan of the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Winchester
    12/23/12
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    "Star Wars"

    Fantastic. The story has been fleshed out so that it contains more than the original film. This is the First Original Film, and not the Phantom Menace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "enjoyable but a bit annoying"

    I enjoyed the story, its a US production for radio and has a full cast and sound, action effects are great. My only criticism is that at the end and start of every chapter has an announcment of cast, produced by etc etc. This could so easily be removed and the normal gap and "chapter ??" entered, how about an updated editors version audible? Would make it much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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