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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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    garrison 07-11-16
    garrison 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    loved it. fun to hear what was going on in the intermonologue of the characters.

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    onthejohn Salt Lake City 07-08-16
    onthejohn Salt Lake City 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not to be confused with Novel based on the film"
    What disappointed you about Star Wars (Dramatized)?

    This radio drama is based of the novel based off the film. I wanted to listen to the novel read out as it was written like other books. Since there is no such recording on Audible when I searched for it, this would come up in all my searches I found. I bought it hoping that radio drama was not actually a radio drama with cheesy sound effects and bad acting but the book. In case you are hopeful (stupid) like I was, save your money and look elsewhere for the novel. I only listened to about 30 minutes of this and I only rated it because Audible made me in order to post this warning that I wish someone else would have done.


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    Greg 07-04-16
    Greg 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic retelling."

    Great adaptation of the original Star Wars. Overall the voice acting is engaging and entertaining. I loved the extra scenes of Luke and his life on Tataooine. Recommended to all fans of the saga.

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    GREGORY G JARMON JR 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Version of Star Wars"

    This story had more than the original movie. Great. Mark Hamill is awesome as always.

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    Bori6bc212 02-08-16
    Bori6bc212 02-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "biggs didnt die"

    biggs didnt die in the movie
    what the heck is going on
    oh well
    on to the next one

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    Sergio Farfan West Jordan, UT, US 01-05-16
    Sergio Farfan West Jordan, UT, US 01-05-16
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    "awesome storytelling. .. loved it !"

    I wished the original han and leía were there ... but there was a time that their voices were spot on and truly forgot they were voice actors.... highly recomendé !

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    Leeie 12-23-15
    Leeie 12-23-15
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    "1st time hearing the story of Star Wars"

    Especially if you are a newbie at seeing Star Wars--I recommend hearing this dramatized version of Star Wars before seeing the movie; I only saw the movie once in the theatre & once many years later & both times were challenging for me to follow--but this audio dramatically increased my understanding of all that transpired in the movie and I got so much more out of listening in this way--partly because I could pause it & look up a terminology online like "sand people, Tuscan warrior, wookie," etc. as I heard them mentioned and read up more on the characters as I went along--which of course I would not enjoy doing while watching a film. I highly recommend listening to this dramatization and taking notes if you are a newbie at Star Wars--made a huge difference for me! The Star Wars credits or theme song plays at the end and beginning of each chapter, and the music adds a lot to the listening; however--I would simply skip to the next chapter as soon as I heard the music & in the new chapter I would simply fast forward 30 seconds in-- if I did not want to hear the music & intro that occurred at each chapter or "episode" as they are called in the audio book. Highly recommend!

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    Earl King 11-12-15
    Earl King 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just as Great as I remembered!"

    I was excited and felt the tension of battle just like I did 37 years ago when I saw the movie. Really worth using one of my credits. Can't wait to download the second installment. I don't have the patience or luxury of sitting down to read, this is my solution to experiencing and learning from great books. This was a good choice.

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    Ryan Baumbach 11-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "SW fans! Listen to this!"

    A die hard SW fan has been made to love this story even more by listening to the radio dramatization. It provides a fresh perspective on the narrative and details on characters only hinted on while watching the movie or left to conjecture by the audience member. Loved hearing the inclusion of Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels providing familiarity but also taking liberties with certain lines of dialogue and delivery of it. This is a real treat and I cannot wait to listen to ESB and ROTJ dramatizations.

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    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 10-28-15
    Matthew Kelley NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States 10-28-15 Member Since 2010

    I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.

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    "The Force is Strong with this One!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

    Much more immersive!


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

    I loved the fact that the characters were much more fleshed out. For example, we see a good bit more of Luke's life. We also see more of Leia's homeward.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the film and have never heard this, you owe it to yourself to do so. What a treat! On the whole, the performances are quite strong. Bonus: This holds up to repeat listens. One caveat: this was done several years ago so, some of the plot points are contradicted by he prequels. However, if, like me, you don't care for the prequels, then this is not a bother.

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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.

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